Art Nerd City Guides: New York · Los Angeles

The San Remo Cafe

Lit Nerd Wednesday! Greenwich Village during the 1950’s was a magical time in post-WWII bohemia where painters, writers and poets mingled in bars and cafes in what was then part […]

West 8th Street

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 […]

Morningside Heights

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 […]

Circle in the Square

Lit Nerd Wednesday! The cliché images of poetry and jazz are well engrained in the pop culture psyche of the 1950s and the Beat Generation. The seeds of that image were […]

DeMedici’s Butt- Caffe Reggio

Treat your ass like a DeMedici! Unless you go to NYU, most New Yorkers avoid the cheesiness that has become MacDougal Street. Most of the bars have built in beer […]

East Village

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 […]

VIDEO: Pull My Daisy

LitNerd Extra! The Beat Generation in glorious black and white! Taken from the third act of Jack Kerouac’s play Beat Generation with a jazz soundtrack by the still very active David […]

VIDEO: Jack Kerouac’s swan song on ‘Firing Line’

LitNerd Extra! It’s a bit sad to see Jack Kerouac in the last few years of his life bitter, misunderstood and drunk a good chunk of the time. Since the […]

Cedar Tavern

Where do all the artists get their booze on today? Cedar Tavern was a booze-fueled Abstract Expressionist think tank. The bar, which had its third location at 24 University Place, […]

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