Friday, May 31, 2013

Katz's Delicatessen, New York's Oldest and Most Legendary Deli Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Katz's is New York’s oldest and most legendary delicatessen. It opened in 1888, and has thrived in its current location through three depressions, numerous recessions and two world wars. Immortalized in the film "When Harry Met Sally," and a favorite of generations of New Yorkers and tourists, Katz's is renowned for its hand-carved pastrami and corned beef. It is the only place in town that still carves all its pastrami and corned beef by hand. The iconic deli is located at 205 East Houston Street (at Ludlow Street) in Manhattan's Lower East Side.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

World's Largest Lego Model: Star Wars' X-Wing Fighter In Times Square

Last week, LEGO unveiled a full-scale Star Wars' X-wing fighter in Times Square. At 44 feet long, with a 43-foot wingspan, the massive model plane is the largest LEGO structure in history. It contains 5.3 million LEGO bricks built around a steel frame and weighing nearly 46,000 pounds. It’s 42 times larger than the X-wing LEGO set sold in toy stores, but like its miniature counterpart, this version can be easily disassembled. The structure took 17,000 hours and 32 LEGO builders working around the clock in the Czech Republic. As part of a display that also included life-sized LEGO models of Darth Vader, Yoda, and R2D2, it was on view for several dayas to promote an array of "Star Wars" productions, including the animated TV miniseries “The Yoda Chronicles” on Cartoon Network, the animated series “Rebels,” and the J.J. Abrams film set to hit theaters in 2015. Following its Times Square stint, the X-wing will land permanently at LEGOLAND California.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Four Sculptures Representing the Four Seasons by Philip Haas at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx

Four Seasons is an installation of four sculptures, each standing more than 15 feet high - Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter by contemporary American artist and filmmaker Philip Haas at the Concservatory Courtyard of the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Haas was inspired by the 16th-century Italian Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who painted eccentric, yet scientifically accurate, composite heads composed of fake flowers, ivy, moss, fungi, vegetables, fruit, bark, and branches. Each human portrait represent an individual season. The exhibit continues through October 27.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

7 Train (International Express) To Woodside, Queens

The 7 subway train from midtown Manhattan to Flushing, Queens is sometimes called the "International Express." It serves a span of interconnected neighborhoods where immigrants from all over the world live. In Woodside, the area's main commercial district is along Roosevelt Avenue, under the elevated tracks, where diverse ethnic restaurants mix with commuter-oriented businesses, cargo and travel agencies, financial services and jewelry stores. It may not be the prettiest part of the city but the area is so diverse, so New York. 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day, a federal holiday to honor soldiers observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service. Three years ago, a giant bronze sculpture called "Unconditional Surrender" created by the acclaimed artist, Seward Johnson was displayed at 44th Street and Broadway in Times Square, the exact spot the famous kiss took place. The sculpture was inspired by the famous moment in Times Square on August l4, 1945, the day that WW II ended.

Bike Share Program

The city's new bike share program sponsored by Citibank is being launched today. New Yorkers have access to thousands of blue bikes at 330 stations throughout southern Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn. The 45-pound bikes feature three gears, a rack and strap on the front to store bags and lights that are activated when the wheels spin, according to Citi Bike's website. Bike share membership costs $95 per year, $25 per week or $9.95 per day for unlimited use provided that each ride is less than 45 minutes, according Citi Bike. While many welcome the idea of the accessibility of bikes for rent, critics worry that the program may lead to an increase in accidents. Pictured above are citi bike stations in front of Grand Central Terminal and at 51st Street and Lexington Avenue.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

"Behind The Candelabra" Exhibition At Time Warner Center - A Collection Of Artifacts From the Liberace Estate

To promote tonight's premiere of the new HBO original film, Behind the Candelabra, HBO brought some of the glamorous artifacts from the Liberace Foundation to the Time Warner Center in Manhattan. The Liberace exhibition features some of the most over-the-top possessions of the beloved entertainer Liberace, including the world’s largest rhinestone, his famous crystallized Baldwin grand piano, his sparkling rhinestone roadster, and flamboyant costumes. Liberace once famously said “Too much of a good thing is wonderful!” Liberace had a loyal fan base spanning over his long career. The film, “Behind the Candelabra,” looks at the relationship between flamboyant pianist Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his much younger lover Scott Thorson (Matt Damon).

Władziu (or Vladziu) Valentino Liberace, best known as Liberace, was an American pianist and vocalist of Italian-Polish descent. His career spanned four decades of concerts, recordings, movies, television and endorsements. He was one of the highest-paid entertainers in the world in the 1970s. He was known for using a candelabrum as a signature stage prop, and for a lifestyle of flamboyant excess both on and off stage.