Oiji, a chic Korean restaurant, has opened in the space that housed beloved Dok Suni for over two decades. As noted when we spoke to Brian Kim and Tae Kyung Ku back in October, the chefs and co-owners have experience in the kitchens of Michelin starred restaurants (Kim at Bouley, Ku at Gramercy Tavern) and it shows in the refined technique they apply to the Korean dishes here. More →
I love Louis CK. So when I found out that he was filming for season five of his masterful dramedy Louie in the East Village, I knew I had to be involved in some way. This morning’s set was a cramped shopping aisle inside Westside Market on Third Avenue. It was only after the second time I had been shooed away by production assistants that it dawned on me I had actually become part of the fabric of an urban film set. Unfortunately it was as a paparazzo. More →
Deborah Kass, “Deb,” 2012. Screenprints, edition of 60, 24 x 24 inches each.
Some of the city’s most colorful characters flocked to The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center last night to celebrate the completion of a $9.2 million renovation project. A sparkling rainbow ribbon was cut by Edie Windsor, who famously caused the Supreme Court to change its exclusively heterosexual interpretation of marriage through a civil rights case that is now a historical milestone for the LGBT community. Cheers resounded as it fell to the floor. More →
“Glowing Homeless,” a neon sculpture made in response to the death of a man in McGolrick Park. (Photo: Fannie Allie)
At the start of last week, as the streets of Greenpoint became eerily empty, ten homeless men crawled into roll-out cots found in the basement of the Lutheran Church of the Messiah. While the rest of the city braced for the onset of a blizzard, these men were able to close their eyes with pillows under their heads rather than the usual wooden park benches. More →
All week, we’re bringing you a series of deep dives into the surprising histories of storied addresses. Back to our usual after the New Year.
(Photo: Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration)
On a Saturday, as the sun begins to set over McCarren Park, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration’s exotic onion domes start spilling their distinctive shadows across the patch of greenery at the corner of North 12th and Driggs Avenue. At this time, the Cathedral’s weekly Vespers service begins with the spontaneity of a music box that has just had its crank released. Within seconds, the interior of the Cathedral goes from dimly lit tranquility to enrapturing sensuality. Light starts to refract out of the cathedral’s chandelier, its crystal shell bathing the walls with a warm golden glow. The religious art includes numerous icons of Christ, all illumined, and the myriad of intricately painted pairs of eyes now seem to gaze down upon the congregation with an enigmatic stare. The air hangs heavy with a combination of angelic choral sounds and the smoky, aromatic fragrance of burning incense. More →