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Gary Dennis talks Real New York History and the Films You Need to See

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Recorded at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, we chop it up with one of the best Tour Guides in NYC. Today’s guest on the show in Gary Dennis. In this episode we talk about the history of the Subway, film, architecture, cathedrals, theaters, old New York and the best places to find a restroom in the city.

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  1. New York Tours by Gary

The Cliff Notes

  1. Boroughs of New York (Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island)
  2. Private Group Tour of Underground NYC (AKA The Empire Beneath The Streets)
  3. NewYorkToursbyGary.com
  4. #7 Train
  5. Transit Museum Annex
  6. Grand Central Terminal
  7. Bayside, Queens
  8. Hunts Point, Bronx
  9. Archer Avenue Lines
  10. R Train
  11. N Train
  12. W Train
  13. Ditmars Boulevard
  14. Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
  15. Charles T. Harvey
  16. The History of New York Rapid Transit
  17. Jay Gould
  18. Hudson River Railroad
  19. Metropolitan Railway
  20. August Belmont, Jr.
  21. IRT Third Avenue Line
  22. IRT Ninth Avenue Line
  23. Elevated Railway
  24. William Tweed
  25. Independent Subway System –IND
  26. Multiple Unit Control
  27. Frank Sprague
  28. Bill de Blasio– Mayor of New York City
  29. Red Hook, Brooklyn
  30. Upper West Side
  31. Harlem
  32. 103rd Street between Broadway and West End aka Humphrey Bogart Place
  33. William Burroughs – Writer
  34. Sara Roosevelt -mother of President of the United StatesFranklin Delano Roosevelt, her only child, and subsequently the mother-in-law of Eleanor Roosevelt.
  35. Office of Naval Intelligence and Lucky Luciano
  36. Rear Window by Cornell Woolrich
  37. New York City Housing Authority  (NYCHA)
  38. Ed Koch – Mayor New York 1977-1989
  39. Dark Shadows – Film
  40. King of Kings – Film
  41. Casablanca – Film
  42. Ten Commandments – Film
  43. The 4:30 Movie
  44. The Million Dollar Movie
  45. Night of the Hunter – Film
  46. The Warriors – Film 
  47. Blockbusters
  48. Movie Place
  49. Netflix
  50. Lincoln Square Movie Theater
  51. Betty Grable
  52. Director’s Cut
  53. Letterboxed
  54. Night of the Hunter – Film
  55. Sweet Smell of Success – Film 
  56. American Graffiti – Film
  57. Kings Row – Film 
  58. In a Lonely Place – Film 
  59. The French Connection – Film 
  60. Lauren Bacall – Actress
  61. West 103rd Street Block Association
  62. Riverside Park Conservancy – Riverside Fund
  63. Tino Hernandez
  64. Chico O’Farrill – Cuban Composer
  65. Humphrey Bogart
  66. Lost NY 1964
  67. The Columbia Encyclopedia to New York
  68. The Boulevard (Before it was Broadway)
  69. Great Blizzard of 1888
  70. Hippie
  71. Buddy Holly – American Musician and Composer
  72. Rick Rubin – American Record Producer
  73. Oh! Calcutta! – Film
  74. Richard Varick – 45 Mayor of New York City
  75. Times Square – 42nd Street
  76. New Amsterdam Theatre
  77. The Lion King – Musical
  78. Mary Poppins – Musical
  79. Aladdin – Musical  
  80. Transportation Security Administration – TSA
  81. Taxi Driver – Film
  82. All That Jazz – Film
  83. Fred Astaire – Dancer- Singer-Actor 
  84. Marx Brothers – Comedy Group
  85. The Cocoanuts – Film
  86. Animal Crackers – Film
  87. Vaudeville
  88. The Times Square Theater
  89. The Selwyn Theater
  90. American Airlines Theatre
  91. Apollo and Lyric Theaters
  92. Apollo – 125th 
  93. Simon and Herzig Music Hall
  94. Samuel Goldwyn
  95. Edgar Selwyn & Archibald Selwyn (Selwyn Brothers)
  96. Metro Goldwyn Mayer – MGM
  97. Empire Theatre – Originally opened as Eltinge 42nd Street Theatre in 1912
  98. Julian Eltinge – Actor – Female Impersonator
  99. Thomas W. Lamb – Architect – Madison Square Garden 1925
  100. Kaufman Astoria Studios
  101. The United Palace Theatre was the last of the Loew’s “Wonder Theaters” to be built in New York, Loew’s 175th Street
  102. Beacon Theatre 
  103. Roxy Theatre
  104. The Capital Theatre
  105. Radio City Music Hall
  106. Reverend Ike – American Minister
  107. Junior’s (Famous Cheesecake)
  108. New York Times
  109. Mark Hellinger Theatre – Home to Times Square Church
  110. Cort Theatre
  111. Washington Heights, Manhattan 
  112. First Corinthian Baptist Church
  113. Loew’s Valencia Theatre
  114. Regent Theater
  115. Dean Martin – American Singer
  116. Jerry Lewis – Comedian
  117. Sid Caeser – Actor
  118. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Film
  119. Richard Wayne Van Dyke – Actor
  120. Lin-Manuel Miranda – Playwright
  121. Sean Penn – Actor
  122. Casablanca – Film
  123. Ella Fitzgerald – American Jazz Singer
  124. Walkman– Tried to find the yellow Amon talks about in the episode.
  125. Penn Station

Special Content Alert – Where to take a poop in New York City – The Real New Yorker’s Bathroom List

  1. Columbus Circle
  2. Rocky’s Pizza Shop
  3. Starbucks (with Bathrooms)
  4. Brookfield Place
  5. Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House
  6. National Museum of the American Indian
  7. Grand Central Terminal
  8. Bryant Park Public Restrooms
  9. JC Penny’s Manhattan Store
  10. Home Depot Manhattan
  11. Chelsea Market
  12. Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
  13. Tony Bennet
  14. Brooklyn Bridge
  15. The Municipal Building
  16. Big Gulp
  17. Eataly
  18. Fred and Adele Astaire – Dancers
  19. Coney Island Wonder Wheel
  20. Nathan’s Famous
  21. Fulton Ferry Landing
  22. Coney Island Cyclone
  23. Coney Island Parachute Jump
  24. 1939 New York World’s Fair
  25. Brooklyn Cyclones
  26. Staten Island Yankees
  27. Minor League Baseball
  28. Eldorado bumper cars and Arcade
  29. Fred Trump and the Coney Island Funeral 
  30. Astroland Amusement Park
  31. Luna Park
  32. Coney Island
  33. The Godfather Part 3
  34. Dinosaur Playground in Riverside Park
  35. Robert Moses Playground 
  36. Spiderman Film Locations NYC
  37. Heins & LaFarge Architectural Firm

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

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Happy Holidays good people!

In this episode I sit down with my younger sister Delilah to play New York Said Shuffle. NYS Shuffle is a Q&A game that allows me to ask my guests an assortment of question in a less linear way.

In this episode Delilah and I talk about tasty alcoholic beverages, fun with the family dog, growing up as siblings, becoming a dialysis technician, eating healthy and love in your twenties.

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Photography by Amon Focus

 

On a rather beautiful day in the Lower East Side, Rame and I caught up on life. In this episode Rame shares a few stories of growing up in The Lower, his experiences as a stick-up kid, skating, graffiti, being on the run, life in Cali, getting shot, life as vegan and what is new with his art.

Enjoy,
Amon

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  • PhD Crew
  • “I wanna be up everywhere.” RAME Quote
  • The illest Mom
  • What did you want to be when you grew up?
  • Misconceptions about graffiti
  • Bomb only
  • Dark side of life
  • Everyone wants something they can’t have
  • Drinking
  • Stick up kid
  • My loyalty is to my team
  • Target
  • Feed the wolves
  • Snitch
  • Rikers Island
  • Everything is about respect
  • Product of your environment
  • “I would have been dead by now.” RAME Quote
  • Reading
  • Time

 

 

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Most important lesson?

  1. Don’t take nothing for granted
  2. If you have an opportunity, take it
  3. Shoot your shot and believe in yourself

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Leopold Vasquez talks Breaking Comfort Zones, the Purpose of Life and the Sound of Art

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Met up with Leopold Vasquez or Leo in midtown to talk about growing up in Washington Heights, being a wild curious kid, the cultural microscope, demystifying the facade of the art world, being a Social Scientist and empowering the disenfranchised.

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  1. A Refined Tone – Mic Test
  2. Talking to Bluster
  3. Rain influencing Leo’s Mood
  4. Growing up in Washington Heights 
  5. Mad Hills and Parks
  6. A Nice Diverse Community 
  7. Being a Wild and Curious Kid
  8. Playing with Fire and Getting Torched
  9. Kids say the Wildest Shit
  10. Biting Cousins 
  11. Drawing anything in Motion
  12. Leo was the Weirdo of the Crew
  13. Had a Producer Vibe to Him 
  14. Getting Lost in the Uptown Caves
  15. Dark Days (Film)
  16. Lenape Indigenous People
  17. Finding Arrow Heads
  18. Manhattan Center For Science and Mathematics
  19. Dominican Republic
  20. Super Curious and Embrace Diversity
  21. Don’t Questions Yourself
  22. Knowing the Difference 
  23. Utilizing your Cultural Microscope 
  24. A Child of Immigrants
  25. That’s how New York is…
  26. Fraunces Tavern
  27. Long Before You Got Here
  28. “You’re not going to Christopher Columbus this shit…”
  29. Art is a Time Cheat and Cheat of Time
  30. How do we preserve New York history?
  31. Retna
  32. BlusterOne
  33. Shepard Fairey
  34. The Peralta Project
  35. Christies Auction House
  36. “We can all enjoy colors…”
  37. Whitney Museum 
  38. Andy Warhol
  39. Jean-Michel Basquiat
  40. Jackson Pollock
  41. Diego Rivera
  42. Frida Kahlo
  43. Problems, Solutions and Lives
  44. Demystify the facade of the art world
  45. Spiderman
  46. Marvel
  47. DC Comics
  48. Infinity Wars
  49. Two Cents on Black Panther Movie
  50. Soul II Soul
  51. Marcus Garvey
  52. Being a Social Scientist
  53. Breaking Comfort Zones
  54. Culture Shock 
  55. Knowledge of Self
  56. Clark Atlanta University
  57. Sullivan County Community College
  58. University of Southern Mississippi
  59. Full Sail University 
  60. Amon’s Story
  61. OutKast
  62. Creativity is Problem Solving
  63. Seeing the Sight Unseen
  64. No Point or Purpose to Life
  65. Empowering the Disenfranchised
  66. Meeting his Ego for the First Time
  67. Jim Rohn – How To Handle Your Ego
  68. Losing loved ones
  69. “Having cried yet but I want too…”
  70. Akeelah and the Bee
  71. Creed
  72. Ready to Cry
  73. Terrible Memories
  74. Real Life is Not Instagram
  75. It Ain’t All Good
  76. Get Flipd
  77. Hard Dopamine Hits
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