New LUMA Blog

Coney Island Wonder Wheel Day of Mermaid Parade

You may not remember LUMA, a restaurant that existed in Chelsea in the ’90’s on Manhattan’s Ninth Avenue but I loved it there. My new LUMA blog is devoted to the spirit of LUMA – or how I remember it.

LUMA Blog will be broader in focus than WSP Blog – it’ll cover NYC with probable emphasis on the Village and Brooklyn; it’ll look at places and people, issues, and well.. life.

The nice thing about Tumblr (where LUMA Blog is hosted) is that you can follow blogs similar to how you follow people on Twitter.

Today’s LUMA Blog post focuses on the new organic, locally sourced Celebrate Cafe in the Bowery Poetry Club, operated by the Lower East Side Girls Club, which opened yesterday.

LUMA Blog debuted yesterday, June 21, 2010 with photos from the delightful Mermaid Parade on Coney Island.

“Lost New York 1609-2009” Conference Friday 10/2 and Saturday 10/3 at NYU

I just learned of this conference coming up later this week:  “Lost New York 1609-2009” at NYU Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd:

Lost New York marks the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage for the Dutch and the 200th anniversary of Washington Irving’s legendary reimagining of this New World encounter in his Knickerbocker’s History of New York. A wide array of conference participants will explore the dynamics of creativity and destruction, nostalgia and invention, that have for centuries marked efforts to “Do New York,” as Henry James advised Edith Wharton.

Apparently, the organizers, Cyrell R.K. Patell and Bryan Waterman (who also have a blog, The History of New York), were inspired by NYC bloggers.  Bryan Waterman writes there (and mentions WSP Blog, among others!):

“When Cyrus and I were narrowing the theme for the conference this coming weekend, our imaginations were led along the lines suggested by diverse a group of blogs that dealt with neighborhood scenes, New York history, and, more often than not, the link between the two. … In the case of many — though not all — New York blogs, we find a new kind of urban literature emerging, much of it focused on nostalgia for a lost city and a desire to create and preserve cultural memory.”

In that spirit, this panel looks interesting:

Saturday, October 3rd 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Sukhdev Sandhu (New York University), moderator

Lost City
Ephemeral New York
Flaming Pablum: Vanishing Downtown
Bowery Boogie

Location: 13-19 University Place, room 102 (all panels Saturday at this location)

Full schedule for both days here. All free and open to the public. Conference sponsored by the Department of English and Humanities Initiative at New York University. Organized by Cyrus R. K. Patell and Bryan Waterman.