Beautiful New York

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Monthly Archives: March, 2015

QUESTION:

Opened in Queens in 1983, New York’s largest film and television production facility has housed Gossip Girl, Mad Men, The Sopranos, and White Collar. What is the studio’s name?

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New York Is… Opulence

While Sweet Smell of Success features the line “I love this dirty town!” much of New York is anything but dirty. Featuring incredible wealth, from the dot com billionaires to the oligarchs, this city caters to those who love luxury and are willing to pay for it. Most of us will never see the way …

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Palm Sunday

It’s one week until Easter! There are so many great houses of worship in which to celebrate, but none more celebrated in itself than the legendary Roman Catholic Arch Diocese of New York, St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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Something on a Stick Day

On this holiday, we celebrate by eating food on a stick. This can be anything, and often includes candy apples, popsicles, corn dogs, and other charming kids’ fare. But in New York City, something on a stick means kebabs! The famous street carts of the Big Apple were once known for their hot dogs, and …

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Top 20 Greatest NYC Paintings — #5

After the Rain by Paul Cornoyer Trips to Europe, for the light and for the training, have always been important to painters. But few American painters have allowed their Paris influence to shine through in their work quite so vividly as Paul Cornoyer. His cityscapes tend to feel Parisian, regardless of whether he is painting …

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Top 20 Greatest NYC Paintings — #6

Radiator Building, Night, New York by Georgia O’Keefe Often, New York City images use a single street or a single building to symbolize the metropolis as a whole. How many postcards feature solitary images of the Flatiron or the Empire State Building? In this extraordinary celebration of city lights, gleaming in the night, the legendary …

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National Lobster Newburg Day

The elegant dish, known as Lobster Newburg, was invented here in New York City, at Delmonico’s. It is still served on their menu and is a splendid light alternative to their famous Delmonico Steak. On tour with Beautiful New York Tours, you can hear the story of how the explorer and amateur chef, Captain Ben …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On March 24, 1900, at the corner of Bleecker and Greene Streets, a ceremonial groundbreaking launched the excavation on what would ultimately become the largest subway system in the world. A pneumatic system was attempted years earlier, but the rapid transit system of the turn of the century continues to this day, and is the …

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Top 20 Greatest NYC Paintings — #7

A Winter Wedding—Washington Square by Fernand Lungren Unlike many of the artists in this series, Fernand Lungren spent very little time in New York, and is best remembered for his lush depictions of the desert and the American Southwest, in the California Plein-Air Painting School. But he had started as an illustrator for Harper’s during …

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Top 20 Greatest NYC Paintings — #8

McSorley’s Cats by John French Sloan John French Sloan is yet another Ashcan School painter whose work could fill an entire list of greatest NYC paintings. We chose McSorley’s Cats (less well known than his other ale house image, McSorley’s Bar) for its claustrophobic camaraderie and its effect as a time capsule. Sloan was younger …

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