NYC City Life

Unseen City: Enough with the Group Selfies

Celebrities or even world leaders are in on the act. (Edward Dai/Epoch Times)
Celebrities or even world leaders are in on the act. (Edward Dai/Epoch Times)

It was the “selfie” seen around the world. During the 2014 Academy Awards, host Ellen DeGeneres pulled a stunt that started a global epidemic of...




  • Two-time team-jumping gold medalist McLain Ward is among the roster of riders scheduled to appear in the inaugural Central Park Horse Show. (Alex Livesey/Getty Image Sports)

    Horse Jumping Planned for Fall Rendezvous in Central Park

    NEW YORK—Top-caliber equestrian events will return to New York City after a decade-long hiatus, with a four-day horse show scheduled in the fall at the... Read more

  • Renderings of 50 West in downtown Manhattan. (DBox)

    Downtown Tower Draws Families Across Manhattan

    The 64-story curved-glass 50 West tower has officially opened sales to the public, after a quiet phase during which 30 percent of the 191 units... Read more

  • Poet Justin Woo, associate producer of Poetic People Power, recites a poem during its 2012 show. (Leah Rae Photography)

    Poets Slam Loss of NYC’s Creative Habitats

    NEW YORK—Anger, grief, and nostalgia flowed forth over the microphone at Theater 80 on St. Mark’s Place on the sweltering evening of July 23.  Seven... Read more

  • Roger Quan, also known as Rogue, at his magic shop in Elmhurst, Queens, on July 15. Rogue has performed his tricks on “America’s Got Talent.” (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    This Is New York: Magician Rogue Overcomes Insecurities on ‘America’s Got Talent’

    NEW YORK—On a recent episode of “America’s Got Talent,” Rogue, a lanky, Asian male, politely asked former Spice Girl Melanie Brown to shoot him in... Read more

  • Inside the new IGT Jewelry Mall, in the Diamond District of Manhattan, New York, on July 24, 2014. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    NYC Gets New Tower Full of Diamonds

    The story of the Gulaylar Group brings to mind the patrimonial capitalism of the Gilded Age, when the helms of industries were passed down the... Read more

  • A rendering of the finished 7 million square-feet Manhattan West development. (Courtesy of Brookfield Properties)

    Manhattan’s Far West Taking Shape

    Manhattan’s far west side, once a strip of ports and rail yards, has been reclaiming underutilized land for upscale development in recent years. And none... Read more

  • Professor Masako Koike Sohga performs a Japanese traditional tea ceremony for guests in the audience, during the opening event for Taste Asia Food and Culture Festival, in Times Square, on June 25. (Edward Dai/Epoch Times)

    Taste Asia: Creating Silence and Thunder in Times Square

    NEW YORK—Who can turn the most cacophonous area of New York to nearly complete silence?  Wei Jane Chir, the producer and artistic director of last... Read more

  • Lyft driver Nancy Tcheou waits in her car after dropping off a passenger as a taxi cab passes her in San Francisco, Jan. 4, 2013. Uber and Lyft have been getting bashed by New York City's taxi and livery industry in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Taxi Industry Welcomes Upstarts

    NEW YORK—Tech companies in the for-hire vehicle business like Uber and Lyft have been getting bashed by New York City’s taxi and livery industry in... Read more

  • The Union Square Cafe in New York, June 24, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Why Are New York Restaurants Disappearing?

    NEW YORK—The highest retail rents in a decade are pushing restaurant owners out of their traditional venues in Manhattan, where renewal of their lengthy leases... Read more

  • Melissa Ben-Ishay enjoy free cupcakes handed out at the original Baked by Melissa in SoHo, to mark the store’s closing after five years of business, on Monday. (Brendon Fallon/Epoch Times)

    Baked by Melissa Closes Its First Location

    NEW YORK—Baked by Melissa is closing its very first location, a pick-up window in SoHo, so owner Melissa Ben-Ishay passed out free cupcakes July 21... Read more

  • Real life superhero, Chris Pollak AKA Dark Guardian, poses in Washington Square Park where he routinely monitors at night, in Manhattan, on July 11, 2014. Pollak was inspired to watch over the park after he learned about a rape and robbery that took place in the city during the 70’s in which people saw and heard but did nothing about. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    This Is New York: Chris Pollak, a Real Life Superhero

    NEW YORK—In the darkest hours of night, Chris Pollak roams the city for unscrupulous behavior. Wearing a bulletproof vest, and a belt that holds first... Read more

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference on medical marijuana on Thursday, June 19, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Vermont’s Shumlin to Face Cuomo in NY Rafting Race

    ALBANY, N.Y.—New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has invited Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin to the Adirondacks to compete in a rafting race meant to highlight the... Read more

  • Program manager at the Brownsville Recreation Center, Tomasia Kastner, instructs participants of the City Parks Foundation's Youth Made Media program in Brownsville, Brooklyn, on July 16, 2014. Youth get trained in video production and complete media projects with their peers. (Brendon Fallon/Epoch Times)

    Discover How New York Teens Rap Their Way Out of Trouble

    NEW YORK—Rappers from the neighborhood of Brownsville, Brooklyn often rhyme about the violent crimes that plague its streets. Abraham Cousar, 17, used to be one... Read more

  • “Leviathan” by Todd Gordon. Oil on canvas. (Courtesy of George Billis Gallery)

    Cityscape Painters Explore Bridges as Metaphors for NYC

    NEW YORK—The five boroughs of New York City are crisscrossed by a whopping 789 bridges, the undersides of which often mesmerize painters, judging by this... Read more

  • “I follow Germany because Podolski and Klose are Polish-born like me. I’ve seen them live during the 2006 World Cup in Germany, and in Euro 2012 in Poland.” Yen Drek (2nd R)

    Zum Schneider Beerhouse Gives World Cup Fans Authentic German Atmosphere

    NEW YORK—The East Village New York Bavarian indoor beerhouse, Zum Schneider, was a venue for a lot of merriment and glee, when Germany won the... Read more

  • Elizabeth Garnett, formerly a radiologist at a black hospital during apartheid in South Africa, on the Highline in Chelsea, New York City on July 4, 2014. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    This Is New York: A Radiologist Who Learned to Cherish Life Under Apartheid

    NEW YORK—Tourists. They are the cause of the slowness of pace, the infinitude of unnecessary and poorly composed photographs. They instill vexation, irritation, and eye-rolling... Read more


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