As I was walking up Broadway yesterday morning on my way to work, I was stopped in my tracks by very distinctive face. Stuck to a utility box on a lamppost around 28th street was the iconic image of the late Klaus Nomi under the legend "Revel in New York." I immediately assumed the worst, thinking it was probably some new line of bullshit clothing or nightclub party series liberally appropriating Nomi's image in much the same manner a car ad might sample a favorite song to assert some sort of hip cachet.
I was pleased to learn, however, that Revel in New York: A Look at the City Through its People is something very different. A series of guide books and video profiles, Revel in New York is a campaign that strives to showcase members of the city's creative communities from across the spectrum, from dance to architecture to photography to music to theatre and beyond, seemingly composed in a manner that is intelligent, informed and reverent of the city's illustrious past (not just mooching off it). It certainly seems like a cool idea.
See for your self. Check out their blog here and a sample of their documentary videos below.