Art Nerd City Guides: New York · Los Angeles

Gracie Mansion Gallery site

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The artistic spirit of the East Village of the 1980s was one I dream about, and live through movies like “Downtown 81”, “Slaves of New York” and modern period movies […]

Cafe Le Metro

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Lit Nerd Wednesday! Even if you think you know a ton about the lost literary haunts of NYC, you come across some surprises like Cafe Le Metro. Situated in what […]

Tony Rosenthal, Alamo

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Great news! The beloved “Cube” is FINALLY back….after being refurbished for what seems like forever. Can today be the official Cube Day? There’s no basement in this Alamo either. Seminal Cor-ten […]

Yaffa Cafe

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It saddens me greatly that Yaffa Cafe is gone, but I still must pay tribute to the overly ornamental kitsch that defined my late teen years coming to New York. […]

The Bunker

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Lit Nerd Wednesday! Where do I start when it comes to William S. Burroughs? From the moment he stepped foot in New York City it was high drama, be it […]

East Village

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Lit Nerd Wednesday! “A sad park of Autumn, late Saturday afternoon — leaves by now so dry they make a general rattle and a little girl in a green knit […]

McSorley’s

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LitNerd Wednesday! Lets get the bad out of the way — McSorley’s has this funky stale onion and beer smell and there’s no bigger display of douchebaggery than on weekend […]

Pete’s Tavern

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LitNerd Wednesday! In the eternal race to be the oldest bar in New York City it’s hard to top McSorely’s. Besides it’s timelessly sodden old age it has some great […]

Lenin Statue at Red Square

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The statue on the top of this building is not hailing a cab from the roof, but has actually hailed from Mother Russia. The giant Lenin was originally a state […]

Fun Gallery

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This is the first site of the eponymous graffiti gallery. I love this story from founder Patti Astor “I was meeting all the graffiti artists while we were getting the […]

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