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January 20 – March 3, 2018

New York, NY – WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC presents a premiere New York City exhibition of photographs by Bob Adelman and curated by James Cavello. The exhibition highlights forty photographs of four influential artists who changed 20th century art, whom Adelman began photographing in the 1960s: Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist and Tom Wesselmann. This is the first New York exhibition of the photographs, in keeping with the gallery program of focusing on undiscovered bodies of work. The Estate of Mr. Adelman includes a very limited selection of signed prints, and the gallery is pleased to provide this exclusive opportunity for collectors.

Bob Adelman was compelled to photograph New York artists in the 1960s when he became interested in understanding the inner workings of the creative mind. The photographs on view provide an intimate, sometimes playful view of legendary artists and Adelman’s own ingenious sense in capturing their persona in the studio. They include scenes from Andy Warhol’s daily life at the Factory: Warhol on the infamous red couch, shopping at a nearby Gristedes for Brillo Boxes and Campbell Soup cans, socializing with his glamorous inner-circle at parties, filming, and posing with his flower paintings as well as the ‘The American Man’ suite. The photographs of Roy Lichtenstein span several decades and document the artist in his studio with his paintings and completing his iconic murals, such as: the fleeting 1963 “Greene Street Mural,” the permanent 1989 “Tel Aviv Museum of Art Mural,” and the collage for “Times Square Mural”. James Rosenquist is documented with his paintings and murals, showing a completed “Big Bo” and the stages toward his 1980 “Star Thief” mural. Rosenquist is also captured in an iconic image: looking through a magnifying glass into Adelman’s camera. The photographs of Tom Wesselmann in 1966 portray his early years which illustrate the beginning of his career-defining artwork in his first studio at 54 Bond Street, as well as in Sidney Janis Gallery. Other photos of Wesselmann, 20 years later, depict the artist holding a steel-cut nude outline of his long-time model and studio assistant, Monica Serra, in 1988 at his later studio at 231 Bowery.

Photographs © Bob Adelman Estate

During Adelman’s time in New York, his portfolio matured to document over fifty years of prominent and pioneering New York artists. This vast archive includes photographs of Larry Rivers, Donald Judd, Jasper Johns, Marisol Escobar, Red Grooms, Jeff Koons, Adolph Gottlieb, Barnett Newman, Robert Rauschenberg, Dick Bellamy, Lucas Samaras, Jim Dine, David Hockney as well as influential art dealers who shifted the perception of how to sell art, such as Leo Castelli.

As his friend and mentor Ralph Ellison stated, “Adelman has moved beyond the familiar clichés of most documentary photography into that rare sphere wherein technical ability and social vision combine to create a work of art.”

An internationally-recognized photojournalist, Bob Adelman worked for LIFE, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, TIME, Esquire, Vanity Fair, London’s Sunday Times Magazine, Paris Match, and other major publications.

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From The New York Times:

A Glasses Menagerie

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Tea parlors were the battleground in a war against fortune telling.

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$69 Tix To A Great Gatsby NYE: 4 Hr Premium Open Bar & Food ($95 Value)
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Usher in 2018 with luscious libations and bygone opulence at The Daisy, a gorgeous, Art Deco-inspired haunt on the Upper East Side. Come through to The Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve starting at 9:00pm on Sunday December 31, 2017.

Grab your $69 Ticket (a $95 value) to celebrate the New Year with a fantastic 4 Hour Premium Open Bar from 9:00pm until 1:00am. You’ll get 2018 off the ground with endless rounds of farm-to-bar specialty cocktails by Beverage Director Nate Fishman.

May we suggest the Ripple My Bitcoin (Michter’s whiskey, orange liqueur, lime, cynar, ginger beer), or the American Beauty (Farmer’s organic gin, white tea-infused rosewater, lemon, prosecco) – two appealing cocktails, fit for the grandeur of the night.

Let’s definitely not forget about exquisite hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Executive Chef Juan Meza, formerly of 2 Michelin-starred Aquavit. Think: Slab Bacon Sliders, Mushroom Soup Shooters, and the Seafood Platter featuring little neck clams, octopus, prawns, and oysters graced with Champagne mignonette & tapioca pearls…

Come into this halcyon dream and soak up the vintage decadence. It will be a night that Gatsby himself would envy…

LOCATION
The Daisy
1641 2nd Avenue
(646) 964-5756
MERCHANT

Created by the team behind Agave in the West Village, The Daisy is a widely acclaimed, seasonally-driven restaurant, bar & lounge that balances effortless elegance with subtle splendor.

The gorgeously textured space with its washes of tonal grays, watercolor walls, and white marble tables with rounded corners transitions seamlessly from leisurely suppers to all-night excess.

Infuse this New Year’s Eve with chic panache at this Prohibition extravaganza. Revel in sweet sophistication as you imbibe, mingle, whisper, and laugh the night away.

When the clock strikes midnight, bottles will pop and Champagne will overflow, but rest assured your night is just getting started. Time is on your side…

Your $69 Ticket (a $95 Value) Includes:

  • Admission to A Great Gatsby NYE from 9:00pm until 4:00am on Sunday December 31, 2017.
  • 4 Hour Premium Open Bar from 9:00pm until 1:00am, including a selection of The Daisy’s Signature Cocktails, such as the Crazy in Love (vodka, grapefruit, lime, beet-elderflower) and the Hypnotize (Santera Tequila Bianco, blood orange, lejay cassis).
  • Delectable Hors D’Oeuvres such as Slab Bacon Sliders, Mushroom Soup Shooters, and the Seafood Platter.
  • Live Screening of the Ball Drop.
  • Champagne Toast at Midnight.
  • Live DJ Sets.

The Daisy’s Website | A Great Gatsby NYE

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Ring in the new year at Mr. Cannon, the most infamous bar in the Seaport District, offering inventive cocktails and speakeasy vibes. The fun starts at 9:00pm on Sunday December 31, 2017.

Grab this $89 Ticket (a $118 value) and get ready to enjoy throwback cocktails from years gone by as you wrap-up 2017.

Your 3 Hour Premium Open Bar also includes passed foods; from the Baby Lamb Chops with Spearmint Jam and Tzatziki Sauce to the Vegetable Spring Rolls with Ponzu Sauce, you certainly won’t be going hungry as you are getting merry.

Whether you come for the cozy vibes or the sleep cocktails, counting down to midnight at such an exclusive spot means that you’ll be welcoming 2018 in an only-in-New York fashion…

LOCATION
Mr. Cannon
206 Front Street
MERCHANT

Nestled in downtown Manhattan’s Seaport District, right off the city’s idyllic cobblestone streets, Mr. Cannon is a speakeasy that traces it’s roots back to 1817.

Enter through the hidden entrance and you’ll be transported to a subterranean lounge from years gone by. This bespoke social club unites the present and past with old-school sensibilities and aesthetics.

Celebrate the turn of the year at this intimate venue with endless drinks and delicious food including the Peppercorn Encrusted Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Crema & Micro Arugula and Citrus Marinated Shrimp with Dill and Mango.

Have a few more drinks and it may loosen your lips; but until then, you’ll be welcoming 2018 from New York City’s best kept secret…

Your $89 Ticket (an $118 Value) Includes:

  • Admission to the A Speakeasy New Year’s Eve Party at Mr. Cannon from 9:00pm until 2:00am on Sunday December 31, 2017.
  • 3 Hour Open Bar from 9:00pm until 12:00am.
  • Passed foods including Baby Lamb Chops with Spearmint Jam & Tzatziki Sauce, Vegetable Spring Rolls with Ponzu Sauce & more.
  • Countdown to the Ball Drop.
  • Midnight Champagne Toast.
  • Party Favors.

Mr Cannon’s Website | A Speakeasy NYE

THE FINE PRINT
  • May purchase as many tickets as you like for personal use or for gifting.
  • Event runs 9pm-2am; Premium Open Bar run from 9pm-12am.
  • Valid only on Sunday December 31, 2017.

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At Footlight Bar:

Too much of anything is bad.
Too much champagne is just right.

Come in your vintage finest and kick off 2017 like prohibition just ended! Who knows? Maybe the apocalpse really is upon us, the Cubs did just win the world series….

Suits/ties/flapper dresses and other roaring 20’s themed attire encouraged but not necessary! All that glitters is not gold, but the Footlight will be full of glitter and gold all night! Live JAZZ in the back room at 8PM DANCING IS NOW ENCOURAGED.

NO COVER, FREE champagne toast at midnight!

 

  • The Footlight, 465 Seneca Ave, Ridgewood, NY, 11385(718) 673-8211footlightbar@gmail.com

 

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Vacant storefronts are becoming more noticeable in the capital of consumption, as small retailers are being pushed out by wealthy investors

Vacant retail space in the New York neighborhood of Chelsea. Thousands of small retailers have been replaced by national chains.
Vacant retail space in the New York neighborhood of Chelsea. Thousands of small retailers have been replaced by national chains. Photograph: Richard Levine/Corbis via Getty Images

Walk down almost any major New York street – say Fifth Avenue near Trump Tower, or Madison Avenue from midtown to the Upper East Side. Perhaps venture down Canal Street, or into the West Village around Bleecker, and some of the most expensive retail areas in the world are blitzed with vacant storefronts.

The famed Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on the Upper West Side announced earlier this week that it is closing next month. A blow to the city’s cinephiles, certainly, but also a sign of the effects that rapid gentrification, coupled with technological innovation, are having on the city.

Over the past several years, thousands of small retailers have closed, replaced by national chains. When they, too, fail, the stores lie vacant, and landlords, often institutional investors, are unwilling to drop rents.

A recent survey by New York councilmember Helen Rosenthal found 12% of stores on one stretch of the Upper West Side is unoccupied and ‘for lease’. The picture is repeated nationally. In October, the US surpassed the previous record for store closings, set after the 2008 financial crisis.

The common refrain is that the devastation is the product of a profound shift in consumption to online, with Amazon frequently identified as the leading culprit. But this is maybe an over-simplification.

“It’s not Amazon, it’s rent,” says Jeremiah Moss, author of the website and book Vanishing New York. “Over the decades, small businesses weathered the New York of the 70s with it near-bankruptcy and high crime. Businesses could survive the internet, but they need a reasonable rent to do that.”

Part of the problem is the changing make-up of New York landlords. Many are no longer mom-and-pop operations, but institutional investors and hedge funds that are unwilling to drop rents to match retail conditions. “They are running small businesses out of the city and replacing them with chain stores and temporary luxury businesses,” says Moss.

In addition, he says, banks will devalue a property if it’s occupied by a small business, and increase it for a chain store. “There’s benefit to waiting for chain stores. If you are a hedge fund manager running a portfolio you leave it empty and take a write-off.”

New York is famously a city of what author EB White called “tiny neighborhood units” is his classic 1949 essay Here is New York. White observed “that many a New Yorker spends a lifetime within the confines of an area smaller than a country village”.

In Vanishing New York, Moss writes of the toll the evisceration of distinct neighborhoods through real estate over-pricing has on the city.

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19th Century Parlorcraft Circle: Paper Flowers, Cookie Swap,
and Yuletide Social

Saturday, December 23, 2017
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Jefferson Market Library
Third Floor
425 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011

Join the New York Nineteenth Century Society Parlorcraft Circle as we explore the art and craft of paper flowers. The history of artificial flowers dates back many thousands of years; they are mentioned in the Old Testament. Among the poor of the 19th century, constructing paper flowers was a common means of earning money. Entire families would make paper flowers to sell on the street. The 1891 census reported 4,011 flower-makers in London. It was also a genteel activity for more affluent ladies. Many period magazines and journals include instruction and templates for flower-making. Artificial flowers were used to trim ladies’ hats, gowns, corsages, and accessories, and paper flowers were used for festive decorations and commemorations such as Remembrance Day.

We’ll provide materials and instruction to make seasonal paper poinsettias, holly, Christmas roses, and other blooms. If time permits, we’ll even show you how to assemble them into garlands and wreaths.

In addition to our amazing paper flower tutorials, it’s also time for our annual NYNCS Cookie Swap and Yuletide Social! Non-crafters are welcome to attend this event. Please bring one dozen homemade cookies if you would like to participate in the swap. No cookies, no problem! We always have extra. Stop by to say hello and enjoy seasonal treats, hot chocolate, spiced cider, and/or other surprise comestibles!

No need to RSVP; just bring yourselves and if you wish, one dozen cookies to swap! All who bring cookies will go home with an assortment of leftovers.

If you have a special craft or skill from history that you would like to share, please let us know: letters@nyncs.org

Please leave your laptops and modern sewing/craft projects at home for this event – we’re all about the historic hand work!

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Program Locations:

Fully accessible to wheelchairs
Program is free, but advance registration is recommended. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance.
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The oldest building in New York City, the hobbit doors of Dennet Place, a hidden museum in a Williamsburg apartment—Brooklyn is filled with secrets.

Secret Brooklyn book coverAway from the crowds and standard attractions, Brooklyn offers countless offbeat experiences. Michelle Young and Augustin Pasquet, founders of the online magazine Untapped Cities, join us for a conversation their book Secret Brooklyn: An Usual Guide.

After presenting an overview of the borough’s hidden treasures, the authors will discuss their popular website and the power of urban discovery. A Q&A follows.

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At Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St., Open Daily 10am–6pm

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From frozen ponds to Madison Square Garden, ice-skating has become a quintessentially New York pastime, woven into the city’s urban fabric in ways large and small.

New York on Ice: Skating in the City invites visitors to explore how ice-skating evolved in the city from its colonial Dutch and British origins to become a 19th-century craze, and later an opportunity for elaborate spectacle, commercialized leisure, and competitive sport in the 20th century and beyond. Along the way, skating has left its mark on New York’s urban landscape, from the design of Central Park, to intimate hotel rinks and extravagant arenas, to a plethora of skating facilities that today define and transform parks and other public spaces across the city.

The story of New York on Ice will be told through vintage photographs, posters, lithographs, paintings, and costumes. Together they reveal the evolution of the sport and art of ice-skating in the city both as a window into a passion and pastime of generations of New Yorkers, and as an unexpected ingredient of urban place-making.

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