Revisiting the 1980s ‘New Music’ Scene at Museum of the City of New York

Last modified July 15, 2021 at 8:56 pm

Back in the ’80s, how did you find like-minded people who were interested in the same music as you? How did you learn about new music? And how did musicians of different genres learn about other types of music, and find one another? If you were in New York City, it was easy to find […]

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The Oft-Overlooked ‘Drag Balls’ of Harlem [HISTORY]

Posted June 28, 2019 at 5:08 am

Bet that got your attention. The year was 1931 and “Fag Ball” was the newspaper equivalent click-bait of the decade. Certainly made me wonder what all the fuss was about, and how it all began. And by “it,” I mean Drag Balls.  Don’t let your Mothers down, children. We must leave the Lower. In 1869, […]

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When Madonna Opened for… The Smiths? [VIDEO]

Posted March 18, 2014 at 11:18 am

Some of you out there in the blogosphere might already know this, but we were fascinated to learn recently that the one and only Madonna opened for The Smiths three decades ago. Say what? The Material Girl was a popular mainstay and a sometime-coat check gal at Danceteria when Morrissey and Co. made their first […]

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New Photo Book Chronicles Madonna on the Lower East Side in 1983

Last modified September 20, 2013 at 7:46 am

Richard Corman’s photos of Madonna living on the Lower East Side have pretty much been done to death (her apartment was 234 E. Fourth Street). However, with a new photobook forthcoming, those days of 1983 are revisited. Corman handily catalogs these memories and visuals in Madonna: NYC83, a coffee table purchase that explores those days […]

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LES Heritage Film Series Returns to Seward Park Library with “Desperately Seeking Susan”

Posted November 20, 2012 at 11:19 am

It’s the third Tuesday of November, so you know what that means.

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Madonna Rocks “Bitch Club” Tee from The Cast

Last modified March 29, 2012 at 7:50 am

Monday afternoon, onetime East Villager Madonna joined Twitter the day with the sole purpose of plugging her new album, MDNA. In doing so, she gave major props to one Lower East Side business.

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Mole on Allen Loves Madonna

Posted February 6, 2012 at 6:09 am

We love when local businesses toss a thin slice of humor into important announcements.

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Eisner Brothers Building at 75 Essex for Sale

Last modified November 28, 2021 at 5:41 am

There is some unfortunate news to report today.  The Eisner Brothers Building at 75 Essex Street is now on the open market. Allison B. Siegel, an educator at the Tenement Museum, provided an excerpt of the exclusive story, including an interview with owner Shalom Eisner. Shalom Eisner grew up in Williamsburg and in 1977 rented […]

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