Posts Tagged ‘NYC’

Nina Simone’s Revolution, After 40 Years

Monday, August 17th, 2009

While hippies were rolling in the mud out on Max Yasgur’s farm, Nina Simone was singing for another outdoor concert in Central Park.  It was August 17, 1969, and Revolution was in the air.  The Harlem Festival was later known as the “Black Woodstock.” As NPR’s Guy Raz explains:

There are about 50 hours of footage from the festival. The man who filmed it, Hal Tulchin, has said, at the time, there was no interest in turning that footage into a documentary, so most of it has just been collecting dust. The only parts that have been released commercially are Nina Simone’s performances, including this clip.

Window-Shopping on Fifth Avenue

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Bill Cunningham’s On the Street photo essay surveys holiday window displays on Fifth Avenue. He says he’s never seen the likes of these opulent scenes in his 80 years, and worries that with the financial downturn, their likes may never come again.

Fashionista Street: Autumn in New York

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Bill Cunningham is back from Paris, and his latest On the Street photo essay takes a look at autumn in New York. The pumpkins seen here festoon a balcony in my favorite Manhattan neighborhood, Gramercy Park. As the season turns, Bill salutes the élan of NYC fashionistas as they head to work every morning, even if they don’t have a $150K wardrobe financed by Daddy Warbucks.

Need a theme song today? Try Ella Fitzgerald’s Autumn in New York or Eva Cassidy’s Autumn Leaves.

Hey, Buddy, Gimme $12.95 For A Mocha Grande

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Times are tough, and mavericks everywhere are damping personal ambition to put Country First. This panhandler working the street outside NPR’s New York studio reaped windfall profits with his financial strategy. Someone who wouldn’t drop a buck in his basket offered him $20 for the sign. Now that’s how the free market can work for you.

Hear the panhandler’s other economic insights on NPR Planet Money.  [Photo by Caitlin Kenney/NPR]