Daytripping: The (New) Whitney Museum

BY  |  Friday, Jul 31, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Whitney Museum, in one form or another, has occupied spaces all over Manhattan for more than 100 years. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, an established sculptor and art collector, opened the Whitney Studio in Greenwich Village in 1914. With the help of her assistant, Juliana Force, Whitney collected close to 500 works that she offered to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1929. The offer was declined. Undeterred, Whitney started her own museum exclusively for American Art. In 1931 she bought row houses next to her Studio Club and converted that into a living space and museum. Fast forward to 1954 when the museum moved to a new space on 54th Street behind the Museum of Modern Art. In 1966 the Whitney relocated uptown to the southeast corner of 75th Street and Madison Ave., a modern space designed by Marcel Breuer and Hamilton P. Smith. That spaced closed in the fall of last year in preparation for the upgrade to 99 Gansevoort Street between 12th and 13th Streets. For more on the history of the Whitney and to see a sultry portrait of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney lounging on a divan, check out the first floor gallery at the museum.

View from Gansevoort Street. Photographed by Ed Lederman, 2015.

View from Gansevoort Street. Photographed by Ed Lederman, 2015.

The new Whitney, which opened May 1 in the Meatpacking District just north of the West Village, has twice as much exhibit space compared to the old museum and is in stark contrast to the old space’s monolithic inverted pyramid, which is being leased to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Once you arrive, you’ll see that light and space are in ample amounts. Exhibit spaces have ceiling-high windows and gray pine floors. Visitors can take a break by stepping out onto outdoor galleries on the 5th, 6th, and 7th floors for fantastic views of the Hudson, the High Line and Empire State Building. Continue Reading

A Seat in the House Shows Love for Montclair’s Outpost in the Burbs

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

A Seat in the House

Jay Lustig—Editor of—and Erika Bleiberg—former daily editor of Baristanet, arts publicist, and content marketing producer—are experimenting with a new multi-media series for called A Seat in the House. The series consists of short videos that include exclusive artist interviews and concert footage focused on conveying the experience of watching a performance at arts venues across the state.

First showcased in the series is Montclair’s Outpost in the Burbs, a non-profit outreach organization that builds community through music, community service, and cultural programs. Joan Osborne’s performance in February (her third for Outpost) was featured in A Seat in the House‘s inaugural video.

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American Pickers Wants New Jersey’s Hidden Treasures

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

American Pickers

The History Channel’s hit show American Pickers, which travels the country uncovering history hidden in junk piles, will be filming in New Jersey this August and is looking for locals to be on the show.

Have treasures that need discovering? Read the details below:

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Porsches, Teslas and Maseratis, Oh My!

BY  |  Monday, Jul 20, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (21)

porscheboxsterPerhaps it’s because I live with a car-obsessed 8-year-old, or perhaps it’s because I’m feeling the pinch of life in the middle class, but it seems I’ve noticed a lot more ultra luxury cars around town over the last several months (and it’s not just because of the exotic car show a few weekends ago). I don’t mean your average run-of-the-mill Audi or Mercedes or BMW – standard fare in Baristaville – but cars that cost more than what most people make in a year – cars like Porsches and Teslas and even a Maserati and Bentley here and there.

On the other hand, it could just be my imagination – and maybe these cars are just passing through and don’t actually belong to anyone local. But both Porsche and Tesla hit sales records this year, and an article in Money earlier this year stated that sales for Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Porsche and Maserati have been “off the charts” and are expected to increase even more. Compared with an industry-wide 3 percent average increase in all cars sales, global sales of six-figure price vehicles were up 25% in 2014.

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Where’s Yogi On Yankees’ Franchise Four?

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 5:21pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


As part of Tuesday night’s All Star festivities, Major League Baseball (MLB) announced every team’s four greatest players. Choosing four players from the New York Yankees’ storied past had to be difficult. The final roster included, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle.

Winners were selected from a list of eight nominees in each category as chosen by John Thorn MLB’s official historian and representatives from the Elias Sports Bureau,, MLB Network and the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, according to the MLB website. Continue Reading

NJ Transit Fare Hike Happens – A Nine Percent Increase in October

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 12:46pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

NJ Transit Fare Hike HappensDespite public hearings and last minute pleas, NJ Transit’s board voted unanimously today to raise fares by an average of nine percent, starting October 1. Back in April, NJ Transit proposed service cuts and fare hikes.

Included in the service cuts, that will take effect in September, is the elimination of the Montclair-Boonton Line’s train #1043, the 1:35 a.m. departure from Montclair State University.

Volunteers Needed For Community Gardens in Glen Ridge & Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Jul 13, 2015 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Volunteers Needed For Community Garden

A Lot to Grow, Inc. is a community garden organization formed with the sole purpose of growing chemical free vegetables and herbs for distribution to local food pantries, soup kitchens, and non- profit senior residences in suburban Essex County, New Jersey. A Lot to Grow is headquartered in Glen Ridge and has six garden sites throughout the county, in Montclair, Glen Ridge and Nutley. Continue Reading

Solve Your Way Out of Adventure Rooms in Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Jul 13, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)


More wow-inducing than the average rollercoaster. Way less messy than mud runs. The “room escape” genre of entertainment that’s hugely popular in Europe is beginning to take hold in the United States.

Adventure Rooms, located at 119 Grove St., in Montclair, opened late last year offering three mazes designed to challenge, inspire and entertain visitors. Here’s how it works: Each maze is comprised of three rooms. You and your partner or team have 60 minutes to solve your way through the maze and escape. In each room you will find multiple puzzles – could be figuring out the combination to a lock or using clues to decipher a code. Continue Reading

Local Photographer Offering Free Headshots for a Cause

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 07, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Chelo Keys

If you’ve been thinking about updating your headshot for your website or Linkedin, now’s your chance—for the price of a food donation.

Local photographer Chelo Keys has organized a great food drive this Sunday, July 12 in Brookdale Park, to support the Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair. The former tech teacher at Charles H. Bullock School, now full-time photographer, wanted to help after reading how donations to the pantry dwindle over the summer months.

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Happy Fourth of July!

BY  |  Saturday, Jul 04, 2015 8:03am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Happy Fourth of July! Whether you attend a parade, watch fireworks (or both), Baristanet wishes you and yours a happy, safe holiday. Check back as we will share photos of the big day with you.

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