Art Nerd City Guides: New York · Los Angeles

  • Brooklyn Heights

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Lit Nerd Wednesday! On a tree-lined street in Brooklyn Heights a faded plaque rests on one of the many brownstones that dot the area — fitting as the reputation of […]

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  • May 6th AMREF ARTBALL honoring EL ANATSUI honorary host JACK SHAINMAN

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    The ArtBall 2017 invite is here! This year we have an even more fabulous event planned for Saturday, May 6th  – and we are hoping to sell it out! Along with […]

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  • Anne Barlinckhoff – Strength Africa

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Born in Amsterdam, Barlinckhoff is a young photographer with the guts and gaul of the great documentary photographers of the past, traveling to the far edges of the earth to […]

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  • Seaman-Drake Arch

    Monday, April 17, 2017

    This hidden arch was once the entrance way to the lavish 1855 Seaman-Drake “country” estate which sat on 25 acres near Broadway and 215th Street. It is a replica of Paris’ […]

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  • West 8th Street

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Lit Nerd Wednesday!   It’s strange to think of West Eighth Street as anything but a few blocks of tacky shoe stores but in the 1950s and 60s it was […]

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  • DEATH

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    Next week, experience a live audiovisual performance in Chelsea on April 18th, marking the opening of “DEATH,” presented by Laura Duvall and Margaret Velvet of THE CORP. The visual exhibition a series […]

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  • PS Os Gemeos

    Friday, April 7, 2017

    I really, really miss when Os Gemeos had their turn at the Houston Mural- it was by far the best and most complex as far as I’m concerned! But I […]

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  • In Dreams- An art show tribute to David Lynch

    Friday, April 7, 2017

    Fulfill your Lynchian fantasies this weekend for an epic show at SPOKE NYC (210 Rivington Street). Be prepared to wait in line- these shows are incredibly popular. SPOKE NYC is pleased to […]

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  • Patchin Place

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017

     Lit Nerd Wednesday! Tree-lined streets are a dime a dozen in the Village but very few have the reputation of the timeless Patchin Place. This small alley populated with three […]

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  • Detroit GRIND

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017

    Detroit is representing this week, as Inner State Gallery takes over Rush Arts Gallery at (526 West 26th Street #311) for “Detroit Grind”- featuring works by Detroit-based artists: Nic Notion, Olayami […]

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  • Naoko Tosa’s Sound of Ikebana (Spring), Midnight Moment

    Monday, April 3, 2017

    You know how I love how art wins over ads every night in Times Square with #MidnightMoment (and of course I’m particularly fond of it since I curated July’s #MidnightMoment!) […]

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  • Hunt & Fish Club

    Monday, April 3, 2017

    Remnants of old New York are few and far between- especially in Times Square, so I was surprised when a brand new restaurant echoed the bygone era. Eytan Sugarman’s brand new […]

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  • Willem de Kooning’s Studio of Depression

    Friday, March 31, 2017

    In 1946, things weren’t great for Willem de Kooning. His marriage to Elaine de Kooning was increasingly on the rocks. After a Spring of depression and showing up around town […]

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  • Morningside Heights

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    Lit Nerd Wednesday! Columbia University, besides being outrageously expensive and eminent domainy, played a key role in one of the biggest literary movements of the 20th century and one of […]

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  • Haring Unearthed

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    I can’t imagine an 8,200 square foot apartment in New York- but complete with its own Keith Haring mural- preposterous! When realtors were renovating the epic “maisonette,” they accidentally unearthed […]

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What's Up

Apr
7

In Dreams- An art show tribute to David Lynch

Fulfill your Lynchian fantasies this weekend for an epic show at SPOKE NYC (210 Rivington Street). Be prepared to wait in line- these shows are incredibly popular. SPOKE NYC is pleased to […]

Read More

Neighborhoods

Jan
3

Sarah Sze, Blueprint for a Landscape

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 […]

Jan
2

Philip Williams Poster Museum

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, […]

Dec
30

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 […]

Dec
28

The Jane Hotel

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 […]

Dec
26

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 […]

Dec
23

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 […]

Dec
21

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 […]

Dec
15

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. […]

Dec
14

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 […]

Dec
12

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 […]

Dec
6

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 […]

Dec
5

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 […]

Nov
30

Columbia Heights

Lit Nerd Wednesday! Living off and on in NYC for 16 years, I’ve often taken the beauty of it’s landmarks for granted, the Brooklyn Bridge being one of them. Poet Hart […]

Tom Otterness, Life Underground, Meatpacking, Subway Art
Nov
29

Life Underground by Tom Otterness

Everyone I know loves Tom Otterness’ “Life Underground,” the Fraggle Rock Doozer-like small bronze characters inhabiting the 8th Avenue L train station. For some reason I’ve always hated them with […]

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