New York

Fascinating Portraits from “Forgotten” Staten Island in the 1980s

After a spike in New York City rent, photographer Christine Osinski and her husband were displaced from their loft and in search of a new home. She wound up in Staten Island — New York’s “forgotten borough.”

The middle-class, suburban vibe was familiar to Osinski, who hailed from Chicago’s South Side. Yet, having just moved from the city, Staten Island felt almost exotic and slightly surreal. She explored her fascination with the neighborhood people and landscape in a series of black-and-white portraits, which we first spotted on Slate, shooting hundreds of images throughout the 1980s.

One of the photos is currently on view in a group show at the Sasha Wolf Gallery, where Osinski will also celebrate her first solo exhibition in September. Click through for a preview of Osinski’s Staten Island series. … 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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30 Seconds With… ‘Murder Ballad’ Composer Julianna Nash

In this weekly featureWCBS culture critic Jim Taylor shares 30 seconds with the theatre stars and upstarts of NYC. From Broadway to Off-off, Jim tracks down the talent and gets them to spill just enough for our collectively shortened attention spans.

Murder Ballad is the in-your-face rock opera about love and sex and the choices we make. And sometimes regret. We talk about it with composer Julianna Nash.  … 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. 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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Was ‘The Great Gatsby’ The Last Great New York Novel?

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby stands out as the finest of his four completed novels because it’s an empathetic satire that delivers the author’s most aggressive attack on New York’s high society. I’ve read it maybe five times, although I prefer the first half because I think that’s where the magic happens. It’s when all three of the novel’s parties take place, and where Fitzgerald’s psychological complexity thrives most — the simultaneous worship and disdain for wealth and celebrity that characterizes his body of work. It’s often praised as a top contender for the Great American Novel, but Gatsby also remains as the best New York novel I’ve ever read because it so fully embodies the city in the time during which it was written, while continuing to speak to readers (and especially New Yorkers) of every generation. … Read More

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A Tale of Two Cities: Compelling Photos Merge London and New York

As a Londoner living in New York, I’m often drawing parallels between the two cities. Central Park is (a prettier) Hyde Park; Williamsburg is trendier than Shoreditch; the Upper East Side’s as swanky as Chelsea, Washington Square Park swarming with NYU kids might as well be Russell Square crawling with UCL students, and so forth. With her photography series New York+London (spotted via Architizer), another English woman, Daniella Zalcman, has turned her homesick musings following her move to New York into art. … Read More

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2013 Tony Nomination Highlights and Snubs From Theatre Critic Jim Taylor

In this weekly feature, “30 Seconds With…,” WCBS culture critic Jim Taylor shares 30 seconds with the theatre stars and upstarts of NYC. From Broadway to Off-off, Jim tracks down the talent and gets them to spill just enough for our collectively shortened attention spans.

Today we’re talking Tonys: the 2013 Tony nominations. And for an incisive take on the recently announced nominees, we’re talking with theatre critic Jim Taylor. Yup, Jim is interviewing himself. … Read More

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30 Seconds With… William Ivey Long

In this weekly featureWCBS culture critic Jim Taylor shares 30 seconds with the theatre stars and upstarts of NYC. From Broadway to Off-off, Jim tracks down the talent and gets them to spill just enough for our collectively shortened attention spans.

Remember the yellow dress in Contact? If you’re a theatre fan, you definitely do. Multiple Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long is the man responsible for that iconic dress, and it’s now on the wall of his underground design studio in the Village — along with about a thousand images that all became part of the costuming for Cinderella. … 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. 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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Disturbing Photos of US Landmarks Ruined by Rising Sea Levels

To look upon artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm‘s global warming-conscious renderings of renowned sites across the US submerged in water (which we discovered on PSFK) is a shock to the system indeed. Lamm’s images of what our nation’s landmarks might look like in 500 years, when sea levels are predicted to rise by 25 feet, hit close to home with a very clear message about the dangers of climate change. Take a look through our gallery below to see before-and-after shots of how New York, Boston, Miami, and DC might end up if we — and our government — aren’t careful. … Read More

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