LIFE: New York Knick Watching, Jack’s Wife Freda & Snow in April (4.15.14)

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When The Knicks are good…they are on fire. I don’t have much to say when they are not on fire, but then again – I love them unconditionally! Scored some nice tickets from Young Scoozle and went to peep the game. It was great. Then it snowed. Then we ate at Jack’s Wife Freda and then…the end.

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(Oh and sign up for Uber using my code UBERVASHTIE and get 20$ off your first ride).

vashtie_knicks_4161308Enjoying Manhattans while enjoying Manhattan at Jack’s Wife Freda! It’s great to have friends in high places, but better to have good friends in the restaurant business. Lord knows, you will always walk away a little too full and tipsy.

vashtie_knicks_4161309After the Manhattans, we were given this bottle and instructed to finish it. That clearly did not happen because I am sitting here today with my liver in tact.

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SPECIAL DELIVERY: Supreme x Nike Air Foamposites & Basketball Jersey Set

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Had to wait after all the drama to post this amazing set that Supreme gave me. Peep the video, it totally looks like Biggie’s funeral. Anyways, this set was too adorable not to wear as one whole kit…you know, have to keep it hood sometimes.

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LIFE: #1992TheParty at #HousePartyNYC Webster Hall – Photos via Photos NickyDigital.Com (Date: April 9th, 2014)

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Have you been 1992 at Webster Hall’s #HOUSEPARTYNYC yet?! Well, you need to come. Book a trip, take a holiday, call out of work…but just come! You won’t regret it! Or maybe you will if you have real responsibilities, but I mean hey – take a break! Peep more via NickyDigital.com!

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20140410_8548-672x448Whoever this girl was dancing on the stage (this is the stage), she made my entire night. She danced to every song with every one (stranger or known). She was also a Virgo and you know how I feel about Virgo’s (and Cancer’s and Capricorn’s). I didn’t even talk to her or get a chance to tell her how much I loved her – but, I knew she was a Virgo where she rolled her shirt up to reveal a lower back Virgo tatty. Thanks girl, you da best!

 

NEWS: 5 Things – If You Don’t Know, Now You Know

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Google is Selling A Limited Amount of Google Glasses Tomorrow… Here is What You Need to Know. (COMPLEX)

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19 Delicious Stuffed Vegetables. (BUZZFEED)

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A Look at the 60 Year-Old Skateboarder Neal “The Dude” Unger. (HYPEBEAST)

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Supreme x The North Face 2014 Spring/Summer Collection. (HYPEBEAST)

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Chanel x Monster Headphones Preview. (HIGHSNOBIETY)

 

THROWBACK: Mariah Carey – “Breakdown” Feat. Krayzie Bone & Wish Bone (Dir. Diane Martel)

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Ya’ll know Mariah can do no wrong in my book. This is one of my favorites videos and songs from her, all of her looks are flawless in this one. Perfect on a beautiful Throwback Thursday like this one! Enjoy.

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“Well I guess I’m trying to be nonchalant about it
And I’m going to extremes to prove I’m fine without you
But in reality I’m slowly losing my my mind
Underneath the guise of a smile gradually I’m dying inside
Friends ask me how I feel and I lie convincingly
‘Cause I don’t want to reveal the fact that I’m suffering
So I wear my disguise ’til I go home at night
And turn down all the lights and then break down and cry”

-Mariah Carey, “Breakdown” Lyrics

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She is a songwriting master!
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NEWS: 5 Things – If You Don’t Know, Now You Know

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Richard Phillips Discusses His New Exhibition at Dallas Contemporary titled “Negation of the Universe.” (COMPLEX)

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Dead Kennedys x Supreme 2014 Capsule Collection. (HYPEBEAST)

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A Famous Artist Calls This 7-Year-Old War Survivor’s Paintings “Mind Blowing.” (BUZZFEED)

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For All Those Filmmakers and Videographers, SONY Just Announced a Full-frame Alpha a7s With 4K Video Output. (HYPEBEAST)

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This Powerful Boston Marathon #WeWillRun Video Shines Light On The Resilience of the City and the Upcoming 118th Boston Marathon. (BUZZFEED)

 

NEWS: The Debut of House Party x Webster Hall (via Village Voice)

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As some of you may know, last Thursday was the kickoff of House Party at Webster Hall. House Party will be a weekly party at Webster Hall every Thursday with various artists from Just Blaze & DJ Soul to Vashtie & Oscar to Jasmine Solano & Melo-X and many many more! Peep the article that Village Voice did about the debut HERE and I hope to see you guys there next and every Thursday! ;)

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RANDOM: The History Of Webster Hall, The Not So-New-Home of Vashtie’s Weekly Party – 1992 (Facts & Photos via KeithYorkCity)

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Okay, so if you made or you didn’t make it to the opening night of New York City’s latest and greatest in nightlife (HOUSE PARTY at WEBSTER HALL) – there are AMAZING facts you should know about the legendary nightclub WEBSTER HALL.

Take this fact for instance; Webster Hall has not only been a nightclub! It served as a recording facility for RCA Victor Records from 1953-1968. – where musical legends like; Louis Armstrong, Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Bob Dylan and Lena Horne all recorded! 

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Webster Hall is a nightclub and concert venue located at 125 East 11th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues, near Astor Place, in Manhattan, New York City. Built in 1886, its current incarnation was opened by the Ballinger Brothers in 1992. It serves as a nightclub, concert venue, corporate events center, and recording venue, and has a capacity of 2,500 people – including the club; 1,400 for the main stage.

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The following text and photos via KEITHYORKCITY

“Beginning in 1870, the north side of East 11th Street in the East Village was dominated by the parochial school of St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church. But in 1886, the congregation’s feathers were ruffled when a new building began construction next door and had the audacity to apply for a liquor license. It would be “intended for balls, receptions, Hebrew weddings, and sociables, and not a barroom,” the New York Times quoted. And despite the church’s protests, Webster Hall opened in February of 1887.”

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Webster Hall sporting its ornate mansard roof ca 1900 (NYPL)

“The new events hall cost roughly $75,000, which was a tidy sum in the 1880s. Its eclectic Queen Anne facade was swathed in ornate red terra cotta tiles; terra cotta gained in popularity after a series of devastating fires leveled much of Chicago and Boston, and buildings constructed using brick and tiles were found to have fared much better than any others.

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A meeting of a garment makers union ca 1914
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Almost from the beginning, Webster Hall became known as a center for leftist, liberal political thought and action. An article in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in 1888 stated, “Webster Hall … is a big, bare, dingy place, where all the year round discontented men meet to discuss their wrongs and sympathize with one another, and where secret societies and political organizations, labor unions and similar associations make a business of pleasure.”

By 1892, Webster Hall was doing so well that its owner, Charles Goldstein, began construction on a 3-story annex off its east side. The new wing would contain an apartment for Goldstein and his family, along with a saloon, restaurant, and ballroom. Charles died, however, in 1898, and the Hall shuffled through a series of lease and ownership exchanges for more than a decade until, in 1911, it suffered a devastating fire. The New York Times reported that, “all the upper floors of the hall were wrecked, with the damage estimated at $20,000.”

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A Masquerade Ball, 1910s
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Following repairs, Webster Hall became widely known for its extravagant masquerade balls, which attracted the beginnings of Greenwich Village’s Bohemian subculture. Allen Church, in his 1959 book The Improper Bohemians, waxed, “So many dances-till-dawn and fancy dress balls were held there that one Villager said of himself and his wife: ‘We’ve sold our bed. Why sleep when there’s a dance every night at Webster Hall?’”

The event space also served a significant role in the development of New York’s early gay and lesbian scene. By the 1920s, gay men were organizing their own masquerades, where they were free to arrive in full drag. And their heterosexual late-night counterparts welcomed, and even encouraged, their presence at their balls and masquerades, as “they knew they enhanced the reputation and appeal of such events.”

Webster Hall with its Catholic School neighbor in the foreground, ca 1900.

It still has its mansard roof and its 1892 annex is already completed on its far side.
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Webster Hall continued changing hands thoughout the 1920s before being purchased by Wand Holding Co. Under their ownership, the building underwent $220,000 in renovations in 1928, and just two years later, suffered another severe fire. With repair costs ballooning above $200,000, the owners eliminated the building’s attic and accompanying mansard roof.

A repaired Webster Hall was leased out as event space beginning in 1932. In 1938, however, it was struck by yet another fire; this one lasted for hours and killed two employees. Even Mayor LaGuardia stopped to view the conflagration. The hall would be engulfed in flames yet again in 1949, when it was completely gutted. It seems to be a testament to its “fire-proof” construction that its exterior walls never failed.

Rising, yet again, from the ashes, Webster Hall became a recording studio for RCA Victor Records from 1953-1968. Music icons including Louis Armstrong, Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Lena Horne all recorded in the hall, whose famed acoustics were difficult to match elsewhere in the city. In fact, a young Bob Dylan played harmonica on a 1962 recording of Harry Belafonte’s album Midnight Special, marking Dylan’s recording debut. Webster also became a favored location for the recording of cast recordings for Broadway musicals. Julie Andrews, Ethel Merman, Carol Channing, and Liza Minnelli are but a few of the more notable names from the Great White Way who recorded at RCA’s Webster Hall studios.

Tina Turner performing at The Ritz in Webster Hall in 1983

Beginning in 1980, Webster Hall housed the legendary rock & roll venue “The Ritz,” which was routinely referred to as “the best stage in New York City.” U2 and Depeche Mode both made their American stage debuts at The Ritz, Sting made his solo debut there in 1985, and the stage also hosted a pantheon of rock legends including Aerosmith, Metallica, KISS, Black Sabbath, Run-DMC, Iggy Pop, Bo Diddley, Guns N’ Roses, and even Tina Turner and Prince. Scenes for both Raging Bull and Big were also filmed at Webster during its 1980s renaissance.

The Ritz moved out in 1990, taking up residence in the space vacated by Studio 54, and Webster Hall underwent a significant renovation. Reopening in 1992 with state-of-the-art lighting and audio equipment, Webster once again became a premiere performance venue for New York City. Madonna filmed a special concert at Webster in 1995, Bill Clinton hosted an event there, and it even played host to an episode of Iron Chef. The 21st century saw Webster partner with the Bowery Ballroom to bring even more great and emerging artists to the stage, including Linkin Park, Mika, John Mayer, Robyn, and Modest Mouse.

In 2008, Webster Hall was designated a New York City Landmark, protecting it from the wave of new development that has recently washed over the East Village. For more than 125 years, the little red event space whose liquor license so upset its Catholic neighbors has risen from the ashes of fires four times, served as a political sounding board, fostered the development of the Greenwich Village Bohemian movements and its gay subculture, and hosted virtually every major musician and recording artist of the past century. There is perhaps no greater venue in New York that is so grossly overlooked by the rest of the country.”

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VIDEO: The XX – “Sunset” (Live on KEXP)

“It felt like you really knew me,

now it feels like you see through me”

-The XX

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Last week, I had the incredible opportunity to watch a small and intimate show by THE XX at The Armory in New York City. Cell phone and cameras were not allowed and after experiencing the performance (yes, “experiencing”) I was so glad that I could focus my real-time focus on the moment.

I literally had no idea what their sound was about or even what they looked like, until that night. Their show was phenomenal! I kid you not. I watched in amazement and even cried from time to time…you know I’m a sucker for love (requited and unrequited) and love songs.

Peep this live performance of their song “Sunset”…

RANDOM: To All My Haterzzz (via LeMeme.Com)

This cat scratches back! Boo-ya!
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