In a previous piece I described how Mae West funded her scandalous 1927 play sex through her romance with the rich, handsome, but very dangerous gangster Owney Madden. However, it was the poor, but handsome bag man of the gangster who made West an American icon.
In 1927 the Acting Mayor of New York Joe McKee, scandalized by the drama’s frank sexual portrayals, had West and the rest of the cast arrested. The arrest was a publicity gold mine and sex and West were the words on the lips of all New Yorkers. When the cops jailed Mae the gangster’s connections with Blackwell’s Island warden earned Mae a private cell and silk underwear. She even dined with the warden every night and left after six days being let out early for good behavior. Upon her release she quipped, “It was the first time I ever got anything for good behavior.”Continue reading →
New York is known as the ultimate city for countless things: fashion, finance, art, Instagrammable food trends – the list is longer than the line at a Supreme drop in Soho. When it comes to espionage, however, the city doesn’t necessarily come to mind the way Moscow or Washington, DC (especially as of late) might. Lucie Levine, a native Manhattanite turned Greenpointer, makes a strong case for her hometown as the ultimate spy city with Archive On Parade, her new tour and event company that reveals NYC’s fascinating history of espionage.
“What makes New York special is that it is the capital of so many industries, with more goods coming into NY harbor by 1900 than anywhere on Earth, and people always moving here from all over the world,” Lucie shares. “For a spy, that means a larger array of possible disguises and aliases, because anybody can be here doing any trade. Nothing seems out of place.”
Archive On Parade launched in February with two distinct walking tours, one in Lower Manhattan following the footsteps of Washington’s Revolutionary War spies and the other in Midtown covering espionage sights during both World Wars. Lucie, a self-proclaimed “history nerd,” does all of the writing, research, and tour guiding. Prior to starting her own business, she gave guided tours on the double decker red buses you see jam-packed with tourists. Continue reading →
Many local Greenpoint hosts who make ends meet by renting out their places using Airbnb are in for a rude awakening. On Friday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill to make it illegal to advertise entire unoccupied apartments for less than 30 days on Airbnb, according to multiple reports. New York housing law restricts short-term rentals for certain housing, and housing advocates in the city argue that many of the units listed on Airbnb are illegal. Although these hosts can already face steep fines, the new law would make it illegal for Airbnb to allow listings for these units on their platform. Continue reading →
With over 43,000 surcharge-free ATM’s in our network, competitive checking accounts, and a large offer of credit cards and personal loans, Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union (PSFCU) has been serving its community for 40 years in three states: New York, New Jersey and Illinois. In addition to sixteen branches, PSFCU also offers mortgage loans for properties in Florida and Pennsylvania. With over 1.7 billion dollars in assets, PSFCU is currently the largest ethnic credit union in the United States.
PSFCU provides its Members with free 24/7 Online and Mobile Banking access to their accounts and loans. Continue reading →
Calling all cat ladies and dog freaks! You know who you are. You spend more money on doggy day care than on personal grooming and you buy kitty litter in bulk. If you need some non-human puppy love on V-Day (because let’s face it, people aren’t furry enough) then make sure to check out Valentine’s Day Pet Snuggle and Adoption Event hosted by Cafe Grumpy & Sean Casey Animal Rescue at Cafe Grumpy Lower East Side (13 Essex St, NYC) on Saturday, February 14th, noon-5pm. Continue reading →
We have some big issues in NYC to think about after the failure to indict the police offer who killed Eric Garner.
Lighting the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is a celebration of our city and there was nothing to celebrate yesterday.When I posted about the protests there on Facebook last night, someone commented, “What does this have to do with Greenpoint?” Eric Garner is a New Yorker. And NYC police officers patrol 11222. Enough said.
If you feel so inclined to demonstrate, our favorite local activist Emily Gallagher sent us these tips:
Everything about moving to a new place seems to take too long. Searching for an affordable rental, getting approved for a mortgage or by a co-op board, waiting for the cable guy. And then you have to deal with getting apartment insurance?
Fortunately, that’s the one part of your move that you can get out of the way in as little as 20 minutes. That’s the amount of time it typically takes Gotham Brokerage to line up apartment insurance for their clients.
Gotham Brokerage is a New York-based, family-owned company, and they know NYC apartment owner and renter needs better than anybody else. This means they can quickly determine the right kind of plan and coverage. If you’ve been putting off getting your apartment insured because you thought you didn’t have the time, now you know: it will take less time than it took to get your couch up the stairs, and probably cost less than the tip for the movers.
Sponsored post courtesy of BlankSlate for Gotham Brokerage.
Of course covered the 50th Anniversary of the World’s Fair by being like, no one gives a fuck, skateboarding is rad, nostalgia is like necrophilia because this place is DEAD.
In case you didn’t notice, the Greenpoint pier ferry ramp is still not functioning, since it collapsed in February. Apparently the city doesn’t want to pay for a crane, which is needed to investigate before it can be rebuilt…seems like a lame excuse, doesn’t it?
Curbed picked up our story about the North Brooklyn Boat Club controversy and the club responded by denying accusations of foul play.
Our trusted Assemblyman, Joe Lentol, took a Facebook selfie for arbor day and hashtagged #Earthdayselfie. Continue reading →
Meet – Brooklyn Collage Collective, a group of 14 local collage artists who utilize the cut and paste medium to convey their own aesthetic. With a wide range of approaches and techniques from paintings on wood to creating a gigantic collage building comprised of smaller buildings.
“Episode 1” was hosted at Brooklyn Fire Proof in Bushwick. They eventually ran out of mac n’ cheese, but the event wasn’t short on interesting artwork and great vibes. Continue reading →