Brought to you by the same people who run Brooklyn Flea, Smorgasburg, is a gastronomic delight. Smorgasburg is open, rain or shine, from 11:00AM to 6:00PM on Saturdays, in East River State Park (Kent Ave. and N. 7 St. on the Williamsburg waterfront), and on Sundays it is located in the Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The vendors feature packaged and prepared foods, beverages, and more from purveyors from New York City and across the region, for a total of 75-100 vendors. We recently interviewed Jonathan Butler and Eric Demby, the creative minds behind Smorgasburg.
Below are a sample of the artisinal (and hipster) culinary delights that await you at Smorgasburg: (more…)
Back when New York was the Naked City with 8 million stories, the Upper West Side was a food desert. Sure, giants walked the earth—Isaac Bashevis Singer, Duke Ellington, Hannah Arendt, and many more—but they mostly ate in dingy diners (exception: Barney Greengrass) or, if they wanted a decent meal, sprang for an expensive cab ride to a better neighborhood.
Today, New York has some 8.25 million people and the Upper West has renowned restaurants of just about every type and for every income level. The industry has become so successful that it is able to support a remarkable food festival—New Taste of the Upper West Side—sponsored by the Columbus Avenue BID. (more…)
This shot of Tom Fruin’s water tower was submitted to us by @betsybatman.
This week’s #untappedcities Instagram “Pic” of the Week goes to this colorful shot of Tom Fruin’s Watertower, taken by @betsybatman, on display in Brooklyn Bridge Park untiL June. A big congratulations to @betsybatman! and thanks for tagging your picture #untappedcities. This capture is brilliant in so many ways. It is not every day that anything, let alone a water tower dwarfs the famed Manhattan Bridge, or East River, but this shot takes on the ask head on. Aside from this, it is hard to believe that the colors produced by Fruin’s Watertower could be rivaled, however @betsybatman does the unthinkable by framing the Watertower with the sunset over the East River. Amazingly, this contrast between the setting sun and the kaleidoscope of a water tower compliment each element in this beautiful photo. (more…)
The name “Ideas City” sounds just vague enough that it could be either a booth in a science fair or an aisle in FAO Schwarz, which both sound like a lot of fun. In reality it’s a collaborative of arts, education, and community organizations brought together by the New Museum, and tasked with the lofty goal of rethinking our cities. Began in 2011, Ideas City happens biennially in New York, with global conferences rotating annually. It will be in São Paulo this October.
This year’s festival was titled “Untapped Capital,” and focused on rethinking those New York resources that are underutilized or unrecognized. Last Friday was the event “Pitching the City,” which was sponsored by the Municipal Art Society and Architizer. The evening, aimed at opening up a venue for five firms to pitch some big ideas for New York, was held at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. Every pew in the church was taken up by the almost six hundred attendees, and, in place of the usual priest, was a giant media screen. It was a stimulating night of presentations that spoke to a wide range of the “unrecognized”: an unused subway cavern, the East River, Brooklyn Navy Yard, ageing phone booths, and an IRT powerhouse station.
Stained-glass windows at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral
MONDAY, MAY 13: Henry Miller Memorial Library comes to Brooklyn! The Henry Miller Library in Big Sur will open a pop-up bookshop in the Reliquary featuring rare original manuscripts, letters, books, and more. The shop is just one great part of a week’s-worth of art, comedy, music, and movies all staged in Miller’s old neighborhood of Williamsburg. Tonight is the opening night party: Big Sur/Brooklyn Bridge night of poetry, prose and music (by Philip DeGruy) is hosted by Ping-Pong, a journal of art and literature published by the Henry Miller Memorial Library, the Coney Island performance festival Parachute, and the Brooklyn-based poetry blog: poetrycrush. Artist Tim Youd will “perform” Tropic of Cancer by retyping the novel on 1 sheet of paper. 7-10pm at the City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn. $10-20 suggested donation. Register here.
TUESDAY, MAY 14: East of Eden talk. Discover the geographic, technological, economic, and planning influences that have shaped the development of the iconic neighborhoods of the Upper East Side and East Harlem as they intersect at East 96th Street. Join Hunter Armstrong, Executive Director of CIVITAS, and Architectural Historian John Kriskiewicz for an in-dept, illustrated discussion in the historic library of the former Fabbri Mansion, now the House of the Redeemer. A NYC Landmark, the House of the Redeemer was designed by acclaimed architect Grosvenor Atterbury and was constructed for the Fabbri family between 1914-1916. 6:30pm at 7 East 95th Street. $15 suggested donation. Registration requested. Call the House of the Redeemer at (212) 289-0399 or e-mail email@example.com.
On 57th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenue, across from the Parker Meridien Hotel, is this Gold ATM. That’s right, a machine that dispenses gold. There are currently only 20 such Gold ATMs in the world, all made by TG Gold-Super-Markt corporation, an online trading platform for precious metals. The machines are the brainchild of TG Gold-Super Markt’s founder Thomas Geissler, who was inspired to repurpose the ubiquitous vending machines for a high-end purpose. The New York City Gold ATM is at Stack’s Bowers Galleries, a retailer and auctioneer of premium collectible coins, currency and precious metals.
The ATMs are covered in 24 karat gold leaf, feature a touch screen, and accept cash and credit card. The machines are “built like an armored vehicle,” says Geissler, and are theft-proof (the company tested the ATMs with explosives). Geissler wants to get 500 of the ATMs out there, not all to be located in ritzy places like Midtown West.