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Midtown’s iconic Paris Theatre has closed

By Devin Gannon, Thu, August 29, 2019

Paris Theatre, Midtown

Photo by Ajay Suresh on Flickr

New York City’s last single-screen movie theater shuttered this week. The Paris Theatre, which has been located on 58th Street since 1948, has officially closed its doors, according to the blog Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York. The 568-seat theatre showed indie and foreign flicks, particularly French films.

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Art, Midtown

photos © 6sqft

It’s been nearly two years since artists Gillie and Marc first revealed their “Statues for Equality” project. Noting that less than three percent of all NYC statues are of women, the husband-and-wife public art specialists created a series of 10 bronze sculptures of inspirational women who were voted on by the public–Oprah Winfrey, P!nk, Nicole Kidman, Jane Goodall, Cate Blanchett, Tererai Trent, Janet Mock, Tracy Dyson, Cheryl Strayed, and Gabby Douglas. Monday, on Women’s Equality Day, the statues were unveiled in front of RXR’s Realty’s 1285 Avenue of the Americas (h/t Untapped Cities).

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Midtown, Restaurants

601 Lexington Avenue Market Building, Citicorp Center, Gensler, Boston Properties

Rendering of the Market Building from 2017 LPC presentation materials by Gensler

The creator behind City Point’s DeKalb Market Hall has signed a 15-year lease to open a 10,000-square-foot food hall at the retail annex of the landmarked Citigroup tower at 601 Lexington Avenue. As The Real Deal reported, Anna Castellani’s company, Local Culture Management, opened the popular Downtown Brooklyn market in 2017 with 40 vendors. She’s expected to bring a similar vibe to Midtown with her latest creation, which will be called “The Hugh” and is scheduled to open in just three to four months.

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Midtown

trump tower, nypd, trump tower security

Via Flickr

An online petition to rename a stretch of Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower after former President Barack Obama has taken off in the last week, garnering over 275,000 signatures as of Thursday morning. The appeal, written by Elizabeth Rowin from Los Angeles, asks city officials to change the name of Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th Avenues to “President Barack H. Obama Avenue.”

A new address for Trump Tower?

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Central Park South, Features, Interviews, Restaurants, Where I Work

When Sheldon “Shelly” Fireman opened Redeye Grill across from Carnegie Hall 25 years ago, the term “restauranteur” didn’t exist. But by that point, he’d already gained local celebrity status for Greenwich Village’s all-night Hip Bagel and had the foresight to open Cafe Fiorello near recently completed Lincoln Center. Today, Shelly is the CEO of Fireman Hospitality Group, which operates six restaurants in NYC as well as two on the Potomac River in Maryland. And though he can most definitely be called a restauranteur now, Shelly stands out amongst the myriad food influencers in the city. Though his establishments exude an old-school New York charm and certain nostalgia, he has found the formula to withstand the test of time.

After a 2018 kitchen fire, the iconic Redeye Grill reopened in July. We recently sat down to lunch with Shelly to hear more about his story and take a tour of this classic Midtown restaurant.

Have a look around and meet Shelly

Events, Midtown, Museums

marvelous mrs maisel, museum, paley center

Photo via Marion Curtis/Starpix for the Paley Center for Media

This Saturday, step back in time to 1950s New York City. The Emmy Award-winning comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is coming to life at the Paley Center for Media’s newest exhibit, “Making Mrs. Maisel.” From August 10th to September 6th, visitors can see the iconic costumes featured on the show, watch episodes from season two on the big screen, and even try their hand at stand-up comedy.

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Events, Transportation

Dominican Day Parade

Image via Flickr

The 37th annual Dominican Day Parade is set to hit Midtown this Sunday, August 11. Described as a “joyful celebration of all things Dominican” on the event website, the tradition started in 1982 as a small event series in Washington Heights but has since become a full-fledged citywide affair, with turnout reaching as high as half of a million people. The event takes place on the second Sunday of August every year, to commemorate the start of the Dominican Restoration War, or La Guerra de la Restauración, which began in 1863 and ended in 1865 with their victory over Spain.

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Midtown, Restaurants

city winery, wine, rockefeller center

Photo via City Winery

City Winery’s SoHo location may officially be closed, but that doesn’t mean saying goodbye to the food and wine for which it’s known. The restaurant and music venue has opened an outdoor garden pop-up at Rockefeller Center, serving up Mediterranean bites and locally-made wine on tap. As 6sqft previously reported, the restaurant and music venue will soon move from its long-time home on Varick Street to a new spot at Pier 57, after the Walt Disney Corporation purchased the property last year. The new Hudson River Park location isn’t expected to open until 2020. In the meantime, the seasonal pop-up in Midtown will meet your wine needs through the fall.

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Central Park South, Midtown, New Developments

29 west 57th street, billionaire's row

Cafe Classico, a kosher delicatessen that has occupied the storefront on West 57th Street next door to an 1891 French-style townhouse for 19 years has asked a judge to spare it from eviction, the New York Post reports. The LeFrak Organization and Vornado Realty have plans to build a high-rise tower on the next-door property at 29 West 57th Street, and the deli’s landlord, 35 West Realty Co., has threatened to evict the longtime business over insufficient insurance coverage.

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Architecture, History, Midtown, Midtown East

empire state building, observatory, history, 1920s

Photo credit: Evan Joseph for Empire State Realty Trust.

The Empire State Building unveiled today the second phase of a freshly reimagined $165 million Observatory Experience. The new second-floor gallery treats visitors to a series of nine individual exhibits, taking them on a digitally enhanced, experiential journey from the building’s construction to its current iconic cultural status. The 10,000-square-foot gallery’s redesign was led by experience designer Thinc along with team members IDEO, Squint Opera, Beneville Studios, Diversified, Intersection, Kubik Maltbie, Otis Elevator Company and Tenguerian Model.

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