New York City

Fun and Fascinating Art for City Commuters

Commuting in a big city can be a dreary task — one usually occupied by general malaise. Artists around the world have channeled the experience of the daily hustle in fascinating ways — or at least ways that shed light on some of the beautiful moments found amongst strangers on a train. After spotting a unique video installation inspired by Seoul train travelers on Co.Design (featured after the jump), we decided to highlight other works that pay homage to he human experience (and sometimes general weird) of public transportation, also citing those artworks that only a city commuter could appreciate. … Read More

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25 Great New York Movies You Can Stream on Netflix

Plenty of movies have been set and shot in New York City, the metropolis becoming a character of its own for each film. Part of the excitement of living in New York comes from seeing our city depicted in various ways on screen. It’s also fun to see different sides of the city than the one we know, particularly from decades past when New York looked drastically different. The good news for us is that many of the most important and iconic films set in New York are available to stream on Netflix; here’s a collection of 25 you can watch tonight.… Read More

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100 Years of New York Music

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Spike Lee’s Speech and the Problem With How We Talk About Gentrification

You may well have read by now about Spike Lee’s lengthy response to a question about gentrification during a lecture he gave at Pratt in honor of African American History Month (if not, the entire text is here — and, yes, everyone is, unfortunately, calling it a “rant”). As one might expect from such a polemic, there’s been a pretty polarized response to Lee’s views; depending on who you read, either he’s dead right or he’s talking out of his ass. The thing is, though, the current discussion about gentrification in NYC isn’t helping anyone, and the sort of rhetoric that Lee is throwing around is a prime example of why. … Read More

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Poetic Cinemagraphs That Bring New York City to Life

Visual Graphics Artist Kevin Burg and photographer Jamie Beck have captured a cinematic viewpoint of New York City in their series of cinemagraph collaborations. Marrying their specialties, the duo creates a living image that captures a slice of life in the great metropolis. The resulting artworks are poetic and offer a peaceful pause in what can often be an otherwise chaotic setting. Several of the cinemagraphs are viewed through a pair of glasses, which makes them feel more intimate. Take a closer look in our gallery. … Read More

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Stunning Black-and-White Photos of New York Architecture From the 1970s

In this Instagram-filter world we’re living in, it’s easy to snap a photo and make it look vintage. Still, there is something unmistakable about a truly great old photograph, one that you know was actually shot on a camera using film and not an iPhone. And there may be no other place in the world that lends itself so well to black-and-white photography. … Read More

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Fantastic Photos of Iconic New York City Diners During the 1990s

You can’t beat a good diner and a strong cup of coffee. In the city that never sleeps, they’re essential. New York City diners have become part of the pop culture fabric, featured in movies and television alike, and photographer Gregoire Alessandrini has captured several great Big Apple diners during the 1990s. “I’ll always miss the Moondance, which to me was a real part of SoHo and the West Broadway area of the ‘90s,” the artist related to us in an email. On Friends, the Moondance doubled as Monica Geller’s (Courteney Cox) place of work — the exterior shots, anyway. Alessandrini is also a fan of the abandoned Lost Diner, since the name reminds him of David Lynch’s Lost Highway (and who can forget the diner scene in the director’s Mulholland Drive?). A number of the diners featured here have since been demolished or left to decay, but Alessandrini’s images capture them in all their greasy spoon glory. To purchase prints of these beauties, which we first spotted on Kottke, visit the artist’s website. … Read More

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15 Eye-Catching Calendars to Keep You Organized in 2014

The new year approaches, and for those of you unwilling to let go of certain paper ephemera (we understand), it’s time to purchase a 2014 calendar. If scribbling your personal appointments on gorgeous letterpress paper or livening up your kitchen with 12 months of pop culture-inspired photos makes you tingle, we have some delicious calendar candy for… Read More

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Photos That Capture the Heyday of New York City’s Most Iconic Music Venues

Dave Van Ronk was an icon of Greenwich Village coffeehouse folk culture in New York during the 1960s, eventually winning him the nickname, “Mayor of MacDougal Street.” The spirit of the scene was resurrected for Joel and Ethan Coen’s film Inside Llewyn Davis, which hit theaters this weekend. The movie inspired us to take a walk down memory lane and revisit some of New York City’s finest music venues, choosing a few photos that capture the spirit of their… Read More

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A Brief Guide to Woody Allen’s Favorite Things

Like every good neurotic, obsessive, or perfectionist (and sometimes all of the above), director Woody Allen is a lover of lists. Over the span of his career, the iconic filmmaker has shared his likes, dislikes, and absolute favorites of just about everything that highlights his eclectic tastes. In honor of his birthday, we’ve collected some of those lists — and they deserve a bookmark in your browser for eternal… Read More

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