On March 3, 1931, Harlem big band leader Cab Calloway recorded “Minnie the Moocher,” the classic tale of chasing opium that made Calloway a national star and put Harlem’s big band sound on the map.
Born on Christmas Day in 1907, Calloway had moved to Harlem to break into the jazz scene, and soon won the attention of Duke Ellington’s agent, a Russian Jew from the Lower East Side named Irving Mills. When Ellington, already one of Harlem’s biggest stars, went on a 1931 national tour, Mills booked the Cab Calloway Orchestra to headline in Ellington’s place at the Cotton Club.
Using the app Timera, New Yorker Dan Kafalas (who previously contributed a photograph to our Top 10 Secrets of the Chrysler Building piece), melds vintage photographs with images from the same locations in present day New York City. Over the past couple weeks, Kafalas went on assignment for us to capture these shots of iconic locations in the city, including Grand Central Terminal, Washington Square Arch, the Manhattan Bridge, and Union Square, along with quaint streets like Charles Street in Greenwich Village and Varick Street in Tribeca. Take a look below for more:
As season 5 of Downton Abbey has come to close, we thought it was high time we updated our list of film locations for the popular British television show. Here are 10 notable spots from the first five seasons:
Actually located in Newbury (west of London), the home that stands in for Downton Abbey is still occupied by the Carnavaron family but is open for tours and events. If the architectural style rings a bell, it’s because it’s designed by the same architect as the British Houses of Parliament.
One of the most important annual art events in New York will take place this week: The Armory Show located on Piers 92 and 94 from March 5th through March 8th, with the Armory Party at The MoMA on March 4th. In addition, this is the kick-off of an entire week of exhibits by artists from all over the World in other locations throughout our City. Here are a few of the locations that make Armory Arts Week special:
Last week, we explained in our Cities 101 column why the ice on the Hudson River flows both ways, and today we’ll show you how the ice gets broken up to clear a channel for barges. This video by The New York Times shows a Coast Guard ice cutter, the Sturgeon Bay, at work near Germantown, New York in the Hudson River Valley to free two trapped boats. More than freeing ships, clearing the channel allows for the delivery of critical items via barge like heating oil, road salt and other winter supplies.
This week’s roundup is dedicated to four of NYC’s most famous skyscrapers: the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, the One World Trade Center, and the Flatiron Building! Hashtag #UntappedCities on Instagram and Twitter if you would like to have one of your photos entered in the running for our weekly “Best Of”column. Also, you can keep an eye on what contributors and readers are checking out by browsing the live feed.