Coming soon to New York, an underground park: The Lowline

Courtesty of the Lowline, photo: Liz Ligon

Do you like the Highline park in Manhattan? There's a subterranean version coming soon. The Lowline looks like it's going to be amazing.

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Freedom Tower displays pride colors


New York governor Andrew Cuomo released this photo last night of 1 World Trade Center displaying the pride colors.

“From Stonewall to marriage equality to protecting transgender individuals to the first-in-the nation executive action to ban conversion therapy, New York has led the way in the fight for LGBT rights. In this state, we believe that no matter your race, creed, color, gender identity or expression you have the right live your life free from persecution and prejudice.

"This senseless act of terror reminds us that there are those who seek to undermine these very values and the progress we have achieved. We will not let this happen. An attack on one is an attack on all. New York joins the rest of the nation in rejecting this hate, fear and extremism and stands shoulder to shoulder with the LGBT community.

“Tonight, I am directing One World Trade Center to be lit the colors of the pride flag in a tribute to LGBT Americans and the lives that were lost. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest thoughts and prayers to those affected by this horrendous tragedy.”

This gesture will doubtless draw irritated sighs from the New York Times, which published a column by Frank Bruni making clear that the slaughter of 50 people at a gay nightclub by a homophobic terrorist isn't about gay people, who should accept that "this isn’t a moment for identity politics" which "could muddle the significance of the carnage." Read the rest

Iconic NYC record store Other Music to shut its doors


Other Music, my favorite New York City record store, is closing down after more than two decades in the East Village. Other Music was a hub of avant-garde culture both locally and via their phenomenal weekly newsletter reviewing new releases, from experimental electronica to post-punk indie to freaky psych reissues, and everywhere in between. Whenever I visited Manhattan, I made a beeline to Other Music, and loved hearing staff recommendations (and peeking at what other customers were buying).

“We still do a ton of business — probably more than most stores in the country,” co-owner Josh Madell told the New York Times. “It’s just the economics of it actually supporting us — we don’t see a future in it. We’re trying to step back before it becomes a nightmare.”

Business has dropped by half since the store’s peak in 2000, when it did about $3.1 million in sales, said Chris Vanderloo, who founded the shop with Mr. Madell and Jeff Gibson after the three met as employees at the music spinoff of Kim’s Video in the early ’90s. (Mr. Gibson left Other Music’s day-to-day operations in 2001.)

Rent, on the other hand, has more than doubled from the $6,000 a month the store paid in 1995, while its annual share of the building’s property tax bill has also increased with the local real estate market.

Other Music, I will miss you.

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NYC's 'Food Warriors' head to Rockaway on the A-Train for cheap eats, in series finale

Food Warriors

“Food Warriors,” the wonderful street food video series created by Rafi Kam, Dallas Penn, and Casimir Nozkowski, just published a wonderful new episode focused on the cheap eats of Rockaway Beach and Far Rockaway.

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Crane collapse kills one in New York City

A huge crane toppled in New York City this morning, killing someone in a parked car and injuring several others. CBS reports that high winds were blamed for the collapse. Read the rest

In “Food Warriors,” NYC subway grub sleuths find A+ ethnic eats in Richmond Hill, Queens

There's a wonderful new episode out from Food Warriors, the delightful NYC street eats web series starring Dallas Penn and Rafi Kam, and directed by Casimir Nozkowski.

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ISIS threatens NYC and DC

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ISIS, or as they hate to be called, Daesh, released a video online Wednesday threatening an imminent attack on New York City.

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Enjoy this fucking tour of fucking New York City


Makes me want to hop on a fucking plane to NYC right now. (mediocrefilms)

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NYC rats walking upright, holding rodent Burning Man


Pizza Rat was just the most brazen example of the rats that are apparently ravaging New York City this year. Apparently it's a record year for the number of rodent complaint calls that citizens have made to the city of New York.

Manhattan Upper West Side resident Nora Prentice says this about an infestation of hundreds of rats in her neighborhood park:

"It's like the Burning Man of rats," she told the Associated Press. "They're just sitting there in a lawn chair waiting for you."

Meanwhile city comptroller Scott Stringer has noticed that rodent evolution has apparently gone awry: "I've seen rats walking upright, saying, 'Good morning, Mr. Comptroller,'" he said. "It's unsightly to see rats running through neighborhoods like they actually bought a co-op somewhere."

I suggest that the city issue every brave soul a copy of Ike Matthews' 1898 classic book "Full Revelations of a Professional Rat-Catcher After 25 Years' Experience." Read the rest

Jill Freedman's gripping 1970s NYC documentary photography


In the 1970s, documentary photographer Jill Freedman, now 75, embedded herself with New York City firefighters and police officers, capturing the grit, humor, and humanity of those individuals and others she encountered in her travels through the hidden narratives of Manhattan. NYC's Steven Kasher Gallery has a show of Freedman's work opening September 17 and CNN interviewed the photographer about her life behind the lens.

"I wanted to tell stories, and if nobody would send me," she said, "I would just go."

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Celebrate The Warriors film with the cast at Coney Island, NYC on 9/13

OK boppers, The Warriors reunion is coming to Coney Island, New York on September 13 to celebrate the iconic gang film from 1979. Read the rest

The FUGS First Rehearsal and Lou Reed's Earliest Known Recording of 'Heroin'

Lou Reed writes Heroin by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall
A cameo-filled page from John Wilcock, New York Years. With Ed Sanders' Arts Magazine, Edie Sedgwick arriving in NYC, and Nico fainting on stage.

Watch the Food Warriors hit Broadway Junction in search of the best NYC cheap street eats


Internets Celebrities, with hosts Dallas Penn, Rafi Kam, and director Casimir Nozkowski, have a fun new NYC street foodie episode out. Read the rest

NYC decides not to nuke Uber from orbit just yet

An Uber sign is seen in a car in New York June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
The winds shifted in Uber's favor after a little help from the state's governor.

Obama snubs NYC's Waldorf Astoria hotel over China bugging fears, scream tabloids

President Obama. WABC, July 17, 2015.

President Obama. WABC, July 17, 2015.

Most fears about bugs in New York City hotels involve the kind that live in beds. Today, another type of hotel bug is in the news. Read the rest

Watch a short 1976 documentary about the NYC graffiti scene


"Watching My Name Go By" is a great half-hour BBC documentary from 1976 about the early days of graffiti culture in New York City. (YouTube, thanks UPSO!)

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App for subscribing to a network of clean NYC bathrooms


For $25/month, you can soon have access to a network of guaranteed clean bathrooms in New York City through a new app called Looie. The service launches in July with seven bathrooms at cafes and restaurants in TriBeCa. Read the rest

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