As Untapped Cities columnist, Luke Kingma, who boldly took us to the depths of Chinatown and to the wildest of NYC parties, moves on to the West Coast, he reminisces on his life in New York City in the best way he knows how–through its food.
It is no simple task to summarize 3.5 years spent in a city that has at once asked so much of me and given so much to me. I arrived in December 2010 with a paltry pile of personal items stacked in the corner of an old friend’s Upper East Side apartment. I’ll depart tonight with a similar haul, bound for Los Angeles and the inevitability of a car payment. (Do they still run on gas? Did we figure that out yet?)
As my mind criss-crosses the boroughs in search of a compelling narrative, I can’t help but distill my experience down to the food I’ve eaten during my stay here. From the $.20 pork & chive dumplings on Eldridge Street to the finest cuts of Pat LeFrieda beef in Tribeca, there has been meaning and memory in every morsel. So I began revisiting the restaurants where my own story was written, hoping to find remnants of myself if not one last warm meal.
Inside the Brooklyn Museum’s rotunda gallery, Brooklyn based street artist Caleonia Curry a.k.a Swoon and her team have installed an awe inspiring 60 foot tree sculpture. The sculpture –which is reported to have taken months to complete –is the base and center piece for her exhibition titled Submerged Motherlands. The former Pratt Institute student turned world famous street artist and humanitarian’s site-specific installation is said to be an artistic response to past and contemporary catastrophe’s. (more…)
Mention “Itaewon” to anyone—Korean or expat—who has lived in Seoul for a while, and the name will elicit a knee-jerk reaction triggering some cautionary tale regarding the drunken debauchery which takes place there after sunset. Located near the U.S. Army Base, Yongsan Garrison, the maze of bars and nightclubs which comprise the hub of this Seoul neighborhood has historically suffered from a shady reputation. Night spots primarily frequented by GIs in particular are seen as seedy pick-up scenes and places where only “bad girls” would dare to venture. (more…)
Spring is finally here. To celebrate, here are our list of curated events happening in NYC this week.
Monday April 14th
As part of St. Francis College‘s Walt Whitman literary series, the college invites award-winning author George Saunders to read from his latest book of short stories Tenth of December. The reading will be taking place at the College’s Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture and Education.
Spring Cleaning is upon us, and not just cleaning up that trashy room of yours. While most of us will be cleaning our rooms, or (God Forbid!) bathrooms; we who care about our inner selves will head to Brooklyn’s Chaitty Coffee Shop. The cafe is celebrating spring by having people show up to try their many different juice cleanses. All the ingredients are from farms—and we all know how important that is to people in Brooklyn—so sign up and try some Wakey Wakey. (more…)
New York City is so flush with museums and galleries that the art lover may well despair of catching every good exhibit. Perhaps the best defense against art show anxiety is simply skipping town altogether. A breezy eighty minutes on the Metro-North, along the broad grey Hudson and past the tremendous ruins of Bannerman Castle, takes you to Beacon, New York and the magnificent Dia: Beacon. (more…)