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NYCity Nightlife…

Posted: April 1, 2011 in Community, Food / Dining

With countless options throughout the city, another topic often debated city wide is the  best nightlife.  Here are a few places in no particular order that keep the city up all night…

Brandy Library
25 N Moore St
New York, NY 10013
Set in the heart of TriBeCa’s legendary restaurant and entertainment scene, the upscale, erudite lounge known as Brandy Library is a great place to catch your breath (and look good doing it!) at the close of the day. Booze, not books, line the floor-to-ceiling shelves behind the candle-lit bar, and the skilled waitstaff has a veritable cornucopia of top-flight bottles on hand, from aged single malt scotches to a 1945 Darroze armagnac. If a bite or two is in order, their menu doesn’t disappoint thanks to high-brow offerings like tuna tartare, croque-monsieur and Valhrona chocolate cake. TRAIN: A, C, E to Canal St

Campbell Apartment
15 Vanderbilt Ave
Grand Central Terminal
New York, NY 10017
Located in the former office of 1930s entrepreneur John W. Campbell, this posh cocktail bar beckons with rich decor, fine vintage wines, champagnes and liqueurs. You’ll find an upscale crowd here including suit-and-tie types, and the bar fills up quickly most nights. With many fine restaurants just steps away in the Grand Central Terminal, this really should be on your agenda for a nightcap after a great meal.

Art Bar
52 8th Ave
New York, NY 10014
212-727-0244This West Village institution might seem rather unassuming, but rest assured, Art Bar hasn’t lasted for almost 20 years simply by being average. Up front, a narrow path bisects the room — booths and tables on one side, the bar on the other. It’s a lively (and sometimes crowded) spot. However, the real charm lies in the back room. The loud and boisterous mood gives way to a relaxed, L-shaped lounge that is well-stocked with plush, worn-in couches and shrouded with drapes. Of course, there’s artwork arranged all around — be sure to check out the modern interpretation of da Vinci’s Last Supper. 

281 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
When it first opened, Pravda was one of those places that only the pretty people could enter. Today, the restaurant/lounge is still a favorite among some local sophisticates but not the glamour scene that it once was. Fortunately, though, Pravda has managed to maintain a bit of mystery (of course, the sub-level location helps) — from antique Russian furniture to its speakeasy-type atmosphere. If it’s vodka you’re looking for, this is the place to get it — with over 70 different varieties and ten house-infused flavors, you’re sure to find something suitable. Just be prepared for the prices. Those looking for something a little more romantic will want to head to the upstairs bar area, which is a great place to have a quiet one-on-one conversation.
source: Best NY Lounges


NYCity Sculptures

Posted: April 1, 2011 in Art

In a recent NY Daily News online survey the public had a chance to vote on their favorite NYC public sculpture.  According to the online poll, Robert Indiana’s iconic “Love” sculpture took home the crown.  While this statue personally screams Philidelphia, (they have the same sculpture in Love Park (official name: JFK Plaza)  located in Center City, Philadelphia.) it seems that New York is sticking to a heartwarming theme.  Here are the results from the poll:

1.  LOVE 55th St. and Sixth Ave
All we need is – LOVE. Robert Indiana’s iconic midtown sculpture has become a celebrated symbol of the Pop Art movement and the striking photogenic quality of these four letters, stacked two by two, makes it the best in New York.
The design, easily recognized by its slanted letter O and bright red colors, was originally made as a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art, but then installed as a 12-foot steel sculpture in 1971. Why is it so recognizable? As a postage stamp, the LOVE design has earned more than $25 million for the U.S. Postal Service.
But what makes the statue great is that any New Yorker can relate to it. Love is not a historical figure, a culturally sensitive symbol or fictional character. It is something that both children and adults inherently understand, something simple, something beautiful. Plus, it doubles as a jungle gym for kids who want to climb between the O and the E.

2. The Wall Street Bull  Bowling Green Park; Broadway and Whitehall St.
Now a distinctly New York symbol of financial optimism, the Wall Street Bull was initially a piece of guerrilla art. Designer Arturo Di Modica installed the 7,100-pound bronze sculpture in front of the New York Stock Exchange in 1989 without the city’s permission, but when the Department of Parks and Recreation removed it, there was such an outcry that the bull was reinstalled at its current location. It still maintains a temporary permit to graze on city property.

3. The Tortoise and the Hare Van Cortlandt Park; 6087 Broadway
Sitting near the finish line of the cross-country track at Van Cortlandt Park, the Tortoise and the Hare statue is a favorite of runners and kids alike. The statue was designed by Michael Browne with Stuart Smith and created in 1997. It’s based on Aesop’s fable in which a slow tortoise outruns a fleet-footed but overconfident rabbit. An inscription on the side of the statue reads “Slow and steady wins the race.”
Feel free to provide sculptures that should have made the list………

It seems as if every few months or so the music world dedicates a song to New York City.  Well, that said, the beginning  of 2011 is no different.  The latest anthem to revolve around New York is a remixed version of Sinatra’s classic, New York, New York.  Georgia hip hop artist B.O.B. has once again put the city back in the limelight and on the Billboard music charts.  The song was first introduced and used in a nationwide marketing campaign for the video game developer Electronic Arts.  The song has now hit the music industry and the streets as well.  By updating Sinatra’s famous song, B.O.B. has supplied New Yorkers with yet another theme song…..and yet another toast to NYC.

With the addition of yet another New York based song, I wanted to compile a  list of some of the all time great songs that include New York City as its centerpiece.  Please comment with any songs I may have missed or that just plain deserve to make the list….

1.  Frank Sinatra – New York, New York
2.  Billy Joel – New York State of Mind
3.  Art Garfunkel – A Heart in New York
4.  Bob Dylan – Talkin’ New York
5.  Jay-Z – Empire State of Mind
6.  Tony Bennett – Manhattan
7.  Bobby Darin – Sunday in New York
8.  Al Jolson – Give My Regards to Broadway
9.  Cam’ron – Welcome to New York City
10. Beastie Boys – No Sleep Til Brooklyn
11. John Lennon – New York City
12. Bruce Springsteen – The Rising
13. The Ramones – 53rd and 3rd
14. B.O.B. – NY, NY Remix
15. Interpol – NYC

Welcome Home Carmelo AnthoNY

Posted: April 1, 2011 in Sports

February 23, 2011 – Well it appears that New York and Carmelo AnthonNY have gotten their wish.  The Nuggets traded ‘Melo to the New York Knicks hoping to solve both teams problems.  While this season may still be lost as far as a championship goes, the trade has rejuvenated basketball within the city.  It has been a long time since we have seen a winning team and excitement back at Madison Square Garden, the basketball mecca of the world.

I was personally fortunate enough to attend Carmelo’s return to NYC and his first game as a NY Knick.  To say the Garden was explosive that night is an understatement indeed.  I captured some home video of the game and created a You Tube video and it can be viewed at the top of this post.  The Knicks wound up beating the Bucks that evening but the night will be remembered for the energy that ‘Melo brought back to NY.  In the video, a sold out MSG erupts when he is formally announced!  Certainly a night to remember for all NY Knicks fans.

As for the trade itself, Denver got Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, the Knicks 2014 first-round draft pick, the Warriors’ 2012 second-round pick, the Warriors’ 2013 second-round pick and $3 million in cash.  Anthony went to New York, along with Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman.

Best Burger in NYC?

Posted: April 1, 2011 in Food / Dining

The question posed in this post has been on New Yorker’s minds since the days of  New Amsterdam.  While there will always be great debate of the city’s best burger, I have narrowed the list down to 3.  While subjective, my list showcases 3 of the better burgers within the city limits.  While the top 3 may be open to debate, it seems as if most New Yorkers do have these establishments somewhere within their top ten…
1. Prime Burger
5 East 51st Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 759-4730

Prime Burger has found fame in New York for two very distinct reasons.  One, they have kept the 60’s Diner alive even in an era of technology and evolution.  Second and most importantly, Prime Burger only uses Grade A Prime Beef.  Not exactly your ordinary burger! As for the menu it’s all burgers, classic sandwiches, and a few fried dishes, like chicken-in-a-basket. Most of the fare is ordinary, but the honest, handcrafted burgers have been keeping people coming back, literally, for generations. The modestly sized quarter-pounders are made from freshly ground lean chuck; they’re moist and tasty but do not require a three-napkin cleanup job. The fries are hot and crisp, but the French-fried onions (not rings) are superior. It’s the cracker-meal dusting prior to frying that makes them unusually crunchy. Situated across the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Primeburger gets especially crowded during the holidays.  Stop by and enjoy a burger if your in the area.

2.  Peter Luger
178 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 387-7400
What is there not to love about Peter Luger’s steakhouse? Arguably the best in steakhouse in town also makes a serious burger, naturally. However, it is only available at lunch. It’s over a half a pound of delicious meat – what elsewould you expect from such a lauded institution?  Burger-lovers will hear the call of the Luger’s burger and sample it to their great delight. It crumbles into a medium-rare mass of meat.   Always a must have for any New York burger lover.

3.  Five Napkin Burger
Locations in Manhattan and Queens
Yet another citywide favorite, here is the simplest way to understand the 5 Napkin Burger: onion soup. Imagine, if you will, a bowl of the piping hot concoction. Now, retain the flavor, but swap out everything beneath the gooey cheese and replace it with fresh ground chuck. Voila – that is essentially the 5 Napkin Burger. It is dripping with juice (hence a “five napkin burger”) and slathered with melting gruyere cheese, onions and rosemary aioli. It started out as an item on the menu of Nice Matin, an Upper West Side restaurant, but proved so popular the owners broke it out into its own restaurant franchise.  It seems as if NYC demanded that this burger deserved it’s own place!

New York City meet Ron English.  As far as art goes, English is on the forefront of pushing the envelope.  His many works can be seen in museums and also on display at various art exhibits throughout the city.

While Ron does create art for indoor display, English’s M. O. is pirating billboard space by posting his own hand-painted designs over the existing ads. Ron has created his own anti-ad campaigns in Texas, New York and New Jersey. Camel’s “Old Joe” has often found himself replaced with ‘The Cancer Kids” , while those lovable “Kool” characters have found themselves “Forever Kool”, six feet under. In addition to these works of anti-advertising , billboards comment and reflect upon current events and social conditions, some are just fun and or carry personal messages without overt social commentary.

Evicting corporate mascots from their top dollar billboards is frowned upon by their sponsors and by the law enforcement establishment, so Ron is careful to do his dirty work under the cover of daylight. If he were spotted working at night it would be obvious he was engaged in illegal activity. On the other hand, when Ron and his cohorts work by the light of day, they appear, like Coke, to be the real thing.

View Ron’s Controversial Billboards Here!

Hello New York!

Posted: March 31, 2011 in New York City

Welcome to my NYC Blog.
As our final assignment for COMM_2240 I have set up a media blog dealing with relevent NYC news.  The premise of my blog is to report on hip and current New York City themed news as an extension of an upcoming local newspaper . The theme of the project is to report on everything New York without having any political or corporate agenda.  This blog is presented as a news source for individuals living in and around New York City and presents relative and interesting information using all aspects of the media.  This includes, video, audio and of course text.  I have enjoyed creating this blog very much and hope my classmates enjoy it as well.
Welcome New York City and thank you for visiting!