In the late thirties, the Diamond Horseshoe supper club was one of New York City’s most famous night life venues. Nestled in the basement of the Paramount Hotel near Times Square, it closed in 1951. But on New Year’s Eve, it reopened for the first time with a new immersive theater show: Queen of the Night.
James Morgan, a British photographer, meets the few remaining nomads of the Bajau Laut community, looking for something in danger of dying out with them: their knowledge of the sea.
A Swedish art collector relaunched the prestigious art journal Cahiers d’Art after a break of more than 50 years. But the new issue is worth the wait.
A new exhibition opened in Brooklyn based on the marrive sound mirrors built along the coasts of England after the first World War: huge blocks of concrete or stone about 15 feet tall with a large round dish shape carved into them.
The landscape photographer Alexander Gronsky explores the outskirts of Moscow in a new book called “Pastoral.”
Religion: star, cross and crescent – we ask what impact religion has on our cities, whether it’s the singing sermon tourist track or church condo conversions.
A Nigerian photographer investigates the meaning of hair by visiting barber shops across West Africa.
The great outdoors has so much to offer that it would be a shame to be chained to the rowing machine. So if you want a change from the gym, why not consider kayaking on the Hudson?
A photographer explores sustainable farming through different communities, including an Amish family in northern Maine.
A Lithuanian photographer inconspicuously shot photographs of sleeping sunbathers on the Baltic Sea coast. The result is an incredibly peaceful and beautiful portrait of humans at rest.
For Monocle’s annual winter edition – Alpino – we travel from the Alps to the Catskills in search of Swiss mountain bunkers, slope-style fashion, how to stage a downhill ski race, and business ideas on the up, all in our Eiger-sized resort newspaper.
The photographers behind “Welcome to Flint” talk about poverty, empowerment, and the perils of “masturbatory photojournalism”.
No institution better reflects the social fabric of Haiti than the radio station. In his new book “State”, photographer Paolo Woods documents life on air in his adopted nation.
Some of you have been asking about my church pictures over the months. Here is a sneak preview of my on-going photo project, documenting churches in my neighborhood and beyond.
There is a fight for Ukraine’s soul in the streets of Kiev this week. Photographer Oksana Yushko’s work from a former Soviet black site offers its own answers to where Ukraine has been, and where it’s headed.
Nearly four decades after opening a tiny shop in west London and a subsequent branch in the city’s east, the iconically indie music retailer Rough Trade is setting up its first location outside the UK: a 1,400 sq m store in New York.
After several trips to Afghanistan embedded with the military, photographer Jonathan Saruk explores the world of Kabul’s movie theaters in his upcoming book.
With great power comes great responsibility – and when that power comes from taking over a precious family business the responsibility can be daunting. Not for these heirs though, who have embraced the challenge and are determined to nurture their heritage.
Photographer Nick Brandt has been documenting East Africa’s disappearing grandeur for more than a decade with a trilogy of books. The last installment, completed this year, is his grimmest one so far.
In the neighborhood of Ocean View in Norfolk, Virginia, a Pulitzer-prize winning photographer documents what has become a rarity in the United States: a vibrant working-class seaside community.
The growth of the tech industry over the last decade in New York has been explosive. I attended the conference “Building the Digital City: Tech and the Transformation of NY” to find out how New York has become a true hub for technology and what it means for the urbanism of the city.
Photographer Jimmy Nelson immortalizes the world’s last remaining tribes before it’s too late, hoping to tally the costs of modernization in the process.
Reopening this month after a lengthy renovation project, the Queens Museum of Art will feature its boldest and riskiest line-up since the 1990s. Plus some table tennis.
By photographing the site of every murder that occurred in London over a two year period, Mexican-born photographer Antonio Zazueta Olmos presents an alternative portrait of the city he calls home.
Over 500,000 commuters and tourists walk through New York City’s Grand Central Terminal every day. But although Midtown East was developed aggressively at the beginning of the century, today it’s in need of an upgrade.
Floors, tiles, windows and doors: just some of the crucial elements that go into making house solid and sustainable. We’ve scoured the globe to find the professionals and perfectionists who have made finishing touches their pride and joy.
With its 5,000-square-metre hall, the Park Avenue Armory in New York is one of the most intimidating places to exhibit art in. But a new show called “Massive Attack V Adam Curtis” has succeeded in activating the immense space in a mind-blowing way.
High above one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, the pigeon fanciers climb their coops. Photojournalist Amanda Mustard climbed with them, for a very different view of Cairene life.
In the upcoming book “Tibet, The Last Cry”, photographer Laurent Zylberman reveals a more complex reality in the mountain kingdom.
If you’re in Maine for any amount of time, leaving without tasting a lobster roll is tantamount to sacrilege. Pay homage at the Eventide Oyster Company…
From Sapporo to Antwerp, we go on a tour of the places with the fashion industry firmly in their DNA for our seventh Style Directory. In Duluth, the lakeside town in Minnesota, we delve into the leather bag industry.
When photographer Enrico Bossan visited Iran for the first time, he was struck by the beauty of its private spaces. Far from the grand images of busy city squares and crowded street demonstrations, he found peace, warmth and a vibrant culture inside people’s homes.
Founded in 1913, Schott NYC produces classic American outerwear. It’s the brand that invented the Perfecto, a name they still own today which has come to designate one of the most popular style of leather jacket – the one with the asymmetrical zipper.
More than 250 thousand New Yorkers attend Summer Streets festival, which presents the city in a whole new light. This year for the first time the tunnel under Park Avenue at 33rd Street was turned into an art installation.
From the socialist designs of modernist Havana to sharp minds surrounded by cutting-edge architecture in New York, plus a little bit of rural England thrown in the mix, we look at how art, music and philosophy are being taught in spaces that mirror their subjects.
MoMA PS1′s annual outdoor music series and dance party’s name, Warm Up, is an understatement. With an excellent line-up full of surprises and the perfect summer atmosphere, it’s no surprise that every week, the line to enter the museum in Queens serpents around the block. But one guest is always sure to stand out: the structure in the courtyard.
Long summer nights, statues of Lenin and a man who calls himself DJ Playboy: an American photographer goes deep inside Lithuania’s rural disco culture.
A few months ago, the National Building Museum in Washington DC approached architects, construction firms, urban planners and designers in the region. Their request? Design and make us a mini golf hole under the theme “building the future.”
Dutch photographer Erik Klein Wolterink explores ethnicity and identity… by opening kitchen cupboards.
For MONOCLE’s annual Quality of Life double issue, I look at urban farming in New York City.
Chloe Borkett’s “untitled portraits” offer an intimate, nuanced glimpse at Europe’s most persecuted minority.
Paris has the Velib, Copenhagen the Cyclebors and London the Barclay Bike, or Boris Bikes as many know them. And now you can add New York to the list of cities that have a cycle hire scheme. Citi Bike opened to all customers this week and while the reception has been generally positive, the ride has had a few bumps along the way.
Colors #86 – Making the News reveals the backstage of contemporary journalism: With stories on drone-wielding paparazzi, terrorist press releases and anti-mafia vigilante television anchors, Making the News explores how world events are selected, shaped, and sent to you in time for breakfast.
A new design fair has popped up in New York City last week. Created in the span of less than a year, Collective 1 hopes to fill a gap that many have noticed in a city where most design fairs focus on antiques.
Ask Michal Chelbin what surprised her the most when entering Ukrainian and Russian prisons and she’ll tell you it was the wallpaper.
For MONOCLE, I visited a military clothing research facility in Natick, Massachussetts, to find out how wool was making a come-back in combat clothing.
A new exhibition in New York called “Invasion: Diaries and Memories of War in Iraq” presents three different experiences of the war from within the same unit. To mark the 10th anniversary of the invasion, they share these memories in an innovative multimedia exhibition.
Lower Manhattan, the financial heart of America, isn’t really considered an exciting place to end up on a Friday night. Especially given that it’s just a stone’s throw from the cultural hubs of Chelsea and Greenwich Village. So why does this rich and powerful part of town want to draw in small businesses and boost its fun factor?
My photographs from Lunar New Year in New York City’s Chinatown were published in Dazed and Confused. Xin Nian Kuai Le, everyone!
In January, I was invited to spend two weeks working at Colors, a beautiful magazine published within Benetton’s mysterious creative laboratory: Fabrica. These are photographs I took during my stay in Treviso, Venice and Verona.
Combining fiction, poetry and criticism, The American Reader promises to fill a void in Generation Y’s cultural landscape. The new monthly is based in Harlem and edited by former staff and contributors to The New Yorker, Interview, The Paris Review and other bastions of cultural commentary.
The Trusteeship Council Chamber in the United Nations Conference Building is a longstanding icon of mid-century modern design. And with its restoration and refurbishment well underway, Danish design is reminding New York that it’s still very much at the forefront of the field.
The One Young World 2012 summit took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 18-21. Bill Clinton, Kofi Annan, Sir Bob Geldof and Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus were a few of the participants.
“Welcome to India.” These are words not spoken by customs officers here. To my surprise, mine doesn’t speak English and just looks at me blankly, pointing to a form and repeating the word mandatory, mandatory. I manage to get passed him, find my bag and my taxi driver, and suddenly, I’m in Delhi. But more on […]
Nested inside the Iroquois hotel in midtown Manhattan is Lantern’s Keep, a small comfortable bar that prides itself on its unique cocktails. Theo Lieberman, the head bartender, customizes drinks after listening to what patrons like and have already tasted. A recipe that attracts a small group of regulars every night.
The New York Gypsy Festival started as a few performances dotted around bars of the East Village in Manhattan. Eight years on, it has grown into a month-long celebration with musical performances, workshops and screenings. Listen to the report on Monocle 24′s Midori House:
Rockaway Beach in New York City was the scene of an unusual battle this month, when more than a dozen artists participated in a sand castle competition. Hosted by the public arts organization Creative Time, the contest encouraged loose interpretations of the assignment during an afternoon of fun in New York’s most up-and-coming waterfront.
Mỹ Tho seems like a small city at first, but it soon turns out that two weeks won’t be enough to explore it. Cross over one of the bridges and you’ll get to Chinatown, where they sell baby ducks in baskets, The Supermaket, as we’ve gotten used to calling it, and a few remarkable pagodas […]
After winning IdeasTap‘s grant to publish an online publication, Brain Wash went to work to develop the first issue of Long Live the New Flesh, a magazine about the moving image and the digital age. Read it here.
I designed the first issue of Trials and Tribulations, a tabloid quarterly about politics and art. Buy it here.
Mark Boulos’s films belong in museums, not in cinemas. He doesn’t really know how it happened, but after completing his degree in documentary direction at the National Film and Television School in the UK, he landed his first museum commission and started a career in the art world (Read more on Artlog.com)
Furry animals, mountains of scrap fabric, and banana-shaped benches: there’s no doubt about it, this is Misaki Kawai’s studio. Welcome to Mount Pom Pom, the imaginary mountain from which nuggets of the artist’s crazy imagination explode like confetti (Read more on Artlog.com)
Photographs from Cairo and Luxor