Twitter can now tell you how The Empire State Building is honoring everything from the 4th of July to the NBA playoffs. Well not twitter, but a tweetbot. ESBcolor tweets what colors the Empire State Building will be and for what reason. Created by data scientist Sam Swift, it tells anyone who follows the account what colors one of the most iconic buildings in the world, will be, and for what occasion it is giving attention to.  (more…)

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Fans of the woeful New York Knickerbockers haven’t had a lot to cheer for in recent years, or ever. But on May 8, 1970, an electric Madison Square Garden crowd saw the Knicks crush the Los Angeles Lakers to bring home their first NBA championship.

Coached by New York native Red Holzman, the Knicks resembled the current Golden State Warriors, dominating on the offensive end with their unselfish team play while holding down the league’s best defense. The team was led by Willis Reed, the best center in the league and the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 1970, and Walt “Clyde” Frazier, nicknamed for his glamorous fashion style borrowed from Warren Beatty’s character in Bonnie and Clyde. The supporting cast included Dave DeBusschere, Cazzie Russell, and future U.S. Senator Bill Bradley. A key role player, though injured for this playoff run, was future legend of zen coaching, Phil Jackson. (more…)

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Quite a bit of time has now passed since the 2015 version of the the “Fight of The Century,” between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio. Fans waited six years to see who would be considered the best boxer of their generation, paying up to $100 dollars to see the two clash. For many, it was a disappointment: another missed opportunity for boxing to truly capture the culture which seems to have slipped away. Before UFC, politics and the lack of true starpower, boxing has a proud and storied history that can rival any sport. A lot of great moments have happened here in New York City, where legends of the sport carved their name in history and battled with their fellow warriors for supremacy in the ring. To celebrate the sport of boxing, we have listed ten of the most important moments in NYC boxing history.


wearing his heart on his sleeve

I’ve written a lot about my love for all-black outfits that feature some kind of eye-popping accent. Shadowy clothes with a weird detail say, “I can’t be bothered to think about colors but you’d better not think I’m boring,” or “I’m dark, but not that depressing.” Sometimes the detail remains hidden until you’ve had the chance to look for it, but sometimes it’s the most noticeable thing in your field of vision. (more…)

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This face is kind of terrifying, but that’s what makes it so appealing to the eye. Brooklyn artist Nicolas Holiber has built this four-feet-long monster out of trash, and it now sits in Tribeca Park. This sculpture took Holiber a month to build —  he spent almost every waking hour creating this four foot tall piece, in his studio, which he told us via e-mail is “only about 150 square feet.” He documented the entire expierence on Instagram, showing progress from idea to reality. Besides the materials in his studio and throughout his travels, other parts of the “Head of Goliath”  come from NYC street artist Hanksy’s last show Best of The Worst. (more…)