Can We Dream of a Dirty Urchins Movie?

Hey NY lovers,

Do you remember this little band I met in Central Park a long time ago? (Well, firstly, I should ask if you remember me, it’s been a while since my last post… But here I am!)

So, this band is called the Dirty Urchins. I listened to their catchy song Don’t Let the Bastard Grind you Down in the middle of Central Park. Then I couldn’t get it out of my head so I went on YouTube and listened to it again (and again and again). While searching for this song, I discovered other songs from the band and of two of the members playing solo (Freddie Stevenson and Julia Haltigan).

Long story short, 4 years later, I still listen to the Dirty Urchins from time to time.

(So… what’s the story here? Wait, it comes right away)

Obviously I am not their only fan and one of them has been inspired by their songs to write a movie scenario. This means: a soundtrack only made of Dirty Urchins songs. Isn’t it a good idea?

Before distributing their movie in the theaters, the authors need a little help. They started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds. If you’d like to listen to the Dirty Urchins while discovering the story of Virgil, support them. It’s easy: click here and give as much as you can/want. Hurry up, the campaign finishes in 9 days!

I wish I’ll be able to tell you about the movie (and its soundtrack!) on this blog in a couple of years…

Want to start listening to the Dirty Urchins? I would recommend:
– Don’t Let the Bastards Grind you Down (by the Dirty Urchins)
– That Flame (by Julia Haltigan)
– Goodbye Cowboy’s & Rocketmen (by Julia Haltigan)
– When I Shake my Chains (by Julia Haltigan)
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“The lights, cars, traffic, architecture and people make the city come to life as a living, breathing, organism that never sleeps.”

Andrew “Drew” Geraci captured the life of New York City through a time lapse. With the help of colleagues at District 7 Media, he took around 50,000 still frames over 6 months. The amazing result is right here:

MIDTOWN from Drew Geraci (District 7 Media) on Vimeo.

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Visit Gramercy Park

Have you ever visited Gramercy Park?

If the answer is ‘no’, don’t worry, you’re not the only one… Gramercy is one out of two private parks in the city (FYI, the other one is Sunnyside Gardens in Queens). To open the gate, you need one of the 383 keys, distributed to ‘owners and occupants of the surrounding lots’, as written on the gate. But it doesn’t mention the annual fee…

The team behind the French-speaking website French District got a key. Here is a glimpse of what they saw…

Gramercy Park

Gramercy Park

Gramercy Park

Gramercy ParkGramercy Park

There are 56 other pictures there.

Does anyone have pictures of Sunnyside Gardens?

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Never Lose your Way in Central Park Again…

Have you ever been lost in Central Park? Those paths are all the same, aren’t they?

Well, this time is over… Google Street View went to every side of the park to offer a complete map.

You can now go north and still find your way*!

*Well, you need a fully charged smartphone with an Internet connection. Do I really need to mention that nowadays?
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My Heart Belongs to New York

One of my teachers once told me: “New York is so addictive”. I didn’t realize how true it was at that time… But since then I continuously find new examples that illustrate those words.  The song Brooklyn is one of them.

Woodkid, an amazing French singer living between Paris and New York, expressed his feelings towards the arty borough in a song.

Spending our days watching skylines from rooftops
On independance day, Manhattan fireworks
Life is easier where the walls are red
Brooklyn is a place stuck in my head

As there is no video for this song, I leave you with one that I could find on YouTube, made by Boniverful.
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What We Saw from the Subway Seats

Who has ever been inspired by a subway ad and called those surgeons, lawyers, English teachers singing the praises of their work?

Andy Stuckey has been. He based a story on those strange posters you can see in the New York City subway. His character goes from buying the “real page turner” of the moment to considering a music career he “can start as soon as tomorrow“.

“I see something so I say something. I tell a man not to lean on the door and to be careful when getting on and off the subway. “Sir, please pardon the progress of the M.T.A. The Second Avenue tunnel is going to reduce crowding. These guys are improving, non-stop.” He stares through me with his super-close subway face.

(…) I just realized my bottom teeth sure could use some Invisalign and whitening. Fingers crossed that Freelancers Union health insurance will cover it. I pick up the phone to schedule an appointment, only to realize I don’t get service in the subway. “Improving non-stop”?”

Andy Stuckey, The Diary of Mr. Subway, The New Yorker.

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When a Bird Landed on Madison Square Garden

A giant sculpture made of steel nails has been installed on Flatiron Plaza.

Bird, by Will Ryman

Bird, a sculpture by Will Ryman, has landed on Madison Square Garden for a month. (Picture by what we LIKE NYC)

 The blog what we LIKE NYC had seen the artist, Will Ryman, installing his piece of art beside Madison Square Park. The bird, weighing 5 tons and made of 1,500 nails, is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven.

Shake Shack, the burger stand, had noticed the landing too and shared it on Twitter.

The sculpture will stay on the Flatiron Plaza till April, 21st thanks to the NYC Department of Transportation’s Urban Art Program and the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership.

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