In one of the most “meta” film openings to ever grace the silver screen — written and directed as only New York City’s greatest auteur, Woody Allen, could — Isaac, a comedy writer (played by Allen) struggles to pen the first few lines of his next masterpiece. Set to the nostalgic swells of “Rhapsody in Blue,” we hear his musings over a stunning black-and-white montage of 1970s New York. The writer written by a writer and played by a writer ponders the perfect introduction: “To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin.” The Jazz Age is, of course, long gone, as is Allen’s Manhattan, but their spirit lives on in the tangled, complex web that is the electric essence of the greatest city on Earth.
Join us as we take a trip down memory lane to recall what those earlier (better?) days looked like. From a building symbolically battling for greatness on Newspaper Row to the first (and second) incarnation of Madison Square Garden, click through to check out The Big Apple’s beautiful, lost buildings. Dear readers, what do you think? Should we have preserved these beauties, or is progress inevitable? Is the city today the most magnificent it’s ever been?
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1. Exciting news for those of us who didn’t score tickets: Pitchfork has announced that it will stream LCD Soundsystem’s final show ever at Madison Square Garden on April 2nd. It will be a one-time only broadcast and will not be replayed.
2. Word is that Oscar winning-director Tom Hooper is close to… Read More
Horror of horrors! LCD Soundsystem, beloved staple band of indie rockers and frat house poppers alike, is breaking up. And they’re playing their last show ever at Madison Square Garden, of all places. Sigh. If you live in NYC, you might have seen posters to that effect going up around the city, but yesterday, the… Read More
There’s nothing understated about Lady Gaga’s “Monster Ball” tour. Twenty-one songs are performed over the course of four acts, with the pop star making more than 15 costume changes (our favorite of which was this strange hair tent number). According to the New York Post, 40 gallons of water and fake blood are mixed together to make what is possibly the creepiest stage prop ever: a giant blood fountain. At one point in last night’s show, Gaga sprawled out on the piano and played it with her ass while simulating sex. But all of this pales in comparison to what we spotted outside of Madison Square Garden. While superfans dressing up like their idols is nothing new, Lady Gaga’s “Little Monsters” take emulation to a completely different level. Click through for a gallery of our favorites, including the guy who got hassled by security because his “Telephone”-inspired ensemble involved some dangerous looking wire.
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