Broadway, block by block, 1899. (SLNYPL)
"A 19th century version of Google's Street View, allowing us to flip through the images block by block, passing parks, churches, novelty stores, furriers, glaziers, and other businesses of the city's past."
posted by GrammarMoses
on Feb 15, 2010 -
As They Say
is a 20+ minute musical composition by Icelander Ólöf Arnalds
, where she plays and sings all the parts herself in nine-fold splitscreen. She created the piece from interviews with 17 New Yorkers, each of a different nationality, and she sings in all 17 languages. Other Ólöf Arnalds videos: 11 minute documentary
, 4 songs live on KEXP
, covering That Lucky Old Sun
, original song that morphs into Springsteen's I'm on Fire live
, new song
, an interview broken up into 17 chunks
and a 10 minute documentary
. The interview, the first of the documentaries and
some songs are in English. [Ólöf Arnalds previously on MeFi]
posted by Kattullus
on Feb 9, 2010 -
The New Age Cavemen and the City:
"The caveman lifestyle in New York was once a solitary pursuit. But Mr. Durant, who looks like a cheerful Jim Morrison, with shoulder-length curly hair, has emerged over the last year as a chieftain of sorts among 10 or so other cavemen." - Joseph Goldstein, writing in The New York Times. [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac
on Jan 10, 2010 -
The Real Good Chair Experiment
- What happens if you leave 25 chairs around New York and watch to see where they go? The short film then continues with an interview with a few of the people who brought them home.
posted by flatluigi
on Jan 8, 2010 -
Voting has now closed in the NYC BigApps Challenge
, a $20,000 contest to produce amusing, interesting, or even useful apps using the information in the NYC DataMine
. Browse the eligible submissions here.
: collects e-mailed and tweeted comments on NYC cabs, by medallion or license number.
: Did the restaurant across the street pass its last health inspection?
: You tell Walkshed what kind of amenities you'd like to be within walking distance of, and the app makes you a heat map showing your most walkable neighborhoods.
: Locates nearby garages and collects social information about available street parking. Buzzes you when it's time to move your car.
Trees Near You
: Does what it says on the box.
(via Indirect Collaboration
posted by escabeche
on Jan 8, 2010 -
Long before Chelsea Piers was a sporting complex and the South Street Seaport a mall, the city was lined with active piers. The city's residents were amply employed by the shipping trade, but containerization needed more land than would ever be available in the city: Massive ports sprouted in Elizabeth and Newark, and ships disappeared from the city. Efficient cranes replaced longshoremen, and the time in port for ships shrank from about a week to about a day.
"The technology changed the geography," says William Fensterer, a chaplain who has been with SIH almost since its new building opened in 1964. "It doesn't look like On the Waterfront anymore," he adds. When he started out, he says, he would wander on foot from pier to pier in Manhattan and Brooklyn and board ships, with nary a guard in site. But those piers have largely vanished.
And along with them, the seafarer, once ubiquitous in New York, has become invisible.
posted by jason's_planet
on Dec 18, 2009 -
New York City PBS affiliate WNET have digitized 9 episodes of Soul!
, a early 1970's live music program, providing a groovy video interface with chapters to break down each hour long episode. [more inside]
posted by myopicman
on Apr 23, 2009 -
A native of Barcelona, Spain, Adriana Lopez Sanfeliu
moved to New York in 2002 to pursue a career in photography. Adriana has been capturing the lives of young Puerto Rican women and their families in Spanish Harlem, NYC. There is a hardness that characterizes Life on the Block
. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Apr 11, 2009 -
I am Jimmy Justice and your days running around this city like a cowboy are over
! [video | 2:45]. "He calls himself 'Jimmy Justice,' a self-styled 'cop-arazzi,' armed only with a video camera as he prowls the streets of New York looking for law enforcement officers who are breaking the law. His targets are illegally parked city government vehicles -- particularly cars of traffic cops blocking bus stops, sitting in 'no parking' zones or double-parked. Cop cars blocking fire hydrants make him particularly incensed....He posts his best videos on YouTube
and sends regular e-mail to the union representing the city's traffic enforcement agents, pointing out the most egregious parking offenses. And he has gotten results, he said, with some parking enforcers being fined because of his videos. "* [more inside]
posted by ericb
on Aug 3, 2008 -
P.F.1 (Public Farm One)
is a project designed by WORK Architecture Company for MoMA and P.S.1's Young Architects Program. P.F.1’s intent is to "educate thousands of visitors on sustainable urban farming through the unique medium of contemporary architecture." An artist in Providence, RI developed a similar installation called Green Zone
, "an organic vegetable, herb, and flower garden planted in the detritus of wartime consumption: used tires, shopping bags, shoes, and other repurposed containers" at local venue Firehouse 13
posted by lunit
on Jul 16, 2008 -
The opening shots of 1920s New York City are wonderful, then you get a zany high-speed Harold Lloyd blazing down the avenues, and that's fun to watch, but the real killer is the horse-drawn trolley absolutely tearing-ass
through lower Manhattan, full gallop. Ends badly. Then it's over to San Francisco for one last bit of homicidal vehicular activity with a bus. Well, they sure don't drive like they used to
! [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on May 25, 2008 -
Max's Kansas City closed 25 years ago this night.
Although Hilly Kristal's CBGB's
is more iconic
and perhaps better known today, Mickey Ruskin's Max's Kansas City
(and its infamous back room
) was every bit as important to fostering the punk scene
of the late 1970s and early 80s. Located a 213 Park Avenue South
, just up the street from historic Union Square
, Max's played host to the Heartbreakers
, Bruce Springsteen
, the Ramones
, Wayne/Jayne County and the Fast
, the New York Dolls
, and quite a few others. What's standing there today? Why, the 213 Park Avenue South Deli
, of course.
posted by psmealey
on Dec 31, 2007 -
SEPTEMBER 14 - SARAH saw He-Man slicking his hair back, using the fountain water at Madison Square Park. The once dull, dirty, water is now a sparkling lush blue, and is filled with rare tropical fish.
posted by Stynxno
on Oct 21, 2007 -
Why New Yorkers Last Longer
. Interestingly, urban theorists believe it is not just the tightly packed nature of the city but also its social and economic density that has life-giving properties. When you’re jammed, sardinelike, up against your neighbors, it’s not hard to find a community of people who support you—friends or ethnic peers—and this strongly correlates with better health and a longer life. [New York Magazine article]
posted by nickyskye
on Aug 15, 2007 -
Haikus made out of pictures of gravestones, being plastered around New York City by a mysterious artist named Nick Beef. (whose name has some mysterious origins
of its own)
posted by fungible
on Jul 24, 2007 -