Despite the pervasive assumption that Occupy Wall Street is defunct or irrelevant, in the weeks since Hurricane Sandy struck, the movement has mobilized countless volunteers to fill the gaps left by government agencies and larger humanitarian organizations. Now, in order to sustain its efforts, Occupy Sandy has announced a benefit concert… Read More
Since Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast and left a gigantic part of New York City flooded, without electricity, heat, and water, and, in places hit hardest like Staten Island and Far Rockaway, reduced to nothing but burning rubble, the Internet has been filled with “disaster porn” imagery. It hits close to home, literally — close enough for New Yorkers to be able to help. There have been numerous reports that efforts by the Red Cross, FEMA, and other large-scale rescue organizations have been failing, with centers closing early, getting shut down, or failing to exist altogether. While help has arrived to a few areas, some — notably, Far Rockaway — were left stranded on their own, until Occupy Sandy stepped in. The all-volunteer, DIY organization, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, has been providing assistance all over the city. It hasn’t been easy, but it has been crucial. … Read More
Last week The New York Times declared, “in post-storm New York, the bike is having a moment of sorts.” The bicycle stories read like a real-life Fred Armisen/ Carrie Brownstein sketch about the hipster’s best-kept secret being proffered to mere mortals — tragically in-the-dark — discovering the unmatched joy (and practicality) of biking for the first time.
If, like many New Yorkers, you’re now seriously considering becoming a bike commuter, here’s a snapshot of today’s bicycle offerings that are a far cry from the unhelpful and uncool Schwinn’s of days gone by. From cargo bikes that get you (and a few friends) to and from the farmer’s market in style to a slick commuter bike with a built-in iPad pouch, click through the check out some of the best cycling options for living locally. … Read More
Photographer Peter Liepke creates gritty and dreamy images of New York City that look like immaculate graphite drawings, but are actually platinum/palladium prints. The technique of his Above and Beyond series brings out the ominous texture of the sky, the gloomy, dramatic gradients of the streets, turning the glow of a lone park lamp into some sort of mystical urban lighthouse, as if a storm is brewing just around the corner, a big black cloud is gonna come… We’re getting a little romantic here. Sorry. We’re in Sandy mode. Enjoy the photographs! … Read More
A few weeks back, we shared some great photos of musicians from the 1960s and ’70s. If you enjoyed those, you’ll also appreciate these shots of some of the era’s luminaries by the late New York photographer David Gahr. Gahr’s work appeared in Time and Rolling Stone, among others, and his career spanned five decades, from his earliest work in the late ’50s until his death in 2008. His photos are the subject of a new exhibition at Morrison Hotel in Soho from October 26 through November 11 (you can check the gallery website for opening hours if you’re in the city). Either way, check out some of the photos from the exhibition after the jump, along with archival commentary from the photographer himself. … Read More
Imagine walking into Times Square and, instead of the familiar onslaught of blinking logos instructing you what to buy and where to put it, you’re looking at pulsating, gorgeous abstractions by Rafaël Rozendaal. The world’s biggest, most famous advertising space has turned into the world’s biggest outdoor museum, for an entire month. Sound crazy?
“At this point, we’re thinking ‘How did we ever think this was crazy!’” Hrag Vartanian tells Flavorwire. It’s been a year since Times Square Art Square project mastermind Justus Bruns brought the idea to New York, and now, with Vartanian as chief curator, a posse of important allies, and a new Kickstarter to boot, the project is closer than ever to becoming a reality. … Read More
Many have attempted to bring Rear Window to the stage, but one team has finally secured the rights… and it’s producer Charlie Lyons and director Jay Russell, of Ladder 49 fame. Well, OK. Deadline reports that their Broadway adaptation of Cornell Woolrich’s 1942 short story “It Had to Be Murder,” on which Alfred… Read More
Just like the punk movement to which it shares more than a casual connection, Occupy Wall Street isn’t dead — it’s just harder to find these days. But an all-star concert to be held November 15th at Le Poisson Rouge promises a resurgence of the movement in New York’s popular consciousness. The show will feature… Read More
We survived! The CMJ Music Marathon is over for another year — five days and about 500 bands later, we’re back on the couch and promising never to leave it again. But still, for all that we’re pretty much exhausted now, CMJ was a great week. As ever, we ran around down, drank too much, and saw more bands than we care to remember. And as ever, just as we were about to give up on the whole thing, we’d stumble across a band that made it all worthwhile. So here’s a selection of the best acts that our crack Flavorpill CMJ team — Judy Berman, Tom Hawking, and Sophie Weiner — saw this time around. Whose sets did you enjoy, gentle readers? … Read More
You may have noticed that we’re pretty big fans of typography here at Flavorpill, and we’re also always interested in the history of the city that we call home, so our interest was most definitely piqued by a Kickstarter that launched this week for a website called NYC_Type. As per its website, the project aims to “tell the ongoing story of New York City through the perspective of the letterforms found throughout its streets.” It”s an interesting idea, and while we’re not entirely sure about some of the flowery language surrounding it — ”We see NYC Type as a sort of collaborative Cubism being created in real time” — the concept sounds both fascinating and worthwhile. Just make sure you don’t confuse it with the already existing blog of the same name, which is similarly interesting (we foresee trouble here.) Anyway, the creators have put together a short film to promote their idea — click through to see it after the jump, and then check out the Kickstarter page right here. … Read More