In 2017, Damien Swaby’s film Living in Hackney documented the significant gentrification of a neighborhood once rife with squatters and punks – and a recent Vice article addressing the same subject followed it up. Into this comes the 11th installment of the French boutique hotel brand Mama Shelter , as high-profile hospitality creeps further into East London.
Sometimes confused with its island cousin Antigua, Anguilla has nevertheless long held a certain cache amongst celebrities and savvy travelers. Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Timberlake, Sandra Bullock, and Beyoncé / Jay Z have all held court here. Even Justin Bieber owned a home on the eel shaped island once upon a time
Photo by Nic Harcourt Tim Burton’s cinematic update of Dumbo this past spring didn’t quite win the hearts of the critical establishment (though it still did make $350 million at the box office). But it was all worth it if it only means that we can have Kita Klane ‘s truly captivating cover of “Baby Mine,” the signature song from the original 1941 film, on endless repeat.
When we hit the reopening party for the W Washington D.C. hotel in July, there were a few really good take aways from the festivities. First, that they have one of the best room service burgers in the world, something which we happened upon via a conversation with Queer Eye ‘s Antoni Porowski , who was also in attendance, enlightening us that, “You can tell a good hotel by the quality of a room service burger and fries.
File under: apple not falling far from the tree . Raelyn Nelson , granddaughter of His American Musical Eminence Willie – known to indulge in the…ahem…occasional roll and toke – has just released her new raucous new single “Weed and Whiskey” (the new video for which BlackBook enthusiastically premieres here) an advocation – and quite an urgent one in these culturally oppressive times – for just, you know…chilling the f*ck out. Having grown up in one country music’s royal families, it wouldn’t have been surprising if Ms
In the pantheon of great hotels, the exalted Raffles Hotel Singapore can easily takes its place beside The Plaza, the Ritz Paris and Venice’s Cipriani. Dating to 1887, the gleaming white Colonial-style facade has, arguably, become an icon of the thriving Southeast Asian city . But, alas, even legends need the occasional revitalization – especially since the last was all the way back in 1991
No matter how bad things get – Google G7-Trump-climate-meeting – there are a few of our most beloved cultural idealists on whom we can always rely to still stir up a bit of hope (against hope?). Hardly a surprise, David Byrne is one of them
It wasn’t that long ago that, excepting our favorite insalubrious rocker bars, the only other destinations of any note on the Lower East Side were Katz’ Deli and El Sombrero , a no-frills taco joint that has remained a stalwart of the neighborhood. Since that time, Michelin-starred restaurants have come and gone, and luxury high-rises dot the LES skyline.
As hipster favored hotel brands go, Mama Shelter is slightly outpacing the Ace in terms of methodical expansion. Indeed, both have opened ten, but the former has two more on the way before year’s end
If anyone doubted Walt Whitman’s continuing hallowed place in the American cultural pantheon, they’d need only take in the sheer scope of the tributes being paid in honor of his 200th birthday this year. In New York City alone, the New York Public Library , the Morgan Library , and the Grolier Club have each examined the exalted 19th Century American poet’s work from a uniquely different, but equally engaging point of view.