It’s December, which means New Yorkers of all ages are all trying to catch a glimpse of… no, not Santa’s sleigh, silly. We’re talking about an even more fabled means of transportation. The New York Transit Museum’s vintage trains and buses have officially hit the roads and rails. We saw bus #9098, a General Motors model from 1958, rolling down East 8th Street this morning, and others will be cruising around town this month.
SantaCon hits Manhattan on Dec. 8. While some bars– like the Continental, closing Dec. 14– are letting costumers know “WE LOVE SANTACON!”, other New Yorkers are preparing for the worst. NJ Transit, Metro North, and the LIRR have issued bans on train booze, and New York City Council speaker Corey Johnson has issued a call, albeit only on Twitter, to “BAN OUTLAW QUARANTINE” the annual invasion of Douchey Ol’ St. Nicks.
The closest thing I can think of to telling a story in 10 minutes is a Saturday Night Live skit, I tell Ross DeGraw and Sayra Player. They’re the artistic directors for The Collective NY, a theater company co-founded by Amy Schumer, and they’ve been working tirelessly to produce C:10, a series of 14 brand new, 10-minute plays.
Kudret Yakup, born in the desert town of Kashgar in China, is on a mission to make kebab conquer the world. The 36-year-old restaurateur is the founder of Kebab Empire, a 24-hour Uyghur cuisine eatery in Hell’s Kitchen.
With its effortlessly cool vibe, Superfine restaurant has been a DUMBO staple for nearly two decades. Owned by three women–a chef, an interior designer and a fine artist– the space is designed to enhance art in the community once almost entirely populated by artists. Tanya Rynd and Cara Lee Sparry curate the 30-foot wall adjacent the bar months in advance to highlight different artists every month. This is their second time showcasing Joe Gallagher, in what’s said to be his largest show to date.
The concrete jungle is getting some added green this month, all thanks to the famous (or infamous, if they affect walking home at rush hour) Christmas tree and wreath vendors that line the city’s sidewalks.
“Compared to the free love ethos of the hippies or the body-centric hedonism of Disco, Punk was not really about sex”, write the curators of the thoughtful and often thrilling Punk Lust exhibition that opened last night at the Museum of Sex. “Rather,” they continue, “Punk worked the psychosexual dynamics of sexuality as a matter of politics and provocation. If it had had a motto it would not have been ‘let’s fuck’, but ‘fuck you’ or ‘fuck off.’”
“I’m not going to look at you while we talk,” says Kelindah Schuster, settling down at a brightly backlit vanity, brush in hand. “I hope that’s not weird.” I sit a few feet behind the fully-equipped makeup station in Schuster’s small bedroom, in Bed-Stuy. Everywhere, amid the amber glass bottles of essential oils and the purple yoga mat on the floor, there are signs of the theatricality that bursts from this room on a near-nightly basis: mannequin heads in colorful wigs; jars of brushes, every size; bottles of cosmetics I can’t identify; a standing rack of platform heels at the foot of the bed. We talk through the mirror, our eyes meeting only occasionally. I watch, transfixed, as the makeup gets painted on in thick swaths: red brushstroke-brows, panels of gold on the lids, contoured cheekbones and matte black lips.
Suddenly, people you haven’t seen in years are asking to squeeze an air mattress into your apartment’s shared living space (hallway), and include you in their crazed plans to join the crush around Rockefeller Center to look at an average-sized Norway spruce. The tree lighting is tomorrow, by the way; the Department of Transportation has declared Wednesday a “gridlock alert day,” one of 16 during the holiday season, when driving through Midtown takes twice as long as normal.
The Gotham Awards arrive at a critical moment in awards season. Predating and presaging all of the major awards, they give us a clue into which indies are on everyone’s radar. But more importantly, the ceremony highlights a slew of worthy titles that have less of a chance of making it into the Academy race. While the biggest news from last night’s ceremony came at the end — the surprise Best Feature winner — the ceremony included many newsworthy nuggets. Here are a few of the best moments.