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Video: Justin Kirk Takes Us Backstage At These Paper Bullets!, A Play With Music By Billie Joe Armstrong
What happens when William Shakespeare gets updated to swinging 1960s London, with era-appropriate songs by Billie Joe Armstrong? It's the effervescent new play, These Paper Bullets!, Rolin Jones' adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing starring Justin Kirk and Nicole Parker as squabbling lovers.
While the Central Stacks have been a part of the New York Public Library for over 100 years, the Milstein Stacks were only integrated into the plan in the 1980s, when the collections spread underground. Recently we...
My Rudolph Cat Christmas sweater and I began my Great SantaCon Adventure in Williamsburg, a neighborhood whose death knell came long before the Santas decided to gather in McCarren Park. Still, though SantaCon was well underway by...
Have you ever wondered what's underneath Bryant Park? In short, a treasure trove of historical items—maps, manuscripts, rare books, and more periodicals than you ever knew existed. Also: George Washington's recipe for beer.
Michael Lorenzini has spent a lot of time looking at dead bodies. "I did my masters thesis on police photography," he told us on a recent afternoon in the Municipal Archives building, where he holds the title of Curator of Photography. When photos taken by the NYPD are no longer active, they're given to Lorenzini and the Department of Records to preserve and catalogue. "The police department holds onto things for longer than other agencies because things could be an active record for much longer, in the case of an unsolved homicide or something," Lorenzini said.
Remember the mornings of your childhood? Remember colorful bowls of cereal, pastries slathered with blue frosting, and cartoons on TV before school? Carefree and sweet, the a.m. used to be such a simpler time. You woke up rested, grown-ups shuttled you around. Coffee was the least of your worries and once again, there were cartoons.
The Queens neighborhood typically referred to as
Quooklyn Ridgewood has undergone sweeping changes in recent years not seen since Bushwick (and Williamsburg, and Greenpoint, and Crown Heights, and...). A crush of new establishments have set up shop, including several new bars, a forthcoming music venue, and a bakery known as Buttah. Buttah's chief baker Kristin Viola has been referred to by some as the "Dominique Ansel of Ridgewood," but after our conversation with her, the "Tom Petty of Baking" seemed a better description: classic, minimal, perfect. In a food landscape dominated by edible publicity stunts - the ramen burger, cheeseception pizza, fried chicken waffle cones, and of course, the Cronut - Buttah's offerings deliberately go against this grain.
You've seen them on the 11 o'clock news, on bulletin boards at the post office, and maybe even on this very site. Even with the ubiquity of surveillance cameras around the city, the NYPD still relies on forensic artists who have been trained to work with victims and sketch images of their attackers.
There is a saying that real New Yorkers never look up. That isn't true. There's a lot of cool, historic stuff above us and if you aren't looking up at it, you should be. Real New Yorkers look in any goddamn direction they want to, including up and including down... and today we're going to contemplate that downward gaze.
Video by Jessica Leibowitz. The Tenement Museum is a photographer's paradise—layers over layers of delicately patterned wallpaper, elaborately pressed tinned ceilings and time-ravaged friezes. The problem, though, is that photos are generally not allowed on the Orchard...
Chef Justin Warner reinvented the Friends "moistmaker" sandwich for us.
"We'll turn on the stove Sunday and won't turn them off until Thursday," James Winans, Chief Development Officer of The Bowery Mission, says with a chuckle. "Probably after Thursday."
For the past 40 years, legendary musicians and guitar aficionados have been flocking to Mandolin Brothers, the Staten Island mom-and-pop guitar emporium. Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Christopher Guest, Dave Van Ronk, Joni Mitchell, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Steven Segal and Conan O'Brien are but some of the big name players who made the trip (or sent their instruments) to SI for a chance to talk shop with deceased owner Stan Jay and try out one of their hundreds of gorgeous vintage and refurbished instruments.
Behind a bored looking security guard and a beige door sat thousands of boxes that contain the archives from every mayoral administration through Giuliani's.
The New York Botanical Garden's wondrous Holiday Train Show will open this Saturday, November 21, but you can get a never-before-seen look at the show now—by checking out this video from the train's perspective.
When you see these kittens, the first words that come to mind are "cute," "aww" and "GAHH! I must have them all!" But the word "survivor" also applies to these critters, most of whom have been hand-raised by the ASPCA at their Kitten Nursery on the Upper East Side.
Kenny Salls had never seen anything like it. The 22-year-old Amish man—three months into his Rumspringa—stood and marveled at the crowds bustling through the Kings Theatre Saturday for the 2015 National Beard & Mustache Championships. Stroking his own scraggly brown beard, Salls grinned at his fellow competitors and was all too happy to shake hands and pose for photos. "It's something I never really realized was out there," he said.
Brooklyn's Kings Theatre was transformed into a wooly paradise for the annual National Beard & Moustache Championships this weekend (not to be confused with the annual NYC Beard and Mustache Competition). We tagged along with competitor Garey Faulkner, a passionate Cincinnati Bengals fan who has become famous for his luscious (and colorful) chin locks.
(Photos by Sai Mokhtari/Gothamist) During our recent exploration of Grand Central, we learned about the Terminal's staircases—the two on either side of the main concourse, and the one that's hidden from the public eye, right in...
"This has been the best Bike Kill ever," one dust-covered man was heard saying to a buddy as festivities wound to a close on Saturday evening, and indeed, he may have a point. Held in a far-flung...
NYPD officer Clinton Philbert was out of uniform. Wearing a sheeny black and white ruffled costume (with gruesome mask to match), the young cop looked ready to walk into the role of a demonic referee and/or Insane Clown Posse rhythm guitarist.
The 130-year-old Victorian home is supposedly one of the most haunted spots in town, and even if you don't buy the stories about lurking ghosts, the house's blood-spattered history is macabre enough to creep you out.
"School is in," Precious Costello Caldwell Jr., better known these days as "Costello," announced to the five dogs gathered at his feet, though that much was already clear. Straight-backed, alert, with matching red scarves and leather leashes, the dogs looked more like cadets at an elite training camp than mere household pets. Costello, dressed in army green coveralls and vintage motorcycle sunglasses, stood before them—their Steampunk General.
Research has shown that pets can help reduce your anxiety—and last week, Gothamist staffers put that theory to the test, and essentially reached a state of nirvana when four puppies and a kitten from the North Shore Animal League visited the office. P.S. Did you know that holding four puppies is really, really hard work?
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We were recently granted access to areas of Grand Central Terminal that are typically closed to the public—from nooks near the ceiling, to a hidden sub-basement that Hitler once tried to infiltrate—where you will still find a...
In 1913, what some consider to be the first electric computer, built by Westinghouse, was installed in the sub-basement of Grand Central Terminal. You know, the one Hitler tried to infiltrate? Today, over 100 years later, the...
The sub-basement of Grand Central Terminal is New York City's deepest basement, at least that's what they'll tell you. It's also likely the safest and one of the most secure places in all of the 5 boroughs....
On the evening of October 1st, as the temperature dipped into the 50s and a steady rain began to fall, Floyd Parks and a few other homeless men and women sought shelter under the overhang at Choir Academy, a public school in East Harlem. The rain was still falling at 5:00 a.m., when the group was rousted by police and Parks Department employees in white hazmat suits. The authorities told them they were no longer welcome underneath the overhang, and began to toss their possessions into a waiting sanitation truck.
The Hole, ten blocks that time and New York City forgot, draws two types of people attracted to its isolation: those who don't want to be found, and those with something to bury. Wedged between East New York and Howard Beach, straddling the Brooklyn-Queens Border, the Hole is like nowhere else in the city.