The final stretch of New York’s High Line opened on Saturday, completing a 15-year project that has transformed the once derelict overhead railway into an urban park. Starting at Gansevoort Street, in the Meatpacking District, the High Line now runs as far north as 34th street, finishing where the line once terminated at Hudson Yards. Facebook Twitter Pinterest A view looking south east along the Interim Walkway at The Rail Yards. The project began in 1999 when the Friends of the High Line – founded by local residents Joshua David and Robert Hammond – fought to protect the line from demolition. Now, each year close to five million people visit the walkway, which is lined with trees, grasses and shrubs and has become a site for artistic commissions, events and activities ranging from concerts to meditation. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Visitors to the High Line … [Read more...] about Final stretch of New York’s High Line complete
Travellers arriving at New York City’s airports in June 1975 were greeted with possibly the strangest object ever handed out at the portal to a great city: pamphlets with a hooded death’s head on the cover, warning them, “Until things change, stay away from New York City if you possibly can.” “Welcome to Fear City” read the stark headline on these pamphlets, which were subtitled “A Survival Guide for Visitors to the City of New York”. Inside was a list of nine “guidelines” that might allow you to get out of the city alive, and with your personal property intact. The guidelines painted a nightmarish vision of New York; one that made it sound barely a cut above Beirut, which then had just been engulfed in Lebanon’s civil war. Visitors were advised not to venture outside of midtown Manhattan, not to take the subways under any circumstances, and not to walk outside anywhere after six in the evening. … [Read more...] about ‘Welcome to Fear City’ – the inside story of New York’s civil war, 40 years on
After setting herself the colossal challenge of eating the best desserts in New York City in just three months, food writer Yasmin Newman, covered 373 desserts across 169 venues. That's 4.1 puddings a day. From the city's coolest neighbourhood treats to the classic New York Cheesecake and all the almagamations that come inbetween such as cult the cronut, Newman shows how to bake – and eat – like a real New Yorker. Red velvert vacherin Rainbow desserts may be all the rage, but red velvet is the OG of bright-coloured sweets. It’s a fact not lost in New York, where there’s a certain reverence for the American bakeshop classic. For me, Magnolia Bakery’s towering layer cake, Ample Hills’ cream cheese ice cream with red velvet sponge, and Sweet Revenge cupcakes with berry coulis are its best traditional and new-school iterations. This red velvet vacherin – striking red and white layers of meringue, cheesecake ice cream and raspberry … [Read more...] about Three recipes from The Desserts of New York cookbook
THE Real Housewives Of New York City was the second location to be chosen in The Real Housewives TV franchise. Ever since it premiered way back in 2008, the cast has always brought the drama and the new series is giving fans more of the same. Here’s all you need to know about the feisty ladies… The Real Housewives Of New York City returned to ITVBe at 9pm on June 4 and the series continues at the same time TONIGHT (Sunday, October 15) with episode 20 of 23. It is repeated several times during the week and is also available on the ITV player not long after broadcast. RHONY first premiered in the US on Bravo in March 2008, following the success of The Real Housewives Of Orange County. Currently in its ninth season in the states, it focuses on the personal and professional lives of several women residing in NYC. Here’s the lowdown on the cast… Bethenny Frankel Bethenny Frankel first came to fame when she was named first runner-up on NBC’s The Apprentice: … [Read more...] about Real Housewives of New York City on ITVBe continues TONIGHT – here’s the lowdown on the new series
LOS ANGELES Prodigy, one half of New York rapper duo Mobb Deep, died on Tuesday days after being hospitalized for complications related to sickle cell anemia, his publicist said. He was 42.Prodigy, born Albert Johnson, was admitted to a Las Vegas hospital "a few days ago" after a Mobb Deep performance in the city, his publicist Roberta Magrini told Reuters in a statement. The rapper had suffered from sickle cell anemia, a hereditary blood disorder, since birth, and the exact cause of his death has not yet been determined, she said. Mobb Deep, formed by rappers Prodigy and Havoc, from the New York City borough of Queens, was a seminal part of the 1990s East Coast gangsta rap scene emerging from New York alongside Nas and Notorious B.I.G., scoring a breakthrough with its 1995 album "The Infamous." The duo released its last album in 2014, "The Infamous Mobb Deep," and most recently were … [Read more...] about Prodigy, one half of New York rapper duo Mobb Deep, dead at 42
THE Real Housewives Of New York City was the second show to be aired in The Real Housewives franchise. Ever since it premiered in 2008, the cast have always brought the drama and the new series promises more of the same. Here’s all you need to know about the glamorous ladies… The Real Housewives Of New York City returned to ITVBe at 9pm on June 4 and the series continues at the same time TONIGHT (Sunday June 25) with episode four. It is repeated several times during the week and is also available on the ITV player not long after broadcast. RHONY first premiered in the US on Bravo in March 2008, following the success of The Real Housewives Of Orange County. Currently in its ninth season in the states, it focuses on the personal and professional lives of several women residing in NYC. Here’s the lowdown on the cast… Bethenny Frankel Bethenny Frankel first came to fame when she was named first runner-up on NBC’s The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. Her … [Read more...] about When is Real Housewives of New York City on ITVBe, who’s in the cast and what is it about?
In 1961, Bennett Cerf, one of the founders of the publishing firm Random House, sent a copy of a new book by Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of American Cities, to the legendary city planner Robert Moses. Moses’s reply was curt: Dear Bennett, I am returning the book you sent me. Aside from the fact that it is intemperate and inaccurate, it is also libelous. I call your attention, for example, to page 131. Sell this junk to someone else. Cordially, Robert Moses This was no ordinary demurral over a book’s merits. It was a salvo in a struggle between a man who had amassed vast bureaucratic powers and remade New York with expressways, parks and housing towers, and the woman who assembled neighbours and public opinion to stop him when he set his sights on the evisceration of a swath of lower Manhattan. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Robert Moses stands in front of the Manhattan skyline in 1956. Photograph: … [Read more...] about Story of cities #32: Jane Jacobs v Robert Moses, battle of New York’s urban titans
Melissa McCarthy took her famous White House press secretary impression to the streets of New York on Friday morning, cruising through Midtown Manhattan on a motorized podium. Hopefully it's a preview of what's to come on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, where McCarthy has repeatedly played President Donald Trump's main spokesman, Sean Spicer. She is hosting this weekend's episode. Twitter users posted various videos of McCarthy motoring past CNN's offices on 58th Street, unperturbed by traffic: Spicer garnered some criticism this week after The Washington Post reported he huddled with his staff "in the bushes" on Wednesday to avoid talking to reporters after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. (The paper later issued a correction that he was "among" the bushes near television sets on the White House grounds, not in them.) McCarthy also mocked that incident in a GIF she posted to her Instagram account on Thursday, which she captioned, "Straight out da bushes." After … [Read more...] about Melissa McCarthy takes Sean Spicer SNL impression to the streets of New York, cruising through Midtown on her motorized podium
Volunteers offered information about their faith to strangers while wrapping a turban around their heads More than 500 people gathered at the Times Square in New York to celebrate Sikh holiday Vaisakhi by educating passers-by about the faith practiced by nearly 25 million in the world. The event, titled Turban Day 2017 was organised by the Sikhs of New York – a group initiated by Chanpreet Singh in 2012 as a student club at Baruch College. Sikh man shot by American man shouting ‘go back to your own country’ Volunteers offered information about their faith to strangers while wrapping a turban around their head. At the end of which, they were free to ask any questions about Sikhism. The day ended with about 8, 000 turbans being tied. The 24-year-old conceived the idea after realising that Sikhism was still an unfamiliar faith. Due to their turban, Sikhs are often mistaken as Muslims or Arabs. A survey conducted in 2015 by the National Sikh … [Read more...] about Sikhs of New York wrap turbans around strangers heads to raise awareness about faith – The Express Tribune
Doorman of 575 Park Ave.Sam GolanskiMany of New York's wealthiest people reside in multimillion-dollar condos on Park Avenue on the Upper East Side. There's 740 Park Avenue, where John D. Rockefeller, Blackstone founder Steve Schwarzman, and business tycoon David Koch have all lived. Just down the street at 730 Park Avenue, "billionaire bidding wars" have led to some sky-high home sales, including a penthouse that reportedly sold to hedge funder Daniel Benton for $39 million in 2012. Guarding the entrance to these and other tony buildings along Park Avenue are the doormen who often live vastly different lives than those inside. A doorman's tasks can vary greatly, as they assist residents with everything from running errands, to loading up their cars, to calling cabs, and most importantly, providing security. As of 2014, unionized doormen in New York City made an average of $49,402 a year. It was the unusual job of the doorman that photographer Sam Golanski was most interested in when … [Read more...] about These doormen guard the residences of New York’s wealthiest residents
Vanessa McDonald/E! As if being Carrie Bradshaw's beloved shoe designer wasn't the ultimate honor, Manolo Blahnik is being celebrated with another prestigious award. Ahead of New York Fashion Week's kickoff tomorrow, the Couture Council is bestowing the 2015 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion Awards upon Mr. Blahnik. Which makes perfect sense, as his enviable footwear designs have drawn in a celebrity cult following that includes Nicole Kidman, Rihanna, Victoria Beckham and, yes, a few of the Sex and the City gals. With the award presented by André Leon Talley—yep, the famed contributing Vogue editor—you can bet this high fashion fête is not something to be missed. But worry not, because you can get all the scoop straight from the ceremony (plus input from Camila Alves) in the video below! Want more? Then tune in to E! News tonight at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. for more New York Fashion Week scoop! Photos Celeb shoes that made the outfit … [Read more...] about Manolo Blahnik Receives Major Couture Council Award Ahead of New York Fashion Week—Watch Now!
Jake Gyllenhaal knows how to move! The hunky actor shows off some fancy footwork—complete with gyrations, spins and slides—in Demolition, his upcoming dramedy in which he stars as a man who befriends a vending machine employee (Naomi Watts) and her son (newcomer Judah Lewis) after the tragic death of his wife (Heather Lind). His big dance sequence takes place throughout the busy streets of New York City. Director Jean-Marc Vallée filled Gyllenhaal's iTunes with a mystery playlist. "He gave me a mix of these songs I'd never even heard and that's his whole style," Gyllenhaal told me at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival opening night premiere of Demolition. "He didn't want me to listen any songs that would make me move. He wanted me to incorporate things I had never heard. "I think it's one of those things where we all walk around, well, I'll speak for myself, and you're reserved and how you present yourself in one way or another or even to our friends or … [Read more...] about Watch Jake Gyllenhaal Dance Through the Streets of New York City: ”There’s Nothing More Embarrassing”
Sonja Morgan's legal woes have finally come to an end. After nearly five years of dealing with her bankruptcy case, E! News confirms that the Real Housewives of New York star's nightmare has come to a close. "Its over now. Its come to an end. The $9 million-plus is all there. It was $7 million judgment but with the administration fees, it was about another $2 million," Morgan tells us, and adds that she's "out of Chapter 11" (This chapter of the Bankruptcy Code usually proposes a plan of reorganization to keep its business alive and pay creditors over time). "It feels great. I did a great job. I paid what I had to pay and it wasn't easy, but at the same time it was an experience," Sonja continues. "It's nice to be free of everyone looking at my money. I finally have my financial privacy back." MORE: View the bankruptcy documents here The reality star, who joined Housewives in its third season, says a failed venture between her production company, Sonja Productions, and another … [Read more...] about Real Housewives of New York Star Sonja Morgan’s Bankruptcy Nightmare Over, $9 Million Later: ”It Feels Great”
BRAVO Bethenny Frankel is back and doing what she does best: Telling it like it is. The Real Housewives of New York City welcomed the reality star back with (somewhat) open arms. During a trip to Atlantic City, Bethenny clashed a bit with costar Sonja Morgan during dinner after visiting Sonja's business office to see what the socialite was cooking up with her fashion lines. "I'm in a good spot with Sonja...there's a whole trajectory with Sonja and I this season and I think I was being supportive," Bethenny told us. "I thought the show, overall, was really funny. People thought it was one of the best episodes—and it's compassion. It's not darkness; it's not dirtiness and I like that. The show is doing really well. The ratings are up. People are loving it, they say it's the best season yet and I'm glad the B is back." CLICK: Bethenny sounds off on single life Still, Sonja said it was hard to watch the episode that saw Heather Thomson admonishing her for leaving some of the … [Read more...] about “Darkness” or “Compassion”? Bethenny Frankel Sets Real Housewives of New York Record Straight
The dust has settled, the three-part reunion special has concluded, and the village idiot has gone home. It's time to say goodbye to The Real Housewives of New York City for another year. After an eighth season stuffed to the gills with drama that was so damn entertaining it just may have been the franchise's best ever (yeah, we're talking across ALL cities), there's only one thing left to do before: Declare a winner! Which of Bravo's Big Apple ladies came out on top this season? Was it a newly-sober Sonja Morgan or the blisteringly blunt Bethenny Frankel? A laughably loved-up Luann de Lesseps or the one and only Dorinda Medler Medley? You're going to have to read on to find out... Photos The Official Ranking of The Real Housewives—All 96 of Them 8. Jules Wainstein She had our sympathies when she shared her emotional struggle with an eating disorder, but for much of her first season, Jules was either picking fights she stood no chance winning (the feud with Bethenny), … [Read more...] about The Real Housewives of New York City: Which Lady Won Season 8?
Have the ladies and viewers of The Real Housewives of New York City learned nothing over the years? The lessons learned: 1. Bethenny Frankel will always tell it like it is. 2. She's fiercely protective of her business. On the Wednesday, May 11 episode of RHONY, Sonja Morgan threw herself a birthday party and introduced the world to Tipsy Girl, her new line of Prosecco. Ramona Singer was quick to say: "Skinnygirl and Tipsy Girl? A little too close to home." Next week we see Bethenny address the whole situation, as you can see in the preview below ("It's a personal insult and I don't want anything to do with you," Bethenny says), but she took to her Bravo blog to give audiences a taste. "It is my mission to help women in business and give them inspiration and guidance, but also to not fool them into thinking you go on TV and voila you have a business," she wrote while addressing her Skinnygirl protein shake launch that was depicted on the show. "Sonja has had: an event company, a … [Read more...] about Bethenny Frankel Addresses Sonja Morgan’s Real Housewives of New York City Tipsy Girl Reveal
What. Was. That?! The last ten minutes or so of tonight's episode of The Real Housewives of New York City were so truly insane that we aren't really even sure what we just witnessed. There is so much to unpack from that sustained lunacy that we need to really just dive right in and see if we can decipher what went down between Dorinda Medley, Ramona Singer, and John Mahdessian on the street of NYC. Things were going so well at Dorinda and John's party they were throwing for some designer who uses John's dry cleaning business or something. Dorinda looked lovely in the dress custom made for her, John pointed out a stain on Dorinda's dress TO THE ENTIRE PARTY via microphone, and Jules Wainstein was there, simply existing. Everything was par for the course. And then Ramona and Luann de Lesseps arrived. Now, there are two things of note here. One: Ramona, Luann, and Sonja Morgan were all drinking together prior to arriving at the party. And two: According to Dorinda, Ramona wasn't … [Read more...] about Real Housewives of New York City Recap: What on Earth Just Happened Between Dorinda Medley and Ramona Singer?
The Tipsy Girl Met the Skinnygirl on The Real Housewives of New York City and it was explosive and sad at the same time. Bethenny Frankel brought Sonja Morgan in to discuss the whole Prosecco thing. It seems Bethenny is not pleased—and can you blame her? There was even an item in Page Six. "The Sonja situation was just kind of sad. Obviously, her idea can't touch my brand. There is no product or distribution. It is a made-for-television idea, and I have over 20 varieties of wine, vodka and ready to drink. You can't find a city of the Housewives where several women haven't followed in my footsteps and attempted booze," she wrote in her blog. "Bring it on. The more the merrier. It is a brutal business, and it may look easy, but as you see, it isn't." Bethenny said Tipsy Girl is an "unoriginal name and idea" and it gives audiences a false impression, "that you just go on TV, and poof a brand is born. That isn't how it works." The two had a heated conversation in Bethenny's office … [Read more...] about Bethenny Frankel on the Sad Sonja Morgan Real Housewives of New York City Tipsy Girl Situation
If you come for Bethenny Frankel, well, just don't. The Real Housewives of New York City star goes toe-to-toe with Dorinda Medley's beau, John Mahdessian, over accusations she stole the Skinny Girl name from SkinnyCow in tonight's episode of the Bravo series and even after a few drinks her wit remains on point. "You stole the name," John says to her. "His brand is called SkinnyCow. You're a cow, I'm a girl, that's the difference. SkinnyCow, Skinny Girl," she says to him, not missing a beat. Obviously this does not sit well with Dorinda, who has just had to deal with Bethenny and Ramona Singer talking about John. "You don't dare come into my party and start problems with Bethenny," she tells him. All this happens right after Bethenny talked to Dorinda about John and his behavior and how she feels like Dorinda is always selling him to the group. Not a good look. "We love each other. You don't know what love is about," John tells Bethenny. "'Cause you don't know what love is." Dorinda, … [Read more...] about This Fight Between Bethenny Frankel and John Mahdessian on Real Housewives of New York City Is Unreal