red stairs times square

Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, photographed on the set of the Hype Williams-directed “Empire State of Mind” on the Red Stairs in Times Square by Lenny Santiago on September 30, 2009. 

The video, which served as a visual New York love story, was released on October 30. The 5x Platinum-certified single itself was Hov’s highest-charting as a lead artist to date, spending five consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. It was his fourth #1 single overall. At the 53rd Grammy Awards ceremony the track won “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” and “Best Rap Song.”


Fresh Air Weekend movie critic Justin Chang reviews Mistress America, directed by Noah Baumbach:

“Greta Gerwig plays a 30-year-old Manhattanite named Brooke, whom we first see descending the red stairs of the TKTS booth in Times Square, extending her arms like a Broadway chorus girl. It’s a perfect entrance for a woman who fully earns the loopy grandeur of the movie’s title. Chattering a mile a minute, like a millennial Katharine Hepburn, Brooke is a poster child for self-invention. A freelance interior decorator, SoulCycle instructor, social-media expert and budding restaurateur, she projects so much breezy self-assurance and worldly ambition, you might not immediately pick up on her underlying vulnerability.”

Follow My Voice - Chapter 4

AO3 | Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3

Chris doesn’t realize he does it, but he walks aimlessly downtown for nearly an hour.  Once he figures out where he is, he makes a left, left, right and then he’s standing in Battery Park, allowing memories of the past flood his brain.  He smiles to himself, brushes a single tear off his cheek.

Keep reading