Magic Lantern Christmas Show, Dec. 6 @MuseumofCityNY

 Magic lantern shows were the combination of projected images, live narration, and live music. They were incredibly popular 100 years ago, and today, one American theater company is bringing them back to audiences around the world.





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Free Movie tonight @St.Pauls Chapel

This is a great way to wind down your week…

St. Paul’s Chapel concludes its seasonal movie series tonight with the “Dirty Dancing,” the 1987 classic about a sheltered young woman who defies her parents and falls in love with a camp dance instructor (Patrick Swayze) while on family vacation. 
July 24, 7:00 p.m.  St. Paul’s Chapel, 209 Broadway, at Fulton Street, Lower Manhattan. 
This is a free event.

Films on the Green

Films on the Green

Mark you calendars for May 29th. That is the day of the kick-off of the annual Films on the Green – a free, outdoor film festival in New York City organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the City of New York Parks & Recreation, and FACE Foundation.

Since 2008, the festival has brought classic and contemporary French cinema to New Yorkers, each season’s films cover a different theme from musicals to literary adaptations and Male figures in French cinema.

To thoroughly enjoy these classics make sure you pack a blanket and a picnic basket, and if you don’t speak French don’t worry – all films have English subtitles.

You can share your experience with #filmsonthegreen #nycurbanlife.


Films for 2015 are:

Friday, May 29, 8:30 pm | Central Park, Cedar Hill
By Roger Vadim with Brigitte Bardot, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Curd Jürgens



Friday, June 5, 8:30 pm | Washington Square Park
By Nadine Labaki with Nadine Labaki, Yasmine Al Massri



Friday June 12, 8:30 pm | Washington Square Park
By Julien Duvivier with Jean Gabin, Mireille Balin, Marcel Dalio



Friday, June 19, 8:30 pm | Tompkins Square Park
PRICELESS (Hors de Prix)
By Pierre Salvadori with Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh



Friday, June 26, 8:30 pm | Tompkins Square Park
By Rémi Bezançon & Jean-Christophe Lie (Ages 7+)



Friday, July 10, 8:30 pm | Riverside Park, Pier I
By Jacques Baratier with Omar Sharif, Claudia Cardinale



Friday, July 17, 8:30 pm | Riverside Park, Pier I
By Caroline Bottaro with Sandrine Bonnaire, Kevin Kline



Friday, July 24, 8:30 pm | Transmitter Park (BK)
By Paula Delsol with Jacqueline Vandal, Pierre Barouh



Friday, July 31, 8:30 pm | Transmitter Park (BK)
By Eric Rohmer with Patrick Bauchau, Haydée Politoff



Thursday, Sept. 10, 7:30 pm | Columbia University
THE RABBI’S CAT (Le Chat du Rabbin)
By Joann Sfar & Antoine Delesvaux



Location Map

Films on the Green Map

Tom’s Diner

Tom’s Diner

The Upper West Side is home to quite a few celebrities – authors, artists and actors. In some cases, our buildings are the celebrities. The Ansonia held a major starring role in Single White Female and the Apthorp, Dakota and San Remo buildings are grand dames of architecture.

Thanks to the television series Seinfeld, Tom’s Restaurant is world reknown. Tom’s Restaurant is a diner located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan at 2880 Broadway. Frequented by artists, musicians, comedians, students and faculty of nearby Columbia University, it has seen many stars and regular folk walk through it doors over the years, so its about time someone told its story. 

Filmmaker Gian Franco Morini is currently developing a feature length documentary about Tom’s Restaurant, highlighting past and present owners, clientèle and pop culture references, breaking the fictional facade and showcasing the real people behind this true NYC Landmark.

This week, outside of this project, Mr. Morini shot a different kind of footage at the diner; a meeting with Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Larry David. That’s a definite increase in wattage from the UWS’s regular star power!

Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander (aka George Costanza) were spotted this Monday walking into Tom’s Restaurant, the diner that was their main hang-out spot on Seinfeld. Larry David was spotted later walking out.

There is speculation of that they were shooting a Super Bowl video. Although it seems like a tight production timeline, since the event is just two weeks away, it presents yet another reason to watch February 2nd.

Gian Franco Morini

West Side Community Garden Presents the First Movie in the Garden Screening of The Artist

The West Side Community Garden is proud to present the first Movie in the Garden with a special screening of the 2011 Silent Film The Artist on August 23, 2013 at 8:00pm

The Artist (2011) (100 minutes)

The Artist is a 2011 French romanticcomedy-drama film in the style of a black-and-white silent film. The film was written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius and stars Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo.The story takes place in Hollywood, between 1927 and 1932, and focuses on the relationship of an older silent film star and a rising young actress as silent cinema falls out of fashion and is replaced by the “talkies .” It won the Academy Award  for Best Film, Best Actor, and Best Director in 2012. 

The movie will be held at the West Side Community Garden at 123 W 89th St New York, NY 10024 (Between Amsterdam and Broadway) and admission is free. For more information go to
Rooftop Film Summer 2013

Rooftop Film Summer 2013

Now that the weather is warming up, you wanna stay outside longer. Sidewalk cafes, beer gardens and the parks are filling up with New Yorkers who want their patch of outdoor space to enjoy. 
Film buffs, usually relegated to dark rooms with sticky floors, can also enjoy the warmer weather during the summer through a number of outdoor film festivals being staged across the city. 
Check it out:
Rooftop Films – through to August 17
New York Japan Cinefest – June 6 & 7, Japan Society.
Films on the Green, June 7 – Sept. 5
Human Rights Watch Film Festival – June 14 – 22
Bryant Park Summer Film Festival – June 17 – August 19.

A Different Kind of Order

A Different Kind of Order

Every three years, ICP’s curators round up some of the most interesting contemporary photography and video works from around the world. 
The 2013 Triennial, A Different Kind of Order, focuses on artworks created in our current moment of widespread economic, social, and political instability. 
The exhibition will include 28 international artists who employ photography, film, video, and interactive media. Many of their works reflect the growing importance of new paradigms associated with digital image making and network culture.