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An Amazon Site You Can’t Reach on Your Laptop

An Amazon Site You Can’t Reach on Your Laptop

BY JACKSON CHEN | Amazon — which for years has posed a mortal threat to bookstores everywhere — is changing up its customary strategy, at least in a handful of cases nationwide. Here in New York City, it’s planning to open its first local brick and mortar book store at 10 Columbus Circle. In response, local […]

Upper West Sider Gives Back to His Home of 45 Years

Upper West Sider Gives Back to His Home of 45 Years

BY JACKSON CHEN | Victor González served five years in the United States Air Force and more than 10 years as a tenant association president and as a Manhattan community board member. His current public service, however, relates to the 44 years he’s lived in the city’s public housing. At 67 and as a proud resident […]

New Push to Landmark 42nd Street Library’s Jewel Box Reading Room

New Push to Landmark 42nd Street Library’s Jewel Box Reading Room

BY JACKSON CHEN | A library advocacy group garnered more than 1,000 signatures in a matter of days on a petition to landmark the iconic Rose Reading Room and several other interior spaces in the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street. The Committee to Save the New York […]

Visitor Immersion Key to Natural History’s Gilder Center

Visitor Immersion Key to Natural History’s  Gilder Center

BY JACKSON CHEN | As part of an ongoing public discussion of its major expansion, the American Museum of Natural History has laid out details of the modern interiors it plans within the new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation. The project, which includes a major redo of the museum’s Columbus Avenue entrance near […]

As Heard Recently on the Second Avenue Subway

As Heard Recently on the Second Avenue Subway

BY LENORE SKENAZY  | To celebrate the opening of the Second Avenue Subway, we have commissioned the first New York Guide to Subway Jargon. Here it is  —  after 98 years in the making! Sick passenger (noun): Patently lame excuse for lateness. “I meant to call you on your birthday, but there was a sick passenger on […]

FIT Spotlights Iconic Black Fashion Designers

FIT Spotlights Iconic Black Fashion Designers

BY NAEISHA ROSE | Celebrating style mavens of African descent and their contributions to fashion from the 1950s to the present, “Black Fashion Designers” is a notable first for the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). In the past, FIT has presented work on individual black designers — but never before with a focus […]

High Over East River, Among Strangers, Couple Make Vows

High Over East River, Among Strangers, Couple Make Vows

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | “Marriage” and “guerilla” don’t normally belong in the same sentence — but for two Manhattanites, swiping their MetroCards and staging an impromptu wedding on the Roosevelt Island Tramway made perfect sense, not to mention memories to last a lifetime. Jennifer Dreussi Hansen and Wesley Hansen, who live in Penn South on […]

Representing Is Important; Content Counts, Too

Representing Is Important; Content Counts, Too

BY STEVE ERICKSON | “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins has said that if people don’t have images of themselves, they’ll start to feel like they don’t exist. Jenkins’ film has given an unprecedented amount of visibility to gay African-American men –– at least in cinema. (TV shows like “The Wire” and “Empire” have beaten him to the […]

False Faces for a Global Economy

False Faces for a Global Economy

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” is cinema, the real thing. A 162-minute German comedy might sound like a barrel of oxymorons to some spectators. However, Ade brings both visual and verbal wit to bear on a number of essentially serious subjects: the business community, what richer countries are doing to poorer ones, the […]

Things to Celebrate from 2016

Things to Celebrate from 2016

BY DAVID NOH | And so, 2016 ends with both a bang (of the most unsettling proportion with the incoming POTUS’ myriad threats) and a whimper (all of us, in reaction), yet Manhattanites who have been out on the town this year had plenty to treasure in live performances that blessed this city. Here are the […]

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