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The Little Theater That Could - The New York Times
The survival of 13th Street Repertory Company, a relic from Greenwich Village’s bohemian past, depends on the survival of its 100-year-old doyenne.
newyork  city  nytimes  greenwichvillage  theater  13thstreetrepertorycompany  theatre  offbroadway  13thstreettheatre 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
What to Do (and Where to Stay) in the Western Catskills - The New York Times
One of New York’s last isolated frontiers, sleepy Sullivan County has finally found its place in the sun
newyork  upstatenewyork  catskills  westerncatskills  sullivancounty  nytimes  tmagazine  travel 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
How Politics and Bad Decisions Starved New York’s Subways - The New York Times
Disruptions and delays have roiled the system this year. But the crisis was
long in the making, fueled by a litany of errors, a Times investigation shows.
government  nytimes  newyork  subway  publictransportation  publictransit 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Dominican Dance Party That Refuses to Die - The New York Times
Old-school merengue is still going strong at El Deportivo,
one of the last of the great Washington Heights social clubs.
newyork  washingtonheights  socialclub  merengue  eldeportivo  domican  nytimes 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Jamaican Apple Pickers of Upstate New York - The New York Times
Visiting under the H-2A program, which brings temporary agricultural labor to the U.S., Jamaicans have worked in New York orchards since World War II.
jamaica  jamaicans  applepicking  newyork  upstatenewyork  nytimes  agriculture  labor 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Story of Glenn O'Brien's 'TV Party' - VICE
We traced the rise and fall of the public access show that featured monoliths of New York's art scene in the late 70s—from Debbie Harry and David Byrne to Iggy Pop and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
vice  glennobrien  music  newyork  1970s  artscene  musicscene  cbgbs  tvparty  debbieharry  davidbyrne  iggypop  jean 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Keepers of the Secrets | Village Voice
I was told that the most interesting man in the world works in the archives division of the New York Public Library, and so I went there, one morning this summer, to meet him
archives  newyork  newyorkpubliclibrary  libraries  books  thomaslannon  villagevoice 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City - The New York Times
How one school became a battleground over which children benefit from a separate and unequal system.
nikolehannahjones  education  newyork  racism  race  poverty  schools  segregation  nytimes  nytimesmag 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Tiny Birds, Big Drama: Inside the World of the Birdmen of Queens - The New York Times
Hobbyists who stage speed-singing contests in city parks
fear that federal agents lurk, eager to shut them down.
queens  nytimes  newyork  birds  speedsinging 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Brooklyn Murder on Sept. 11, 2001, Remains Unsolved - The New York Times
Henryk Siwiak, a Polish immigrant traveling to a new job in Brooklyn, got off the subway at the wrong stop and was shot.
henrysiwiak  september11th  newyork  nytimes  death 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
World (or at Least Brooklyn) Stops for Lost Dog - The New York Times
Every week, dozens of dogs and cats go missing in New York City. Their distraught owners put up signs. Some turn up alive. Some do not. Over the next few days, Bailey somehow became a phenomenon, a cause, and in her rarefied corner of Brooklyn and beyond, a social media star.
dogs  pets  missingpet  newyork  brooklyn  carrollgardens  nytimes  socialmedia  technology 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Orchard Beach Offers Slice of Paradise -
From the European immigrants of the early days to today's mostly Hispanic crowd, lazing by the surf at Orchard Beach has remained a Bronx rite of summer. The girls strolling the boardwalk wear skimpier bathing suits, the young men admiring them are bolder and the musicians are definitely brassier, but they're all at the beach for the same reason as those from past generations -- the chance to escape the sweltering conrete confines of blue-collar neighborhoods. Islands of Relaxation
newyork  orchardbeach  summer  nytimes  bronx 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
To the Memory of an Amiable Child - The New York Times
The Amiable Child Monument, a small, simple urn on a pedestal surrounded by iron fence, and perhaps the only single-person private grave on city-owned land in New York City, and it has inspired a book of poetry and a contemporary mystery novel.
nytimes  amiablechildmonument  monuments  graves  newyork  history 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Man Who Gave Psychics $718,000 ‘Just Got Sucked In’ - The New York Times
He knew none of it made sense: He was a successful and well-traveled professional, with close to seven figures in the bank, and plans for much more. And then he gave it all away, more than $718,000, in chunks at a time, to two Manhattan psychics.
psychics  fortunetellers  fortunetelling  nytimes  newyork 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A West Village Bar Crawl Leaves Behind a Trail of Counterfeit Green - The New York Times
The good time ended when Mr. Ashley’s bar crawl with a friend along Bleecker Street in the West Village intersected with another man’s, and it ended in arrests that were the product of bad luck, good forgeries and poor execution.
crime  newyork  barcrawl  westvillage  nytimes  forgery 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Young Socialites Conjure the Ghost of Leonard Bernstein at the Dakota - The New York Times
Inspired by the many artists who have called the Dakota home, and spurred by their own substantial arts philanthropy, these millennial billion-heirs have taken to hosting séances that are attended by their fashionable set of well-connected peers.
socialites  newyork  dakota  seances  ghosts 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Mohonk’s Farm-to-Table Rebirth - The New York Times
The executive chef at the venerable Hudson Valley resort infused a “dependable” menu with purely regional flavors. The results are delicious.
hudsonvalley  monhonk  travel  upstatenewyork  nytimes  newpaltz  newyork  dining  food  restaurants 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
What to Do (and Where to Stay) in the Western Catskills - The New York Times
One of New York’s last isolated frontiers, sleepy Sullivan County has
finally found its place in the sun.
westerncatskills  catskills  newyork  upstatenewyork  travel  nytimes  tmagazine  sullivancounty 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Is 190 Bowery the Greatest Real-Estate Coup of All Time? -- New York Magazine
The building at 190 Bowery is a mystery: a graffiti-covered Gilded Age relic, with a beat-up wooden door that looks like it hasn’t been opened since La Guardia was mayor. A few years ago, that described a lot of the neighborhood, but with the Bowery Hotel and the New Museum, the Rogan and John Varvatos boutiques, 190 is now an anomaly, not the norm. Why isn’t some developer turning it into luxury condos?
190bowery  newyork  city  bowery  jaymaisel  realestate  home  architecture  housing  germaniabankbuilding  newyorkmagazine 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
“From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,” Fifty Years Later | The New Yorker
The first paragraph of E. L. Konigsburg’s 1967 book “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,” about two young runaways who become entangled in an art-historical mystery, is a masterpiece of graceful, efficient exposition
jiatolentino  thenewyorker  elkonigsburg  fromthemixedupfilesofmrsbasilefrankweiler  childrensbooks  books  literature  metropolitanmuseumofart  newyork 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Most Romantic 25 Minutes in New York - The New York Times
The photographer Ramsay de Give needed an escape
from the New York grind. He found it on the Staten
Island Ferry — fog, romance and serenity, all free.
statenisland  statenislandferry  ferry  newyork  city  urbanliving  nytimes  photography 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Fashion Outlaw Dapper Dan - The New York Times
Twenty-five years after luxury labels sued his Harlem boutique out of existence, Gucci looks to him for inspiration.
dapperdan  nytimes  fashion  harlem  newyork 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
That Voice, Those Parties: Remembering Jean Stein - The New York Times
To conjure Jean Stein you must first imagine the voice — a soft and breathy near-whisper, by turns merry or full of steel. It was a voice suited to late-night telephone conversations and dinners at the corner tables of now-forgotten Manhattan restaurants.
jeanstein  newyork  society  nytimes  writing 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A Thief Dines Out, Hoping Later to Eat In -
For Gangaram Mahes, Rikers Island was the only chance for three squares and a “decent life.” So Mahes committed the same crime 31 straight times: refusing to pay the check at New York City restaurants.
crime  poverty  newyork  nyc  criminaljustice  rikerisland 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The One-Man Drug Company - New York Magazine
After prep school, he built a thriving business. Now he’s got to find a way to get out of it.
drugs  drugtrade  narcotics  drugdealers  newyorkmagazine  newyork  nyc 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
There’s No Place Like Here: Brazenhead Books on Vimeo
Tucked high above the bustle of the street, Michael's secret secondhand bookshop is a mecca for those who savor the story behind the volume.
brazenheadbooks  video  vimeo  books  bookstores  newyork  nyc 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Most Powerful Woman in the New York Art World - The New York Times
At 63, Ms. Phillips has been running an art museum in New York longer than anyone except Glenn Lowry at the Museum of Modern Art (she took over in 1999, he in 1995.) She is one of only two directors in the city who has overseen the construction of a brand-new building (the New Museum’s unorthodox Bowery home, opened in 2007; Adam Weinberg, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, opened his new building in the meatpacking district two years ago.) And she is now in the midst of an $80 million capital campaign to double her museum’s size, a project notable at least so far for its sotto-voce nature, in sharp contrast to the expansion Mr. Lowry is overseeing, which has involved the widely criticized razing of the former home of the American Folk Art Museum.
newmuseum  newyork  nytimes  lisaphillips  museums  artmuseums 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Harlem’s French Renaissance - The New York Times
A small Francophile community, lured by Harlem’s sense of community and storied history, has sprung up, and along with it have come French restaurants
harlem  newyork  nytimes  francophiles  frenchfood  frenchrestaurants  frenchculture  french 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Glenn O’Brien’s Friends Remember a ‘Successful Maniac’ - The New York Times
Andy Warhol hired him. Madonna sang at his 50th birthday party. He taught readers of GQ and Details how to dress. Few people have navigated New York’s tribes — art, fashion, media, music — quite like Glenn O’Brien.
glennobrien  art  fashion  media  music  nytimes  newyork  downtown  scene  downtownny 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The strange tale of Abraham Wallach, a high-level former Trump executive with a ...
In March 2000, shortly after announcing he would not run for president that year, Donald Trump dispatched one of his top real estate executives to South Korea on an important business errand.
bostonglobe  donaldtrump  newyork  abrahamwallach  crime  finance  realestate 
october 2016 by brendanmcfadden
How Has Chinatown Stayed Chinatown?
Chinatown is hedged in by three of the borough’s priciest neighborhoods: Soho to the north, the Financial District to the south, and, to the west, Tribeca, where the monthly cost of a one-bedroom averages $5,100. Developers would eagerly replace Chinatown’s tenement buildings with market-rate housing for young professionals or gut the existing buildings, leaving only the tea parlors and dumpling shacks.
chinatown  chinatownnewyork  newyork  nymag  gentrification  realestate 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
The Folly of Santiago Calatrava’s WTC Station -- NYMag
Santiago Calatrava was commissioned to design an architectural extravagance at ground zero. He succeeded, an accomplishment that threatens to destroy his reputation.
santiagocalatrava  newyork  newyorkmagazine  design  architecture  publictransit 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Tribute for a Roller Hockey Warrior Who Broke the Color Barrier
Hockey is not exactly known as a city game, but played on roller skates, it once held sway as the sport of choice in many New York neighborhoods. “City kids had no rinks, no ice, but they would do anything to play hockey,” said Edward Moffett, former director of the Long Island City Y.M.C.A. Roller Hockey League, in Queens, whose games were played in city playgrounds going back to the 1940s. From the 1960s through the 1980s, the league had more than 60 teams, he said. Players included the Mullen brothers of Hell’s Kitchen and Dan Dorion of Astoria, Queens, who would later play on ice for the National Hockey League. One street legend from the heyday of New York roller hockey was Craig Allen, who lived in the Woodside Houses projects and became one of the city’s hardest hitters and top scorers.
nytimes  rollerhockey  race  newyork  sports  craigallen 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Martha Cooper & Henry Chalfant Interviewed About Graffiti
The first minute alone of this clip from the mid '80s World of Photography television series is worth the watch as our good friend (and OG ego trip investor) Henry Chalfant gets a message on his answering machine from a graf writer telling him where he can go to shoot a freshly done 'piece. Next, we get to hear fellow photographer Martha Cooper talk about how she met the legendary Dondi before joining Henry in discussion about their iconic book, Subway Art.
interview  youtube  marthacooper  photography  newyork  graffiti  subwayart 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Tempting Offer Could Mean End of a Brooklyn Longshoreman’s Bar
“Everyone else on the block wants to sell, so I said O.K.,” Mr. Montero said, sitting at the block-glass bar that came over from the original Montero’s across the street, where it opened in 1939. “Even my brother Frank said, ‘Try it, Pepe.’ So I tried it.”
newyork  brooklyn  redhook  realestate  gentrification 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Almost Famous: The B Adventures Of Robert Christgau
Christgau, the legendary-in-certain-circles rock critic for the Village Voice from 1974 until 2006, is part of a much-mythologized movement of writers and editors that included ex-girlfriend Ellen Willis, Lester Bangs, Pauline Kael, Greil Marcus, and Dave Marsh. A loose collective shaped by the revolutionary ideals of the '60s, they attempted to expand the critical territory for writing about pop music and mass culture: They were thinkers who wanted to write about music, not hang out with musicians. Well educated and all with distinctive writing styles —in Bob's case, dense and winding, packed with allusions, often brilliant, and just as often maddeningly opaque—they somehow managed to do the opposite of what they intended, eventually embodying their own kind of niche celebrity.
robertchristgau  music  criticism  critic  villagevoice  newyork  deadspin  theconcourse 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Before They Were Kings
Scrounging for any kind of role in 60s New York, chasing girls, lending money to whichever of them was the most broke, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, and Robert Duvall shared the risks, the rejections, and a fascination with the human drama. As they remember, stardom was unlikely—and irrelevant.
dustinhoffman  genehackman  robertduvall  vanityfair  acting  theater  film  1960s  newyork 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
A New Whitney
No longer a fortress in an uneasy city, the Whitney Museum of American Art opens itself up to a changed New York, a glittery emblem signaling a definitive shift in the city’s social geography.
art  artmuseum  museum  whitneymuseum  architecture  nytimes  newyork 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Three Years on Rikers Without Trial
A boy was accused of taking a backpack. The courts took the next three years of his life.
prison  crime  newyork  socialproblems  criminaljustice  prisonconditions  prisons  thenewyorker  rikersisland  kaliefbrowder 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Modern Farmer Plows Ahead
Each issue of Modern Farmer, the stylish agrarian quarterly, has an austere portrait of an animal on the cover
business  culture  farming  urbanfarming  modernfamer  printmedia  magazines  upstatenewyork  thenewyorker  newyork  annmariegardner  alecwilkinson.  agriculture 
december 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Long Ago, a Pilot Landed on an Uptown Street. That's Where the Bar Was
A plane sat on 191st Street in 1956 after its wings were removed for shipment. The pilot landed the craft on St. Nicholas Avenue, rear, as part of a barroom bet.Credit
history  newyork  nytimes 
october 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Moving Out of Brooklyn Because of High Prices
Even long-time Brooklynites are finding themselves priced out of the hippest neighborhoods. Do they look elsewhere, move further into Brooklyn or swallow the rising costs? Video Credit
brooklyn  newyork  nytimes  realestate  culture 
august 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Tale of Two Schools
Fieldston and University Heights are in the same borough but worlds apart. How much understanding between their students can a well-told story bring?
newyork  city  education  schools  nytimes  nytimesmag  bronx 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Cheerleaders
A small town in Upstate New York, and one family in particular, endures a five-year string of car accidents, suicides, and murders.
death  murder  newyork  truecrime  spin 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
My Brooklyn, Then and Now
A son of this vast borough surveys his home of 44 years, noting that its contradictions have never been more apparent than they are today.
nytimes  newyork  brooklyn 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
« From the American Scene: The Harlem Ghetto: Winter 1948
Whenever one ponders the progress of the American ideals of freedom and equality in the framework of today’s realities, one inevitably thinks of the South—and of Harlem. How is it in Harlem in the winter of 1948? James Baldwin’s description of the Harlem ghetto also touches upon the delicate and perplexing problem of Negro-Jewish relations in this country, an unhappy complex which requires our best in understanding and courage.
commentarymagazine  jamesbaldwin  harlem  race  newyork  city 
june 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Master
A charismatic teacher enthralled his students. Was he abusing them? A Sex-Abuse Scandal at Horace Mann
highschool  abuse  thenewyorker  sexual  horacemann  newyork  private 
april 2013 by brendanmcfadden
New York Faces Rising Seas and Slow City Action
With a 520-mile-long coast lined largely by teeming roads and fragile infrastructure, New York City is gingerly facing up to the intertwined threats posed by rising seas and ever-more-severe storm flooding.
nytimes  newyork 
october 2012 by brendanmcfadden
Immigrant Number One
How Ellis Island’s First Immigrant, Annie Moore, Became an American Mystery
newyorkmagazine  history  newyork  ellisisland  immigration 
july 2012 by brendanmcfadden
Reimagining Recreation
There was a child went forth every day, / And the first object he looked upon and received with wonder, pity, love, or dread, that object he became, / And that object became part of him for the day, or a certain part of day, or for many years, or stretching cycles of years.
—Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, 1856
playgrounds  cabinetmagazine  newyork  recreation  urbanism  architecture 
july 2012 by brendanmcfadden
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