The Bianco circus. @Sigrid Spinnox
For just three more days at DUMBO’s St. Ann’s Warehouse, the Bianco circus by NoFit State is like no other, with steampunk styling, dangerous 35 foot drops without safety nets – and not a clown in sight. Sexy acrobats dangle above the all-standing audience, performing poetic and often jaw-dropping set pieces on high-wires, ropes and trapeze to an excellent live rock band.
Norma Devine is Sammy’s Mae West, 1944, © Weegee / International Center of Photography
Press photographer Weegee’s Bowery was a Skid Row of derelicts and drunks – a world away from the boutique hotels and hipster joints that line the street today. In the ’40s and ’50s, it was notorious for fleabag hotels, flop houses that offered 25-cent-per-night beds, and crowded all-night missions that provided food and shelter to those who could afford neither.
We previously shared the news that a new exhibit Weegee’s Bowery, curated by the International Center of Photography would be at Mana Contemporary in New Jersey. We are pleased now to show additional photographs that shed led on this underclass of transients, who huddled in the shadow of the Third Avenue elevated railway, and were caught by Weegee’s lens.
A glorious dressing-up box of vintage clothes worn by the greatest New York fashion icons is being prized open – and you can be there to peer inside. There is everything from the fur bunny mask and gown that actress Candice Bergen wore to Truman Capote’s 1966 Black and White Ball, to Rosie the Riveter’s wartime jumpsuit.
Visitors can watch staff at Museum of the City of New York dressing and photographing mannequins in trendsetting outfits from the 1940s to the ’60s, including clothes worn by Lauren Bacall and Wallis Simpson. All the garments at Dressing Room: Archiving Fashion were worn by notable New York women and document the city’s arrival as a fashion capital.
Part of the vintage travel poster display ©NYPL
A treasure trove of images used by Andy Warhol is celebrating its centenary by exhibiting everything from vintage travel posters to circus costume designs. The Picture Collection at The New York Public Library has nearly 1.5 million images, and comprises more than 1,500 feet of physical materials, which is higher than the Empire State Building.
Now the show From Abacus to Zoology is highlighting some of these images, including works by some of the Picture Collection’s most devoted users – including Warhol – such as artists Taryn Simon, Joseph Cornell, and Diego Rivera, as well as photographers Walker Evans, and Dorothea Lange.
Add NewThe Library at the Nomad Hotel has two floors of books to drink with
There are plenty of pubs where literary legends have drunk, but we’ve tracked down the best bars with books in New York City, so you can endure the freezing weather with booze in one hand and a good read in the other.
Photo via Onegin Restaurant
It’s colder than a Cossack’s hip flask out there, so why not learn from those who know how to do “Baltic” better than anyone by sampling the best Russian spots in New York City? Gather your comrades together for steaming bowls of borscht, some fortifying vodkas, and feel the warmth return to your heart.