Every New Yorker has a story to tell, but naturally some are more colorful than others. In our latest podcast, we sit down for a stunningly technicolor chat with local filmmaker and musician, Rayya Elias.
Addiction. Violence. Homelessness. Rock n’ Roll. All amidst the backdrop of a fog of burned-out buildings and graffiti that was Manhattan in the 1980’s. We found Rayya’s unique story totally riveting and trust us when we say that she’s bold and fearless because she’s literally been to the brink and back. About to be on tour with an amazing memoir, “Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair and Post-Punk from the Middle East to the Lower East Side”, this self-professed art rocker, ex-junkie, glamour butch lesbian has got some serious shit to share with you and it’s a conversation you don’t want to miss. Don’t forget you can also download it from iTunes for free to listen on the go.
Last week, we had the opportunity to sit down with one of the brightest and most refreshing darlings of the fashion world out there today or any day…the one, the only, the fantastically hilarious and as-of-last-Monday-morning heavily cornrowed, Rachel Antonoff. This lady rocks. She’s not afraid to call it as she sees it, reveal a secret or two about her brother Jack when he was 15, give us all some tips on how to manage our phones while walking and her feelings on New Yorkers and their relationships with ambulances rushing their patients to the hospital.
On a personal note from the Greg part of this duo, my wife Lesa has handled public relations for G.H. Bass & Co. for the last five or so years. Several seasons ago, just prior to Fashion Week she got a call. “Hello. This is So and So from Rachel Antonoff and she would like to use Bass shoes in her upcoming show which is set to be a murder mystery mock-up at the Lafayette House on such and such a date.” Rachel’s company being relatively new, my wife had no idea who Rachel Antonoff was and brushed it off. But that person (who was actually Rachel herself!) kept calling. And, something about her “sweet determination” charmed my wife to the point that, as Lesa describes it, she’d “do absolutely anything for the girl.” After several highly entertaining email exchanges they decided to get together for coffee. If you’ve ever had the privilege of meeting Ms. Antonoff, you know that she’s one of those rare individuals for whom one basically feels love at first sight, so naturally Lesa was drawn to her creativity, charm and character. Long story short, Rachel got the shoes for her show and ended up collaborating with Bass women’s designer Anita Da Silva on a capsule collection with Bass called Bass Loves Rachel Antonoff (now entering its fifth season). Thanks to Ms. Antonoff’s tenacity and drive we scored a great friend and the fashion world scored some killer new kicks.
Thanks to Daniel Silbert for the charming portrait of Rachel. There are many many more fantastic shots at www.danielsilbert.com.
More often than not, we find that change can be the most profound at the local level. Whether New York City or Laredo, it’s typically the actions of a concerned few who live in and love their towns that define the collective future for that place. This is why we were excited to sit down with St. John Frizell last week. St. John makes a seriously mean cocktail, but he’s also the owner of Red Hook mainstay, Fort Defiance. Aptly named, Fort Defiance began life as a widely enjoyed café/bar/restaurant on Van Brunt Street, but in the devastation following Hurricane Sandy, it became something even bigger…a leader and champion of the Restore Red Hook movement. A fantastic storyteller with a great life story, St. John gets real with us about the restaurant business, why the Third Place matters, and the bright future of Red Hook.
On this Radio On The Real podcast, Jesse and Greg sit down with veteran newsman and vastly entertaining raconteur, Rob Klug. A dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker, Rob shares great stories about growing up in the Bronx, editing iconic music videos, making ground breaking reality programming, and directing the news division at CBS.
And look at that proud guy at the convention in Tampa last fall! We had a blast having this conversation with Rob Klug and want to sincerely thank him for taking the time to share his memories and witticisms with us even if there was a technical gaff or two. After all, this is radio on the real, folks. We hope you enjoy!
Every New Yorker has a story about their first couple of New York City apartments. Well, we built this super bad-ass studio in Eve’s room for the recording of the first podcast of Radio On The Real to tell you about ours. We found inspiration from a Colson Whitehead quote about how the memories of your New York City apartments past should be treated and love the respect he throws at them all.
We’re hoping the podcasts will be a great new forum to continue the discussion we start here on the website, but with 40% more profanity! And we plan on having a different guest every episode, so if you’re into what we’re doing, we’d love your suggestions on some local characters who want to gab. The more colorful, the better! And tell us about your first couple of New York City apartments. We’d love to hear!