Author Archive

To Marry or Not to Marry

To remarry? Who should be wed? For how long? Who is invited?“Marry for whim! That’s the New York idea of marriage.”David Auburn’s adaptation of The New York Idea (a play written by Langdon Mitchell in 1906) captured the relevance and celebrat…


Old Town

BY CHANI GATTO-BRADSHAW
The bar looked out of place – rightly so, it’s been around since 1892 and its authenticity is evident. The outside paneled glass is a hundred years old, the décor is made up of wood siding, ancient tiles and posters from the early 90s …


Different Names for the Same Thing

The Toronto Skydome was opened in 1989 and is famous for its fully retractable roof. It can seat up to 50,000 people and in 1993 the Toronto Blue Jays beat America at something for the first time since 1812. I saw my first concert (N’Sync), my first …


85th Avenue at 10th Street

“The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves.” — Willem de KooningThe image was some sort of representation of a …


il buono il brutto e il cattivo

Couldn’t get Ennio Morricone out of my head while watching La fanciulla del West. None of what I was witnessing was making sense.It seems that my chronology is all wrong…I was born. I fell in love with Tarantino films. I saw the Good the Bad and th…


Dem’ Bones

Bone carvings have been around for a very, very, very long time. They have historically been used as spiritual pendants and even “trial pieces” for metalworkers. Human bones have even been used to decorate catacombs in Italy and even whole church…


Umbrellas and Socks and Bears O MY!

Hopping on a complex network of underground trains may seem to be a modern means of transportation but parts of the New York’s subway system have been around for over one hundred years. In the early 1900s the use of electric trains underground was pe…


Starving Artists and Rotten Apples

Apparently it was New York’s complexity that made it impossible for any artistic institution to establish a dominant aesthetic style in the age of the New York Modern. The complex mix of cultures, class and training backgrounds of the innumerable a…


Monsters and Modernity

The film world has often used New York City as a stage for disaster. King Kong, Godzilla, endless waves of zombies and the Cloverfield monster have created a certain fictional history for this inevitably doomed city and its occupants. Why then, after a…