Upheaval at the New York Public Library
: an article in The Nation which looks at the current state of the NYPL, and highlights many of the problems facing public libraries across the United States.
The New Yorker
's music critic Alex Ross
was at Lincoln Center last night to hear a Mahler symphony -- until NYPD officers shooed him out of Josie Robertson Plaza
, a public space. The MacArthur Fellow
stayed behind to observe an Occupy Wall Street action
timed to coincide with the final performance of Philip Glass
at the Metropolitan Opera. The composer himself came out of the Met to join the action, reading via human microphone
from the libretto
of this opera about Mahatma Gandhi's activism
in South Africa. Both the moving speech and the spectacle of operagoers herded out of Lincoln Center by armed police are documented by Ross on his blog The Rest is Noise
Stanley Kubrick's New York
For decades Dawn Powell was always just on the verge of ceasing to be a cult and becoming a major religion. But despite the work of such dedicated cultists as Edmund Wilson and Matthew Josephson, John Dos Passos and Ernest Hemingway, Dawn Powell never became the popular writer that she ought to have been. In those days, with a bit of luck, a good writer eventually attracted voluntary readers and became popular. Today, of course, "popular" means bad writing that is widely read while good writing is that which is taught to involuntary readers. Powell failed on both counts. She needs no interpretation and in her lifetime she should have been as widely read as, say, Hemingway or the early Fitzgerald or the mid O'Hara or even the late, far too late, Katherine Anne Porter. But Powell was that unthinkable monster, a witty woman who felt no obligation to make a single, much less a final, down payment on Love or The Family; she saw life with a bright Petronian neutrality, and every host at life's feast was a potential Trimalchio to be sent up.
- Gore Vidal
A Year of New York in 5 minutes.
Cameraman Andrew Clancy lives in New York City, and was in the habit of shooting footage of what was going on around him whenever he was out. This is a compilation of life in the city, from the point of view of a New Yorker.
A rather different type of protest
takes place in New York City... [more inside]
Meet the contraption that wants to replace Central Park horses
and Ban HDC
are two groups pushing for the change; the many unfortunate incidents
involving carriage horses over the years (including one just today
) have inspired a bill that would end the practice
, and also a documentary
about the treatment of the horses.
You need a permit
(PDF) to use amplified sound in New York City. Which the #OccupyWallStreet
protesters haven't got. So they've come up with a unique solution for transmitting their message - the human microphone
Stéphane Missier alias Charles le Brigand (and/or Carlito Brigante)
is a Brooklyn-based urban photographer and filmmaker. "From the Bronx to Brooklyn, I capture the real New York, the one I like to call 'RottenbutBeautiful'." Flickr Sets
. [more inside]
Where the sidewalk ends:
A new walking code of conduct, 10 proposed rules for New York City sidewalks.
Straight outta Cleveland
. Rapper Machine Gun Kelly
headlined the Village Voice's music section
last week ahead of a show in New York last weekend and after inking a deal with Bad Boy records
earlier this month. [more inside]
Nisha Sondhe, a portait photographer and photojournalist, has been documenting similarieis between New York and Bombay (Mumbai) since 2008:
An art director once told me, “I know you can shoot exotic things abroad and make them look beautiful, but can you take pictures of familiar things and make them look beautiful as well.” Which was interesting to me because when I would show work for jobs in India, people would ask me why they needed to see “photos of boring everyday things in India.” New York art directors are just like Bombay art directors. In fact, New Yorkers in general are just like Bombayites and the more I looked around the more I realized that the two cities are exactly the same.
The Welikia Project goes beyond Mannahatta to encompass the entire city, discover its original ecology and compare it what we have today.
Rights And Reactions: Lesbian & Gay Rights On Trial
is a 1987 documentary about the culmination in 1986 of the struggle to pass "Intro 2", the New York City "Gay Rights Bill", which prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation in matters of housing, employment, and public accommodation. Made by Phil Zwickler
and Jane Lippman, it is available in 3 Quicktime segments: Part 1
(22m), Part 2
(19m), Part 3
(16m). Total running time: 56m. [more inside]
From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park
, and Robert Lopez, of Avenue Q
, comes the new Broadway show "The Book of Mormon."
"tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries sent off to spread the word in a dangerous part of Uganda" while gently (and no so gently) lampooning organized religion and traditional musical theatre. The entire show is now streaming on NPR.
Songs are extremely Not Safe For Work.
Have you ever gotten lost in the Myst-inspired architecture of Anthology Film Archives’ website, or struggled awkwardly with the Chinese puzzle box-construction of BAMcinematek’s calendars? Have you ever circled the block at Lincoln Plaza in search of the secret entrance to the fabled Walter Reade Theater? (Hint: look behind the waterfall.) Have you found yourself asking time and again, “What the fuck is Union Docs?”
The brainchild of critic Paul Brunick
, Alt Screen
is a new site billed as "a comprehensive digital resource covering film exhibitions and related special events in the New York City area." The contributing editors include blogger Jim Emerson
, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
] and Nathan Lee
(apparently coming out of retirement
She adored New York City. She idolized it all out of proportion. Sure, she paid $700 for a 90-square-foot microstudio
, but New York was her town, and it always would be (via
"The New York Public Library launched a website
Friday to introduce a massive, smartphone-based scavenger hunt that will officially kick off May 20 with an invitation-only, all-night lock-in in New York City. The game, which will continue through 2011, works by getting players to download an app for their iPhone or Android-based smartphones and then head to the library's Stephen A. Schwarzman
building, which celebrates its centennial this year, to play (folks not near New York can play a digital version on the Web)."* [more inside]
How Manhattan’s Grid Grew.
Interactive New York Times map comparing 1811 New York with present day, plus other cool historical stuff. Huzzah, as the kids say.
The Coolest Locksmith Shop in New York City
"From a distance, it looks like a bunch of golden squiggles and spirals have been added, snaking whimsically across the facade. But get a little closer and you’ll find the real magic… The new design is made up entirely of keys, literally thousands, and thousands, and thousands of keys, twisting into wonderful assortment of swoops and twirls."
Ellen Stewart, RIP [more inside]
There is Housing Works
in NYC, which raises money for community based AIDS/HIV treatment and housing for the homeless. Here in Chicago we have Open Books
, who uses the money raised from selling donated books to run literacy programs and tutoring programs for children.
Now Minneapolis is getting Boneshaker Books
; an all volunteer run radical bookstore that will house the Women's Prison Book Project
and offer bike book delivery.
After more threats of extinction than anyone could remember, the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation unexpectedly made good on a threat of its own and closed the doors to its parlors on Tuesday night. ... About 50 parlors around the city were shuttered. Some 1,000 employees lost their jobs. And a revenue stream that had funneled tens of millions of dollars a year to breeders, track owners and related businesses dried up. Another piece of gritty old New York had gone the way of the Automat and the Times Square peep show.
"Toity poiple boids / Sittin on da koib / A-choipin an’ a-boipin / An’ eatin doity woims."
From Atlantic Avenue to Zerega Avenue (map
), the kinds of New York City accents
made famous by the likes of Archie Bunker, Jimmy Breslin and Travis Bickle are disappearing
. But though you may not often hear “foath floah” for "fourth floor" in Manhattan anymore
, documentary filmmaker Heather Quinlan knows
you can still hear strains of the old mellifluous tones in Brooklyn
, Staten Island
, and the Bronx
, and that's exactly what she's setting out to document in her film If These Knishes Could Talk
Elaine Kaufman, who became something of a symbol of New York as the salty den mother of Elaine’s, one of the city’s best-known restaurants and a second home for almost half a century to a bevy of writers, actors, athletes and other celebrities, died Friday in Manhattan. She was 81.
, best known as a singer
(whose lyrics have occasionally been collected into books of poetry
) has won the National Book Award in Nonfiction
for Just Kids
, her memoir
of the years she spent living with the late artist
In 2007, City officials convened a group of stakeholders, including representatives of taxi drivers, owner and passengers, to create a set of goals for the next New York City taxi cab, a project called the Taxi of Tomorrow.
Tomorrow in New York City, the Quiddich World Championship
will be decided. Invented in 2005, Muggle Quiddich is now played at hundreds of high schools and colleges
around the world. Forty six teams are meeting this weekend for the fourth annual world championship
. [more inside]
Open House New York is one week away.
Next weekend in New York City, there will be hundreds of talks, tours, and open houses in places that are normally not so accessible to the public. See the listings here
. The good ones book fast.
Last time Christian Swinehart
was on metafilter
, it was for his gorgeous visualizations
of the narrative pathways contained in the Choose Your Own Adventure books. His new interactive visualizations plot bedbug reports in New York City between 2004 and the present. [more inside]
On this day it's good to remember that Muslims are part of the fabric of New York
. They live in downtown New York, they worked in the Twin Towers
and were affected just like everyone else by the tragedy of 9/11.
Felix Salmon formulates a theory regarding the interaction of cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians in New York City: "Cyclists get no respect as road users. Instead, tragically, they’re treated like pedestrians."
Dutch MP and vehement Islam critic Geert Wilders will travel to New York to speak at a Sept. 11 protest against Park51
, the so-called "Ground Zero mosque", sparking controversy in the Netherlands where he is currently taking part
in negotiations to form a new government
. Dutch diplomats
. [more inside]
"The goal of this journey is to find cuisines from every United Nations member state, within New York City limits, in alphabetical order. " For your gustatory delight, here is The Confined Nomad
Tourist Lanes & New Yorker Lanes
One afternoon, field agents of Improv Everywhere "...created separate walking lanes for tourists and New Yorkers on a Fifth Avenue sidewalk. Department of Transportation 'employees' were on hand to enforce the new rules and ask pedestrians for their feedback on the initiative."
Where can you find the Sun, the Moon, nine giraffes, a lion and lamb lying together, the Archangel Michael holding a sword in one hand and the severed head of Satan in the other, all atop a giant crab which is itself standing on a double helix? Well, there is this one statue
. [more inside]
... on June 12, 1982, approximately a million people demonstrated in New York City's Central Park against nuclear arms and for an end to the arms race of the cold war. Nothing like it had ever happened before. It was not only the largest antinuclear demonstration but the largest political demonstration of any description in American history. Nothing like it has happened again, either. The tide of protest was at its high-water mark, and thereafter receded steadily.
- Jonathan Schell
, 2007. [more inside]