San Gennaro Festival (Part 2) : Most Precious Blood

The well from which the San Gennaro Festival draws its zany carnival energy is surprisingly the church which sits its center, the birthplace of the first U.S. San Gennaro feast, at the Church of the Most Precious Blood, between Baxter and Mulberry in Little Italy. The ‘Most Precious Blood’ in this case refers not only … Continue reading San Gennaro Festival (Part 2) : Most Precious Blood

San Gennaro Festival (Part 1) : Blood and Sideshows

Every year for the past 80 years, Mulberry Street in Little Italy becomes a wacky religious carnival. Why the San Gennaro Festival — with its mixture of saintly reliquary, frozen daquaris, freak shows and clowns — isn’t considered profane and condemned by the Catholic Church is a mystery to me. All I know is that … Continue reading San Gennaro Festival (Part 1) : Blood and Sideshows

History in the making – 9/15

ABOVE: Inside the main hall at the Alexander Hamilton Custom House (standing in the very spot where Fort Amsterdam stood) New Amsterdam in 1660 vs downtown Manhattan today — the Yahoo comparison[Yahoo Maps] A Seinfeld landmark — and one of Sinatra’s favorite late night spots — fades into memory[NY Times] [Gothamist] Radio Row — the … Continue reading History in the making – 9/15

FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER: Cafe Society

To get you in the mood for the weekend, every Friday we’ll be celebrating ‘FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER’, featuring an old New York nightlife haunt, from the dance halls of 19th Century Bowery, to the massive warehouse spaces of the mid-90s. Past entries can be found here . For this week’s edition, we’re bringing you the … Continue reading FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER: Cafe Society

A few strikes at New York’s bowling palaces

As often happens in the blogosphere, seemingly unimportant events get parceled about with declarations that don’t really mean much. For instance, the announcement yesterday that a new bowling alley was opening in Brooklyn — the first to open there in nearly 50 years! — disguises the fact that there are already a few bowling alleys … Continue reading A few strikes at New York’s bowling palaces

(Not) everybody loves a parade

As I was threading through the city streets yesterday I stumbled upon New York’s annual Muslim Day Parade which marched down Madison Avenue with a few thousand supporters in costumes, floats and some really unusual mascot wear(see above). Depending on what you believe, the date of the parade (two days before 9/11) was either a … Continue reading (Not) everybody loves a parade