Manhattan Culture

Serendipity: The Happy Chance of Meeting Fanny Allié

Have you been to Tompkins Square Park lately? If you have then you’ve seen the life-sized silhouette of an outlined steel man, standing beneath a tree looking up towards the sky. The title of this Art in the Parks program exhibition piece is Serendipity, created by N.Y. based artist Fanny Allié. Recently, Elegran Edge had the chance to talk with Fanny about her artwork exhibited in Tompkins Square Park and learn more about the artist behind Serendipity.

 

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Clocktower Gallery's Time in Tribeca is Up

After four decades, a beloved space for alternative art is closing its doors. Clocktower Gallery at 108 Leonard St in Tribeca will have to find a new home due to the building being sold to real estate company Peebles Corporation. The landmark’s change of ownership was originally part of another Bloomberg plan, this time to reduce government office space by 1.2 million square feet.

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New York's Disappearing Movie Theaters

NYC’s big screens have slowly faded away since the 1940’s, according to this map. There used to be over a hundred movie theaters in Manhattan; there are now less than twenty. And, amazingly, only one of these is located above 85th street.

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Banksy's Art Getting New York's Attention

October is upon us and so is the “Better Out Than In” campaign of the world-renowned graffiti artist, Banksy. We’ve previously covered the start of the campaign but it’s taken some interesting turns in the past week so let’s take a look at the exhibit so far. 

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The Culture Shed: NYC's Upcoming Modern and Eclectic Artistic Venue

New York City will soon add yet another artistic center to its already lush cultural landscape: the Culture Shed. Although its name is somewhat unambitious, its aspirations certainly are not. At the end of July the city announced that it would provide $50 million for the project.

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Gatsby in Midtown Manhattan: 6 Iconic Sites You Can Still See Today

With Baz Luhrmann’s new film sending sales of the classic novel through the roof, we thought we should take the time to appreciate our proximity to some of the iconic locales in this titan of American literature. Authors of the literary Modernist movement put a great deal of emphasis on the idea of place, and although much of the novel was written in France, Fitzgerald’s classic captures the beauty, splendor, and discord of New York in a way few others have. Much of The Great Gatsby takes place on Long Island, but Manhattan serves as a mecca of decadence to extravagantly wealthy and habitually bored Long Islanders. While the novel is set over 90 years ago in a city known for its constant evolution, there are still plenty of places to see, particularly in Midtown Manhattan.

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Manhattan Pooches Now Enjoy Concierge Services

Being man’s best friend has certainly worked out well for the pooches of New York City. Although it may be a hassle for most apartment residents to house a canine in their homes, New Yorkers don’t seem to mind and are happy to take the extra mile when it comes to caring for their pet dogs. This would therefore explain the popularity of pet friendly buildings in Manhattan, as residents would expect the five-star treatment not just for themselves, but also for their furry friends. While dog walking services have always been in demand, it turns out there’s a new service in town to make sure our pooches lead a charmed life: dog concierges.

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Gateway Plaza Scraps Proposed Annual Pet Fee

While we haven’t had any reports of it yet, we are pretty certain that there were celebratory woofs and meows at the Gateway Plaza on 375 South End Avenue after the owners of the complex decided not to go ahead with a plan to charge pet owners in the building with an annual $250 “pet fee.” The proposed plan, which had very strict policies like only one pet per apartment and the restriction of certain breeds, had canine-lover and feline-lover residents growling and hissing when it appeared in their renewal leases earlier this month. These Manhattan apartment residents, who loved their furry critters, quickly banded together to voice their disapproval in a letter to the owners.

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Luxury Apartments Slated to Offer Dog Concierge Service

New Yorkers are renowned for sending their kids to some of the world’s most elite daycares, so it comes without surprise that those with cherished family pets are placing their dogs or cats under similar supervision. The growth of pet concierge service is even starting to sprout up in Manhattan apartment buildings, where pet owners can take advantage of doggy daycares in their own home residence.

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The New York Apartments of Great Literary Figures

New York is undoubtedly a city of inspiration, so it comes without surprise that the majority of modern American writers produced their most famous works while living in the confines of a Manhattan apartment. During the 20th century, novelists were found in every New York City neighborhood, and like many residents today, these writers found it hard to stay in one place for too long.

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