October 31, 2013 |
There were two applause lines in New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan's TED talk last month: First, that in six years she "turned cycling into a real transportation option in New York"; and second, that she brought the city its first parking-protected bike lane, with parked cars and a strip of concrete separating cyclists from automobile traffic. That was a reminder that cyclists continue to lead the conversation about urban street makeovers around the nation.
October 30, 2013 |
[This post has been corrected. See below.] Proving that a big-budget musical can overcome initial bad reviews to become a mainstay on Broadway, "Wicked" is celebrating its 10th anniversary in New York on Wednesday, with special appearances scheduled for the evening's performance at the Gershwin Theatre. "Wicked," a "Wizard of Oz" prequel featuring songs by Stephen Schwartz, is the 11th longest running show in Broadway history. (The No. 1 spot is still held by "The Phantom of the Opera," which has been running for more than 25 years.)
October 28, 2013 |
Banksy has a new calling: architecture critic. The British street artist, who has taken up a residency in New York for the month of October, has criticized the One World Trade Center building as "vanilla" in an op-ed piece that the artist claims was rejected by the New York Times. The article, titled "Shyscraper," was published Monday on the artist's official website. "Today's piece was going to be an op-ed column in the New York Times," wrote Banksy. "But they declined to publish what I supplied.
October 21, 2013 |
John Grisham, the author of such Southern lawyer-in-peril bestsellers as "The Firm" and "The Pelican Brief," has seen seven of his legal thrillers turned into feature films. On Sunday, Grisham attended the opening of the first Broadway production based on one of his books, "A Time to Kill. " Published in 1989, "A Time to Kill" was Grisham's first novel. The story follows a young, relatively inexperienced attorney as he defends a father who killed the men who raped his daughter. The novel was made into a movie in 1996 with Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey and Sandra Bullock. The stage version of "A Time to Kill" was produced at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., in 2011.
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October 14, 2013 |
Oscar Hijuelos, a son of Cuban immigrants to the U.S. whose 1989 novel "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" made him the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died. He was 62. His death was confirmed by a spokesman for Gotham Books, which published Hijuelos' 2011 memoir, "Thoughts Without Cigarettes. " Hijuelos had a heart attack Saturday on a Manhattan tennis court, his agent, Jennifer Lyons, told the Associated Press. Though his success helped pave the way for other Latino writers, he never felt comfortable with an ethnic label.
October 4, 2013 |
The gig: John Rogovin, 52, is executive vice president and general counsel for Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. As the top legal eagle for the storied movie and television studio, Rogovin oversees a staff of more than 160 lawyers and is involved in such matters as structuring production deals, copyright issues, contract disputes with talent and fights over intellectual property. Beltway insider: Born and raised in Washington, Rogovin was a Capitol Hill insider before he could crawl.
September 27, 2013 |
The stalled musical retrospective celebrating Broadway producer Harold Prince's work has set yet another opening date and location -- and it's far from New York. The twice-postponed "Prince of Broadway" will open in Japan in 2015, with plans to transfer to Broadway the following year, the New York Times reports . The show was initially scheduled to open in Toronto ahead of a 2012 Broadway debut. Another Broadway premiere planned for this fall was called off in March. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times Despite Prince's credits, which include "West Side Story," "Follies" and "Cabaret," two sets of producers have failed to raise the funds for the show's expected $13-million budget, according to the Times.
September 26, 2013 |
New Jersey Senate candidate Cory Booker uses Twitter more than the typical politician. He tweets cheesy maxims; replies publicly to just about everyone who mentions his name, and relentlessly catalogs his schedule of ribbon cuttings, football games and speeches. He also apparently exchanges direct messages with single women, including a tattoo-covered stripper from Oregon who works in a vegan strip club, a detail that's gotten the New York media world excited after a few long weeks during which no local politicians did anything even remotely scandalous.
September 20, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Corporate America has increasingly found itself under siege by hackers backed by organized criminals and foreign governments alike. A group called the Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility for knocking the New York Times' website offline for nearly two days. And in recent months, major U.S. banks have withstood a barrage of so-called distributed denial of service, or DDOS, attacks aimed at crippling their websites or worse. The high-profile computerized assaults over the last year have highlighted the digital age's vulnerabilities, coming in an era when a message sent via a hacked Twitter account can roil the stock market and a runaway trading program can nearly kill a Wall Street firm.
September 11, 2013 |
And here we thought we had some hard-core Kristen Stewart fans following us on Twitter - turns out one Middle Eastern prince was willing to donate a half-million bucks to charity for a 15-minute chat with the "On the Road" actress. The story comes from mega-producer Harvey Weinstein, who helped organize 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief and was at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday to screen the documentary "12-12-12. " The concert reportedly helped raise at least $50 million in storm relief money for those affected on the East Coast, administered by the Robin Hood Relief Fund.