Russian legends leap across the pond
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The dungeon-black walls of the hip Ace Hotel's underground room, appropriately called Liberty Hall, are relieved by vintage speakers stacked floor-to-ceiling like a rock wall. The decorative recycling of defunct gear, lit with candles like a sanctuary, made a righteous backdrop for a reading of lett ... More >>
A greenhouse-turned-lounge, tucked under the Metro-North Railroad, sounds like a strange location for a night out on the town, but that's exactly what lures visitors to Moscow 57.Part of a weekly summer pop-up event series, Moscow 57 is the brainchild of Ellen Kaye. If she sounds familiar, it's beca ... More >>
A greenhouse-turned-lounge, tucked under the Metro-North Railroad, sounds like a strange location for a night out on the town, but that's exactly what lures visitors to Moscow 57.Part of a weekly summer pop-up event series, Moscow 57 is the brainchild of Ellen Kaye. If she sounds familiar, it's ... More >>
Alfredo FloresIgor, Dmitry, Alisa, and IrinaRussian literature has fascinated the world for generations. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, a fresh generation of talented writers has emerged to depict the nation in a new light. The New York Public Library and Causa Artium recently pres ... More >>
The above video demonstrating visual effects in movies and television proves what we've all secretly known for years: New York City doesn't exist. Times Square, the Hudson River, and the UN building are just post-production illusions. Instead, we live in a world made up of nothing but green walls.
Cops in Moscow think they've found the head of the suicide bomber who blew up the city's busiest airport today, killing 35 people and wounding at least 168 others. As a Russia Today talking head puts it, it's "the head of a man wth an Arabic appearance." The mid-afternoon (Moscow time) attack "spr ... More >>
This has been a big week for Leonardo DiCaprio. He was on that Delta flight to Moscow that had to make an emergency landing when an engine blew. A dog named after him is involved in a dramatic and bitter custody battle. His second flight to Moscow, where he is attending a conference on tiger ... More >>
Click to Enlarge.Via CopyRanter.Yesterday, Copyranter caught an advertisement (pictured right) for French weekly Courrier International. The conceit of the advertisement, by Saatchi & Saatchi France, as put by Copyranter: "The World Trade Center architects should have stopped at about 50 floo ... More >>
In the movies, when one country has some of the other country's spies, and the other country has a few captive spies of their own, sometimes they can work out a nice little trade in which all the spies return to their respective homes. Which sounds nice, but often comes to no good at all, esp ... More >>
A bunch of tri-staters hailing from New Jersey, Yonkers, and Manhattan were arrested this weekend for being spies. Russian spies. How very James Bond. According to the Justice Department, as part of a multi-year investigation in four states, eight people were arrested on Sunday for allegedl ... More >>
Every now and again, it seems like there's an open competition going on for best example of mass derangement -- an opportunity for those colossally bent out of shape to vent their real or imagined demons on the rest of us. The leading example is Moscow, which witnessed the apparent return of ... More >>
Public transportation is not seeming so fun lately. We woke to the news of 37 or more people being killed this morning in coordinated terrorist attacks on the Moscow subway system during rush hour -- an act thought to have been orchestrated by Chechen rebels.
Designboom has a nice spread of dazzling subway stations from all over the world -- a cavelike, leaf-printed Stockholm entrance, a ribbed tube leading into the Bilbao Metro, a Rubbermaid theme in Prague, Imperial splendor in Moscow, these giant heatlamps in the U-bahn, etc. Glean it and weep; as w ... More >>
We were shocked to discover that Coyote Ugly -- that nice little drunkards' warren on First Avenue -- was part of a national empire of saloons, mostly in the south (the shot here is of the Coyote Ugly in Austin, where we thought girls danced on the bar without the encouragement of marketing e ... More >>
We neglected to mention in our This Week in the Voice roundup that Tom Tomorrow -- a cartoonist favored by traitors and other fans of political entertainment -- is back in the paper. (We offered our own cartoon services, but were declined.) Tom will be running in the Voice till the money runs ... More >>
Robert De Niro is taking Nobu to Russia, with a new location set to open in Moscow. Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa says he's looking forward to creating Russian dishes with local caviar and seafood. [Bloomberg] The Wall Street Journal looks at high-end BYOB restaurants, like Alto and The Modern, and repor ... More >>
Don't let the kids out!
On to Chapter Two! We ask another round of authors for recommendations.
Red Square photo by Dmitry Azovtsev Been around the world and I, I, I...I can't stand a lot of the places that are so hyped and buzzed about! Here are the locales that, in all my travels from Bangkok to Bushwick, have really made me want to pack the bags under my eyes and head right home.
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