A lot of songs have been written over the years about work, from Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” to Rose Royce’s “Car Wash.” Elliot Shapiro works in a field that does not exactly lend itself to song — he’s a criminal defense lawyer in the Bronx — but that sure hasn’t stopped him.
What drew the likes of Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and James Baldwin to New York City? The author of a new book on prominent 20th century gay writers considers the intellectual — and physical — pursuits that attracted some of these literary giants to our very own city.
NYC has an abundance of almost everything (except cheap rent) but often that “you can get anything here” feeling can be overwhelming. In different ways, this week’s Kickstarter projects are about curating the city, making urban life just a little bit more manageable by appreciating the little things that get lost in the shuffle.
When Fred Willard was living in New York in the 1970s, he attended a producer’s party at The Dakota on Central Park West. “I just remember saying to my wife: ‘Wow, what a weird place.'”
Women’s social clubs are popping up all over New York City. But unlike the days of yore, the emphasis is on fun rather than social causes. What is it about the feminine mystique these days?
For 72 weeks, the creators of some of the world’s best-known street art gathered in an abandoned subway station in New York City to ply their trade in a gallery no one would ever see. The artists swore to take the location of the project to the grave. MetroFocus spoke to the curators, who identified themselves only as Workhorse and PAC, about their experience with the Underbelly Project.
A New York working stiff seeks fame in L.A., a Texas pastry shop opens in Brooklyn and a film features New York, sans New Yorkers. These Kickstarter projects have a little something for everyone.
From the quotidian to the profound, “New York Diaries: 1609 to 2009,” offers journal entries written in New York by both regular joes and cultural and literary figures of the past 400 years, including Thomas Edison, Henry Hudson and George Washington.