Art Nerd City Guides: New York · Los Angeles

The Original New Year’s Eve Ball

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

The Jane is a maritime themed budget hotel with great dĂ©cor. 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

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

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

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

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. […]

Gotham Book Mart

Lit Nerd Wednesday! Oh the plight of the independent bookstore and it’s increasingly likelihood of extinction — like many towns and cities across the country New York City can’t escape this […]

Pissing on Queen Elizabeth I

Once upon a time, publishing giant, William Randolph Hearst, owned the Warwick Hotel. Hearst sought out famed illustrator and muralist Dean Cornwell to transform a salon in the hotel into […]

George Bellows’ House

Across from the House of Fantasy, lived the great New York painter, George Bellows. From 1910 to 1925, Bellows lived in the townhouse, and worked in a studio in the […]

Gordon Matta-Clark’s FOOD Cafe

I love Gordon Matta-Clark. It is true. I love how he turned architecture into sculpture, by cutting holes in buildings or slicing them in half. I love how he bought […]

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