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from Gothamist:

Celebrate The Subway’s 110th Birthday With A Ride On A Vintage Nostalgia Train

The New York City subway is ringing in its venerable 110th birthday this week (SUCK IT LONDON UNDERGROUND, YOU’RE A BABY). And to celebrate the centennial-plus anniversary of one of the world’s oldest and biggest public transportation systems, the MTA will dig out a couple of our favorite Nostalgia Trains. Sadly, you might have to go to Times Square to catch a ride on one of these bad boys, but consider it a worthy sacrifice.

The MTA says they’ll be running two vintage cars along the 2 and 3 track from 96th Street to Times Square-42nd Street. One, a four car Low-Voltage train, was in service through the late 1960s; the second is a “Train of Many Colors,” comprised of R33 and R36-subway cars that were in service from the 1960s until 2001.

You can hitch a ride on one of these grand dames tomorrow and Monday for no cost, save the initial MetroCard swipe to get you into the station. The schedule is as follows, per the MTA:

On Sunday, between noon and 5 p.m.:

  • The Low-Voltage train leaves Times Sq-42 St at noon; 1 p.m.; 2 p.m.; 3 p.m.; 4 p.m., and 5 p.m. It leaves 96 St at 12:30 p.m.; 1:30 p.m.; 2:30 p.m.; 3:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
  • The “Train of Many Colors” leaves 96 St at noon; 1 p.m.; 2 p.m.; 3 p.m.; 4 p.m., and 5 p.m. It departs Times Square-42 St at 12:30 p.m.; 1:30 p.m.; 2:30 p.m.; 3:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.

On Monday, October 27, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.:

  • The Low-Voltage train leaves Times Sq-42 St on the hour. It departs 96 St at half past the hour.

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From Inside Hook e-newsletter:

Next week, rustic chic Williamsburg B&B Urban Cowboy is hosting a series of Victorian séances. Tickets are extremely limited. We suggest you grab two now.

The evening begins with an hour of cocktails and bites – and presumably a chat about your dead relatives – in UC’s gorgeous main house (where we shot our Fall Style Issue).

Afterwards, you’ll adjourn to their back cabin for the séance proper.

The séance is presided over by mentalist/magician Jason Suran.

He does mind readin’ and card flippin’ so well that celebs are often reduced to “Whoa … f*ck.”

The ceremony’s divided into two halves: light (“connecting with energy in the room”) and dark (“getting that energy to speak back to you”).

Suran isn’t messing around — this stuff is seriously eerie. It’s pregnant-women-and-those-with-heart-conditions-not-allowed type of stuff.

Post-show, stroll to nearby watering hole St. Mazie for a nightcap in their cellar — ask the staff about chairs moving and glassware mysteriously flying off the shelves down there.

Great place to enjoy some spirits.

Nota bene: Fans of St. Mazie’s haunted subterranean den should be aware they’re also doing a special dinner screening of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with a live score next Wednesday. Creep on creepin’ on.

A Taste of Magic: The Séance
Urban Cowboy B&B
111 Powers St.
b/t Leonard and Manhattan Ave.
(347) 840-0525

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Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show & Sale

Friday, October 24th:  1pm – 8pm
Saturday, October 25th:  11am – 6pm

Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show is New York’s premier vintage clothing shopping event. An extraordinary selection, from 90 top vintage clothing dealers, highlight this two-day shopping extravaganza that draws designers, stylists, celebrities, and the fashion-smart world-wide.

Come shop the collection that 100 years of design built. Discover high styles from the last century that inspire today’s fashion trends. Be stylish, find your own style, shop vintage.

***We are happy to continue a partnership with the New York City based charity Housing Works. With the hope of encouraging donations, we will be offering discounted admission to anyone who brings an item of clothing to donate for Housing Works, to the upcoming Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show!!!!! Find all information for this at

at the Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street (Between 6th & 7th Aves)
New York, NY 10011

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Bonnie Cashin: From The Archive

With a career that spanned six decades, Bonnie Cashin never wavered from her “Cashin Look”, bold, easy-wearing silhouettes designed to “travel” from day to evening or country to country, all cut from luxurious organic materials (leather, suede, knits and tweed) with coordinating accessories. Considered a pioneer of what is today termed sportswear, she designed clothes with a uniquely maverick spirit, and intellectual awareness of their role and significance in modern life.

Cashin set trends but did not follow them, as a result her work is unmistakable at a glance. This exhibition will feature both never-before-seen and iconic Bonnie Cashin clothing, accessories and photographs on loan from her personal archive.

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From Inside Hook e-newsletter:

American History for the day: “Storyville” refers to the early 20th-century red light district of New Orleans. Sixteen blocks along which the oldest profession in the world was sanctioned by John Q. Law. It had guidebooks and everything.And now, it’s back. Right here in New York.They’re calling it Lulu’s Dove House, a monthly bit of immersive dinner theatrics at LES cocktail den Sons of Essex.Starts next Wednesday. Will be a very, very hot date.First, you’re encouraged to dress the part. Think jazzy. Great chance to buy a hat.Your night begins at an unassuming LES bodega, where a costumed character will give you your “identity” for the evening. These are being kept hush-hush, but we’re hoping for “Reggie Ledoux.”You’ll then present a membership card bearing your moniker to SOE’s deli front for admission to see Madame Lulu’s delights in back.

They’re calling it a “speakeasy bordello,” populated with burlesque danseuses, jazzy chanteuses and green chartreuses.

Plus gypsy psychics, moustachioed piano men and a Dionysian repast of New Orleans grub and cocktails.

Remember your new identity — there’s a strong chance you may need it.

Ain’t it great when history comes to life?

Lulu’s Dove House
at Sons of Essex
133 Essex St.
b/t Stanton and Rivington 

To buy tickets for the next performance, on Wed. Oct. 22, 2014, use the link to eventbrite below:



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From Tasting

Beefsteak—it’s not just what’s for dinner. The Meat Hook is hosting its first-ever dinner dedicated to the all-you-can-eat-tenderloin banquets of Victorian New York (naturally, called Beefsteaks) at Humboldt & Jackson. There will be live music, peanuts you can throw on the floor, unlimited beer, pie and, of course, meat. “Beefsteak is a bit gonzo, which is exactly the thing we like to do,” head butcher Benjamin Turley explains. “It seemed the right thing to do in the space.” Humboldt & Jackson, 434 Humboldt St.; 10/17, 7:30 to 10 p.m.; $95 per person

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The famous Staten Island-based photographer, the late Alice Austen, did the historical record a favor by taking photos of a wide variety of New Yorkers doing their daily work during the late 19th century.

From Slate magazine:

Beautiful Photo Portraits of People Doing Their Jobs on the Streets of Late 19th-Century New York

By Rebecca Onion

The Vault is Slate’s history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here.

Alice Austen took these street photographs in 1896, hoping to capture the kinds of people you might see out and about in Manhattan. They’re part of an album that Austen titled “Street Types of New York.”

Unlike other urban photographers who worked in New York at the end of the nineteenth century, Austen didn’t set out to document blight or poverty. Nor did she look for the more unusual inhabitants of the city. Her “types”—a boyish bike messenger, a postman in the act of retrieving mail from a box, a smiling street sweeper, a grave and rotund policeman—were meant to stand in for any number of their similar colleagues who didn’t make it onto film.

Austen employed the technique of photogravure, in which a photographic plate is used in combination with an etching process to make a print with a deep, rich appearance. The backgrounds of these images offer great historical detail, showing us intriguing signage, passers-by, and even street litter.

Austen, a wealthy Staten Islander who began making photographs at the early age of ten, traveled the world with her photographic equipment. She’s one of a few examples of turn-of-the-century women who managed to leave behind a robust body of photographic work. The story of Austen’s singular life—full of ups and downs—is well worth a read.

This album goes on sale in New York on April 17. See more of Austen’s New York street portraits in this New York Public Library digital gallery.…

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Mysterious paddle wheel boat appears in Great Kills Harbor

This paddle wheel boat, which is docked in Great Kills Harbor, is drawing a lot of attention from area fishermen. Locals say the boat mysteriously showed up about two weeks ago. (Staten Island Advance/Kiawana Rich).
Kiawana Rich | By Kiawana Rich
on October 01, 2014 at 1:38 PM, updated October 01, 2014 at 7:05 PM
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A 19th-century puzzle has docked itself along Staten Island’s shore.

A mysterious paddle wheel boat has been anchored for almost two weeks in Great Kills Harbor, very close to Nichols Great Kills Marina, which is located inside the Gateway National Recreation Center.

“Where it came from? There’s all kinds of rumors. But it’s not connected to us,” a representative from the marina said. “It was definitely used as a dinner cruising boat or restaurant boat.”

He explained that he is unclear about the boat’s origins, as it is tied to a mooring just outside the marina.

The paddle wheel steamboat was popular in the 1800s, especially for use along the Mississippi, Ohio and Missouri rivers. The design of the paddle wheel boat allowed the vessels to go far up the river and cover lots of ground — even when the water was low.

Tara Kiernan, a spokesperson for the Parks Department, said the U.S. Coast Guard has identified the boat.

“They have contacted the boat’s owner and informed him that it must be removed …,” she said. “The owner needs to make repairs to the boat and has agreed to remove it by next week, after repairs are made. ”

However, the boat remains somewhat of a mystery among area fishermen.

One fisherman, Todd (who would only give his first name), said he enjoys seeing the boat in the harbor: “I think it adds character. It’s a nice boat.”

He added that while other boats docked there may go unnoticed, this boat’s unique styling and design make it stand out. “You can tell it doesn’t belong here,” said Todd.

“It’s a river boat,” said another fisherman.

The fishermen, peering through their binoculars, said they spotted the boat’s name as Island Princess, adding that Norwalk, Conn., is written on the side.

One fisherman claimed he actually spoke to the boat’s owner last week. The fisherman said the owner told him that he is originally from Florida, and had purchased the boat in Connecticut.

“It’s missing the paddles. He wanted to take the boat to Florida and have it refurbished and use it for dinner cruises along the Swanee River,” said the angler. “He (the owner) said right now the boat had no paddles, so they can’t navigate it, so he has to make arrangements to tow it. So he decided he would leave it here.”

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