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Lady of Grand’s Pick: 40 Years of Eileen’s Special Cheesecake [VIDEO]

Posted July 28, 2014 at 10:14 am

Eileen’s Special Cheesecake came from “very humble beginnings.”  Eileen’s mother passed away from breast cancer at age 49 and left her the recipe for this special dessert.  She then started making the dessert alone to help her through the mourning process. The very first customer was a deli in Queens.  17 Cleveland Place was no-man’s land […]

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Watch Beastie Boy Mike D’s Surf Safari in Baja with Rob Machado [VIDEO]

Posted June 26, 2014 at 9:47 am

Online lifestyle publication, Nowness, just posted a cool clip called “Mike D’s Surf Safari.” Directed by Alex Kopps, the two-minute short carries all the hallmarks of your typical surf video. Throwback cameras and footage, random establishing shots, and reverb-heavy guitar licks. Mike D of the Beastie Boys has been surfing for nearly ten years, thanks […]

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‘Tengu: God of Mischief’ Shows the Proper Way to Skateboard in the Subway [VIDEO]

Last modified June 24, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Director Colin Read (aka Mandible Claw) just uploaded the epic subway skate segment from his 2013 film, Tengu: God of Mischief. So, if you haven’t had a chance to peep the whole movie, this three-minute clip below will satisfy. For now. Read told Gothamist back in January that the skaters and crew were turned on […]

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This Amazing Footage of the Bowery in 1934 Will Give You Perspective [VIDEO]

Posted May 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

Still combing through the recent trove of British Pathe newsreels uploaded to YouTube… Our latest adventure down the rabbit hole yielded vintage footage of the Bowery dating back to 1934. For perspective, that’s two decades before Lionel Rogisin’s On the Bowery. The clip is part of the overall “Pathe Review (American Travelogue)” package for tourists. […]

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Would You Recognize a Family Member if They Were Homeless on the Street? [VIDEO]

Posted May 6, 2014 at 10:17 am

Have you ever thought about what it might be like to see a family member or a dear friend homeless on the streets of New York City? What would you do? Would you keep on walking? Or would you stop and lend a hand? The New York City Rescue Mission (90 Lafayette Street) recently conducted […]

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Watch This Footage of Crowded Delancey Street in the 1970s [VIDEO]

Posted April 24, 2014 at 9:20 am

Last week, the venerable British Pathé news agency uploaded an entire collection of 85,000+ newsreels to its dedicated YouTube channel. Naturally, we honed in on some classic New York footage dated simply to 1970-1979. The clip shown below, “New York (1970-1979),” offers a great snapshot of the neighborhood, from Chinatown through the Lower East Side. Fast-forward […]

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Vintage PSA Urges Jaywalkers to ‘Cross at the Green, Not in Between’ [VIDEO]

Posted April 11, 2014 at 6:00 am

The violent arrest of 84-year-old Kang Wong back in January has jaywalking back in the local spotlight. For this everyday occurrence, cops charged him with jaywalking, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. The incident transpired just as Mayor de Blasio announced intentions to crack down on the practice citywide. Gothamist noted that 452 jaywalking tickets were written in […]

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Watch This Video of the Downtown Dance Club Scene of 1983 [VIDEO]

Posted April 9, 2014 at 6:07 am

“The Tube” was an innovate music program that had a brief run in the UK during the early 1980s. It ran for five seasons, and helped break artists such as The Proclaimers and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Established artists of the day would also perform showcases on the show. A reader sent us a link […]

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Local Empire Tackles a Street Peeing Bro in Sketch [VIDEO]

Posted March 28, 2014 at 10:22 am

The call of the (urban) wild was inspiration behind this funny sketch by Local Empire, dubbed “Street Peeing.” Shot in the vein of a narrated nature documentary, the comedy crew follows a bro as he staggers home drunk looking for a place to urinate. This situation is familiar to anyone living or drinking around the […]

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Rare Footage from 1930s Shows the Third Avenue El in Action [VIDEO]

Posted March 20, 2014 at 10:33 am

Here’s your chance to ride the Third Avenue El of yore. Sort of. We came across this rare footage the other day, which offers a brief snapshot of the elevated subway system in operation sometime in the 1930s. The short clip, presumably shot by a passenger, shows the train riding the rails, first in midtown, then […]

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