Michael Jackson, Live in New York, 2001

From the Times’ Arts Beat blog:Reaction in New York | 7:51 p.m. Mr. Jackson first performed at the Apollo Theater in Harlem in 1969 at the age of 9. The Jackson 5 won Amateur Night. “We will always remember Michael in our hearts as a true Apollo legend,...

View from across the Pond

The Guardian’s Travel section published a piece last week admonishing readers to throw out their NYC guidebooks and turn to the city’s literary heritage instead. Advice we can stand behind — though we still have favorite guidebooks we’d...

New York to Berlin

I’ll be in Germany for the next week. No, I’m not part of the young artist set abandoning New York for Berlin. I have a conference in Dresden but will spend a couple days in the world’s new arts capital too. I won’t likely be blogging while...

City on Stage

There’s a famous anecdote about the first appearance of Mose the Bowery B’hoy on the New York stage. Played by neighborhood boy Frank Chanfrau, Mose, the fireman-butcher, makes his entrance in Benjamin Baker’s 1848 farce A Glance at New York by...

Say Dark Knight, Gracie

So I’ve spent the better part of the last week holed up in a cabin somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, without the Internet, about as far from Gotham as you can get. The Movie was playing in town on the local one-screener, of course, since we’re still...