Animator and illustrator Eric Rosner reaches back into the collective memory to create illustrations of New York City in the Gilded Age. His current Kickstarter project focuses on a few blocks of Manhattan that witnessed seismic cultural shifts in the span of just 30 years.
Congratulations to the entire team behind Peace & Quiet — a temporary pavilion installed in the heart of Times Square. Constructed in time for Veterans Day, the architectural intervention is designed to provide a calm and inclusive environment for soldiers and civilians to discuss military service.
Check out the live feed from the square! And for those readers in the city, make a reservation online and visit the dialog station from now through Friday.
Filmmaker Jonathan Langager successfully funded production of his USC thesis film, Josephine and the Roach, in the summer of 2011. The whimsical short tells the story of a roach violinist who falls in love with an accordionist. Despite their almost unimaginable differences, duets ensue.
Tomorrow, the film screens at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of the Jim Henson Foundation’s “Puppets on Film” series. We can’t imagine a more illustrious platform for a director and his puppet — congratulations to both of them!
Peace & Quiet is an architectural intervention in the heart of Times Square.
Designed to facilitate communication in a loud and chaotic urban environment, the team of architects behind this Kickstarter project envisions a structure that encourages paths to cross.
Located at the opposite end of the Manhattan nexus from a military recruiting station, Peace & Quiet’s aim is to house an ongoing dialogue between service members and the general public. With the support of Kickstarter backers, the project should become a reality in time for Veterans Day this November.
This is Normanthology, a print anthology that encompasses all the best work from across 21 issues of Norman Einstein’s Sports & Rocket Science Monthly. It includes long form, free form, mixtapes, and photo essays from an all-star roster of artists, writers, thinkers, and makers. The anthology was funded just a little over a month ago on Kickstarter. Today, the team announced that it has officially come to life! If you’re in the New York area, they’ll be celebrating its release with a launch party at Grassroots Tavern. More details on the project page.
If you like eating and you like stories — and really, are there two more universally adored activities? — then Eat My Heart Out is probably something you’d love. A storytelling dinner theater, it collects some of the best performers that New York City has to offer, asks each to tell a personal tale, then serves audience members bespoke courses inspired by the thematic arc of those stories. Their upcoming event will feature names from NPR, the Moth, Jezebel and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and will dish up goodies from chefs trained in the city’s best restaurants (Roberta’s and Grammercy Tavern, among them.) Can you say, yum? How about “Project of the Day”?
The “Imagining the Lowline” exhibit is opening at the Essex Street Warehouse, from Sept 15-27. Free and open to the public, it will feature an installation of a small-scale green park, along with the technology that will make it possible to come to life underground, plus openly invite ideas and input from the public. They will also be hosting a ton of public events, like Street Fairs and a 50-foot-long “Experiments in Motion” exhibit model of Manhattan’s underground, plus a surprise musical event.
Save the date! And visit their website for a full calendar of events. (You can also check their original project, here.)
In New York (or feel like visiting)? Come groove the night away with the Days of Gray team — this Saturday, June 2nd, they’re hosting a “Kickstart My Heart” dance party to celebrate the final hours of their project. More details + RSVP on their latest project update.
Writing is a solitary pursuit. Writers spend an indecent amount of time on their own, agonizing over the perfect word to turn a story while memoirists wrestle with not only words but the twists of memory; the good, the bad, and the lonely. I say this to tell you that you’ve not only given me money, you’ve given me company. You’ve elected me to be your personal storyteller of a time you are all intrigued by, a time you may very well have participated in. So you can bet I’m imagining you all here with me while I take this journey back to honor the place, and the time, in all it’s raging glory.
Solitude is overrated. Thank you. I’m honored.
—Adele Bertei is making us misty-eyed this morning in the first project update for her memoir, No New York: Adventures in the Town of Empty.
For the past ten years, Sara Schaefer has been working jobs that have kept her anchored behind a desk in New York City. (How many can relate?) Along the way, though, she’s banked a lot of stage time working on comedy, made a few podcasts, put up some videos, and (basically) invented a pretty successful side job out of making people chuckle. Her stand-up tour may be Iddy Biddy, but it promises big laughs — just watch her project video! Our favorite part is when she packs her Iddy Biddy suitcase. And ‘cause we love to giggle, we made her our Project of the Day.