At Ground Zero the memorial trees are springtime-green and the waterfalls are up and running, but there remains much to do. Besides the various incomplete towers, slow progress continues on the transit hub that fills the space beneath the site, where the Port Authority is laying the foundation for another long-delayed project: the Performing Arts Read More
By W.M. Akers 5/04/11 9:23pm
Uptown, there’s a cozy little theater whose plush carpeting gives it the feel of a 1970s swinger’s palace. The lusty cries heard coming from its basement doors last weekend only added to the thrill. Inside, the Dutch troupe Dood Paard (Dead Horse) spent two mostly naked hours bouncing on a pile of vintage mattresses, howling Read More
By W.M. Akers 3/29/11 11:46pm
All was in readiness: the blue-velvet-covered stage. The moat around it. The two men from Queens with their 30-inch saws. Some people look to the Second Coming of Christ, but at the Rubin Museum of Art, they were awaiting the Buddha.
He came, on Friday afternoon, in the form of a half-ton of ice, carved Read More
By W.M. Akers 2/15/11 11:09pm
The trial of former Suffolk County legislator George Guldi went to the jury today, and a verdict is expected sometime this week, according to the Hampton Bays Patch. Guldi has been charged with absconding with an $853,000 insurance check, which he received after fire destroyed his historic Westhampton Beach home in 2008. Read More
By W.M. Akers 2/09/11 1:22am
Last Monday, in a windowless courtroom in Riverhead, L.I., George Guldi approached a wood lectern and delivered a lesson in aesthetics. A former Suffolk County legislator, Mr. Guldi is currently defending himself against charges that he stole an $853,000 insurance check, following a fire at his home. But what color was the check? he wanted Read More
By W.M. Akers 10/27/10 2:07am
Lower Manhattan cultural groups, schools and nonprofits are racing to meet a deadline to grab the last pocket of federal grant monies related to 9/11.
Late last month, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation announced that a final $17 million of funds would be distributed among nonprofits south of Houston Street who apply by Nov. 5. Read More
By W.M. Akers 10/20/10 2:12am
On a recent Saturday night, in barren, off-season Atlantic City, an Ed Hardy-clad throng swarmed the Resorts Hotel and Casino. They came for the fights. While blue-hairs pulled at slot machines, amateur mixed martial artists showed off their skills. Accompanied by decade-old nü-metal anthems, they grappled in a steel cage in the Superstar Theater–a classic Read More
By W.M. Akers 9/29/10 1:00am
If you think video art still means black-and-white movies of deathly serious people doing incomprehensible things, you’re missing a lot of innovation, delight–and good art.
(O.K., there is still a lot of pretentious nonsense out there, but what the heck.) You don’t even have to leave your couch: Videos by top talent like Nathalie Djurberg Read More
By W.M. Akers 9/22/10 2:54am
The “great families” and cultural icons of New York have been enumerated, and celebrated, from the time of George Washington through Edith Wharton’s Gilded Age and well into the postwar era, when New York became the capital of the art world. This month, museums and other institutions salute the city’s power brokers, artistic pioneers and Read More
By W.M. Akers 9/22/10 1:11am
When you ask the Walentas family for a favor, be careful what you wish for–you might get it.
Financial problems brought the veteran Dumbo Arts Festival to the brink of cancellation earlier this year. The Dumbo Arts Center, which had run the weekend of waterfront visual-art installations and open studios for 13 years, approached real Read More