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

For our (unconscionably high) rent money, the best thing about living in New York City 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 has launched a new social discovery engine where users can create and share events with friends, as well as follow Flavorpill editors’ and plugged-in local curators’ picks. Below, you’ll find the very best of what’s on offer this week, recommended by Flavorpill NYC’s top contributing editor, Mindy Bond. 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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Forget Karaoke: Here Are 10 of NYC's Best Live Tribute Bands

You thought earnest, shameless tribute bands were just for Las Vegas, didn’t you? While New York obviously has a wealth of original music to offer, we’ve been thinking: singing along to live renditions of “Fat-Bottomed Girls” could in theory be a lot more fun than pretending to care about DIIV. It’s time to take a break from nodding to noise bands and take your pick from this fine array of tributes to the classic acts we all totally still listen to, even though we’ll only admit it at karaoke. … Read More

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Incredible 180-Degree Panoramas of NYC Churches

We don’t know about you, but any time we walk into a majestic building, one of the first things we do is lean our heads back to take in the ceiling, and to really feel the building’s size and shape. That’s exactly what Richard Silver’s panoramas of gorgeous New York City churches feel like, at least if you add a few degrees of lower back flexibility. Silver’s panoramas, which we spotted over at PetaPixel are actually frankenphotos, consisting of 6-10 photos stitched together in Photoshop — a beautiful way to experience these beautiful buildinsg. Click through to see a few of Silver’s churches, and then be sure to head on over to his website to check out some more of his work. … Read More

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Amazing Light Drawings Created in 1970s New York City

In the late 1970s, Eric Staller would wander around New York City, scoping out locations that he felt might “articulate the particular choreography or architecture of light” that he had in mind. After nightfall, armed with nothing but a pack of sparklers, some Christmas lights, and a camera, he would set up a tripod and create these gorgeous long time-exposure light paintings by moving through the darkness with the lights. The resultant photographs, which we recently spotted over at My Modern Met, would be beautiful in any year, but we’re especially impressed by how well Staller’s analog methods stand up to today’s art. Click through to see some of our favorites from his series, and then be sure to head on over to his wacky website to check out more of his work — and even purchase some. … Read More

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Visit HoMu, the World’s Smallest Art Gallery

Only two people can visit the Homeless Museum of Art at a time. Those visitors must sit in plastic folding chairs in front of the booth, which functions as reception desk, director’s office and exhibition hall all at once, and is staffed by artist Filip Noteradaeme, the museum’s director. Noteradaeme, after both giving out and taking… Read More

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The Manhattan Project: A Gorgeous Time-Lapse Film Celebrating NYC

We were blown away by this gorgeous time-lapse video, documenting photographer Cameron Michael‘s explorations of New York City. Though a time-lapse video of city life isn’t exactly a new idea, this one is particularly well-crafted, filled with beautiful shots of New York standbys like the Highline, yoga in the park, subway musicians, and of course, lots of people and traffic, as well as interesting perspectives and fluid movements that make you feel like you’re really poking your own nose into all of these magical places. Even better, if you’re anything like us, we pretty much guarantee that this video will inspire you to get out and explore your city (whatever city you might find yourself in) — and who knows? You might just see things in a whole new way. … Read More

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See NYC Through the Eyes of a Taxi Driver

If we had to hazard a guess, we’d say that taxi drivers probably get to witness more of the craziness and beauty New York City than the average citizen. After all, their job is to zip around the streets all day, and we imagine there’s at least a little time for windshield voyeurism. Case in point: Visual News pointed us towards this amazing Tumblr, ThingsISeeFromMyCab, where taxi driver Max Cohen posts pictures he takes from the driver’s seat of — you guessed it — his cab. Click through to check out some of our favorite snaps from his collection, and then be sure to follow ThingsISeeFromMyCab for more updates. … Read More

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Stanley Kubrick's Snapshots of the 1946 New York City Subway

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Take a Sneak Peek Inside Courtney Love’s NYC Townhouse

Recently, we found out that Courtney Love was facing eviction from her West Village townhouse “after she set it on fire and ‘ruined’ its designer décor” by painting and wallpapering the walls (the fire was a minor one caused by a candle). According to her landlord, Love is also $54,000 behind on the $324,000 annual rent. All this aside, or perhaps in part because of it, yesterday we were treated to a detailed romp through Courtney Love’s house courtesy of xoJane, whose editors have been using Love’s home as a “sort of Pop-Up office.” Lucky them! Love’s townhouse is full of cozy, lived-in glamour, and its cheerful blues and pinks mixed with dark hardwood and slightly sinister art make it seem a little bit like a deliciously ornate doomsday cake. All we can say is, we hope she gets to keep it. Click through to see a few of our favorite photos, then head over to xoJane for many more. … Read More

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Fading and Beautiful Ghost Signs in New York City

However unceasing our culture’s push towards modernity, there are, thankfully, some things that stick with us. In Fading Ads of New York City, recently published by the History Press, Frank H. Jump collects photographs of the fading ghost signs of New York, a project that he began after learning he was H.I.V. positive at age 26. Jump wrote, “The sense of urgency I felt every day drove me to document New York’s fading advertisements, and capture the marks left by artists and artisans, most long since dead, who spent their lives painting huge commercial murals over the last 150 years.” There are thousands of these fading signs all over the country, especially in New York. Some are beautiful in design, some are funny, some are almost gone. Click through to see a few of our favorite finds, from Jump’s book and beyond. … Read More

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