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Dec ,2014

Public reading of “The Night Before Christmas” at the Church of the Intercession
04:00 pm to 05:00 pm, December 21, 2014

550 West 155th Street
New York, NY 10032

In 1822, as a Christmas present for his six children, Clement C. Moore wrote the poem that became a classic for all to cherish. Come hear a reading of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas. A special musical prelude and slide show begins at 3:30pm.

The reading will be performed by the Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper, the 17th Rector of Trinity Wall Street, which includes Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan. Dr. Cooper is retiring in 2015, so this will be the last time he attends this event as the Rector of Trinity. He and his wife Tay have attended the reading every year since 2004.

After the reading, there will be a lantern procession to Trinity Cemetery and Mausoleum, where a wreath will be laid at the gravesite of Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863), the son of Dr. Benjamin Moore, the sixth rector of Trinity Parish.

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From Moscow With Love participant drama at Moscow 57. Information from The Aces & Ops website:

Saturday December 13th, 2014 (Click HERE for our Press Release)

  • Moscow 57 ( 168 1/2 Delancey Street NYC (map)
  • 7:00 Doors (arriving early highly encouraged)
  • Tickets $25 (no tickets sold at the door — almost sold out!)
  • Customized, immersive espionage role-play social game experience for everyone
  • Featuring music by Yuri Lemeshev & Ellen Kaye, Dmitry & Maria (of the DODO Orchestra), Ethan Fein and the M 57 Band plus Moscow 57’s & Aces & Operatives’ own Cici James (as Ima Nokov) and other special guests!
  • Cinematography & Photography by Alvin Caal (dress to impress!)
  • Exotic Russian small plates will be passed to arriving guests plus a delicious authentic Russian cuisine quick order menu for all players to order throughout the evening
  • 1960’s ‘Mod Era’ costume or formal dress code (examples: rouge agent, femme fatale, dapper executive, heiress, henchmen, Eastern European oligarch, polished politician, intelligence director, beat reporter, world renowned performer etc.

Please note: with your ticket purchase you agree to sign a waiver/release upon arrival for use of photos and video taken and recorded at the event. This allows us to build on our experience for the future and also gives our unique cosplay attendees an amazing chance to be glamorized!

Danger Lair is our one-of-a-kind immersive and transformative theatrical role-play event. You will find yourself invited to an exclusive event during the height of the Cold War. The social connections you make and the decisions you choose will dictate the fate of the world in spectacular fashion during an evening of role-play, music, and entertainment!

Limited spots. Ticket purchasers will be emailed their unique character and personal story before the event. “

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MTA Holiday Train on the “M” Line (Every Sunday in December)
Head down to any “M” station between Queens Plaza and Second Avenue from 10am-5pm to ride on a 1930s vintage subway train equipped with wicker seats and ceiling fans. Free.…

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I have to agree. There are clearly some folks out there with a lot more money and power than common sense!

What the World Doesn’t Need Are Steampunk Luxury Condos

Kriston Capps

Every so often, circumstances conspire to deliver a perfect send-up of an unfortunate national trend. This is not one of those moments. This is a story where all of us lose.

A new luxury development called 15 Renwick in New York is giving built form to steampunk. That’s right, steampunk: that dark, Victoriana-obsessed cousin of Renaissance festivals and Star Trek conventions is now a theme for condos. I’m sorry to report that it gets worse: Steampunk is the entire pitch for the building.

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That’s right: Those are sloops and frigates parked along Manhattan’s West Side. Contrary to the rendering above, 15 Renwick isn’t some kind of steam-powered estate floating gayly on the Hudson. It’s an 11-story, 31-unit building just off Canal Street in Hudson Square, the neighborhood that the New York Observer called“the last corner of undeveloped Manhattan” in 2012.

The project, which is nearing completion now, looks like the last stop along a tour designed by Jules Verne (Journey to the Center of New York Real Estate). Renderings of the building’s condos, townhouses, and penthouses feature residents who all appear to be socially well-adjusted. I’m kidding: They look like people who think New York was better back when it was called New Amsterdam.

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Renwick Street and the building alike take their names from 19th-century Columbia University engineer James Renwick, and his better-known son, James Renwick, Jr., the architect who designed such iconic buildings as the Smithsonian Institution’s Castle. But 15 Renwick doesn’t have anything to do with Romanesque Revival architecture. The building is the work of ODA Architecture, whose lead, Eran Chen, boasts a number of credible multifamily projects in New York.

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The condos, townhouses, and penthouses—which are still selling, from between $2.4 million to $7.1 million—are tricked out with walnut flooring and bleeding-edge appliances. There’s even a Zen garden (designed by the landscape firm HM White Site Architects). Yet whatever the project’s merits, the developer didn’t advertise them directly, at least not at first. An early marketing push for the units relied entirely on the characters themselves, neglecting things like interior details in favor of a sell that emphasized livin’ that Founding Father life.

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First as tragedy, then as farce, as the saying goes: Way back in 2008, The Onion ran a feature on the threat of “aristocratization” facing the nation’s gentrifying neighborhoods. A sardonic housing report detailed how “the enormous treasure-based wealth of the aristocracy makes it impossible for those living on modest trust funds to hold onto their co-ops and converted factory loft spaces.”

Now those aristocrats are a feature, not a flaw. Danielle Tcholakian, who covers west Manhattan for DNAinfo, spoke to 15 Renwick developer Dan Oelsner, who told her that Hudson Square is a “boutique neighborhood” that’s “full of rich hipsters.”

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Let’s take stock of what this rich hipster’s boutique life entails:

—Tome with quill and ink, for writing one’s paper Tumblr
—Vast cape draped over the chair
—There is definitely an airship out the window
—Not just a carafe of cognac, but an artfully spilled goblet
—That hair tho
—Marble bust on an Isamu Noguchi coffee table
—Are those shields?

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Now in its sixth year, Michael Arenella’s annual Winter Ball combines the spirit of the Jazz Age with holiday cheer. Arenella, of course, is the famous Brooklyn bandleader behind the beloved Jazz Age Lawn Party series on Governors Island; his famously obsessive commitment to the Prohibition era carries over to every detail of his events. From the period-perfect orchestrations of the band’s selections to the players’ stage panache, jackets and spats, every detail is carefully attended to in order to evoke a bygone era.

At the December 13 event at Fort Greene’s Irondale Center, guests can enjoy dancing to live music from Arenella’s Dreamland Orchestra, as well as turned-out guests like ballet dancer Aurora Black, holiday-inspired cocktails from one of New York’s top barkeeps and plenty of snacks. It all goes down in a room perfectly suited to the occasion. For Arenella, the night is not just a chance to slip back to a jazzier time: It’s a celebration of the season and, as he told The Wall Street Journal, “an excuse to throw a fabulous party.”

Current Gilt City voucher special: $199 admission for two:…

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