Month :

Jan ,2016

Club Wit’s End

On the last Saturday of the month, January through October, come join us in a celebration of Jazz Age culture, cocktails, and dance! Where vintage clothes, classic drinks, and the hot sounds from the 1920s and 1930s mix. …

Tomorrow (1/30 is the January party, the first Wit’s End party of the New Year)

About the party: Wit’s End presents Michael Arenella, creator and founder of the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island, at the debut party at St. Cloud in the Knickerbocker Hotel, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. The party is at the Knickerbocker Hotel, 6 Times Square, opened by the legendary John Jacob Astor IV on the corner of Forty-second Street and Broadway. After a 95-year break, it reopened in early 2015 to glowing reviews. Wit’s End will be ensconced in St. Cloud–called “New York’s greatest rooftop lounge” with sweeping views of Times Square–sixteen stories above Broadway.

Also on the bill tonight is DJ Mike Will Cut You, New York’s vintage music DJ who plays classic sounds from 80-year old recordings. He is the host of “Ragged But Right” on WFMU Radio and performs at the Jazz Age Lawn Party. The hostess is glamorous showgirl Kita St. Cyr, channeling Mae West, Yma Sumac, and a dash of Lili St. Cyr. The co-sponsor of the party is the Dorothy Parker Society, the drinking club with a book problem.

Ticket Prices:

$15.00: in advance online via Brown Paper Tickets (entry 8 pm)
$20.00: at the door
$15.00: 11 O’Clock Frolic (entry 11 pm) at the door
Must be 21 to attend.

About the Wit’s End Party:

Doors open at 8:00 pm. At 9:00 pm is a free dance lesson, taught by professional instructors Jeri Lynn Astra and Neal Groothuis. Learn classic steps such as Balboa and Lindy Hop that will be useful once the live music begins. The band begins at 10:00 pm. Table service is available and reservations are highly recommended. After you buy tickets, call 212-204-4980 to reserve a table at St. Cloud.

Follow on Instagram and Twitter @clubwitsend @stcloudnyc. On Facebook: and Follow #clubwitsend #stcloudNYC

About the Wit’s End Pre-Party Dinner:

The pre-party dinner is served at Charlie Palmer at The Knick, on the 4th floor. The pre-fixe dinner menu is $45 for a delicious three-course meal. Wit’s End will have tables reserved beginning at 6:00 pm. (Cost of dinner is separate from the party admission). After you buy tickets, call 212-204-4983 to make a dinner reservation (singles are welcome).

The Wit’s End Dress Code:

Vintage and vintage-inspired clothing is recommended. Gentlemen must wear coat and tie. Not permitted: Denim, tennis shoes, flip-flops, T-shirts, shirts with graphics, tank tops, baseball caps.

Follow on Instagram and Twitter @clubwitsend @stcloudnyc. On Facebook: and Follow #clubwitsend #stcloudNYC


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from pulsd nyc:

The Crosby Street Hotel Film Club Presents: “Suffragette”

79 Crosby Street | (212) 226-6400
Sunday, January 31st, 2016
8:00PM – 10:00PM

Crosby Street Hotel has a luxuriously appointed state-of-the-art cinema. Join them for dinner or cocktails and a special screening of “The Walk,” the story, set in 1912, of a working woman’s life that is forever changed when she is secretly recruited to join the U.K.’s growing suffragette movement. This historical drama is starring Carey Mulligan. Enjoy dinner, cocktails, & this well made film.

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Return to the 1920’s every Tuesday at Chan’s Parlor. Each week, we kick the night off with Prohibition Hour and a featured classic cocktail for just 35 cents from 7PM to 8PM followed by live jazz and special performances.  The New York Observer reports:

This throwback happy hour will occur every Tuesday from 7 to 8 pm before Chan’s Parlor, the Italian-Asian fusion venue’s weekly evening festivities that feature live music, burlesque, and more entertainment. …

Chan’s Parlor] is the story of New York. It’s the story of this very neighborhood. We decided to host Chan’s Parlor each week because we love that story, our story, and because we want to whisk guests away to an era and a time when things were different,” he added.

Every week, the 35 cent deal will apply to a different classic cocktail.

Customers are encouraged to come to this recurring Tuesday happy hour event in 1920s clothing, but are not obliged to.…

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It’s no secret that New York City was a major destination for black people from the South during The Great Migration (for a good book on the phenomena, see The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America), and that “Harlem, located at the north end of Manhattan is still the most dense (people per square mile) Black community in the nation.”  How it got that way: a case of reverse discrimination combined with black blockbusting and white flight:

“In 1905 Philip Payton and his company, The Afro-American Realty Company, was almost single-handedly responsible for migration of blacks from their previous neighborhoods. He did this by buying, leasing, and selling empty and white owned properties to Blacks without apologies for and against the white tenets objections. Less than two decades later African Americans from the south fueled the Great Migration, taking trains from southern U.S. states, especially Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia, As blacks moved in, white residents left; between 1920 and 1930, 118,792 white people left the neighborhood and 87,417 blacks arrived.”

New York City also experienced a not-insignificant uptick in Black migration/immigration in the 1980s.

MUG reports that a digital window has been provided into the historical perspective of black folk who came to NYC as either tourists or more permanent residents in the mid-20th century past. Many would likely have tried to avoid potential race-oriented confrontations or worse, by availing themselves of the following resource:


The Green Book, published by Harlem resident Victor Green from 1936-1966, listed hotels, restaurants and other attractions and services at which black travelers would be welcome. The Schomburg Center has digitized 21 Green Book volumes.

New York’s black (or as the terminology then regarded as correct had them, “negro”) population was active in trying to secure their civil rights at various times and in various ways, too many and varied to list here, but in addition to black oriented/published papers and periodicals, they made it into the mainstream news media of the early to mid 20th century as well:
One of the photos from PM: a short-lived, but well-loved paper that circulated in NYC during the 1940s shows Adam Clayton Powell speaking at a “Negro Freedom Rally” at (an older version of) Madison Square Garden. (There is an exhibit of some select articles and photos highlighting major stories from PM in the 1940s at the Steven Kasher Gallery through February 20th.)…

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from MUG/the skint:

photography ‣ At Robin Rice Gallery, 325 W. 11th [Greenwich/Wash] 212.366.6660, Autodrome, an exhibit of photos by Bill Phelps that makes the machinery of vintage cars look more than alluring than you might have thought possible.”…

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You may have never heard of a newspaper called PM. But it was one of several daily newspapers which New York City used to support in the mid-20th century. Surviving issues, some of which feature now well-known writers and photographers, provide a window into the lives and concerns of people during the 1940s, when the paper ran.

According to Untapped Cities, “the Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea is pulling the paper back into the spotlight with the exhibition “PM New York Daily: 1940-48.” Until February 20th, the gallery will show pictures from PM, taken by the biggest photographers of the ’40s including Lisette Model, Margaret Bourke-White and Weegee.

The paper was founded by Ralph Ingersoll, the managing editor of Time-Life publications who was known for his daring and defiant character. In 1941, when Stalin made an interview with Ingersoll off-the-record, the editor ran a detailed illustration of the Kremlin and pointed out the gate where Ingersoll had entered – proof that the interview had indeed happened.

In an age of press corruption, Ingersoll was adamant that PM would not publish ads. It survived on donations and subscriptions alone. Or rather it limped by. In 1946, its owner, Chicago bank millionaire Marshall Field, declared that the paper would begin accepting ads. Ingersoll resigned.

But PM‘s first five years were glorious. The paper supported President Roosevelt’s New Deal and preached the plight of the working class. From abroad, it exposed the fascism of World War II. PM reporters were writing about the mass murder of Jews as early as 1941.

You can see these articles at the gallery, where each photo is paired with a copy of the newspaper page that it appeared on. The white walls are a medley of pristine prints in elegant black frames and taped-up photocopies of newspaper articles. It’s the best and biggest scrapbook you’ve ever seen.”

I’m going to go to the exhibit if I can.…

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from the NY Post:

This is Ziegfeld theater’s next act

It’s fade to black for Midtown’s iconic movie palace the Ziegfeld movie theater — but the iconic venue at 141 W. 54th St. will be reborn as a spectacular high-end event space, The Post has learned.

The new Ziegfeld Ballroom will be a mecca for society galas and corporate events, to open in fall 2017 after a two-year renovation of the space.

The ballroom is to be run by most of the partners who operate Gotham Hall, the event venue inside a landmarked former bank at Broadway and West 36th Street.

Photo: Stefano Giovannini

Plans call for a 10,000-square-foot column-free ballroom, as well as mezzanine meeting rooms and advanced electronic facilities.

The ballroom’s art deco design will also pay homage to the Ziefeld’s predecessor on Seventh Avenue, which was opened by showman Florenz Ziegfeld, which was torn down for the office building adjoining the newer theater.

The Ziegfeld’s landlord, the Fisher Brothers real-estate company, on Wednesday notified the cinema’s leaseholder, Cablevision, that they had a new tenant. The movie theater is expected to close within a few weeks. It is currently showing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’’

The Ziegfeld, opened in 1969, is Manhattan’s last remaining large single-screen showplace used exclusively for movies with 1,300 seats (there is only one remaining single-screen movie venue in the borough, the 571-seat Paris). Although the Ziegfeld is revered by cinema buffs, it has in recent years lost over $1 million annually.

World renowned for the quality of its sound and projection — and for an ornate design that evoked the long-gone ’20s movie palaces that once lined Broadway and Seventh Avenue — the Ziegfeld was for decades one of the country’s best-known movie venues.

That’s largely because the Ziegfeld hosted countless glitzy movie premieres.

Amid changes in moviegoing habits and studios cutting back on lavish premieres since the 2008 stock-market crash, losses mounted and the Ziegfeld’s fate was sealed.


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Tuesday, February 2, 2016
6:00 PM – 7:45 PM
In four highly informative sessions, architectural historian and popular MAS tour guide Anthony W. Robins describes how to successfully research the history of buildings in New York City. A field trip to major Manhattan repositories of municipal records completes the course. Robins, who will be including resources he used in researching his most recent book on Grand Central Terminal, has been leading this class for MAS for more than 25 years and past participants have included architects, engineers, building owners, preservation advocates, lawyers and landmarks commissioners and even a New York City detective.The class will meet on Tuesdays, February 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 6:00pm to 7:45pm in the Municipal Art Society’s office, located at 488 Madison Avenue, Suite 1900, Manhattan. The field trip will be scheduled for a weekday morning (date TBD) following the last class session.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 || 6:00pm – 7:45pm
The Building: An introduction to the records of the Department of Buildings: new buildings and alteration applications, docket books, index cards, block and lot maps, and the mysteries of the plan desk and the computerized B.I.S. (Building Information System).

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 || 6:00pm – 7:45pm
The Client: Wade through deeds, directories, obituaries, Who’s Who and local histories.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 || 6:00pm – 7:45pm
The Architect: Learn how to use standard texts, guidebooks, periodicals, the Avery Index, and Committee for the Preservation of Architectural Records publications.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 || 6:00pm – 7:45pm
Miscellaneous Sources: Includes the use of tax records, photograph collections, maps, libraries and historical societies.

Field Trip: Students will visit the Manhattan Department of Buildings, the New York County Register’s Office, the Municipal Archives and the City Hall Library. The field trip will be scheduled for a weekday morning, date to be determined, following the last class session.

Course rate: $375 || $300 for MAS members and students.
Members: log in first for the discounted rate!

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Living History Days: MLK, Jr. Weekend (Days Of Freedom Civil War re-enactment of 26th United States Colored Troops
 Sat, January 16th, 2016 |
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

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from the NY Observer: Barneys Makes a Triumphant Return to Its Old Neighborhood

A new Barneys flagship store will open in mid-February, on the same block where it all began.

(Photo: Courtesy)

Downtown girls, rejoice, because Barneys is returning to its old digs. A little bit of history: Barneys opened in Lower Manhattan in 1923, when Barney Pressman pawned his wife’s engagement to open a small store. Now, it’s making a triumphant return, only without the men’s discount clothing that started it all. There will be no sale suits at this chic locale.

After Barney’s worldwide expansion took place and the familiar Madison Avenue flagship was introduced, the downtown shop ceased to exist, but lived on in the fashion-forward’s memories. The new and improved Barneys will reemerge in mid-February, returning to the same block where it began. Unfortunately, that means that everyone will have to wait until next December to see what fantastic window displays it inspires.


Chelsea Flagship Staircase Rendering

The new shop is designed by Steven Harris Architects and will be 55,000 square feet, which is a a serious departure from its original 500 square feet days. As a reminder of the past design, there will be a spiral staircase connecting the five floors. The space will include men’s and women’s ready to wear, launching with special capsule collections unavailable at other Barneys, from Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Vêtements and Y-3 Sport. There will also be footwear, accessories, cosmetics and a Freds restaurant that will be more downtown hip than uptown chic, focusing on small plates and cocktails. The lower Foundation level will have cosmetics, skincare, fragrances and an appearance from Williamsburg’s hot spot Blind Barber. For a more exclusive experience, there will be personal shopping suites.

The Madison Avenue flagship will remain the largest Barneys New York store, while the new Barneys will be entirely modern, focusing on technology and specialty services. It’s all about fitting into the neighborhood and providing a curated assortment of luxury goods that downtown hipsters are destined to love.

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