The Knick-Untapped Cities-Cinemax-Steven Soderbergh-NYC-Brooklyn-003The Knick’s Surgery Room

This week, we were invited to view the New York City set of Cinemax’s The Knick, Steven Soderbergh’s medical drama set in early 1900s. A few months back, we researched and discussed the film locations used by Soderbergh and his team, whose goal was to recreate New York City at the turn of the last century. During our recent walkthrough of the sets used during production, we got a sneak peek into the mind of Soderbergh, the director, cinematographer, editor and showrunner of The Knick through conversations with the show’s production crew.  (more…)

Another entrance pic

Originally built in 1898 for The Germania Bank, the building was Landmarked in 2005

After the brouhaha over the opening that never was of FIRST SHOW / LAST SHOW at 190 Bowery, we snagged entry into the much anticipated gallery exhibition with permission to take photographs. In addition to the art itself, we were anxious to document the details of the 72-room “mansion” that was once Germania Bank. The grand entrance with its chamfered corner, Tuscan columns and arched entry, sits on the corner of the Bowery and Spring Street–with a side entrance at street-level on the Bowery.


Lee Quinones

Lee Quinones adding a poetic message on the wall of his current solo show                                         Photo: Nicole Klagsbrun

New Yorkers who date back to the mid 1970s will remember the birth of subway graffiti art and Lee Quinones as a prominent figure in this movement. Well known for painting entire subway cars, and credited with painting about 125 cars all together, the Puerto Rico-born New Yorker was part of the respected writing crew The Fabulous 5 (Fab 5). Now, forty years later, Quinones has long since moved out of the subway and into the mainstream–in galleries, museums and private collections all over the world. You may recognize our previous coverage of Quinones within the Museum of the City of New York exhibition, City as Canvas  


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12 hours, 32 miles, 1,235 people and an unforgettable experience of hiking the entire perimeter of Manhattan. It’s called The Great Saunter–an annual urban walk that meanders through some twenty waterfront parks and promenades, several historic communities and innumerable moments of surprise and wonder. 2015 marks the thirtieth year of this extreme city walking adventure and Untapped Cities jumped right in, to explore the shores of Manhattan with several other enthusiasts amidst the blossom of Spring earlier this month.


Theatre for One-I’m Not the Stranger You Think I Am-Arts Brookfield-NYCTheatre for One in NYC. Photo by Darial Sneed.

We have to admit this is pretty clever–a theater for one in a traveling theater, supposedly the smallest theater in New York City at 4 feet by 8 feet. It’s all part of “I’m Not the Stranger You Think I Am,” from Theatre For One, presented by Arts Brookfield. Until June 6th, they’ll be giving plays for one person at a time in Arts Brookfield spaces like Winter Garden (May 18-24), Zuccotti Park (May 27-31) and the Grace Building (June 2-6).


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In Long Island Sound, not far from the Bronx highlights like City Island and Hart Island, is one of the most unique bed and breakfasts in the New York City area. The hauntingly named Execution Rocks Lighthouse dates from 1849 has three bedrooms that go for $300 a night, all going to the non-profit that is maintaining the lighthouse. If that seems too steep, we’ll be offering a daytime exploration of the island on June 13th (tickets below) in support of the lighthouse renovation.