New York City

Designer Toys for Grown-Ups

The holidays are a time for families and loved ones to celebrate togetherness, and they tend to arouse feelings of nostalgia that recall simpler times. The days of being a child and enjoying hours with your favorite toy don’t have to be a distant memory. There are plenty of playthings for grown-ups that encourage similar exploration and fun. We’ve gathered some of our favorite toys that emphasize great design, responsible materials, and conceptual artistry. … Read More

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Decadent Photos From Legendary 1980s New York Nightclub Area

New York’s history is full of truly great spots where people went to dance, hook up, party, watch celebrities do all of those things, and most importantly, get photographed. Lower Manhattan club Area was that place between 1983 and 1987, during that weird post-Factory, post-disco, post-punk, pre-Giuliani, pre-Brooklyn renaissance era that, crucially, coincided with the growing AIDS crisis that changed New York nightlife forever. Sadly (not to mention predictably), the building that once housed Area has been turned into condos, but the club lives on in Area: 1983-1987, Eric and Jennifer Goode’s chronicle of its short, memorable life. Click through to preview a few of the book’s many incredible… Read More

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Amazing Home Movie Footage of ’70s-Era NYC

If you live in New York and love movies, you sometimes get a little charge out of watching films… Read More

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20 Cemeteries You Need to Visit Before You Die

Sure, Halloween is today, but autumn is just generally the best time of year to walk through a beautiful cemetery and appreciate not only the serenity, but also the landscape, intricate tombstones, and sometimes even the final resting places of famous historical figures. Some people find them creepy, while others purposely seek out graveyards when they go out of town. For those of the latter persuasion, here are 20 cemeteries you absolutely must visit — before you, well, end up in one… Read More

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Incredible Photos of the New York City Subway During the 1980s

Steven Siegel has been photographing the streets and subways of New York City for 30 years, and his Flickr album is a time capsule of a grittier, feral city — before Times Square was scrubbed clean and 9/11 changed the metropolis forever. In honor of the first subway opening today back in 1904, we’ve shared a collection of Siegel’s remarkable photos that capture the underground world bustling with graffiti-covered trains. Several of the images were taken in a junkyard where the metal behemoths were waiting to be demolished. Siegel and friends created several dreamlike scenarios (in a pre-Photoshop era) with clever angles, poses, and accidental exposures. Many of these areas would be off-limits to the public now thanks to tightened security measures, but those were different times. Take a closer look in our gallery. Visit Siegel’s Flickr page for a trip back to New York in the 1980s. … Read More

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Intimate Photos of Lovers on the Streets of New York City

Life in New York City doesn’t slow down for anyone, but street photographer Matt Weber has a keen eye for those quiet, intimate moments shared between two people — the kind that feel like all time has stopped. Sometimes it’s a kiss before the subway doors close, and sometimes it’s a passionate embrace against the steel security gate of an abandoned shop. “Occasionally, it’s over the top. Young people tend to do that — spend half an hour groping,” the former taxi driver told Slate. “Maybe it’s not exhibitionism so much as being overwhelmed. The first time you fall in love as a teenager is a really powerful thing.” Weber captures lovers on the streets of New York — spontaneous moments of bliss in a city that has its share of difficulties. “There are so many miserable people. You see a lot of people not looking very content. With happy people, I try not to worry why they’re happy,” he explained. Weber’s life and work is featured in the documentary More Than the Rainbow, and you can purchase prints of his photos over here, but the artist was kind enough to share his images with us — which are featured in our gallery. … Read More

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Watch Banksy’s ‘The Sirens of the Lambs’ Spook Onlookers

Squeaky puppets and stuffed animals, crammed into a slaughterhouse delivery truck, will be creeping around New York’s meatpacking district… Read More

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10 Great Sites for Bored History Nerds

If you aren’t using up vacation time, there are a few more days left of sitting in your chair and just staring at the computer screen, begging for something, anything, to save you from the August doldrums, Miley Cyrus think pieces, and pug videos (strike that last one: pug videos are always a good thing). Since this is pretty much the slowest time of the year when nothing really good gets done, maybe it’s a perfect time for you to bone up on your random bits of history, and fill up your Pinterest board with old-timey images from these great websites. … Read More

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Flavorpill’s Guide to This Week’s Top 10 New York Events

For our (unconscionably high) rent money, the best thing about living in NYC is its endless supply of fun, odd, and inspired cultural events — especially during the summer months. But with so many options, it can be hard to know where to even begin. To help you make sense of it all, we’re sharing the very best of what’s on offer this week. It’s just a taste of what you can find on the new Flavorpill, so if you like what you see, be sure to sign up… Read More

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Flavorpill Guide to This Week’s Top 10 New York Events

For our (unconscionably high) rent money, the best thing about living in NYC is its endless supply of fun, odd, and inspired cultural events — especially during the summer months. But with so many options, it can be hard to know where to even begin. To help you make sense of it all, Flavorpill Deputy Editor Mindy Bond shares the very best of what’s on offer this week. It’s just a taste of what you can find on the new Flavorpill, so if you like what you see, be sure to sign up… Read More

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