Thursday, December 30, 2010

Have You Been Plowed?

So the City said that all streets would be plowed by 7 am today...did you get plowed overnight? We wanna see your pics if you haven't been plowed or see an unplowed street.  Send pics with location of unplowed streets to and we will post then shortly! 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Stop Complaining About The Blizzard Clean Up, newyorkers!

At least that's what the Daily News is  telling us.  After one of the largest snow storms in New York City, the city is still digging itself out.  Metro North is finally running on regular schedule as of today but many side streets remain untouched. 

Sound off, mynewyork - are you mad as hell or are you satisfied with the efforts so far? Maybe you simply don't give a shit like many Manhattanites since they don't travel too far unless they work outside the island.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

newyorker's Pics of The Blizzard of December 26, 2010!

Thanks to all who contributed pictures from around the New York City Region.  If you have anymore pics that you would like to add to the slide show just contact us!

Make sure to watch it in HD!
Special thanks goes to Derrick Kardos, fellow newyorker of Manhattan, who suggested the beautiful song, "Amid the Falling Snow" by Enya.  Enjoy!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Homeless newyorkers

Count your blessings, fellow newyorkers during the coming blizzard...thousands of our fellow newyorkers don't have a home to protect them from the elements.  They will have to make do wherever they can find a place to camp whether a homeless shelter or underground in our subways.

Bundle up because the weather outside is frightful!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Quieter Subway Ride

Coming soon to a subway car near you--the loss of the Train of Thought series of quotes that have enlightened the masses.  For as long as this newyorker can remember, I have been enjoying the plethora of quotes amidst the cacophony of ads, carefully placed betwixt the promises of clearer skin by Doctor Zizmor and the guarantees of learning English by Zoni Language Center. 

On some of the most stressful days I rode the 2 train soaring down 7th Avenue besides Kafka, Dickinson and Eliot.  Now, thanks to the MTA's new  promotional campaign  touting the new electronic timetables at subway stations-which now annoyingly let us know how less frequently the trains run due to service cuts-Train of Thought will be no more.

Thanks, MTA, for increasing fares, cutting service and making us dumber.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Staten Island - The "Other" Borough. Where Are You SI?!

So, Staten Island - WHAT are you?  We want to know.  Staten Island is to New York City what New Jersey is to the Tri-State Region.  The butt of endless jokes.  What do we really know about our southern neighbors?  The image that I put together above is pretty much what, most of us not familiar with Staten Island, know about the place.  We know there's a huge landfill; you can't take a subway there but you can ride the ferry for free to get there; and finally the New York City Marathon starts there.
Besides that and the fact that Staten Islanders seem to have much more in common with Jersey (yuk) than the rest of newyorkers we don't know much.
So now this is YOUR time to tell us WHO you are, WHAT is Staten Island about.  We want to know what makes you tick. What grinds your gears...WHERE do you like to eat or have fun? Most of all we want to know WHY Staten Island?
Contact us at or go to our official page on Facebook and sound off!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

What's Wrong With This Picture

Typical Friday night? Bunch of newyorkers on the train standing casually as if nothing is wrong.  Gotta love this great city of ours.  No we're not cruel and jaded - work just know the difference between dead and alive.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New York City's Mosaic Is Getting Duller?

Just like the mosaic above called "One Race, One World, One Universe" is created by thousands of different colors and hues to paint a picture and show a story, so do the diverse people of New York City create a bright, colorful tapestry of this wonderful city we live in. Let's face it, where else can you visit different lands, experience foreign cultures, taste exotic foods for a mere $2.25? (Soon to be $2.50 - thanks, MTA for forgetting the lube before bending us over for the latest and most vicious  fare hike.)

But according to new census data released on Tuesday and reported  by the New York Times, some areas of the city have lost large numbers of Hispanic and Black populations as a result of gentrification. The trend, however, seems to be the opposite in the 'burbs as they have had a huge increase in ethnically diverse residents.

What do YOU think, my fellow newyorkers? Has your neighborhood gone through "the change"?

Oh and if you're interested in seeing the mosaic artwork above in person, just hop on the 2 and 5 trains to 3rd Avenue / 149th Street in the Bronx neighborhood of  Melrose  and take a look around the platform. Feel free to take a walk around the neighborhood and treat yourself to one of dozens of diverse Latin American restaurants within blocks of the station. Melrose is home to the largest concentration of Puerto Ricans in a congressional district of the United States, however, as times and neighborhoods change, you can now find amazing and authentic home cooked Mexican fare, Salvadoran and Ecuadorian alongside the longer established Puerto Rican and Dominican restaurants.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Devil Wears Espada

Outgoing State Senator Pedro Espada, Jr (or Joe Pesci's stunt double as newyorker, Rene, likes to refer to him as) has finally been  indicted  for being the infamous crooked politician from the Bronx that he is.  

Maybe we can eventually liberate the Bronx from all these political low lives.  Our Northernmost borough can sure breathe a sigh of relief tonight.   Kudos to the Bronx!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Wal-Mart in NYC? What do YOU think?

So Wal-Mart is yet again trying to  wrestle its way  into the New York City market and this time it's armed and dangerous.   It has tried in the past only to be defeated by newyorkers and politicians who don't necessarily agree with the superstore's  labor practices.  

Now we have to examine the situation and see what to do? Which pill do we swallow? Do we bite our nose to spite our face and say no to Wal-Mart and lose thousands of jobs in this shitty economy? Or do we set our ethics aside and let Wal-Mart establish a superstore in each of the five boroughs and provide much needed employment to our citizens.  

What say you, my fellow newyorkers?  YES or NO to Wal-Mart and why?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

An End To Another Gritty NYC Institution

So it has come to pass that luck has run out at the Winners' Circle.  As of this past Tuesday, all New York City OTB locations  have been shuttered.   Off Track Betting have often been the butt of jokes in NYC with their less than savory branches. 

OTB patrons by and large are mostly middle aged men who spend copious amounts of time, and money, to the point that you would think these locations were homeless shelter.   This newyorker had the unpleasant opportunity of working next to one in midtown on 7th Avenue and I often confused their customers with beggars and panhandlers.

OTB closed in NYC?  I'll drink to that.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

John Lennon - A newyorker Through and Through

30 years ago the life of not just a newyorker,  but a citizen of the world, was cut short.  We lost not a musician, not an artist; we lost an extraordinary human being.   To this day he still teaches us  to imagine , something children do but somehow we forget as we age.   Let us remember to never forget to  IMAGINE .

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

929 - New Area Code For New York City

Seems like newyorkers are getting area code #6 when 929 is introduced on April 16, 2011.  The area code will be for all the "outer" boroughs of The Bronx, Brookly, Queens and Staten Island.  Apparently Manhattanites won't need another area code just yet.  Remember that, Gaga, when you call your little monsters in New York City.

Friday, December 3, 2010

True Friends Disagree With You

newyorkers are VERY opinionated.  So much that they will scrawl their thoughts on any surface.  Although tags and graffiti are often frowned upon, much humor, wit and words to live by can be found on city walls, sidewalks and ceilings... share with us the best tags, graffiti etc you've come across.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Grand Central Station Beauty #architecture

Sometimes I jump on a train to Grand Central and just take in the beauty of this architectural gem.

And to think if it weren't for newyorker, Jackie O, this beauty may have met the  same fate  that the  Old Penn Station  met when it was demolished to build the atrocious Madison Square Garden.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Crazies - NYC Naked Edition #nyc #burlesque

When this video was brought to my attention by fellow mynewyork reader, Jamie G. up in the Bronx I was FLOORED...newyorkers do come in all shades of crazy but that's what makes us such an exciting never know when you're gonna get a free peep show.
(please be 18 years or older of age to view this video)

New York Faces - Fran Lebowitz - Must Watch Documentary

If ever there was an image of the quintessential newyorker,  Fran Lebowitz  would definitely fit the bill.   Like many newyorkers, Ms. Lebowitz is very opinionated but unlike most, she is one of the most quoted speakers and is known to be the queen of one liners.

Now, another newyorker,  Martin Scorcese, gives us almost 90 Lebowitz filled minutes in a new HBO documentary called Public Speaking.  Fellow newyorker, Annmarie S., who recommended the documentary to mynewyork, said that Fran Lebowitz's "...comment on the impact of the AIDS crisis on our society and culture surpasses any I've ever heard as far as capturing the impact of the loss of that echelon of society."  After reading such a powerful statement by Annmarie, I just had to tune in and I was definitely not disappointed.

A big thanks to newyorker, Annmarie S. for tipping us on this great piece of ournewyork!

World Famous newyorkers - Home Up North #yankees

One New York's most recognizable exports.

Monday, November 29, 2010

I Was Really Tempted To Flick It...

... but I didn't.   I love New York and it's awesome creative newyorkers.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

If You See Something, Say Something...

All newyorkers are familiar with the MTA's anti-terrorism slogan, "If you see something, say something".  Well, mynewyork reader, Remy B.  from the Bronx recently asked this question on our Facebook page:  "I think one of the greatest things that everyone has in this city are subway stories, does anyone have any great ones?"

What say you, my fellow newyorkers? Let us know your tales of the underground... and don't hold back... nothing is too colorful to share on mynewyork!  Submit your stories to: and remember to let us know your first name and last initial as well as your neighborhood so that we can give you credit for your story...unless you want to remain anonymous like another face in the crowd.  Also, Underground Musings can also be about your bus rides or Metro North and LIRR experiences as well...we hear you Long [pronounced LAWNG] Islanders are a pretty freaky bunch.

Resistance Is Futile - The Porter House Condo #architecture

Perfectly situated next to Google's New York Headquarters (76 9th Avenue, the former Port Authority building and one of the largest buildings in New York City which Google is  rumored  to be interested in purchasing for a mere $2 billion) can be found  The Porter House Condo, or as local residents call it: the  Borg  cube. 

It is probably one of New York City's most interesting residential properties... definitely unique in architecture and design and the subject of commentaries by locals and tourists alike.  The Porter House's best amenity is its location. Right where Chelsea, the West Village and the Meat Packing district meet - three of the trendiest neighborhoods where chique newyorkers can be spotted at all hours of the day.  It is also across the street from the cavernous  Chelsea Market  and a block from the  High Line .

Any newyorkers reading this who live at the Porter House? We'd love to hear from you.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Street Art Redux - Chelsea White Space #streetart

Fans of street art should check out this white space   EXHIBIT   in Chelsea on 8th and 22nd.  This emaciated woman wearing a Campbell Soup dress was the one that caught my eye.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Coco Chanel Vs. Haculla #streetart

On Thanksgiving Eve, I was walking the streets of Soho heading to the club (isn't that what normal newyorkers do?) I came across a Haculla piece... Coco Chanel Vs Haculla.  Apparently Haculla has been providing New York with his visual street art for years and is easily recognizable by his  EDGY  commentaries and wheat - paste medium.  This particular piece of mynewyork that I'm sharing with you is on the doors of 214 Lafayette just below Spring.  (newyorkers don't say street or avenue... if you didn't know that, consider this a friendly PSA).

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Many Faces of newyorkers

Over 8,000,000 newyorkers...that's a lot of face.  Check out this interesting project by photographer Simon Høgsberg where he photographed 10 faces that spoke to him (apparently Latinos and Asians didn't speak to him). I live for Joan Darrow and Rhoda Lukin - they are the quintessential faces of the native newyorkers that often we associate with the crème de la crème of fashionistas and the art world.  Make sure you read what face #6, Allen Makere has to say.

Subway Entertainers - A Percussion Filled Commute #ilovenewyork

Women beat their men...the men...beat on their drums.  Not literally.  Well maybe...who knows but the men beating their drums in the video below are from the group The Truth and have been entertaining (or annoying) the underground surfers (newyorkers on the subway) for years.  I'm sure you've run into them before and if you enjoyed their beats then support these fellow newyorkers by purchasing their CD at

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New York City Boy - Where 7th Avenue Meets Broadway

I'm a New York City boy through and through.  I'm never bored with this city since there is always something to do or see and the world to meet.

The Pet Shop Boys pretty much sang it best...  Watch  the video.

Scary Lady On 14th Street In The East Village

One of the myriad of things that I love about ournewyork is the never ending art scene.  You really never know where something will pop up... kinda like the Scary Lady in Red in front of a church on 14th Street.  
I was walking around minding my own business when I noticed her in the distance. I thought it was for a photoshoot but it wasn't... she was just standing there - motionless except the subtle heaving of her chest as she breathed.
Scary Lady in Red... who ARE you?

mynewyorkers Get Their Voices Heard - MTA Fare Hikes Suck

Yeah... the never ending love hate relationship with the subway... love the system because it's a pretty cheap ride... hate it because the fares are increasing and services are being cut.
Your thoughts? Sound off my citizens...

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Union Square / Flatiron Beauty #architecture

Whilst walking down Broadway in the Flatiron District as I made my way to Union Square I spotted one of my favorite buildings. It's such a quintessential New York City building with amazing architectural details. Oh and did you notice the top floor? Design like that puts the house in penthouse. That's my newyork, what's yournewyork?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I Live Here...

A few weeks ago I came across a most curious message to newyorkers... DON'T PAINT THIS... I LIVE HERE.   The message was tagged on a door at the uptown platform platform of the 6 train at 138th Street / Third Avenue. 
Who is Bear1?

about mynewyork

Simply put, mynewyork is a page amongst millions dedicated to something regarding this great city of ours. You will see ournewyork via my eyes, my experiences - which may be different from yournewyork which is why I strongly encourage you to feel free and share your experiences and photographs as well (proper credit will ALWAYS be given). Feel free to drop me a line at I look forward to sharing with you all.