To Be Real

Chantal Regnault’s Ballroom Portraits

Chantal Regnault's portraits captured the emerging and vibrant ballroom scene in Harlem, 1989-1992.

posted : Friday, April 18th, 2014

tags : chantal_regnault voguing vogue ballroom ballroom_scene harlem harlem_renaissance house_of_labeija labeija willie_ninja house_of_ninja house_of_xtravaganza xtravaganza portraits photography 80s 90s gay_culture gay_studies paris_is_burning lgbt_history lgbt lgbtq_studies nyc new_york dance dancers pepper_labeija reblog

reblogged from : Guild Hall

“ I am not the type of person who wants to go back to the land. I am the type who wants to go back to the hotel.

Fran Lebowitz

Metropolitan Life

posted : Friday, April 18th, 2014

tags : fran_lebowitz hotels simple keep_it_simple quotes quotations funny_quotes

Privacy Please

Views from NYC’s Bowery Hotel

posted : Friday, April 18th, 2014

tags : bowery bowery_hotel hotel design landmark_buildings historic_preservation history nyc nyc new_york downtown interior_design decoration architecture hospitality bulldog antiques great_rooms

“ It’s no good running a pig farm badly for 30 years while saying, ‘Really, I was meant to be a ballet dancer.’ By then, pigs will be your style.
— Quentin Crisp

posted : Friday, April 18th, 2014

tags : quotes quotation writers lgbt_artist lgbt_history lgbt lgbtq dancer goals quentin_crisp gay gay_history style style_quotes

Another Me

A Short Film by Bertil Nilsson


Another Meis a short dance film featuring Miguel Esteves filmed last year in Portugal.

posted : Friday, April 18th, 2014

tags : bertil_nilsson dance another_me dancer lgbt_artist modern_dance miguel_esteves film short_film culture the_arts reblog

reblogged from : Bertil Nilsson

“ Is it not cruel to let our city die by degree, stripped of all her proud monuments, until there will be nothing left of all her history and beauty to inspire our children? If they are not inspired by the past of our city, where will they find the strength to fight for her future?
— Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

posted : Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

tags : jackie_kennedy jaqueline_kennedy jacqueline_kennedy_onassis quotes history history_quotes nyc new_york_city the_future

In Memoriam

Rizzoli Bookstore, West 57th Street, NYC

With its elegant building slated for demolition, yesterday was the last day of business for the much loved, landmark bookstore.  With this closing, an era ends for generations of bibliophiles and aesthetes.  

More on the closing at The New Yorker.

posted : Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

tags : rizzoli bookstores landmark_buildings new_york new_york_city nyc books bibliophile

Nothing But A Teardrop

The Flirtations, 1969

posted : Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

tags : flirtations northern_soul ranb disco disco_classic soul_classic 1969 early_video vintage_music soul_music girl_groups


Views from Blackman Cruz

Antiquarians Adam Blackman and David Cruz curate and stunningly present offbeat curiosities, rarified decorative arts and their own designs in a legendary space.  The building Blackman Cruz now calls home is full of history. Formerly the legendary Los Angeles gay nightclub, The Probe, it was made famous/infamous in this leather bar scene in American Gigolo and is no less dramatic today.

This is an 'Interior. Leather Bar.' that James Franco is unlikely to imagine.

posted : Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

tags : poppers 80s_nightclub nightclub lgbt_history lgbt gay_club disco leather_bar american_gigolo antiques design historic_property collectors the_probe probe_los_angeles probe_hollywood gay_disco richard_gere blackman_cruz interior_design decoration curiosities james_franco interior_leather_bar

Change The Beat

Fab 5 Freddy’s Classic Track

The BBC has recently announced that Fab 5 Freddy’s 1982 ‘Change The Beat’ is the single most sampled track in history.  It has featured in recordings by everyone from Macklemore to Janet Jackson. Even Justin Bieber.

Graffiti artist, hip-hop pioneer and now a hip-hop historian, Fab 5 Freddy’s contributions to hip-hop culture have been numerous (he’s even name-checked in Blondie hit ‘Rapture’) . In the late 1970s and early 1980s he became an unofficial bridge between the uptown graffiti and early rap scenes, and the downtown art and punk music scenes, bringing the whole ‘music, hip-hop, art, break dancing and urban cultural thing to the downtown table.’

The original 1982 release was one of a series of five 12”s each to feature interlocking poster art from Futura 2000.

posted : Saturday, April 12th, 2014

tags : fab_5_freddy change_the_beat blondie hip_hop hiphop hip_hop 80s futura_2000 grafitti grafitti_art art janet_jackson macklemore justin_beiber rapture bbc sample dj dj rap urban_culture history

Artists in Residence, No. 6

Inez + Vinoodh, East Village, New York City

Inez van Lambsweerde, Vinoodh Matadin and Charles Star at home in Manhattan.

“The apartment is like a group show. It’s about our life together.”

posted : Saturday, April 12th, 2014

tags : artists_in_residence inez_van_lamsweerde vinoodh_matadin inez_and_vinoodh artist_home loft east_village nyc photography photographers fashion_photographers

Bénie Soit La Musique

Stromae, House’llelujah 

posted : Saturday, April 12th, 2014

tags : stromae house_llelujah french_house french_music music video house_music


Bill Armstrong’s ‘Renaissance’ Portraits

posted : Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

tags : bill_armstrong photography modern_art art soft_focus classic_portraits renaissance renaissance_art artist american_art

“ If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

Henry David Thoreau

Walden; or Life in the Woods

posted : Sunday, April 6th, 2014

tags : thoreau walden walden_pond american_writer american_author literature transcendentalism quotes great_quotes dreams castles_in_the_air