04/23/14 10:00am

The Maritime works of John Stobart grace the walls of the Parlor floor

It appears that art is alive and well at The Salmagundi Club, designated a Historical Landmark in 1969 and on the National Register of Historic Places (1975). When we last brought you to The Salmagundi Club, they were going through a major renovation and we were thrilled to get a chance to glimpse behind the walls.

Now that the renovation is complete, we thought we would go back and take a look at the finished project. As it turned out, it was a very busy day for them. They were moving their entire permanent collection back into the building.  (more…)

04/23/14 9:00am

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Unless you are on a social media hiatus, living under a rock without 3G, or just really dislike cats, you’ve probably heard from a little birdie that a pop-up cat café is opening tomorrow, April 24th in New York City on 168 Bowery. Hosted by cat food company Purina One, the pop-up cat café will run until Sunday, April 27th. During this time, cat lovers are invited to sit down and sip coffee with feline companions. And it’s all for a good cause because these adorable kitties, provided by the North Shore Animal League, are up for adoption. Furthermore, animal experts at the café will be giving lectures on cat health and cat-friendly interior design for those seeking to adopt the precious fur balls.

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04/22/14 4:30pm

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We’re going to venture a guess that even the NYC Parks Department was unprepared for the sheer number of people excited to catch a glimpse of the long-closed, and deteriorating New York Pavilion from the 1964 World’s Fair today. While press got early access (the only time we gladly relished the opportunity), the public lines stretched around the pavilion, across the elevated walkway over Grand Central to the Queens Zoo.

Thus far, we’ve been privy to Abandoned NYC’s haunting photos of the Philip Johnson structure, vintage photos that brought us back to the future, and a great mash-up of then & now images. Stepping into the space today, we were reminded of the more mundane things that have been left behind: signage reproduced from the time when it was a very active space for a short period of time.

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04/22/14 4:00pm
The empty observation towers of the New York Pavilion hover over Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

The empty observation towers of the New York Pavilion hover over Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

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04/22/14 2:00pm

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The catacomb-like basement of Brewer’s Art in Baltimore, a craft beer scene. Photo Credit: Jeff Kubina via Flickr

Baltimore’s small independent craft breweries host some of the most unique architectural, flavorful and cultural facets of the city. Two particular locations demonstrate the individuality of the city’s craft brew scene, including the bar of many faces—The Brewer’s Art, and the one-stop-shop for home brewing, Nepenthe.

Nestled between the historical district of Mount Vernon with its monument to Washington and the young, hip area of Station North Arts and Entertainment District sits what appears to be a window into a classy barroom. The area is host to bookstores, crêperies, Middle Eastern restaurants, clubs and very little parking. Less manicured than Charles Village and Johns Hopkins University and much less touristy than the redeveloped Inner Harbor and its Hard Rock Café, Station North is representative of the indie art culture that Baltimoreans treasure but outsiders may never know about.  (more…)

04/22/14 12:00pm

Kevin Roose author of Young Money NYC Untapped Cities

For his bestselling book, Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits, Kevin Roose spent three years shadowing eight young bankers and traders as they got their first taste of the world made notorious in The Wolf of Wall Street. What he found is enough to shatter the illusions of power broker hopefuls, who quickly learn that they’re expected to work 100 hour work weeks doing inane tasks like completing excel spreadsheets for insanely demanding bosses. We caught up with Kevin to find out what motivated him to write the book, how his subjects reacted when they read it, and how it made him think differently about NYC.  (more…)