Traveling to Queens from Manhattan on the 7 train, you’ve probably seen this large warehouse completely covered in graffiti. To on-lookers, the four story block-long structure may be an eyesore, with its yellow façade falling victim to vandals. From a distance, a developer’s plan to knock down the century old building to make way for two residential high rises seems justified. When you look closer at the building, however, you see colorful murals created out of spray-paint and stencil. This building known as 5 Pointz is a place for graffiti artists to hone in their craft; where they’re allowed to paint on the four story walls. Known as the mecca of graffiti art, it would be a shame to see 5 Pointz sacrificed for a redundant tower that will house over-priced restaurants and snooty shops, many of which have dotted the East River over the past five years.
Los Angeles may be the showbiz hub of the world, but New York, for some reason, has a romance that LA doesn’t. Maybe it’s the sense of history, or maybe it’s the otherworldly landscape, or maybe it’s the fact that nowhere can make you feel quite as lonely as the busiest place on Earth. But for some reason, almost ever since movies started being made, New York has been the setpiece for hundreds of romantic comedies—nowadays it seems every year another dozen New York rom-coms come out.
Today I’ve compiled of list of 10 New York romantic comedies. This isn’t a perfect list — it’s missing, for example, It Should Happen to You, a classic that I couldn’t find anywhere to watch. If you think there are any others that should take the place of something here, feel free to mention it in the comments. But for now, let’s start it off with a real classic, one of my favorite movies ever:
Adam’s Rib (1949)
Probably the best of the famous Spencer Tracy/Katherine Hepburn vehicles, Adam’s Rib is the story of two married lawyers who get hired for opposing sides of an attempted murder case. Katherine Hepburn, a famously ferocious and independent woman in her own right, plays the role of Amanda Bonner, one of the earliest and best examples of a genuinely strong-willed, independent female movie character.
Adam and Amanda Bonner have the perfect marriage, as far as I can tell, fiery and complex, but in all ways equal. As the movie announced proudly:
“There’s no room in marriage for what used to be known as ‘the little woman.’ She’s got to be as big as the man is…Sharing — that’s what it takes to make a marriage, keep a marriage from getting sick of all the duties and responsibilities…and, and troubles. Listen, no part of marriage is the exclusive province of any one sex.”
Love songs like Everything I Do (I Do it For You) by Brian Adams and I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston may seem a little played out. Now when you’re thinking of dedicating a song this Valentine’s Day to your sweet or searching for some lyrics that will give your card the extra melt your heart factor, there are some songs that scream love but never seem to make the Best Love Songs list.
Ashley and Michelle know with Valentine’s Day already here, there are songs you should keep in mind when you’re trying to set the mood for love. These modern day poets put into words what every girl yearns to hear when falling in love. So grab a pad, perhaps even the Valentine’s Day card you bought, and take note!
*Orginally published in Feb 2011
Every Thursday at 10:30pm you can catch The Vinny Brusco Show LIVE.
If you missed the June 2, 2011 episode of The Vinny Brusco Show, here’s the recap:
We learned that Vin operates on a third grade reading level and texts in Gaelic. Steve is retro gamer. Carmen almost stroked out from the plaque in his arteries. Vincent Grippi and Justin Whitkin from Thedummygun.com stopped by the show to talk about their new project New Plains. Visit their Indiegogo page and learn how to get your name in the credits and other cool
June 8th: Elisapie Album Launch Party in Soho
Soon to reach gold certification in Canada, Elisapie is hoping the US launch of her album ‘There will be stars’ on June 7th will have the same success here. The Canadian Inuk Polar-Pop artist has chosen none other than New York City to launch her album. Join her this Wednesday June 8th at The Living Room for ‘There will be stars’ launch party. She’ll also be granting those in attendance a special performance featuring music from her album.
Elisapie Launch Party Information
The Living Room
154 Ludlow Street
Doors open at 8pm
Elisapie goes on at 9pm!!!
In a lineup of all male rappers – Jasmine Solano graced the stage as the only female to grab a mic the night I was introduced to this female powerhouse. Fast forward and not only has this DJ/Rapper toured as Wiz Kalifa’s DJ but she’s performed her ‘That’s not it’ single all around the world. For all the reasons I became infatuated with everything Jasmine Solano embodied that night, she has since then only reinforced those feelings with her lyrics and style that places her on a scene of by herself.
Her new video ‘Turn it Up’ was directed by her long time friend Va$htie and features
Every Thursday at 10:30pm you can catch The Vinny Brusco Show LIVE.
If you missed last week’s show (May 19, 2011), here’s the recap:
Rocco Venusio sat in Steve’s empty chair in the Italian Yankees bullpen, Vinny nominates body modifiers who take piercings to the extreme for the FU of the week. Jonathan Zungre from Videogamewinnersandlosers.com selected L.A. Noire and Lego Pirates of the Caribbean as the video game picks of the week,
New York and New Jersey teens are teaming up and putting an amazing show on May 20th, 2011. Raising funds and building awareness for Crohns disease and ulcersative colitis, these teens along with Founders Ashley Modell and Cameron Klein are hosting the First Annual CCFA Teen Event. Jay Sean will be taking the stage at Space Odyssey in Englewood New Jersey along special guest appearance from one of todays hottest Billboard Recording Artists with a Live Meet & Greet! Tickets are on sale now for the event but hurry, they are almost sold out. Please consider donating a little something extra to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America when purchasing your ticket. Take part in their raffle as the CCFA Teen committee will be raffling off a Hermes scarf, Mets tickets, an iPad 2, Dr. Dre Headphones, and more! Head on out and support the CCFA teens this Friday as they strive to bring awareness to two devastating intestinal diseases that are currently affecting 1.5 million Americans.
For more details on the event contact Neala Gershkowitz at (781)727-4498 or email@example.com.
491 Dean Street
Doors open at 7pm
Buy your tickets now at: http://online.ccfa.org/Teen
Under 21 – $45 per ticket
Over 21 – $150 per ticket