Posts Tagged ‘Gotham’
Usual Suspects star Gabriel Byrne has gone to war on “dumbos” who want to block the view from his luxury New York apartment. Byrne, 58, lives with his two kids Jack and Romy in a gigantic brownstone apartment in Brooklyn, New York, and is just a stone’s throw from the Broadway theatres where he performs and the set of his US television show, In Treatment.
But developers have announced plans to erect a giant skyscraper in the area where he lives which is affectionately known as “DUMBO” – short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Dubliner Byrne believe the 18-storey building will block beautiful views of the Brooklyn Bridge and just doesn’t fit the community of converted four- and five-storey warehouses.
Raged Byrne: “This huge building will dwarf the bridge on the Brooklyn side, causing irreparable damage to the bridge’s singular and majestic presence.” He submitted his bitter objections to a city planning meeting last week.
Long before Bruce Wayne started dressing up in ladies’ tights and long before anyone thought of “The Big Apple,” people were referring to New York as “Gotham.”
Now there are moves afoot to have Gotham City made the official nickname for New York. Queens Councilman Hiram Monserrate, counts Gotham’s Dark Knight as one of his childhood heroes and thinks we should cash in on the box office success of the new Batman movie by adopting the moniker now.
Monserrate explains: “I see this as a marketing tool, ‘Come visit the real Gotham City,’ taking advantage of this movie which will be one of those gate-breaking, record-selling movies. When we talk about Gotham we talk about tremendous, tremendous nightlife, restaurants, lounges, clubs and cafes, frappuccinos and everything else that we have in this City, the Village, Queens.”
“We also talk about the rich architecture that our City enjoys. A lot of Gothic architecture exists in New York City. So Gotham’s also obviously related to Gothic and Gothic architecture which is a form of art, so it’s very important for our art community to strengthen its reconnection to being a Gotham City.”
Click here to learn a little about the history of Gotham.
If you live near Webster Hall, you are probably less interested in its architectural merits than the cacophony of noise which eminates from it nearly every night. Nonetheless, Landmarks Commissioner Robert Tierney recently declared the Hall a “major architectural treasure”.
The hallowed hall is now undergoing major renovations, with a new venue being built inside its ‘historic’ walls, called The Studio. The new downstairs performance space will hold around 275 people, and is set to open in two months. A venue rep tells us that they plan on having shows “every night of the week” but would like to include a party night on Mondays and a comedy night on Sundays. Great, more noise!
It is now safe to go back into the Montauk water but fascination with the mythical monster is still at an all time high. Scores of web publications picked up our story about the monstrous hoax yesterday, thus guaranteeing Splinterheads producer Darren Goldberg his 15 minutes of fame and sending our own hits through the roof.
Despite Goldberg’s shenanigans, some locals are still convinced though that there is something out there – a Montauk version of the Loch Ness Monster.
If you get any real monster sightings send them in to us at email@example.com.
You may have to be a macho masked vigilante to get away with wearing pantyhose. But men all over the world are giving it a try anyway. Since the release of The Dark Knight, there has been a sudden craze for male hosiery, with suspected Batman fetishists buying up sheer, satin and glossy tights.
“We aren’t sure if it is the Batman effect or what, but sales to men have been going through the roof,” Kieran Hughes, director of Precious Collections tells the Atlanta Constitution Journal. Has the world gone mad? Not according to Deborah Ashley, managing director of Luxelegwear.com, who says: “Men have begun to dominate the hosiery market once owned by women.” The company carries 13 styles designed specifically for men.
Occasionally, you see a real New York moment – maybe you are watching one of those dog walker guys handling 20 well behaved pups without getting their leads tangled. Or you just catch the famous city skyline and think, boy, this isn’t such a bad place to lift after all.
Photographer Arnold Pouteau has beautifully encapsulated this with this photograph entitled “A Night in Gotham.” Not quite a Gotham News Pic of the Week but charming, nonetheless. More of Pouteau’s work can be found at ArnoldPouteau.com.
The catwalk hopefuls on reality TV show “Project Runway” have been living the high life at The Gotham Organization‘s Atlas New York building. For the fourth season running producers have holed all the contestants up in the impressive 66 W. 38th St. rental building.
Gotham fixed the 15-minutes-of-famers up with six units, a combination of one- and two-bedrooms that range in square-foot size from 650 to 1,117. The units were on the 25th floor in a building where starting rents are $3,500 for a one-bedroom and $5,500 for a two-bedroom.
That’s high enough up for the losers to make a fashionable mess when they throw themselves out of the window.