Edward Hopper – Nighthawks in New York

The 1942 painting portrays the customers at a city coffee shop through the window one dark night. The painting’s setting has never been given. Advertisements

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Radio City – The majestic Music Hall in New York

The Music Hall was designed by Edward Durell Stone and Donald Deskey in the Art Deco style. One of the more notable parts of the Music Hall is its large auditorium, which was the world’s largest when the Hall first opened. The complex included two theaters, the “International Music Hall” and the Center Theatre, as part of […]

Simon & Garfunkel recorded “The Sound of Silence” in New York

The song was written by Paul Simon over several months in 1963 and 1964. A studio audition led to the duo Simon & Garfunkel signing a record deal with Columbia Records, and the song was recorded in March 1964 at Columbia Studios in New York City. Released on October 19, 1964, the album was a commercial failure […]

2001 Odyssey disco – Saturday Night Fever in New York

On December 7, 1977, the disco craze reached the height of its popularity with the release of Saturday Night Fever, the story of a youth from Brooklyn with a natural gift of dancing. Based on a 1975 New York Magazine story entitled “Tribal Nights of the New Saturday Night” by Nik Cohn, the film was revolutionary for […]

The Gutenberg Bible in New York

The first substantial printed book in the West is the royal-folio two-volume Bible on display, comprising nearly 1,300 pages and printed in Mainz on the central Rhine by Johann Gutenberg in the 1450s. Completed between March and November 1455, when Gutenberg’s bankruptcy deprived him of his printing establishment, the Bible epitomizes Gutenberg’s triumph, arguably the greatest achievement […]

Lunch atop a Skyscraper in New York

The photograph taken atop the steelwork of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, during the construction of the Rockefeller Center, in Manhattan, New York City. The photograph depicts eleven men eating lunch, seated on a girder with their feet dangling 260 meters above the New York City streets. The photograph was taken on September 20, 1932, on the 69th floor […]