October 2011

Come celebrate DOC NYC!!  Posteritati hosts the pre-opening party for the Documentary Film Festival.  Starting Tuesday, November 1st mingle with filmakers and celebrate the flourishing platform for enriching storytelling.

There are many facets of what is occurring in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Events are moving quickly. Whether you are outraged by the failure of the government to prosecute bankers over the economic destruction, outraged by the destruction of American jobs by corporations, or, angry about predatory student loans which are financially burying our young people, the treatment of the protesters is of paramount concern to all of us. Their actions represent one of our core Freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution: Freedom of Assembly.

Our mayor has prohibited tents from Zuccotti Park, where the occupiers are freezing as I write. Occupy Wall Street is a free speech movement, but it depends on getting through the cold weather. The mayor is counting on the weather to do what the police haven't been able to despite nearly a thousand arrests: to silence their voice. 

There are a growing number of vacant storefronts in SoHo, primarily restaurants that have failed.The complaints from most of them are that there are zero governmental attempts (in other words, local politicians) that have attempted to help small businesses. 

Come see the house The New York Times called “Manhattan’s Most Haunted” by flickering candlelight and hear about strange and inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them.

Celebrate Halloween for Grown Ups with the Biggest Burlesque Show in New York! Featuring City Winery's best, brightest, sexiest, and most innovative performers in their beautiful elegant space. Come in costume, or just come as yourself. Either way, enjoy the ladies of Wasabassco dressing up, and dressing down just for you at a Halloween Weekend event full of risqué fun and sultry spirits

In a land far, far away (Staten Island) exists a magical field with pumpkins, and treats, and sweet nectar galore.  Take the trip to visit Decker Farms this weekend and get your own pumpkin straight from the vine. Along with pumpkin picking, there is an array of home grown produce, an awesome Craft Beer Festival, and decadent treats galore.  So come for the pumpkins and stay for the pumpkin cheesecake!

The artists included in the show, whose practices travel across a variety of approaches and mediums, have a common thread in their exploration of a specific kind of temporality. The forms are sparse, mutable, and at times, invisible but in all cases, manifest as almost makeshift offerings. Not unlike the actual function of a PDF, the work is positioned to drop off a bundle of compressed information and data before disappearing, degrading, or being re-contextualized. Opening Wednesday October 26th, 6-9pm.

I wanted to share the wonderful news with you that the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) just voted unanimously to landmark Westbeth, following through on a promise made seven years ago to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) and other community groups working to extend landmark protections in the Far West Village. 

In 1986, Aperture first published Bruce Davidson's Subway—a ground-breaking series that has garnered critical acclaim both as a document of a unique moment in the cultural fabric of New York City as well as for its phenomenal use of extremes of color and shadow set against flash-lit skin. In Davidson's own words, "the people in the subway, their flesh juxtaposed against the graffiti, the penetrating effect of the strobe light itself, and even the hollow darkness of the tunnels, inspired an aesthetic that goes unnoticed by passengers who are trapped underground, hiding behind masks, and closed off from each other."

Many articles have been written about Occupy Wall Street, and the strife which appears to rear its ugly head as General Assemblies and Working Groups seem to be at odds with each other. Much has been said about the squabbling and what appears to be the inability to generate identifiable leaders. That will come. The process seems to be one of moving forward with a breath of hope and a sigh of relief, that anything, anything, is moving toward, forward, in the direction of reconfiguring what has become a society that has become mired down in corruption.

Back by popular demand for a third season, the visually stunning, lushly designed Steampunk Haunted House returns and takes audiences into the darker, more terrifying aspects of Lewis Carroll's classic stories. In this immersive experience, audience members are admitted in small groups, suddenly separated, and thrust into a beautiful and terrifying dreamscape of neo-Victorian elegance and phantasmagoric clockwork horrors.