Summer Wordplay

Written by Allen Houston on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Books, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, Special Sections, Summer Guide, West Side Spirit

NYC Poetry Festival Picks to perk up your inner literatus By Allen Houston New York shows its literary stripes during the summer months, when every bookstore and bar seems to sweat an author or reading series from its pores. Here are our choices for some of the best events to help you get back in touch with your [&hellip
[ read more... ]

712 Comments

Books on Bikes

Written by Anam Baig on . Posted in Bike Show, Books, Breaking News

HollywoodBike Bike Snob NYC, The Enlightened Cyclist Bike Snob NYC has long looked at the New York cycling scene through his own unique sense of humor and betterment. His new book deflates some of the traditional smugness associated with biking in the city and the joys and dangers of bike commuting in the city.   Your [&hellip
[ read more... ]

376 Comments

City Looks to Close the Book on More Library Funding

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts West Side Spirit, Books, Breaking News, Lifestyle, News West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

library2   Anyone who thinks of libraries as repressively quiet zones filled with musty books need only walk into the St. Agnes branch of the New York Public Library system to be instantly proven wrong. While the Upper West Side branch boasts its fair share of quiet spots as well as, of course, books, it is also a bright, modern community space where locals [&hellip
[ read more... ]

14 Comments

Roosevelt’s Island of Vice

Written by admin on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Books, Lifestyle, Our Town

by Courtney Holbrook Whether he’s researching the strange methods of 19th-century scientists or on the trail of 17th-century pirates, author, historian and journalist Richard Zacks has an eye for the juicy bits in history. Now, the bestselling author of The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd and three other books has a new [&hellip
[ read more... ]

1 Comment

East Side Author Envisions Rise of Female President

Written by Sean Creamer on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Books, Breaking News, News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, Our Town

Miles David and his wife Florence in their Upper East Side apartment. Miles David is by no means an ordinary writer. A resident of the Upper East Side, David has recently completed Saving the President, a novel about Margaret Massey, a fictional U.S. president who takes the reins of the country during a period that oddly parallels the current Obama administration. Massey faces some issues that are [&hellip
[ read more... ]

1 Comment

Downtown Social: Tribeca Toasts Hollywood’s Classic Cyclists

Written by Our Town Downtown on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Books, Our Town Downtown

Hollywood Rides a Bike author Steven Rea. Last week, author Steven Rea presented his latest book, Hollywood Rides a Bike (Angel City Press, $20), at Tribeca’s Adeline Adeline. The night attracted a very classy audience of cycling aficionados who sipped wine and watched, captivated, as Rea went through a collection of photographs from the book. Hollywood Rides a Bike is chock full [&hellip
[ read more... ]

349 Comments

Vice City: How Roosevelt tried-and failed-to clean up NYC

Written by admin on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Books, Our Town Downtown

Richard Zacks. Photo by Kristine Y. Dahl. By Courtney Holbrook Whether he’s researching the strange methods of 19th-century scientists or on the trail of 17th-century pirates, author, historian and journalist Richard Zacks has an eye for the juicy bits in history. Now, the bestselling author of The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd and three other books has a new [&hellip
[ read more... ]

Be the first to comment on this post

The History of Middle Age

Written by Linnea Covington on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts West Side Spirit, Books, West Side Spirit

PatriciaCohen At 51, New York Times reporter Patricia Cohen has hit the ubiquitous halfway point for age. But instead of getting older quietly, Cohen decided to write a biography of middle age in her first book, In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age (Scribner). She starts at the beginning, roughly a century ago, when middle [&hellip
[ read more... ]

89 Comments

Bright Lights, Broke City

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit, Books, Our Town, West Side Spirit

08_Arts-the-darlings_1 Cristina Alger took the “Write what you know” dictum to heart. Her book The Darlings (which has evoked comparisons to Dominick Dunne and Tom Wolfe—no shabby company for a debut novel) is set amid the world of the titular Upper East Side hedge fund family, just as the market crashes and reveals some questionable corporate [&hellip
[ read more... ]

3 Comments

From Black Panther to Columbia Lion

Written by Our Town on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit, Books, News Our Town, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Black History-Jamal Joseph Jamal Joseph attended a protest in Harlem the night Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Though the protest was mostly peaceful, looting and rioting broke out. Cops began clubbing and shooting at the protesters, making no differentiation between looters and those simply shouting phrases like “The King is dead.” The police chased Joseph, a [&hellip
[ read more... ]

346 Comments

..