By Britannica George S. Kaufman, (born Nov. 16, 1889, Pittsburgh, Pa., U.S.—died June 2, 1961, New York, N.Y.), American playwright and journalist, who became the stage director of most of his plays and musical comedies after the mid-1920s. He was the most successful craftsman of the American theatre in the era between World Wars I [...]
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The Golden age of cocktails during the 1920’s-30’s was when drinks like the Martini and Daiquiri were created. It is also when liquor was illegal and of course, because the prohibition of alcohol was strictly enforced, cocktails had to be served at speakeasies. These underground bars were the birthplace of some of today’s most infamous [...]
By Florence Fabricant Headliner LA MAISON DE MAKOTO This dessert shop and lounge, LMDM for short, was announced with some fanfare last fall as Philippe Conticini, the Parisian chef and baker, was to be involved. No more. The owners, Andrea Rodrik, a 21-year-old Swiss-Turkish entrepreneur who has strong opinions about fine baked goods, and the consultant Omar [...]
New York street fairs include all of the best things the city has to offer. The warm summer months create ideal conditions for taking in the sights, sounds and of course the weather of New York’s outdoors. In Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Astoria, pedestrians of all kinds including meanderer’s, strollers and gawkers take in amusing [...]
If New Orleans is credited with being the birthplace of jazz, the "Windy City" with further spreading it throughout America, then we can safely say that New York is responsible for refining it and making it a worldwide recognized musical genre and phenomenon. New York City is still considered the capital of the jazz, with [...]
With a history spanning almost 100 years, The Kaufman Astoria Studios has been part of some of the most brilliant and famous projects in the film industry. It rose to prominence while it was home to Paramount Pictures during the silent era of filmmaking in the twenties, and it still represents an important establishment for [...]
By Queens Gazette On Friday, May 11, New York State Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney hosted their annual luncheon to celebrate Women’s History and to honor three exceptional local women for their commitment to community service. The celebration, which was held at George’s restaurant at Kaufman Astoria Studios, was attended [...]
By Lonely Planet Our Review Secreted away inside the Kaufman Astoria Studios, this classy dining room and bar serves up high-end comfort fare (short ribs stroganoff, fried chicken with baby bok choy, crab cakes). If you're not up for a meal, however, it's worthwhile stopping by the bar to soak up the 1920s atmosphere, while lingering [...]
By NYC The Official Guide The ghosts of W.C. Fields, Lillian Gish, and Rudolph Valentino inhabit Kaufman Astoria Studios - if you believe in such things. The massive facility was a center of production during the silent-film era and churned out propaganda reels during World War II when the military bought it. Since the 1970s, [...]
By the Gazette George’s at Kaufman Astoria Studio was reinvented on March 20th to stellar reviews from its many fans and this writer as well. Formerly the Astor Room, “George’s” tips its hat to the recently deceased George S. Kaufman, who founded Kaufman Astoria Studio, where stars such as W.C. Fields, Rudolph Valentino, and the [...]