Times Square is home to over 30 theaters. These theaters can be awe-inspiring works of art and architecture. As a result, it is sad to think about Times Square’s opulent theaters that have either been nearly gutted or completely demolished. One former theater, which is overlooked by most who visit the area, lies in the middle of that spectrum.
Until recently, the former Loew’s Mayfair Theater was a souvenir store that incorporated some of the theater’s detailing. The store went out of business and so far nothing new has opened in its place. Ideally, its new occupant will restore the interior decorations and display them more prominently, as recently happened with the former I. Miller Shoe Store. (more…)
In 2012 the Electronic Frontier Foundation sued the FAA under the Freedom of Information Act for the publication of the files revealing who has applied for and been granted licenses to fly drones, or unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) domestically. The files that the FAA released are each an application from an entity that wished to procure a UAV license called a Certificate of Authorization (COA) which is needed to fly a drone above 400 feet or for the military, outside of restricted airspace—which means outside of bases. Each COA application includes maps of where the drones will fly. (more…)
Analogia – large scale installation by Ben Tritt at Bryant Park
Curators and artists alike have been hard at work with their installations—some in galleries and some in our parks—all with a view toward Armory Arts Week, which will begin on March 5th and end on March 10th.
Much of Armory Arts Week is indoors, but we’ve been enjoying some of our park installations coinciding with the festivities such as last week’s Iván Navarro water tower exhibit in Madison Square Park. This week we are watching Ben Tritt’s installation, Analogia. Ben is no stranger to large scale outdoor projects. This one consists of two towers measuring fifteen by fifteen feet at the base and rising sixty feet above the park. (more…)
Last week, we here at Untapped brought you a piece on New York’s singleton mittens and where they are now. Today we broaden the scope and consider all lost things, or at least those chanced upon by SVA student by Zoonzin Lee. Using only an X-acto knife, cardboard, and Magic Marker, Zoonzin gives the objects in her Little Lost Project a voice, then returns them to the streets where she found them. (more…)
Crosby street is unmistakably part of the fashionable neighborhood of Soho—it boasts a selection of chic stores housed in old factories—but is a departure from much of the neighborhood in its quaint nature. Crosby Street is one of our favorites in the city–it harkens back to the bygone days of an old artistic and industrial Soho, one not inundated with high end chain retailers. The street is only six blocks long, starting at Bleecker Street to the north and ending at Howard Street, a street just north of Canal, to the south. The street was named for the 19th century millionaire and philanthropist William Bedloe Crosby. (more…)
Here’s our list of curated events in NYC this week:
Monday, March 3rd:
Join former Daily Show correspondent and Brooklyn resident Wyatt Cenac as he hosts his weekly showcase of some of the funniest up-and-coming stand up comedians in the NYC area. The event, called Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, takes place at the Littlefield performance and art space in Gowanus.
Tuesday, March 4th:
It’s going to be Fat Tuesday… in New Orleans. Those of us who have to be in NYC instead of The Big Easy but still want to celebrate Mardi Gras can head over to the Players Club in Gramercy Park for the latest party thrown by The Salon. There will a dress code in effect: no t-shirts, sneakers or overly casual attire of any kind will be allowed. This is a party that brings New Orleans to NYC, so dress accordingly. Live performances and traditional New Orleans appetizers will be offered as part of the overall experience.
Imagine a world where the characters of Louisa May Alcott’s famous 1860 novel Little Women and the characters from HBO’s polarizing comedy GIRLS merged together. After you get the image of Lena Dunham wearing 1860′s attire out of your head, you should head over to the Bookstore Cafe on Crosby Street for a special stage reading and discussion of WOMENa stage play that has gotten the attention of Dunham herself. All proceeds from the event will benefit Housing Works.(more…)