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Eero Saarinen and his three gifts to New York

A toast to the great 20th-century architect Eero Saarinen! The Modernist icon was born on this date in 1910 in Finland. He immigrated to the United States with his parents when he was thirteen years old. His father Eliel Saarinen was himself a brilliant architect; his son would learn from the best. Eero Saarinen was a versatile furniture designer […]

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West Side Story: The Making of Lincoln Center

PODCAST The origin story of Lincoln Center, an elegy to the neighborhood its campus replaced, and a celebration of West Side Story, the film that brings together several aspects of this story in one glorious musical number. Warm up the orchestra, lace up your dance slippers, and bring the diva to the stage! For our latest show […]

Notes from the podcast (#124) Idlewild/JFK Airport

If Barbarella were an airport terminal, certainly she would be this one. A traveller’s dilemma: what destination could possibly be as exotic as the airport from which you were leaving? Scandals: We had a blast talking about JFK Airport this week, and it’s always funny seeing something we just talked about popping up in a […]

A very stylish girl: Fashion Week 2011 starts Thursday

Saks Fifth Avenue fashion show 1970, photographer John Dominis, courtesy LIFE/Google images Bergdorf Goodman 1973, photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, courtesy LIFE/Google images Ohrbach’s 1962, photographer Ralph Morse, courtesy LIFE/Google images A World’s Fair fashion show, Flushing Meadows, 1939-40, photographer unknown, courtesy NYPL Fashion forward in Central Park, 1920, photographer unknown, courtesy Retrografix The world of shirt […]

Clowns at Lincoln Center! the Big Apple Circus returns

The Big Apple Circus is probably the only show featuring acrobatic dogs and European clowns ever to play Lincoln Center. Well, play next to Lincoln Center. P.T. Barnum made his name in New York with his American Museum and a host of publicity stunts, but his world-famous circus actually originated elsewhere. However, the Big Apple […]

New York ‘Nutcracker’ dances on

Above: a still from the original version of Balanchine’s show (photo from the New York Public Library Being as I was once a boy, nothing about Christmas bored me less than watching a bunch of girls get excited when the Nutcracker came on television. Its taken my deep appreciation of New York — and some […]