Walking around New York City by day, it’s easy to pass by the many historic parks and buildings without a second glance. Nighttime is a little scarier in lower Manhattan, however, with so much eventful–and often grisly–history in the area. We took a little tour of the city’s haunted haunts with Boroughs of the Dead and came away thoroughly spooked. Check out the city’s haunted past in this week’s featured Foursquare list.
Museum patrons working on the Draftsmen’s Congress
Upon entering the Pawel Althamer: The Neighbors exhibit at the New Museum a mural of paint surrounds you as artists work. They are clad in once white smocks, now vibrant messes of color. But these are no ordinary artists, as hints are lain by the inviting paint cans with brushes spewed in the center. The artists are museum patrons, with the museum visitors applying layer upon layer of paint forming a vast vibrant mural of seamless chaotic color. A vast array of small designs–many half covered–are discernible, from targets to faces to lettering. “FOOL” is written boldly across the top of a chair, while “OLLIE” adorns a wall.
Lately, everyone in the Paris area is talking about “Le Grand Paris” again. The Grand Paris project is essentially a large urban development initiative meant to better integrate and govern Paris and its surrounding suburbs. Then-President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed the project in 2007 with the end goal of creating a more attractive, competitive and equal capital region for France. The Grand Paris has been making headlines again following a law passed in January that creates a political institution that will govern Paris and its surrounding cities. Now that the Grand Paris has a government structure written into law, it seems like the once nebulous idea is finally becoming a reality. (more…)
We’re excited to partner with Andrea Janes of Boroughs of the Dead for a walking tour on one of our favorite topics here in NYC. The tour, Murder, Scandal & Vice: Crime & Corruption in 19th Century New York will take place on June 14th at 7pm with a cocktail to follow (optional) at the hidden bar Pulqueria in Chinatown.
Life in 19th Century New York was filled with murder, corruption, crime, and vice of all flavors. This just under 2-hour historical walking tour examines some of old Gotham’s most brutal and infamous crimes, some still unsolved, all set against the backdrop of a bustling city that seethed with scandal. From the gangsters of the Five Points to the tragic women of McGurk’s Suicide Hall, we’ll explore the shadiest, tawdriest, and most notorious stories of old New York.
Last summer, we rounded up six great urban photography projects that were going on, including those visiting every bodega in Manhattan, capturing the city’s disappearing neon signs, and a guy walking every street of NYC. Yesterday, another one came across our way: For the last three years, five friends have been visiting and documenting New York’s old-school pizza joints. For extra authenticity, all five are native New Yorkers. According to Ian Manheimer, a member of The New York Pizza Project, they’ve “been to over 100 of the most authentic shops in the City: talking to patrons and pizza makers, snapping photos…We like to say, it’s not about the food, it’s about everything else.”