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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #70: High Cost Of Living, The Making of The Movie "Network," NYC Concerts & Music Events

Posted by Billyjam, March 5, 2014 01:13pm | Post a Comment

Here in New York City this week, besides the post Oscars chatter and talk amongst weather weary New Yorkers about that false mega-snowstorm warning (the 10 inches of snow forecast to hit this week never materialized past a light dusting), a lot of talk is on the new Forbes report. That new report by the magazine places New York City, in a tie with Honolulu, as the USA's "most-overpriced city" to live in because of both expensive housing and a high cost of living. Personally I expected NYC to be in a tie with the ridiculously expensive San Francisco market, which came in number 7 in a tie with Essex Co., MA while San Jose ranked higher at fifth place, but wasn't surprised with New York ranking highest expense. As Democratic Manhattan City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez noted in a public response to the new findings things are only going to get more expensive for the average (non-rich) New Yorker.

"From ever-soaring rent levels to higher priced foods and goods invading lower-middle income neighborhoods, many lifelong residents are being pushed out of their homes," said Rodriguez in whose district the average rent is currently at just under $4,000. Meanwhile most struggling working class and middle class New Yorkers are anxiously looking to new New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio who got elected on a platform that promised more equality on things like housing. And even though de Blasio this very week forced luxury condo developers at the former Domino Sugar site in Williamsburg to construct 700 new affordable apartments (double the amount initially supposed to be built) many feel that it is too little too late in terms of housing costs overall, plus the fact that the general cost of living in NYC outweighs everything else. EG: one recent comparison study found utilities to be 29.6% higher here than in other parts of the country.  Bottom line New York is a great city to be in but you do have to pay the price to live here. But on the bright side other new statistic released this week show that, while rents continue to rise, crime continues to drop across New York City's five boroughs - and this news comes following the NYPD substantially backing off on their controversial stop-and-frisk practices.  New statistics show an 18.5% drop in murders for the first two months of 2014 with other crimes also substantially lower than this period in 2013.

The upside of living in NYC is all of the great concerts and events happening all the time in a small geographic area where you rarely have to travel too far (compared to say LA) to get there. Examples abound including tonight Q-Tip, Natasha Diggs and guests at Output. 10pm. 21+ $15. Located at 74 Wythe Avenue, New York, NY. More info. The Lawrence Arms, The Copyrights, and Elway are all at the Gramercy Theater on East 23rd tonight. 7pm. $20. More info.  Sting and Paul Simon are at Madison Square Garden (MSG) tomorrow night March 6th. 8pm. Tickets range from $50 to $255. More info. In the theater of the same midtown venue the following night (Friday, March 7th) "Blurred Lines" star Robin Thicke performs for a relatively more affordable ticket price ($69 - $125. 8pm show. More info) And on Saturday, March 8th, concerts / events include Cibo Matto, with Buffalo Daughter opening, at the Brooklyn Bowl (8pm. 21+ $20 at door only more info) and DJ Danny Tenaglia at the club Pacha ($25. 21+ more info).  

It has been almost four full decades since the release of Sidney  Lumet's brilliant film Network starring Faye Dunaway and Peter Finch in which he played the final and best role of his career - aging television network news anchor Howard Beale who becomes a victim of his falling ratings when his corporate employer, the UBS Television Network, force him to retire prematurely. He reacts in a dramatic fashion to the news (see Network trailer above) and we get an instant classic film with ever relevant themes (perhaps more so today than back upon its release in 1976) complete with an arsenal of memorable quotes including the famous "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."

Network was filmed in New York City including
inside the main branch of the New York Public Library (NYPL) on 5th Avenue at 42nd Street in Manhattan (still from movie right). Fittingly the NYPL will be a presenting a lecture on the making of Network with New York Times culture reporter David Itzkoff. The lecture will be held at another NYPL location: the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 40 Lincoln Center Plaza

At this evening's 6pm lecture Itzkoff will discuss the research he conducted in the writing of his new book Mad as Hell: the Making of Network and the Angriest Man in Movies. The event is free on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form at 5pm or one hour prior to tonight's 6pm lecture start time. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not permitted. General admission seating. Call 212.642.0142 for more detailed information or click here.
  Network movie trailer below.

       

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