Because the film is a period piece, The Godfather actually presents a fascinating record of what 1940s-era New York City locations still existed in the early-1970s. Sadly, many of them are now gone. What still remains? Let’s take a closer look.
posted by timshel
on Jan 27, 2014 -
The Bronx Zoo is managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, which boasts of running more than 500 projects in sixty-five countries through global field offices whose employees work to advance sustainable development; address issues of global climate change, health and well-being, and natural-resource use; and pursue other noble-sounding objectives that attest to the totality of man’s dominion over the lesser beasts.
posted by latkes
on Jan 20, 2013 -
80 Blocks from Tiffany’s was what
The Warriors, the cultish and campy Hollywood street gang movie involving roller skates and a race to Coney Island, could never be. It was real. Shot over the course of a couple of weeks in the summer of ’79 (as the seeds of hip-hop culture were slowly sprouting in the BX),
80 Blocks from Tiffany’s, produced by Lorne Michaels [and directed by SNL director Gary Weis], veers away from the social commentary typically associated with gang exposés. Instead, the 60-minute documentary focuses on the personalities behind the news reports, including a tough NYPD detective from the Bronx Youth Gang Task Force and a sympathetic community activist.
Quoted from the introduction to an interview with Gary Weis
posted by filthy light thief
on Oct 12, 2011 -
The long-polluted New York rivers
are getting cleaner, but can still be dangerous to swim in
. There are efforts underway to clean up the Bronx River
, but that will take years, if not decades. Until then, signs are posted, warning would-be swimmers
, yet people still risk sickness to battle the heat. One current safe solution is the Floating Pool Lady
, a barge that was remade into an 82-foot-long city parks department swimming pool. She first arrived in the Bronx in 2008
, and she'll return to the Bronx in a week
. There's a new Big Idea to bring swimmers back into the rivers: the +Pool, a floating swimming pool located within a river
, designed with a series exterior walls to filter the river water and make it safe to swim in. While that's in the early design stages, you can take a chance and jump in a swimming hole
posted by filthy light thief
on Jun 24, 2011 -
by the Internets Celebrities (previously 1, 2)
is a (short) documentary which examines the rush of new sports stadiums in NYC as the latest example of an obscene national trend. New stadiums are built every year and the private businesses that own them benefit from huge sums of public money for their creation. Are we getting our money's worth?
posted by unsupervised
on Jun 3, 2010 -
A day by day account
of the progress of the manufacturing of 12 Glass Windscreen panels by artist Mario Muller. The pieces are a commission by the MTA Arts in Transit program for Kingsbridge Road station in the Bronx. The work is being done at Franz Mayer of Munich in Germany.
More on the artist here
posted by pt68
on Oct 14, 2007 -