In the City

AUGUST 3, 2009 – We’ve talked a bit before about the Museum of Arts & Design and their amazing exhibitions and events, and they keep giving us reasons to write. Starting July 30 and throughout the rest of the summer, they will be hosting MADCrush, a soiree running five consecutive Thursdays. New York Magazine praises it as a pop-up wine bar “with a Central Park view and a finger-food menu from rotating guest chefs like Scott Conant, George Mendes, and Cesare Casella”. The wine and food served will be Crush Wine & Spirits.

Photo by Hannah Whitaker for New York Magazine.

JULY 29, 2009Moss is a visionary store, the kind of place that has always curated their products like a museum would curate art. That philosophy is now a mainstay of the New York retail world, but no one does it better than Moss. Opened in 1994 by Murray Moss, the space is now 7,000 square feet and a true New York destination. As they describe it on their web-site, “The furniture and objects offered at the shop deliberately blur the distinctions between production and craft, between industry and art, and more recently, between industrial and decorative arts.”

JULY 28, 2009 – If you walk into the offices of Gotham PR at any time in the day, chances are, you will hear East Village Radio coming from one of our laptops. The online radio station, quite simply, produces some of the most original content everyday. Broadcast out of a tiny space on 1st Avenue (walk by it and you can see the DJ from the street!), EVR brings in DJs like Mark Ronson, the editorial staff of The Fader Magazine, and, one of our favorites, Delphine Blue, to keep things fresh and entertaining. So fresh, in fact, that we never get bored. To listen to EVR, go to their web-site.

JULY 21, 2009 – For those of you with a nostalgic bent, The Museum of the City of New York has begun hosting a weekly Wednesday Speakeasy event. From 6 to 9 PM, the Museum promises you a chance to “enjoy the music and spirits of the era on our Fifth Avenue Terrace”. We know plenty of you dream of old New York just like we do. And $12 (which includes a free drink and access to the Museum’s gallery) is pretty reasonable for time travel. A little history on the subject:

During Prohibition (1919-1933), New York City’s speakeasies were home to drinking, dancing and the swinging sounds of the city’s Jazz Age. Under the mayoralty of Jimmy “Beau James” Walker (1926-1932), New York’s speakeasy count grew to over 32,000 establishments.

Image credit: Evolution of the Speakeasy, Barney Gallant’s “Speako de Luxe,” 1933. From the collections of the Museum of the City of New York.

JULY 20, 2009 We were saddened to hear of Walter Cronkite’s passing last week and wish his family our condolences. NPR has a wonderful retrospective on Mr. Cronkites life and career. As an agency that works so closely with New York media and journalism, we’re sad to lose one of the best in the business. At a time when the fate of so much media is unsure, we hope Mr. Cronkite’s passing has caused people to reflect on the importance of solid, honest reporting. Mr. Cronkite was one in a million. We’re sure his legendary work will continue to inspire new generations of journalists.

JULY 20, 2009 – The summer heat is officially upon us, and one of the best remedies we can think of is the air-conditioned chill of a movie theatre. The Museum of Art & Design thinks so to, and to make it even more of an escape, they’ve dedicated their summer series to the impossibly cool chic of the French New Wave. If the breezy, dreamy vibe of Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless can’t relax you, nothing can. We’re most excited for Agnès Varda’s Cleo from 5 to 7 and Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, if for no other reason than the visual splender of watching Catherine Deneuve bounce through the cooling rain.

JULY 17, 2009 – James Ensor was a pioneering 19th century painter, combining a masterful skill with unusual and dark subject matters. A retrospective of his work is currently at display at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) until September. Its an amazing experience to stroll past the iconic, pervasive Picassos, Cezannes, and Van Goghs and then be suprised and delighted by Ensor’s gloomy individuality. Or, as Jerry Saltz put it in his review for New York Magazine, “In Belgium 120 years ago, James Ensor let his freak flag fly”. We all need a little freakiness in our lives from time to time, and Ensor’s show at MoMA has about 100 canvases worth.

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