Women workers head home from the Navy Yard at quitting time, September 1942. Photo: The New York Times/Redux The waterfront at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, on a ragged inlet opposite the bulge of the Lower East Side, is both an exhilarating place and a melancholy one. Out beyond a collapsing pier, the Williamsburg Bridge executes its grand jeté across the East River. In an immense World War II–era dry dock, granite-walled and roomy enough for the Empire State Building to stretch out, an oil barge is getting a fresh coat of red paint. A giant tanker waits outside the imperial-scale gates for its turn to be spruced up. Nearby, the high-end printing company Duggal Visual Solutions has nearly finished refurbishing a huge derelict shed, stripping it down to the bones and recladding the skeleton in clear glass and dark stone. The structure will serve as a laboratory for environmentally virtuous inventions. Eventually, the crumpled asphalt out front will get a landscape makeover too; … [Read more...] about Justin Davidson: Preserving the Brooklyn Navy Yard Isn’t Just About Restoring the Buildings
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Carolyn and Neal Cassady on the porch of their Russian Hill home, where Jack Kerouac lived and wrote for a spell. Carolyn and Neal Cassady on the porch of their Russian Hill home, where Jack Kerouac lived and wrote for a spell. Photo: Al Hinkle, Estate Of Carolyn Cassady Photo: Al Hinkle, Estate Of Carolyn Cassady Image 1 of / 7 Caption Close Image 1 of 7 Carolyn and Neal Cassady on the porch of their Russian Hill home, where Jack Kerouac lived and wrote for a spell. Carolyn and Neal Cassady on the porch of their Russian Hill home, where Jack Kerouac lived and wrote for a spell. Photo: Al Hinkle, Estate Of Carolyn Cassady Muse Carolyn Cassady beckoned the Beats to S.F. 1 / 7 Back to Gallery The … [Read more...] about Muse Carolyn Cassady beckoned the Beats to S.F.
Fate comes in many forms. One day in 2008, for longtime bar manager Jessica Maria, it arrived as an Albany Adult Education course catalog. “Robotic Funk Dancing,” read the listing. Taught by a street performer named Tron, the class was to be held in the Albany High gymnasium. Never one to pass up a chance to laugh at herself, Maria convinced 10 friends — including her partner, Michael Valladares — to take it with her. Following their last class, the students decamped to the Mel-O-Dee Lounge, a nearby karaoke bar, to try out their moves. One friend performed “White Lines” by Grandmaster Melle Mel while the rest of the crew popped and locked. After that, they took the temperature of the crowd, and decided they needed to leave immediately. So they wound up at the Hotsy Totsy. The oldest bar in Albany, the Hotsy Totsy Club has been in operation since at least 1939. That’s the first time a reference to it can be found in print, anyway, in an Oakland … [Read more...] about From Albany dive bar to Bay Area favorite, the Hotsy Totsy has a story to tell
Robert Simpson of the Houston Chamber Choir. Robert Simpson of the Houston Chamber Choir. Photo: Jeff Grass Photography Photo: Jeff Grass Photography Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of 5 Robert Simpson of the Houston Chamber Choir. Robert Simpson of the Houston Chamber Choir. Photo: Jeff Grass Photography Houston Chamber Choir makes Grammy noise alongside Beyoncé 1 / 5 Back to Gallery Singer, rapper and flutist Lizzo, who grew up in Houston, was the big Grammy story on Wednesday, earning eight nominations including all the big ones: album of the year, record of the year and song of the year, as well as best new artist. Houston native Beyoncé also was well represented despite not … [Read more...] about Houston Chamber Choir makes Grammy noise alongside Beyoncé
(CNN)Here's a look at the life of award-winning actress, singer and dancer Rita Moreno. Personal Birth date: December 11, 1931 Birthplace: Humacao, Puerto Rico; raised in New York, New York Birth name: Rosita Dolores Alverio Read More Father: Paco Alverio, a farmer Mother: Rosa Maria Alverio, a garment worker Marriage: Leonard Gordon (June 18, 1965-June 30, 2010, his death) Children: Fernanda Luisa (October 28, 1966) Other Facts Her parents divorced, and she and her mother moved to New York. Her mother later remarried Edward Moreno. First began speaking English when she entered elementary school. She was the first Latina actress to win an Academy Award. She also has six Emmy nominations and two wins, a Grammy and a Tony. She is one of an elite few known as EGOT winners. They have all won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Believing Judy Garland would win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for "Judgment at Nuremberg," Moreno did not prepare a speech. Upon winning for … [Read more...] about Rita Moreno Fast Facts