City Shuts Down Beloved Astor Place Newsstand

Categories: Nostalgia

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Laura Rubin
Jerry Delakas has sat, with a cigarette dangling from his lips, like a sentinel inside the Astor Place newsstand for more than 25 years. He's watched the square transform around him; seen people come and go. Sculptures too -- when the Astor Place cube mysteriously disappeared 2001, sparking a minor panic, Delakas was the one who assured folks he'd seen Parks Department workers, and not thieves, haul it away.

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WNYC Uncovers Previously Unreleased Audio from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Categories: Nostalgia, WNYC

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Perfect timing. The WNYC Archives has posted a previously unreleased audio recording of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This audio was coincidentally unearthed just days before this coming Monday, which marks the national holiday in his honor.

The audio is of an interview with Rev. King by reporter Eleanor Fischer in Atlanta. According to WNYC, Fischer was producing a documentary series on Dr. King and that southern city for the CBC called Project 62 and she also spoke to him twice more in late 1966 and early 1967.

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Ye Olde MetroCard: Check Out These Ancient Subway Tickets

Categories: Nostalgia, WNYC

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Kate Gardiner
According to the ticket's photographer, Kate Gardiner, head of WNYC's Archives Andy Lanset recently purchased these very cool-looking old-fashioned subway tickets for the station. The New York City subway cost 5 cents when it first opened in 1904 and that fare stayed the same all the way until 1948. So, as any historian would say, these tickets are probably pretty damn old. By the way, in 1948, the fare doubled to 10 cents, a hike with which everyone was probably totally cool.

Artist Legacy Russell Explores Personal Geographies of LES and EV

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Legacy Russell
This past summer we wrote about Legacy Russell, an artist embarking on a year-long project that in its different phases (called "rites") explores the nature of memory in the East Village and the Lower East Side. When we first met Russell she was working on the first "rite" -- the "Rite of Remembrance" -- in which she sat in Tompkins Square Park taking down people's stories of the neighborhood. Now, Russell is in the midst of the third "rite," the "Rite of Rearrangement" in which she takes portraits of people in a local site of their choosing. She will eventually print those portraits out as large scale black and white images that can be hung up as public sculpture. The rite "is going to be an opportunity for people to look at and evaluate their personal geography," she told Runnin' Scared this week.

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Man Tries to Scale New York Times Building, Wanted Copy Of Paper

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Who said no one cared about print anymore? A man attempted to climb the New York Times building this morning. Why? According to the New York Post, when the man was on the ground he explained he attempted his ascension because he "was looking for a copy of the newspaper." Yes, as one person said on Twitter, he could have just read it online, but maybe he just really wanted ink-stained fingers.


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Billy's Antiques And Props Tent Laid To Rest

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Rebecca Nathanson
Back in December Runnin' Scared wrote that Billy's Antiques an Props "is one of the last remnants of the 'old Bowery.'" Now that remnant has become a relic as the green tent housing Billy's has been laid to rest. Saturday morning, the tent was taken down, the New York Times reported. In the afternoon, mourners came out to mark the event with song, eulogy and procession. The tent was placed in a coffin, which then was paraded around the surrounding area.

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Billy Leroy on the New Bowery: 'I Hate the Mom Jeans; I Hate the Flip-Flops'

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Rebecca Nathanson
For the last 25 years, a massive canvas tent has stood on the north side of East Houston Street between Bowery and Elizabeth. For the last 10, that tent has housed Billy's Antiques and Props, an antique store that specializes in obscure objects. Owned by Billy Leroy, the store is one of the last remnants of the "old Bowery."

This winter, however, as reported by the New York Times, the tent will come down for good and be replaced by a two-story building, part of which will include Billy's. In keeping with the store's current, slightly sinister atmosphere, the tent will be buried beneath the new building as a way of celebrating its importance to the history of both the store and the Bowery, which was once heavily populated with tent shops.

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All The President's Men Remixed With "Sabotage" Almost Makes Journalism Seem Edgy, Glamorous

Interesting factoid: the Watergate scandal caused enrollment in journalism schools to be at an all-time high in 1974, since budding journalists wanted to be just like Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

JY CINEMASHUP - All the President's Boys from Jeff Yorkes on Vimeo.

Could this remix of the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" with All The President's Men, the movie that made paging through documents in a library look sexy and dangerous, cause a similar effect?

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Nike Finally Releases Marty McFly's Back To The Future II Sneakers

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Tonight's Fashion's Night Out, which means more extravagantly stupid shit than usual is going on in our City! There's Pauly D and Miss Piggy and Nicki Minaj, and oh just read these damn lists for yourself, will you. Not one to be outdone, Nike today unveiled the Holy Grail of cinematic sneakers: the Nike Air Mag--Marty McFly's moonboot Nikes from Back to the Future II.


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Preston Mardenborough, 68, on Looking for People from 1960s Greenwich Village on Craigslist

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For about two years, Preston Mardenborough has diligently continued to post an ad to Craigslist seeking people who remember a bar called the Sea Colony. Mardenborough, now 68, was one of the few men who worked at the long-closed lesbian hangout in Greenwich Village in the mid to late '60s, and he wants to find and reconnect with his old pals. But he hasn't found any.

"I had a lot of good friends there, and everyone just, poof, disappeared -- like everything else, I guess," he told us.

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