Netflix’s “Pretend It’s a City” takes its title from a remark by Fran Liebowitz. It’s a command to the tourists who slowly walk down the crowded sidewalks of Manhattan, jamming up pedestrian traffic and frustrating New York locals who are otherwise in a hurry. It’s one of innumerable anecdotes fromContinue Reading

Artist-photographer Andi Schmied’s latest project called “Private Views” is a photo collection documenting the incredible views from some ultra-luxury high-rise apartments in New York City. For the project, Schmied posed as a Hungarian billionaire looking to buy an exclusive luxury condo. She then photographed the apartments and views afforded byContinue Reading

Our annual New Year’s ritual of doing some house cleaning and organizing, throwing things out and making room for all the stuff we got as Xmas gifts, yielded this small trove of matchbooks and matchboxes. We must have picked up these from various restaurants and shops because the designs struckContinue Reading

The current mural at the “Bowery Wall” (a.k.a., the “Deitch Wall”) in downtown New York City is an epic, colorful composition of 3D block letters and abstract 2D graphical shapes. The massive painting is by the artist Lakwena and its message “Lift you higher” could be describing the artwork itself.Continue Reading