“These are young people who refuse to be put in a box, but are still trying to make sense of themselves. Over the years, the concept of Black rock has been rejected by both Blacks and whites. Afropunk shows that there are other types of Black experiences. It’s exciting to see Blacks who are unafraid to go a different way.” Afropunk Before Afropunk [more inside]
Jenny Kutner wrote an article about her upcoming abortion
; after her abortion, her doctor wrote her back
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has called for changing the admissions criteria of NYC's elite high schools
, arguing that relying solely on a single exam (the SHSAT
) "creates a “rich-get-richer” dynamic that benefits the wealthy, who can afford expensive test prep. However, the reality is just the opposite. It’s not affluent whites, but rather the city’s burgeoning population of Asian-American immigrants — a group that, despite its successes, remains disproportionately poor and working-class — whose children have aced the exam in overwhelming numbers." [more inside]
All the Buildings in New York.
James Gulliver Hancock, an Australian illustrator living in Astoria, draws buildings in New York City. Lots and lots of buildings
. (NYTimes interview
-- more press
) [more inside]
Every Fourth of July, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture
is heard all over the United States, timed to the burst of fireworks. How did this Russian composition, celebrating the Russian victory over the French in that War of 1812
(not the war between England and the US
), become a staple of the United States' Independence Day celebrations? We can thank the Boston Pops. [more inside]
The Complex City Guide has a bit of information on 15 possible headquarters for the Illuminati
, but it's a slideshow with limited information, and there's a lot of information out there, so let's get into it. [more inside]
A day in the life of New York City's public libraries: Traveling from borough to borough, this short documentary by Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks reveals just how important the modern library is for millions of people. Why Libraries Matter.
An army of NYPD cops on Thursday evicted
a homeless man
from his Manhattan Bridge
" — which was complete with a gas heater, hot sauce and beer.
The drought in California has brought about a number of things, from exposing part of Mormon Island
, an old mining town that has partially emerged from Folsom Lake
(news coverage clip
; aerial view of a re-emerged bridge
with overly dramatic music; a tour of the exposed ruins
), to being good news for gold prospectors
. But if there's too much of a crowd in the Sierra Nevada foothills, you can always dig for gold in New York City
), in the cracks of Midtown's Diamond District with Raffi Stepanian
The New York Public Library has released more than 20,000 high resolution cartographic works (maps!) for free
, to view and download. "We believe these maps have no known US copyright restrictions." All can be viewed through the New York Public Library’s Digital Collections page
and downloaded through their Map Warper
. (Via) [more inside]
NFL holds Super Bowl in NYC; NYC unimpressed.
While the stadium is technically in New Jersey, it is considered equally if not primarily a New York stadium, and the NFL turned Times Square and Broadway into Super Bowl Boulevard Engineered By GMC.
Visitors can kick a football, watch television, ride a toboggan,
shop, enjoy a free slice of Papa John's pizza, play XBox, take a photo with the oversized Roman numerals 'XLVIII', use relevant Twitter hashtags,
and more. It is not decadent and depraved,
would tend to disagree. The Times discusses less vehement disapproval and disappointment,
while Business Insider wishes ill upon the city. Ticket sales are faltering relative to recent years,
with the new mayor among those skipping out.
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.
Here's a tour
of the East Village in 1993, courtesy of local Iggy Pop. via
The Roaring Twenties
: An Interactive Exploration of the Historical Soundscape of New York City (sound autoplays)
. via i09
, which says The map uses a combination of noise complaints and old reel footage to plot everything from what must have been an exceptionally noisy subway turnstile (complete with notes from the police report) all the way to a carnival barkers in Coney Island, and is a great way to listen in on the everyday life of a New York City gone-by.
There are a few ways to end up on Hart Island. One third of its inhabitants are infants—some parents couldn’t afford a burial, others didn’t realize what a “city burial” meant when they checked it on the form. Many of the dead here were homeless, while others were simply unclaimed; if your body remains at the city morgue for more than two weeks, you, too, will be sent for burial by a team of prisoners on Hart Island
If you declare, in a famous poem affixed to the Statue of Liberty, in New York Harbor, “Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me,” you might consider that a certain commitment has been made.
is a very cool Infinite Zoom Illusion Video of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue created by Paul Trillo. [via] [more inside]
Between 1897 and 1953, the New York City post office used a system of pneumatic tubes to move up to 30% of its mail around the city. Among the first things sent whizzing across Manhattan during the inauguration of the system: a black cat.
Via the links in that Atlantic
article, you can find other strange aspects to the story. For example, there was a pneumatic subway in use in NYC by 1870 — The Beach Pneumatic Transit covered an entire block for three years!
By now, the story is well known
. A man sits in the backseat of a cab, sketching on a notepad as night falls over a crumbling city. He scribbles the letter I. He draws a heart. And then an N, and then a Y. Right away he knows he’s got something. This is it, he thinks. This is the campaign
The man was a designer named Milton Glaser. The city was New York. The year was 1977
. [more inside]
From The Atlantic
, a series of photography that documents America in the 1970s: the Pacific Northwest
| New York City
| the Southwest
| Chicago's African-American community
| Texas [more inside]
, now-disgraced stock analyst Jack Grubman (previously
) was the central figure in a preschool-placement scandal
in New York's famously Wall Street connected
92nd Street Y.
The Price Of Perfection
"For 400 years, New York has embraced, spurned, ignored, harnessed, and feared the water that made its greatness possible. Now our relationship must get even more complex.
" [more inside]
"'If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.' So goes the old saying. Yet conditions in some American facilities are so obscene that they amount to a form of extrajudicial punishment." Mother Jones is profiling "America's 10 Worst Prisons."
Facilities were chosen for the list based on "...three years of research, correspondence with prisoners, and interviews with reform advocates." [more inside]
Street signs at NYC intersections
featuring rap lyrics about them.
Large-format historical photos of New York City.
"He was fiercely proud of his Jewish faith. He fiercely defended the City of New York, and he fiercely loved its people. Above all, he loved his country, the United States of America, in whose armed forces he served in World War II." - a self-written epitaph by the former 105th Mayor of New York City: Edward Irving Koch.
" passed away on Friday morning
at the age of 88, and the New York Times City Room blog spent the day collecting and posting stories about him
. [more inside]
"On a good day, the street maintenance team tasked by the New York City Department of Transportation with roadway repair might fill 4,000 potholes in eight hours. In an average week, they could resurface 100,000 square yards of road. After Hurricane Sandy, their crews removed 2,500 tons of debris. And every day, on a Tumblr called The Daily Pothole
, New Yorkers can take a peek inside the workings of a city system few have likely thought about." Storyboard: A Day with New York City’s Pothole Repair Crew. [more inside]
In 1993, 18-year-old Trevell Coleman shot a man in East Harlem and fled the scene. In the following years, he became part of the New York City rap community and eventually signed with Bad Boy Records, though he never stopped wondering what had happened to the man he'd shot. At the end of 2010, Coleman decided to find out
. [more inside]
Bloomberg finally cancels NYC Marathon
Reversing his earlier position, Mayor Bloomberg decides to cancel this year's marathon. [more inside]
In a few weeks, ground-breaking will begin on the far West Side. The project: Hudson Yards, the largest real-estate development ever undertaken in the city's history, an enormous mini-metropolis whose planning might have left even Robert Moses dumbstruck.
- Wendy Goodman [more inside]
Urban miniaturist Alan Wolfson (previously)
unveils his latest masterpiece: Katz's Delicatessen (related) [more inside]
is a small triangle of land divided in half by Brooklyn and Queens, and is located west of the intersection of Linden and Conduit Boulevard. The Hole is literally a hole.
It is "30 feet below grade," according to the NY Times,
sunken down from the busy roads around it. The neighborhood floods often and is only a few feet above the water table, so its homes are "not incorporated into the city sewer system. They all have cesspools
," according to the NY Times. Streets are threatened by reedy marshes, and many residents keep a boat parked in the driveway." It's also home to some stables
used by the Federation
of Black Cowboys
Brooklyn's Lost Neighborhood [more inside]
Could the Low Line
be joining New York's popular High Line
"If your $257,000 Ferrari
is parked in the valet zone of The Mercer Hotel in SoHo and a cop starts writing your ass a ticket
for being parked in the valet zone, you should just take the ticket, drive your car to a $75-a-day parking garage (and that's probably the cheapest parking garage in that neighborhood)" ... [more inside]
The upcoming New York Times Magazine cover story
is about the excavation of the Second Avenue Subway
line below the East Side of Manhattan. It features some stunning photography
and a video
that explains how the work is done. [more inside]
During his tenure as Mayor of New York City, "public health autocrat
" Michael Bloomberg has attempted
to regulate trans fats
and sugar-filled sodas
. Now, he has a fresh target: moms who don't breastfeed. Beginning September 3, NYC hospitals participating in a new, voluntary program: Latch-On NYC
-pdf-), will make formula less accessible, to encourage moms of newborns to breastfeed instead of using formula
. [more inside]