06/16/14 12:00pm

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Here is your weekly curated events guide for the week.

Monday June 16th

Join the team from Streaker Sports at Mason Jar NYC in Murray Hill to cheer on team U.S.A. in their first game of the World Cup 2014 series against Ghana. Entry is free for all or purchase a table for parties of 4, 6, 8 or more to guarantee seating. Show up at 5:30 p.m. in your reds, whites and blues for what is bound to be an exciting game and a great continuation to this years World Cup competition. (more…)

06/11/14 2:00pm

It’s summertime which means it’s time to make maximum use of your bike or your Citibike membership. Here, we’ve put together four bike routes for cyclists who are looking to discover some history along with their ride. Included in this article are a leisurely ride from Prospect Park to Brighton Beach, jumping across the East River between Williamsburg, Roosevelt Island and Manhattan, a jam-packed historical route through downtown Manhattan, and a cultural jaunt through Upper Manhattan.

1. The Leisure Lover

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Where to: Northern Prospect Park along the Ocean Parkway to Brighton Beach

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06/04/14 10:00am

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As we sailed north, along Manhattan’s iconic skyline, the tall, taller and tallest of its architecture, soon blurred into a forested landscape and rocky terrain, reminiscent of the Mannahatta that Henry Hudson discovered four hundred years ago. The transition was quite evident as the Untapped Cities crew took to the waters aboard the classic harbor line yacht ‘Manhattan ‘ inspired by the famous (and infamous) commuter yachts of the roaring twenties. The three hour spectacle- called the Around Manhattan Architectural tour sponsored by the New York chapter of American Institute of Architects, offers some stunning insights into the past, present and future of the ever evolving city and its waterfront.

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05/27/14 12:00pm

The Rose Center's great cube is made of water white glass, which lacks the usual greenish tint. The Rose Center’s great cube is made of water white glass, which lacks the usual greenish tint.

Architect James Polshek has written his memoir, Build/Memory (Monacelli Press), with all the substance, drive, and élan that made him famous in the first place. His buildings aren’t just structures standing quietly, waiting for something to happen. Instead, they live vigorously in their neighborhoods, engaging with their surroundings and landscape, changing with the light, evolving with the seasons. While you may not have heard of his name yet, you’ll definitely recognize some of his buildings, like the Brooklyn Museum and the Rose Center for Earth & Space at the American Museum of Natural History. Here are some of his favorites—and ours.  (more…)

05/23/14 10:00am

Gordon Willis, who passed away last Sunday, shot some of the most iconic films of the 1970s. Called “The Prince of Darkness,” Willis loved to film dark shadows with minimal lighting. His style was influenced by the Expressionist movement in Germany and American Film Noir. He never won an Academy Award, only being nominated twice. Three films he shot, however, took home the Academy Award for Best Picture (The Godfather, The Godfather 2 and Annie Hall).

Say what you will about Woody Allen now (both professionally and personally), but during his prime Allen was an expert at picking the right people for his films. When the inspiration for Manhattan came to him, he spoke to Willis about how the film would look in black and white, hoping to show NYC the way he always looked at it growing up. The NYC native Willis agreed, and their collaboration became one of the Allen’s most memorable films (even if Allen did try to stop it from being released). To honor the late Gordon Willis, we look back at one of his finest achievements as a cinematographer. Here are ten NYC locations for Manhattan.

1. Elaine’s

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05/23/14 9:00am

BeastieBoys_ChungKing_HipHopThe Beastie Boys outside Chung King Studios’ original location on Varick Street in SoHo. Image via Frank 151.

Dubbed the Abbey Road of Hip-Hop, Chung King Studios is probably more responsible for the global popularization of New York Hip-Hop than any other institution in the city. And with names like the Beastie Boys, Run DMC, ODB, and Nas under its belt, it also served as a hotbed of innovation that helped define the sound of an era. That’s why it’s a wonder that the studio has not garnered the level of visibility it deserves.  (more…)