Wishlisted: I Regret Almost Everything*, Keith McNally’s memoir. Not an Instagram post goes by without someone telling McNally, “you should write your memoir”. Well, little did we know, he already has. McNally’s story as a restauranteur is fascinating. He regularly dishes up anecdotes of personal and professional misdemeanours as the founder of such illustrious eateries as Balthazar, Pastis and Lucky Strike, to name just three. (more…)
“This is a city filled with people who thrive on trying to stay culturally relevant, and thus, have anxiety over not being relevant enough. It leads to an obsession over where the chic people are hanging out—the artists, the writers, the avant-garde. The fascination with the next big thing is why you probably read about Williamsburg for a while in the early 2010s, a media treatment that eventually broadened to Brooklyn overall. The Brooklynification of the world is well-documented, synonymous with hipster and reclaimed wood, and gentrification.”
Serena Dai, Bon Appetit(more…)
Never not buying books about 1970s New York! Here’s a brilliant one on the New York downtown scene by Blondie’s Chris Stein. Point of View: Me, New York City, and the Punk Scene looks like a time capsule of New York at its run down, romanticized best, encompassing legendary characters (William Boroughs, Iggy Pop, Andy Warhol) amongst city streetscapes and New York nightlife. (more…)
New York really is calling my name at the moment. I’ve not been for aeons but I’m definitely feeling signs that I need to be there. For example, this exhibition, that The Met Breuer is hosting from July 12th. Diane Arbus: In The Beginning looks at seven important early years of the influential photographer, from when she took her first proper roll of 35mm film and presciently numbered it, #no 1.
There will be over 100 photographs on display, of which more than two-thirds have never been seen before. (more…)