The 13th Street Repertory Company located at 50 West 13th Street
In our ever changing city, there are increasingly few places that we can say have stayed the same. At The 13th Street Repertory Company, artistic director Edith O’Hara has been doing just that since she moved to New York from Idaho in 1972. Constructed in the late 1700′s, the townhouse that houses the Company has a history as an underground railroad site, with a trap door in the basement floor.
Standing beside a mountain range of U-haul trash bags, Franklin Joshua is trying to shake off the burning. Rubbing alcohol pools into centimeter-deep crevices in his palms. But it’s the best way he knows how to get clean—vital after hours of rummaging in vast networks of garbage. Joshua, 53 and homeless, scavenges from a dump on 11th Avenue and 23rd Street, avoiding bags stuffed with shrink-wrapped Christmas ornaments never hung, in favor of perfume bottles, women’s shoes, and anything that glints.
If you’re reading this, it may already be too late. When news broke that California’s Department of Public Health had halted production of Huy Fong’s legendary Sriracha sauce for the remainder of the year, our world changed. We changed, New York.
The ‘tomorrow’ we face will not be pleasant. Uncontrollable fires in the streets and subways will replace their equivalent in our mouths. Uncooked pork & chive dumplings will remain frozen through the winter. Shaky alliances will form, and enemies will be made. Worse yet, there is little any of us can do to stop it.
Chicago is a city mighty proud of its architecture. The number of architecture boat tours available attest to that, along with the zest of the tour guides. After all, Chicago was home to the World’s Columbia Exposition in 1893 (aka the Chicago World’s Fair), some of the early great skyscrapers and until last month, the tallest building in the United States.
We recently took one of those said boat tours but were struck by one of the architectural gems not mentioned by the tour guide–the Chicago River’s bridge tender houses. To us, the attention paid to such functional buildings are truly what sets Chicago apart and conveys the architectural fervor the city is so proud of. Here’s an overview of some of these beautiful houses, which range from wooden clapboard to Beaux Arts.
When people talk about jazz history in New York City, they usually talk about Harlem and Greenwich Village. Indeed, Harlem was full of jazz clubs in the 1920s, like the Apollo and the Cotton Club. But if you were going to trace jazz back to its true home, you’d have to go to Queens, where many of the musicians who performed in Manhattan’s clubs lived. The Queens Jazz Trail Map by Ephemera Press was commissioned by Flushing Town Hall to show the homes of jazz legends and places of interest for jazz fans. (more…)