For our (unconscionably high) rent money, the best thing about living in NYC is its endless supply of fun, odd, and inspired cultural events. But with so many options, it can be hard to know where to even begin planning your week. 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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St. Patrick’s Day festivities can be seen as an excuse for binge drinking and egregious uses of the color green, but here in NYC, there are also some pretty rad events worth your time, money, and liver. Read on for our top recommendations. … Read More
The Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn is one of the country’s most contaminated waterways, laden with toxic chemicals dating back to 19th-century New York’s industrial areas. When Nietzsche talked about gazing into the abyss, he was really talking about the Gowanus. Brooklyn photographer Bill Miller wanted to capture the flecks of life floating throughout the tar, feces, and heavy metals. The results are part documentation, part poignant snapshots of cosmic sludge. Miller told website Co.Design he sees the images as “strangely beautiful horrors” that reflect the “industrial crimes that took place there over 150 years.” Get lost in Miller’s shimmering void in our gallery. … Read More
During the height of her glorious punk/post-punk weirdness, Nina Hagen visited the New York City studio of Gilles Larrain, who we discovered on Behance, for a series of improvised photo shoots. With newborn daughter Cosma Shiva in tow, the German singer and actress revealed her many faces — mannered, flamboyant poses and ensembles that prove why she’s a beloved and eccentric style icon. See the “mother of punk” take over Larrain’s SoHo studio in our gallery. … Read More
Quantifying success can be problematic, especially when it comes to a subjective art form such as cinema. That hasn’t stopped us from looking back through film history and examining the directors we felt have been overlooked or underestimated in terms of their importance, contributions, and artistry. In many cases, lack of commercial appeal can prevent a filmmaker from finding the critical success they deserve — especially since Hollywood measures its greatest achievements by the almighty dollar. Other directors’ films display an unheralded genius too frequently unnoticed. Here are ten underrated filmmakers for your consideration. Feel free to chime in with your own picks, below. … Read More
There are few woes in our modern world that a bicycle cannot fix. Are you feeling sluggish and sedentary? Start riding your bike to work. Are you on a tight budget? Biking is far cheaper than any car or monthly subway pass. Relationship problems? Get on your bike to alleviate stress and clear your mind before saying or doing something stupid. Looking for a way to reduce your carbon emissions? Bikes, man. Bikes.
The two-wheeled machines can basically do it all, and it’s borderline bizarre that more people aren’t riding them. To better understand the situation, we sought out Paul Steely White, the executive director of New York’s Transportation Alternatives, which is an advocacy group for bicycling, walking, public transit and all things non-car. Our discussion involved the city’s upcoming bike-share program, how Hurricane Sandy gave people a glimpse of life without a subway system, the frustration of arriving at work hot and sweaty after a morning commute, and what we should expect to see in future transportation trends. … Read More
No Wave icon Anya Phillips (girlfriend of singer James Chance) was one of the founders of legendary New York nightspot the Mudd Club. Burroughs, Debbie Harry, Nico, Lydia Lunch, and other downtown figures populated the nightclub that hosted bands like Talking Heads, DNA, Chance’s The Contortions, and The B-52′s.
Photographer William Coupon started his career in New York City, documenting the Mudd Club’s thriving counterculture scene throughout the late 1970s. Coupon would later go on to photograph George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, but we’re more than happy to stare at a young Klaus Nomi, photographed like a classic Renaissance painting. See more of Coupon’s portraits in our gallery, which we spotted in his Behance portfolio. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we learned about a small French village that is supposedly the only town safe from the Mayan Apocalypse. We revisited our 10 favorite Joe Biden moments. We found out how to do Thanksgiving on a fifty-dollar budget. We talked to a real-life vampire about the Twilight series.… Read More
As people along the East Coast continue to reel from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, people all across the country are reaching out with words of support. But who better to offer advice and messages of hope from those who have been there? To that end, NYC-based journalist Andy Kopsa has put together this wonderful Tumblr, NOLA to New York, where he posts photos of Hurricane Katrina survivors holding up letters of encouragement for everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy. The result is truly wonderful, an inspiring, heartfelt message from one community to another. We’ve posted a few of our favorite photos below, but be sure to head over to the website to see them all. … Read More
One difference New Yorkers might notice when subway service is finally fully restored? According to an MTA spokesperson, the controversial advertisements that urged readers to support the civilized man in his war against the savage should now be gone. The posters, which were placed in several New York City subway stations such as Grand Central and Times Square, concluded their four-week run on October 21st. “But there’s always some lag time getting them down,” the spokesperson added over the phone. One can only hope that any remaining ads were washed away in the storm.
For Pamela Geller, writer, activist and force behind the 46- by 30-inch ads, the marketing campaign accomplished what she had hoped it would: it got people to notice. “I intended to raise awareness of the nature and magnitude of jihad activity, and have done so,” she wrote in an email.
Since the campaign’s arrival in late September, the shock value and racist undertones of the posters have been reported in daily newspapers, nightly news broadcasts and websites like this one — right here, right now — effectively magnifying the poster’s image and spreading Geller’s message well beyond its initial trajectory. Although the ads were only placed in 10 subway stations across Manhattan, the end result was more like a billboard on each street corner in every borough.
How many new devotees, financial donations, or sympathetic nods of the head the coverage garnered for Geller’s cause is uncertain, but considering that the attack on the US Consulate in Libya had just occurred a couple weeks prior to the campaign’s launch — not to mention the anniversary of 9/11 — for those already thinking about reaching out to a figure such as Geller, the thought must have been all the more tempting. What is certain, however, is that many who were once unfamiliar with Geller and her ilk are now slightly less so. But did it have to be this way? … Read More