New York Antique Store Announces Concert Series

Here at The Anti Tourist, we don’t regularly publish press releases. In fact, below is our first. We also don’t regularly publish stuff about upcoming events. In fact, below is our first time doing that, too. But a trustworthy friend gave us the heads up about this antique store-turned music venue in upstate New York and we couldn’t resist. We want you to know about this cool and pretty damn secret vintage shop accompanied by live music. We want you to know before it’s all over. So. Here you go. The formal press release below says it all. Do this!

Homer & Langley’s Mystery Spot Antiques, the Catskills’ most eclectic, coolest, if-you-are-looking-for-it-its-probably-there vintage shop has now confirmed its August porch music schedule. The month will kick off with performances by Ida and The Naysayer on Sunday, August 1 at 1pm. As with each show this concert is FREE and organized through complete DIY/grassroots efforts, and anyone is welcome to attend.

The following week (August 8 ) Holly Miranda will play at 2pm and on August 15 The Mystery Spot will welcome Jonathan and Grasshopper (Mercury Rev) AND Dean and Britta. The four are being mysterious as to their set’s arrangement so come see for yourself just how they are going to mix it up. The show starts at 1pm. August’s lineup of shows concludes on August 22 with Uncle Monk (Tommy Ramone and Claudia Tienan) scheduled to perform at 2pm.

Music For Front Porches’ September and October schedule will be announced soon!

The Mystery Spot is located at 72 Main Street in the picturesque, happening hamlet of Phoenicia, NY, with the majestic Catskill Mountains as a backdrop. Phoenicia is located 2.5 hours from NYC.

This is Music For Front Porches’ second season. It is curated by former music photographer and Mystery Spot proprietress Laura Levine and in the first season (2009) her front porch hosted, among others, Laura Cantrell, Life in a Blender, Uncle Monk, Gail Ann Dorsey (Bowie) and Ambrosia Parsley (Shivaree). Fans have come from near and far to see their favorite recording artists in an intimate and casual setting.

Mystery Spot Antiques – which opened for the season on Memorial Day Weekend – is the kind of vintage store you didn’t think existed anymore. Named for the Collyer Brothers, it’s part museum/part odditorium, with every nook and cranny of its seven rooms in an 1800’s former hotel packed with 100% vintage goodness. Don’t take our word: Country Living Magazine described it as ” a love-at-first-sight wonderland of oddball collectibles, vintage clothing, and objects d’art.”

And music lovers take note: every week Levine brings in fresh stacks of vintage vinyl dug out of a recently purchased estate collection of over 15,000 used records, and armfuls of killer estate-fresh vintage clothing. Even when the shop is not open, customers are welcome to dig through the dollar record bins and famous Yard Sale in a Box on the front porch, with an honor box/money drop at your service.

Laura Levine’s resume is as varied as her store’s inventory. She is a renowned music photographer whose work was recently exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum (Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present). Her documentary films have screened at numerous festivals and museums, including the Sundance Film Festival. As an illustrator she has created three children’s books and countless commissions for magazines, books and CD covers, and as a painter her work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of International Folk Art, The House of Blues, and the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome.

Photo By: Laura Levine


Escaping New York City: Minnewaska Lodge, New Paltz, New York

Escaping New York City is easier said than done. The city, for all its worth, is also a black hole of culture, routine, and routinely doing things that are cultural. Wind-blown faces of darkly clad, fast-walking, coffee-drinking, cigarette-smoking intellectuals ornament the city’s streets, and even though we often exclaim desires of conducting a mass exodus, arm in arm with the handful of actual friends we have in this city, the plan frequently fails, wrapped in an excuse. “You know I’d love to, but I have to work through the weekend.” or “Eh, the traffffffffic.” or “Well, what are we going to do there? I can sit in the park here too and without all the hassle.” No, Mr. Excuse-Maker. You cannot sit in a park in NYC and come home with the same feeling of content as you would from sitting in the woods upstate. You know, without homeless folks and tourists providing background music to your Saturday meditation.

Just a ten minute drive from New Paltz, New York, a cool little town only 90 miles or so upstate (that means a 1.5 hour drive or 2 hour bus ride on one of the Trailways buses that leaves every day from Port Authority), is the Minnewaska Lodge. And it is cool. The lodge sits adjacent to The Mohonk Reserve and it’s only a short distance from Minnewaska State Park. The astounding cliff views steal the show at this lodge (where can you get those in NYC?). They glisten beneath the sunrise while you eat the complimentary breakfast in the Great Room.

Our private deck off of our room definitely beat out the fire escape we have in Brooklyn. It was the only barrier between us and a field of fresh snow. The bed was the kind of bed you always hope for at a hotel: supremely comfortable. Eco-friendly toiletries draw attention to the lodge’s overall sense of duty to nature–to which it owes much of its success.

Dear New Yorkers: Do yourselves a favor and skip town for a couple of days to head up to the New Paltz area. While you’re there, eat at Hokkaido at 18 Church Street. Some of the best sushi I have ever had. And actually make this trip. You know, instead of just making a plan to make a plan.

By: Elizabeth Seward

Photos by: Ben Britz and Elizabeth Seward

Get Underground: Howe Caverns, New York

In upstate New York, west of Albany, there’s a place right outside of the Catskills where hundreds of caves decorate the landscape beneath the surface. Ages ago, a Mr. Lester Howe took it upon himself to develop some of this cave-land into a lucrative destination spot. And so Howe Caverns was built around Lester’s own little chunk of the cave system and it has pulled in visitors from all over the world since then.

Now I like caves. A lot. One of the things I appreciate about caves is that they’re all so different from each other. And Howe is no exception.

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The Catskill Mountains, New York

New Yorkers, known for their incessant bustling and overtime-working hustling, are sometimes the last people you’d expect to be nature lovers. If you’re one of those people who believes that the concrete jungle has nothing to offer outside of 24-7 working mixed with partying; think again. The Catskill Mountains aren’t all that far from the city. Two hours north of the city officially lies some of the most gorgeous scenery I have ever witnessed.

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Long Lake, NY

Two ice cream shops- I knew I had come to the right place. After a five hour bus ride from NYC, I finally arrived in Long Lake, a little town in the middle of the Adirondack Mountains. Even with less than a thousand residents, this quirky spot is full of things to do and see. For starters, where else can you find a toilet seat inlaid with fishing tackle? And at Hoss’s store you can get a moose-shaped hat while picking up that toothpaste you forgot. But once you are finished exploring the oddities of mountain life there is ample opportunity to enjoy the gorgeous lake. Swimming, canoeing, water skiing, and tubing are widely available. Seaplane rides are also a great way to get that “postcard picture” of the sunset over the mountains. Continue reading