What does the yellow light mean?"
"What... does... the... yellow... light... mean?"
"Whaaaaaat... dooooeeees... theeeee... yeeeelllllllllllooowwww... liiiiight... meeeeeeaaaaan?"
"Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat…." [more inside]
Ten years ago, photographers James and Karla Murray
released the book "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York."
In it, they documented the facades of the rapidly disappearing mom-and-pop businesses of New York City. Now they've revisited some of the same spots.
The Little Prince: A New York Story As he prepared to leave the city to rejoin the war effort as a reconnaissance pilot, Saint-Exupéry appeared at his friend Silvia Hamilton's door wearing his military uniform. "I'd like to give you something splendid," he said, "but this is all I have." He tossed a rumpled paper bag onto her entryway table. Inside were the manuscript and drawings for The Little Prince, which the Morgan acquired from her in 1968. [more inside]
New York City is hosting the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt
from April 1 - 17. [more inside]
The drought in California has brought about a number of things, from exposing part of Mormon Island
, an old mining town that has partially emerged from Folsom Lake
(news coverage clip
; aerial view of a re-emerged bridge
with overly dramatic music; a tour of the exposed ruins
), to being good news for gold prospectors
. But if there's too much of a crowd in the Sierra Nevada foothills, you can always dig for gold in New York City
), in the cracks of Midtown's Diamond District with Raffi Stepanian
The New York Public Library has released more than 20,000 high resolution cartographic works (maps!) for free
, to view and download. "We believe these maps have no known US copyright restrictions." All can be viewed through the New York Public Library’s Digital Collections page
and downloaded through their Map Warper
. (Via) [more inside]
Bill De Blasio blamed the lack of racial diversity in New York City's top high schools, such as Stuyvesant, on the standardized admissions test, and campaigned on ending it
. The New York Times has written pieces reminding of it
. But the parent of a biracial son attending Stuyvesant
has a different argument
: that the problem is not with the test, but with the substandard education system
that dominates much of New York City.
"By having these pathetic SHSAT results publicized year after year, it shines a light on just what an awful job inner city schools are doing educating those students who can’t afford to buy their way out of a broken system, either through private schools or private tutoring centers. If the specialized high schools’ racial balances were “fixed,” we might be tempted to consider the problems they expose 'fixed,' too."
Slice King Phil Hartman on the Legacy of Two Boots
You'd think that after 26-and-a-half years I would have figured it out, and I have a lot of employees that have been with me for 20 or 25 years. It requires constant vigilance and a lot of pizza eating. I can't tell you how much pizza I eat.
Last week, a publication based in New York
that is called “New York,” asked the question, “Is San Francisco New York?
A publication based in San Francisco answered
, quite resolutely, “No.
knows NYC commuting can be depressing. As he says, “Standing under someone’s armpit, you just want to get home.” The MTA conductor livens things up with his unscripted announcements on the 1 train.
Indeed, heated sidewalks are an uncommon luxury.
“So many things have been done — the playrooms, the gyms, the sky lounges, the media rooms. But very few developers have looked at the experience entering the property.”
"Liquid Sky is one of the most visually ambitious films ever made about fashion, heroin, New Wave clubs, UFO saucers, ordering Chinese food and having them put it on your tab, the Empire State Building, androgyny, neon and tin foil. The 1982 cult classic may be the perfect embodiment of camp. "
The Awl talks to the director of the film about his plans for a sequel.
is a PBS documentary (live streaming through March 6) that follows two middle class African-American boys, Idris and Seun, who enter The Dalton School
as young children, and follows them for 13 years. [more inside]
How an obsessed explorer found and lost the world's oldest subway.
"The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel was sealed in 1861, shortly after Brooklyn banned steam locomotives within city limits. Legend has it that the tunnel was reopened in the 1920s when it was used for mushroom growing and bootlegging, and in the 1940s when the FBI opened it looking for Nazis. But soon after, it was lost. In the 1950s two historians attempted to find it and failed."
The women's magazine parody The Reductress
) has unleashed the end-all be-all of brand-dropping, pill-popping nightlife columns: Slave To The Night Thoughts by Our Nightlife Editor, Dafna VanClifton
After Michael Mann set out to direct Collateral, the story’s setting moved from New York to Los Angeles. This decision was in part motivated by the unique visual presence of the city — especially the way it looked at night. Mann shot a majority of the film in HD (this was 2004), feeling the format better captured the city’s night lighting. Even the film’s protagonist taxi needed a custom coat to pick up different sheens depending on the type of artificial lighting the cab passed beneath. That city, at least as it appears in Collateral and countless other films, will never be the same again. L.A. has made a vast change-over to LED street lights, with New York City not far behind. Why Hollywood Will Never Look the Same Again on Film: LEDs Hit the Streets of LA & NY
A brief history of Staten Island Chuck not-having-it from New York City's mayor. He bit Michael Bloomberg in 2009
, and he almost squirmed away from Bill de Blasio
NFL holds Super Bowl in NYC; NYC unimpressed.
While the stadium is technically in New Jersey, it is considered equally if not primarily a New York stadium, and the NFL turned Times Square and Broadway into Super Bowl Boulevard Engineered By GMC.
Visitors can kick a football, watch television, ride a toboggan,
shop, enjoy a free slice of Papa John's pizza, play XBox, take a photo with the oversized Roman numerals 'XLVIII', use relevant Twitter hashtags,
and more. It is not decadent and depraved,
would tend to disagree. The Times discusses less vehement disapproval and disappointment,
while Business Insider wishes ill upon the city. Ticket sales are faltering relative to recent years,
with the new mayor among those skipping out.
Visiting the Big Apple? "Don't ask a pedestrian where a certain street is. He is usually too busy to stop, and if polite enough to stop, won't know. No New Yorker knows anything about New York."
And another kind reminder: "Don't gape at women smoking cigarettes in restaurants. They are harmless and respectable, notwithstanding and nevertheless. They are also smart."
Advice from Valentine’s City of New York: A Guide Book
, published in 1920. [more inside]
What's the last photo on your phone - and would you share it with a stranger? San Francisco-based interactive artist Ivan Cash asks a number of people in New York
, Los Angeles
and San Francisco
to share their last photo and the story behind it. (via feature shoot)
What do Bill Bailey, The Supremes, James Brown, Bill Cosby, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Michael Jackson, and Barack Obama have in common? They've all played The Apollo. Flavorwire links 10 classic performances from the Apollo Theatre
to celebrate its 80th birthday.
Notably absent is the 1983 performance by Shooby Taylor, The Human Horn
Because the film is a period piece, The Godfather actually presents a fascinating record of what 1940s-era New York City locations still existed in the early-1970s. Sadly, many of them are now gone. What still remains? Let’s take a closer look.
The Ninth Floor.
[NSFW] The Ninth Floor documents a group of addicts who moved into the apartment of a former millionaire in a wealthy neighborhood in downtown Manhattan. Shocking, haunting photographs by Jessica Dimmock
. [more inside]
, darling of the 1980s East Village art scene, made glamorous and grotesque dolls
that reflected her struggles with anorexia and drug addiction as well as her fascination with sexuality and gender in all their mutable permutations
. She died of an overdose only a month after completing her final masterpiece
, a recreation of her Chicago apartment inside Pittsburgh's Mattress Factory
. [more inside]
For many students in New York, the approach of spring means getting ready for standardized test season. However, many parents, with the encouragement of their children's teachers and administrators, are opting out. [more inside]
Here's a tour
of the East Village in 1993, courtesy of local Iggy Pop. via
The Museum of Modern Art’s announcement on January 8 that it will indeed tear down Tod Williams and Billie Tsien’s American Folk Art Museum building of 1997–2001 felt like hearing that a relative or close friend had finally succumbed to an incurable disease. Even though the outcome had been expected, it was a shock nonetheless. "MoMA Loses Face": Martin Filler decries the museum's expansion plan in the NYRB. [more inside]
"For those of us who have lived in New York for a long time, perusing the list
was not unlike looking through a high school yearbook, only finding out that practically everyone had died."
When Bill de Blasio takes the oath of office
on Wednesday to become New York City's mayor, one of the first things
on his agenda
will be the fight
to ban horse drawn carriages
in Central Park. [more inside]
Everybody's talking about Beyoncé, but earlier this week, 90s alt-pop superstars Cibo Matto dropped the music video "MFN"
, their first release in over fourteen years. It's the leadoff to their upcoming album "Hotel Valentine" due on Valentines Day, 2014.
And it's about time.
, over 35,000 people amassed in NYC
to participate in SantaCon, a New York City tradition since 1994, SantaCon is a pub-crawl where people dress up like Santa.
In the past few years, it has been associated, however, with public drunkenness
, mob like behavior
, and even sexual assault. [more inside]
Inspired by the Massimo Vignelli NYC subway map and the upcoming Super Bowl at the Meadowlands, NJ Transit unveils a new Regional Transit Diagram
(pdf) to help people take public transit between New York and New Jersey. [more inside]