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Uni New York Psych Band Charlotte Kemp Muhl David Strange Halloween Playlist

Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps): A Halloween Mixtape

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New York glam rockers Uni and the Urchins take us on a tour of the horror hotel with this spooktacular Halloween playlist.
Let’s Eat! Let’s Dance! Let’s Eat Again! Late Night Living in Three Parts

Let’s Eat! Let’s Dance! Let’s Eat Again! Late Night Living in Three Parts

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Part I: Let’s Eat
Meet New York Fashion Week’s Bold New Stars

Meet New York Fashion Week’s Bold New Stars

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From a designer who cut his teeth at Celine to a CFDA finalist known for her metal work and artist collabs, we round up the designers to watch.
Summer in the City on Film

Summer in the City on Film

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Six films by directors who braved the heat, embraced the humidity and made summertime in NYC look good on camera.
Midnight Magic: DJ Tolga's Late-Night Grooves

Midnight Magic: DJ Tolga's Late-Night Grooves

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A soundscape infusing light, tropical warmth with dark, enveloping depths and magnetic, melodic flows.
Duncan Hannah and Debbie Harry

Seventies SoHo: Duncan Hannah Takes Us Back

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The painter and Twentieth-Century Boy author looks back at ’70s New York—the emerging SoHo art scene, and the people who shaped it.
A young man wearing rainbow colored socks, lounging in a bronze bathtub.

Twirl to Ty Sunderland's Pride Staples

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Dance through the month of June with this selection of classic pride anthems.
Jacques Renault DJ Playlist Summer Disco mixtape New York Music Let's Play House

Jacques Renault's Summer Mixtape

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Sunset grooves and disco classics.
Portrait of Nina Tarr

Beats in Bloom: A Spring Playlist by Nina Tarr

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Stand-up comedian, actress, and all-vinyl DJ Nina Tarr guides us into the new season with her spring-inspired playlist, curated for GrandLife.
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Sing For Science: Blondie

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Debbie Harry and Chris Stein talk with climatologist Dr. Michael Mann. Listen to the episode here.
The Odeon Tribeca Peter Foges New York Institution Restaurant Save New York

Coming Home To The Odeon

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Writer-producer Peter Foges recalls the early years of NYC's original bistro that became a clubhouse not only for himself but for the likes of Belushi, Warhol and so many others.
GrandLife Radio New York Classic Playlist Tony Fant President GrandLife Hotels Lou Reed Blondie Ramones The Velvet Underground Beastie Boys Arthur Russell

Tony Fant's New York Classics

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The president of GrandLife Hotels and longtime patron of downtown culture shares the songs that occupy a special place in his record collection.
New York Diner Culture Richard Boch Empire Diner Soho Diner Market Diner Jones Diner Dave's Corner

Diner Dining with Richard Boch

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An ode to the diners of yesteryear: the author and longtime New Yorker takes us back.
A Guide to Doyers Street

A Guide to Doyers Street

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From its storied roots to its culinary allure—this Chinatown Street offers a peek into the past.
three men in kitchen whites stand in front of a red bar holding different craft cocktails

THE STORIES BEHIND NYC’S QUINTESSENTIAL COCKTAILS

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New York is birthplace and ground zero for some of the world’s most iconic cocktails, so why not tipple your way through history with these five classic libations...
Andrew Tess Portrait Photographer Polaroid New York

Andrew Tess's Portrait of New York

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The photographer and artist shares a photo essay of the city where he was born and raised, captured on a SX70 Polaroid.
Sean Ono Lennon GrandLife Roxy Hotel Playlist

Sean Ono Lennon's Songs for a Rainy Day

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Ennio Morricone, The Zombies, Duke Ellington, and more—a soundtrack for fall rain, curated by Sean for the Roxy Hotel.
Jane Dickson New York artist photographer Time Square Peep Show The Metropolitan Museum, Whitney, Brooklyn Museum

Artist Jane Dickson's Portrait of New York

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“As a painter, I carried a little camera all the time to capture the extraordinary things I was seeing so I could paint them.” 
Andee Maher New York photographer Portrait NYC

Andee Maher's Portrait of New York

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The editorial and documentary photographer digs into her archive to share a photo story of New York. 
Tony Fant DJ playlist Blur The Clash Blondie Donna Summer Soho Grand Salon GrandLife

Get Up & Move

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Dance-inducing tracks curated by Tony Fant for his weekly vinyl set streamed live from the Soho Grand Salon.
Chad Moore Photographer New York

Chad Moore's Portrait of New York

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The photographer’s cityscapes tell a tale of hazy New York nights and bold adventures.
Adrian Mesko Photographer New York Portrait Lower East Side Director

Adrian Mesko's Portrait of New York

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The photographer and director shares some of his favorite New York moments captured on film. 
Jared Artaud New York Music Moments Soundrack The Vacant Lots The Velvet Underground Alan Vega Television

Jared Artaud's New York Soundtrack

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“When you think of NYC, don't you think of Lou Reed?” The musician, producer, and one half of the duo The Vacant Lots shares 5 songs synonymous with the city.
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Simon Vozick-Levinson's New York Soundtrack

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“Listening now, many years later, the New York where I grew up comes alive again.” Rolling Stone’s deputy music editor shares his top 5 music moments.
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GrandLife Radio: Serenity Now

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Tune in to the chill zone, a place of total relaxation soundtracked by cosmic crooners, sonic healers, and ambient pioneers.
Kristin Gallegos New York Photographer DJ Playlist GrandLife

Kristin Gallegos's Love Letter to New York

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Blondie, Lou Reed, Beastie Boys, and more—the photographer shares the songs that speak to her New York, past, present, future. 
James Murphy Playlist DJ new York LCD Soundsystem

James Murphy's Favorite Spinners

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Tune in for ten hours of sonic bliss.
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Voyage with Claire Marie

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In the words of Hunter S. Thompson, “Buy the ticket, take the ride.” 
Justin Miller Playlist DJ Nightmoves Public Records The Lot Disco Italo Workout Mix

Justin Miller's Italo Hi-NRG Workout Mix

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Your antidote for stagnation: Turn up the volume and get ready to sweat.
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GrandLife Radio: DJ Soni withanEYE

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The local music maker, DJ and producer shares the tunes that are keeping her spirits high.
Studio 54: Night Magic at Brooklyn Museum

Studio 54: Night Magic at Brooklyn Museum

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Bianca Jagger atop a horse, Diana Ross in a bathtub—we return to the days of disco. 
Valentines Day Playlist Mixtape Exlusive Rahill Jamalifard Justus Kempthorne

Moonlight Lover: A Playlist by Rahill & Justus

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Songs to make you swoon.
Ashley Smith NYE GrandLife Soho Grand Playlist

Everybody Dance: A NYE Playlist from Ashley Smith

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Sister Sledge, Chic, Donna Summer, Baccara—lose yourself in music with this mix of dance floor jams and disco classics.
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The NYC Parties to Remember

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Opulence, indulgence, free-flowing champagne—with end-of-year celebrations just around the corner, we take a look back at some of New York’s most legendary parties.
Live from Soho Grand with Cam Avery

Live from Soho Grand with Cam Avery

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Live from the Penthouse: We're excited to introduce Cam Avery's latest song, One More Day, a beautiful recording in the midst of a global crisis.
Jakett Samantha Urbani Georgia May Jagger GrandLife Presents Leather Pop-Up Soho Grand

Bright Lights Black Leather

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We teamed up with Jakett, Samantha Urbani and Momma’s Blues for the ultimate leather jacket pop-up and took a series of Polaroids to mark the occasion.  
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DJ Bailey Leiters Latest Tunes

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Tune in for DJ Bailey Leiter's latest soundtrack, curated especially for GrandLife.
PANYC Punk Archive NYC Camilla Saly The Miamis Mudd Club CBGBs Ocean Club

PANYC: Preserving the Tactile History of an Anarchist Scene

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From teenage groupie to founder of a comprehensive digital archive of original punk rock ephemera—Camilla Saly talks ’70s nightlife, working with Danny Fields, and more.
Eckhaus Latta New York Designer SS20

3 NY Fashion Labels You Need to Know

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Fresh from unveiling their SS20 collections on the NYFW runways, these burgeoning fashion labels are redefining downtown style.
Cynthia Rowley NYFW SS20 New York Fashion Designer

Oh! The Places You'll Go

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NY-designer Cynthia Rowley gives us the lowdown on her Dr. Seuss-inspired NYFW collection, the benefits of a “traveling runway,” and her favorite downtown hotspots.
Richard Hell on the City Where Punk Began

Richard Hell on the City Where Punk Began

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The innovator of punk takes us back to the start.
Nina Tarr Playlist GrandLife

Fall into Fall: A Playlist by Nina Tarr

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The stand-up comedian, actress, and all-vinyl DJ guides us into the new season with her fall-inspired playlist, curated for the Roxy Hotel. 
Sonny Vandevelde NYFW SS20 New York Fashion Week

Backstage with Sonny Vandevelde

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Uncut energy and kaleidoscopic color: the Australian fashion photographer takes us behind the scenes at NYFW.
A Brief History of NYC Street Art

A Brief History of NYC Street Art

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From Keith Haring's "Crack is Wack" piece to Banksy's mural on the Bowery Wall—explore New York’s most historic and famous street art hot spots.
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Nick Zinner's 41 Strings Symphony

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The Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist discusses the lauded symphony, which he'll perform and conduct at Rockefeller Center alongside a star-studded list of NY-based musicians. 
Surfbort frontwoman DanI Miller Playlist Summer Mixtape New York

A Summer Mixtape from Dani Miller

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Roxy Music, Cocteau Twins and more—the Surfbort frontwoman and gap-toothed Gucci muse shares exclusively with GrandLife her soundtrack to summer in the city.
CHECKING IN ON INDOCHINE

CHECKING IN ON INDOCHINE

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More tableau vivant than actual restaurant, ’80s hotspot Indochine is still open for business on Lafayette Street.
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Explore The Art of Punk

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Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976–1986, runs through August 18 at the Museum of Arts and Design.
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Springtime is the Right Time

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Musician, artist, creative director, and GrandLife local Brianna Lance shares her soundtrack to spring.
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Tune In: Sounds By The Original Mudd Club DJs

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From funk to soul to punk and other curiosities—three of the original Mudd Club DJs curate a playlist exclusively for GrandLife.
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Jonas Mekas at The Roxy: Celebrating a True NY Visionary

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We look back at a special moment with the filmmaker, curator, archivist, and critic captured live at the Roxy Cinema.   
Bruce Talamon's Photography of Aretha

Through the lens of a legend: Bruce Talamon Gets The Shot

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The iconic photographer discusses his new book, his days in New York City, and what it takes to excel.
Chris Stein and Debbie Harry

Close Up with Photographer Allan Tannenbaum

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A chronicler of the ’70s downtown music and art scenes, Tannenbaum has photographed everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Andy Warhol, but it is his photographs of John Lennon that remain among his most cherished.
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LOVE SONG DEDICATIONS FROM DJ NIKS & AKU

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Members of the Velvet Underground Experience

The Velvet Underground Experience

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An image of Al Diaz and JM Basquiat together, next to an image of JM Basquiat's epitaph

DEMYSTIFYING THE GENESIS OF SAMO©

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John Cale, Lou Reed, Patti Smith and David Byrne at the Ocean Club

The Art Bars

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"Whether it was Mickey’s, Magoo’s, Barnabas or Mudd, we all lived in those places." Author Richard Boch recalls the New York hangouts of yesteryear.
Jonathan Toubin wearing a red sparkly blazer, underneath a disco ball

A HALLOWEEN PLAYLIST FROM JONATHAN TOUBIN

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The Drums performing on stage at the Roxy Bar

THIS IS NEW YORK

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Queen performing on stage

KILLER QUEEN: REVISITING 1974 WITH MICK ROCK

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Lord Fascinator's New York City Playlist

FASCINATOR’S FALL MIXTAPE

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four boys lined up in front of a brick wall from Public Access TV

Public Access T.V.’S Soundtrack to Summer

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Jimi Hendrix wearing a red headband and singing into a microphone

A VISUAL HISTORY OF NEW YORK MUSIC FESTIVALS

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CELEBRATING BILL CUNNINGHAM, A TRUE DOCUMENTARIAN OF NEW YORK LIFE

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Portrait of Nikki Kynard

NIKKI KYNARD'S SOUNDS OF THE SEASON

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LITTLE ITALY: A WALK THROUGH HISTORY

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POOL PARTY WITH THE RASSLE

POOL PARTY WITH THE RASSLE

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Orchard Street

Orchard Street: A Photo Story of a Neighborhood Oasis

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The eight city blocks that make up Orchard Street are moody, complicated, and historic. Here, a guide to the block in early spring.  
CLASSIC NEW YORK: THE MUDD CLUB

CLASSIC NEW YORK: THE MUDD CLUB

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THE DEMISE AND EMERGENCE OF MANHATTAN’S ART-HOUSE FILM VENUES

THE DEMISE AND EMERGENCE OF MANHATTAN’S ART-HOUSE FILM VENUES

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The Lemon Twigs' New York-Inspired Playlist

The Lemon Twigs' New York-Inspired Playlist

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The sibling rock duo from Long Island share the songs that speak to their notion of New York.
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