Art Nerd City Guides: New York · Los Angeles

Christie’s Auction House

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Many people don’t realize that Auction houses are essentially free museums. So much important work from art history gets passed from private hands to private hands, occasionally lent to a […]

Bemelmans Bar

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Lit Nerd Wednesday! I have a bit of a dilemma – I love vintage hotel bars but my archivist salary says NO! Of course I still like to indulge from […]

Sarah Sze, Blueprint for a Landscape

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The long awaited 2nd Avenue Subway line is finally open, which means a bevy of new public art for our enjoyment. Sarah Sze was one of the first artists chosen […]

Philip Williams Poster Museum

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The Philip Williams Poster Museum may be a retail store, but it feels like a step into an amazing time warp. First of all the space, which opened in 1973, […]

The Original New Year’s Eve Ball

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Back in 1907, metalworker Jacob Starr made the first glowing ball to be lowered from One Times Square at midnight on December 31st. Just five feet in diameter, it didn’t […]

The Jane Hotel

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The Jane is a maritime themed budget hotel with great décor. Patrons stay in cruise ship style rooms, as the building was originally built in 1908 as a hotel for […]

Tenth of Always with Andy Warhol and Candy Darling

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Tenth of Always (currently The Madelyn) was a happening gay afterhours restaurant in the heart of the Village, frequented by Andy Warhol and Lou Reed. The place was run by […]

Bronze Plaques of Union Square

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I bet you’ve never noticed these bronze plaques on the ground surrounding Union Square before. I know, you were too busy looking at the break dancers/tourists/green market/healing art sellers, but […]

Carl Van Vechten’s Studio

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Lit Nerd Wednesday! He may sound unfamiliar today but do an image search by his name and his subjects will look very recognizable. Actors, musicians and writers spanning three decades […]

The Pulitzer Fountain

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The ultimate post-mortem vanity plate to himself, Joseph Pulitzer left $50,000 for the Pulitzer Fountain, to be erected in Grand Army Plaza at the South Eastern tip of Central Park. […]

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