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An Inspiring Monument to the Creative Process

An Inspiring Monument to the Creative Process

BY SEAN EGAN  |  Throughout his decades-long career, Nick Cave has made a point of pushing himself forward musically and artistically. With his main band, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Cave’s albums incorporate loud, heavy rock, piano-based ballads, electronic and looping experiments, acoustic instrumentation and orchestral arrangements — to say nothing of the raw […]

Village Jazz Remains Red Hot and Blue

Village Jazz Remains Red Hot and Blue

BY MICHAEL LYDON  |  A decade or four ago I was a jazz-mad college kid, and anytime I had an extra dime in my pocket I’d bus down to the Big Apple to hear my heroes live in smoky hole-in-the-wall Village clubs: Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond rocking the nearly empty Jazz Gallery on St. Mark’s […]

Just Do Art, Week of Sept. 11, 2014

Just Do Art, Week of Sept. 11, 2014

NICO: UNDERGROUND Personapalooza! It’s yesterday once more, when Theater for the New City hosts 1960s Warhol superstar and Velvet Underground centerpiece Nico. Born Christa Päffgen in pre-war Cologne, Germany, she’d grow up to assume the guise of a Teutonic chanteuse who captivated Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Jim Morrison — while making her mark as […]

What the Great Ones Groove To, and Why

What the Great Ones Groove To, and Why

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  From Graham Nash beaming with pride at the “Sgt. Pepper’s” album to Al Jarreau giving Les Double Six a thumbs up, to Johnny Marr paying Iggy and the Stooges’ “Raw Power” some somber respect: The One LP Project reminds us that those we have on heavy rotation started out as humble, […]

Theater:Village Explores Diversity, American Style

Theater:Village Explores Diversity, American Style

BY SCOTT STIFFLER    Whether from just across the border or the other side of the world, they come to America, wanting — needing — to find a better life, and often find themselves working subsistence jobs amidst unsafe conditions. Two plays in the Theater:Village Festival, set a century apart, bring that plight into sharp […]

A High Volume of Poetic Greatness

A High Volume of Poetic Greatness

BY PUMA PERL  |  Last November, while on a West Coast poetry reading tour, I stayed for a few days at my friend Beverly’s San Francisco home. Beverly loves books more than anyone I know. Floor to ceiling shelves line every inch of available wall space, and there are additional cartons in the garage and […]

From T.R.’s Townhouse to Soaring New Tower, Flatiron is at Crossroads of History and the Hot

From T.R.’s Townhouse to Soaring New Tower, Flatiron is at Crossroads of History and the Hot

BY LAUREN PRICE  |  Given the multiplicity of ways Manhattanites identify their neighborhoods geographically, when some people mention the Flatiron and Madison Square Park neighborhoods, others have in mind sections of Gramercy Park, Chelsea, Murray Hill and Union Square. The Flatiron neighborhood is widely thought of as the blocks bordered by 20th St. and Union […]

Letters, Week of Sept. 11, 2014

Teach those tyrants To The Editor: Re: Tenants’ Rights Trashed Amidst Market-Rate Conversion (news, Aug. 14) Terrible! This should not be happening to the tenants. As some of the above posters said: Do not move period. Let this drag out to court, it will take years. I am well aware of how such slumlords like […]

Participatory Budgeting: Involvement is Easy and Important

Participatory Budgeting: Involvement is Easy and Important

BY COREY JOHNSON COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT 3  |  How would you spend $1 million dollars in your community? Would you build a new playground? Would you invest in new technology equipment for your local library or school? Maybe there’s a notoriously bad intersection in the neighborhood and you have a great idea to make it safer […]

CB4’s Benfatto Tapped to Head Hudson Yards/Hell’s Kitchen BID

CB4’s Benfatto Tapped to Head  Hudson Yards/Hell’s Kitchen BID

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC   |  The Hudson Yards/Hell’s Kitchen Business Improvement District (hudsonyardsnyc.org) is moving forward with its main mission: to open, fund, maintain and operate Hudson Park and Boulevard, according to its new executive director. Robert J. Benfatto, Jr. spoke with Chelsea Now on Tues., Sept. 2 — his first day at the […]

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