"I was in love with New York. I do not mean “love” in any colloquial way, I mean that I was in love with the city, the way you love the first person who ever touches you and you never love anyone quite that way again. I remember walking across Sixty-second Street one twilight that first spring, or the second spring, they were all alike for a while. I was late to meet someone but I stopped at Lexington Avenue and bought a peach and stood on the corner eating it and knew that I had come out out of the West and reached the mirage. I could taste the peach and feel the soft air blowing from a subway grating on my legs and I could smell lilac and garbage and expensive perfume and I knew that it would cost something sooner or later — because I did not belong there, did not come from there — but when you are twenty-two or twenty-three, you figure that later you will have a high emotional balance, and be able to pay whatever it costs. I still believed in possibilities then, still had the sense, so peculiar to New York, that something extraordinary would happen any minute, any day, any month."
— Joan Didion, Slouching Toward Bethlehem
Yes, 19th st. may well be the closest theatre to this NYU building, but is it not ‘janky’ as hell? Mind you I rarely use either of those words, “janky” nor “hell,” but I feel as if they apply in this situation. That theatre has so few screens, still playing movies that came out in 2012, and with snacks limited to 90s movie fare (not that I’ve ever really wanted fries or pizza or cappuccinos at a movie) but man is this place strange.
I can’t be the only one to think so. Anybody? …
Tonight might have been the best Sidewalk open mic I’ve ever been to
So true. Wow. Solid song after solid song from so many good performers, including the newcomers and visiting people. Never thought I’d see “House of the Rising Sun” performed three times by three different performers at the Sidewalk — each better than the next, even if the purpose was initially to lampoon that random a capella group. I actually stayed until the very end, which I’ve only ever done once before — it was an “early” night, according to Ben Krieger (ended at 1:20 AM), and he too remarked about what a great, great night it was.
More useful things from the world of tomorroooowwwww!!!!!!
“Joke.” is the description from the uploader, but I’m a fan. This from Ben Krieger (Sidewalk head honcho ever Lach departed about a decade ago) under the moniker Yossarian Feedback (a Catch-22 reference?) which usually consists of samples and loops of found sound. One very striking piece I recall included recordings of his young daughter asking about a river, then laughing, then crying, juxtaposed with a Barack Obama speech about 9/11 and also Vietnam-era pro-America propaganda. Man…
I don’t usually take pictures of myself in mirrors, but when I do, I take them with a B-MO in the bathroom of an historic east village dive bar on the Berkday while wearing a pocket square.
’93 is marked as a significant year in the web with the launch of the image-based Mosaic browser. Yet in 1993, pre-www technologies still reigned supreme. Bulletin Board System (BBS), email, and usenet groups offered a largely text-based communication system and, although rudimentary, they hinted at global connectivity to come.
On Saturday, the New Museum will present The Internet Before the Web: Preserving Early Networked Cultures, a conversation with Rhizome’s Digital Conservator Ben Fino-Radin, renowned archivist, historian, and documentary filmmaker Jason Scott, and Wolfgang Staehle, artist and founder of The Thing BBS. Tickets available here.
The Thing is on view on the Fifth Floor of “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star” until May 26.
Can’t wait for this exhibit. I inherited a great interest in early computers from my dad, who always had the ‘latest’ stuff in his office in the 80s. We still have a working Commodore 64!
The Rent Is Too Damn High! A real great surprise & pleasure to meet this guy just milling about Astor Place… He says anyone should feel free to Skype him if they have any problems or want to talk about NYU student debt, classes, life, anything: rentis2damnhigh #jimmymcmillan #rentistoodamnhigh #therentistoodamnhigh #rentis2damnhigh (at MTA Subway - Astor Pl (6))
paigesteplewski replied to your post: I just want a girl I can dance with to no music on…
pretty sure we did something along those lines the last time we hung out also I MISS YOU
I KNOW I MISS YOU TOO!!! (not gonna lie it’s a move i’ve used a lot, along with that woody allen line….)
Found a snowy spinnet piano on the street. Friends helped us rescue it. This is what New York is about. (at 243 E. 18th Street)