“Someone once asked me what it was like to walk down the block with Stanley. I liken it to what it must be like for Beyoncé to try to get down the block unnoticed.” As the Westminster Dog Show kicks off, the owner of a 200-pound American Mastiff reflects on all the time she’s spent managing the reactions of New Yorkers who think he’s too big to be a city dog…
Single or not, maybe Valentine’s Day rubs you the wrong way…. This year, try one of these alternative activities for a new Valentine’s Day experience — including tree planting and an art exhibit on Love and Hate — for a new Valentine’s Day experience.
Watch out Spike Lee — the young directors featured in the New Voices in Black Cinema festival bring tales of love, loss and hope back to Brooklyn, raising issues of police brutality, absentee fathers and fear of commitment.
The owner of the now-closed NYC music club Luna Lounge, which hosted such acts as The Strokes and Elliott Smith before they topped the charts, opines on why he believes notorious punk rock club CBGB should be allowed to rest in peace as rumors of its resurrection swirl.
Who makes minimum wage? The guy who serves you coffee? Your buddy at the gym? MetroFocus recently spent a day talking to New Yorkers working at or near minimum wage to see what they thought of the proposed wage increase.
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.
Want to make money off your hobby? MetroFocus profiles several New Yorkers who have taken their talents to YouTube and say they are making a living at it — from cooking Korean food to performing Britney Spears in sign language.
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.