TriBeCa 1980

Watching Wild Combination last week, I had my curiosity piqued by references to a club called Tier 3. I’d heard the name before, but never really paid too much attention — it seemed third tier to more famous (and more fully chronicled) places like Mudd...

Forgotten New York

Do you know Kevin Walsh’s Forgotten New York?I’ve had a copy for a year or so, and every once in a while remember to pack it with me when I’m heading to an unfamiliar neighborhood. (There’s also an accompanying blog, cheerfully cluttered,...

Adaptations ahoy!

Yglesias laments the recent announcement of a new Moby-Dick film adaptation — directed by the guy with the unspellable last name who just directed Wanted, written by a team that has only teen comedies to their credit (including the Olsen twins vehicle New York...

Sweets and Cheap Eats

I blogged this elsewhere last year, but this afternoon I’m leading an annual Sweets and Cheap Eats on the LES walking tour for students returning to the Residential College where I live as faculty in residence.If you were to add something to this tour, what...

Coming Soon to the Metropolitan Playhouse

I’ve mentioned before my abiding affection for the folks who run the Metropolitan Playhouse. I feel extraordinarily lucky to teach earlier American lit (including 19c drama) and the literary cultures of NYC in a neighborhood — one of the few in the world,...