Exhibit: a grittier, unforgettable era of New York

Exhibit: a grittier, unforgettable era of New York

West Chelsea is filled with art galleries. In fact, this former industrial area houses some of the most reputable galleries in the world, representing internationally renowned artists. Their pieces tend to sell for astronomical prices, so I’m always interested in exhibits that feature talented artists whose work is within reach. Starting tomorrow, and until December 20th, Daniel Cooney Fine Art will be hosting a solo exhibition by Arlene Gottfried, a Brooklyn-born photographer who chronicles the people and landscape of New York City in the 70’s and 80’s. Her black and…

The New Manhattan (Avenue)

The New Manhattan (Avenue)

Seven years ago, I lived in Greenpoint for a short while. Two friends of mine had gone away to travel the world, leaving their one-bedroom apartment on the neighborhood’s main drag, Manhattan Avenue, empty. I needed a sublet, so I packed my bags and headed to the north side of Brooklyn. That sojourn turned out to be truly gratifying, mostly because I immediately felt at home in Greenpoint, a mostly Polish, middle-class enclave that was friendly and provincial in a great way. The seeds of gentrification were already sprouting. Here…

An experience for all the senses: Queen of the Night

An experience for all the senses: Queen of the Night

“Immersive” theatre is in vogue these days. I’ve been to Sleep no More, an interactive play loosely based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, where you wander through a sort of haunted hotel and watch different scenes of varying weirdness. The set decoration is excellent. Afterwards, you’re escorted to a cocktail lounge where you watch a live jazz band. Some people love it; I think it has its good moments. But Queen of the Night, playing at the Paramount Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, takes things to a whole new level. To begin with,…

Hip Paris vs. Hispter New York

Hip Paris vs. Hispter New York

If there’s a city I love as much as New York, it’s Paris. Yesterday I stumbled upon a great post by Hip Paris Blog, written by a New Yorker living in Ille St. Louis, a gorgeous little neighborhood in the City of Lights.