"On September 11, 2001, thousands of first responders heroically rushed to the scene and saved tens of thousands of lives. More than 400 of those first responders did not make it out alive. In rushing into those burning buildings, not one of them asked 'What God do you pray to?' 'What beliefs do you hold?'"
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has
the planned Cordoba Initiative
Islamic Community Center and Mosque to be built near Ground Zero against critics
. Yesterday, after the City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted
the demolition of a building that would be replaced by the center, Mr. Bloomberg gave a speech
on Governor's Island (the location seems to have been deliberately chosen)
in which he eloquently defended religious freedom.
) (Previously on MeFi)
posted by zarq
on Aug 4, 2010 -
Tourist Lanes & New Yorker Lanes
One afternoon, field agents of Improv Everywhere "...created separate walking lanes for tourists and New Yorkers on a Fifth Avenue sidewalk. Department of Transportation 'employees' were on hand to enforce the new rules and ask pedestrians for their feedback on the initiative."
posted by ShawnStruck
on Aug 3, 2010 -
The Anti-Defamation League has been tracking religious extremism
for several decades, including anti-Islamic violence in the United States after 9/11. Nonetheless, the organization joined right-wing opposition
earlier this week to the construction of Cordoba House
, a 13-story Muslim community center and mosque that may be built two blocks away from the site of the former World Trade Center. The ADL's alignment with calls for "refudiation"
by Republican celebrities Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich, along with other members of the GOP who are ramping up
angry sentiments in voters during an election year, have puzzled and angered religious, political and cultural figures of various stripes, particularly within New York City itself. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Aug 1, 2010 -
Where can you find the Sun, the Moon, nine giraffes, a lion and lamb lying together, the Archangel Michael holding a sword in one hand and the severed head of Satan in the other, all atop a giant crab which is itself standing on a double helix? Well, there is this one statue
. [more inside]
posted by davidjmcgee
on Jul 21, 2010 -
: The king of underground disco
. With over 30 gold records to his name and 30 plus years in the music business, Patrick Adams has worked with everyone from Gladys Knight and Salt 'n Pepa, to Eric B. and Rakim and Rick James. But his early, harder to find, pioneering (and moogtastic) sounds from the mid-seventies, with his group Cloud One
, and tracks produced for The Universal Robot Band, Queen Constance, Musique and Phreek is where the magic lies. If the sounds of Atmosphere Strut
or Disco Juice
don't make you want to shake your groove thing, you may not have a soul :( [more inside]
posted by puny human
on May 18, 2010 -
"What would be it like to go a day without spending any money? I've thought about this before but I've never considered actually trying it. I couldn't imagine going a day without spending a single penny -- is that even possible? How would I get from A to B? What about food? Turns out, a day of living expense free is possible and you'd be surprised by the overwhelming sense of satisfaction and feeling of elation that comes from it. "
The Huffington Post's Alexa van Tobel tells the astonishing and empowering tale of How I Went 24 Hours Without Spending Any Money...In New York City
Unfortunately, "this experiment is unsustainable for a long period of time."
posted by Legomancer
on May 8, 2010 -
Father of the Anthora, dead at 87.
Known to people outside of New York mostly from Law and Order episodes, the Anthora
is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city, the blue and white paper coffee cup with a Greek design and "We are happy to serve you" written on the side. "The Anthora seems to have been here forever, as if bestowed by the gods at the city’s creation. But in fact, it was created by man — one man in particular, a refugee from Nazi Europe named Leslie Buck. " For use outside of NYC, you can order the paper version in bulk
or get a ceramic replica from MOMA
posted by octothorpe
on Apr 30, 2010 -
is meant to encourage viewers to 'reassess their environment and their position in it,' as [Antony] Gormley puts it, due to the sculptures' interruption of their usual surroundings—London
in its first installation in 2007, and now New York
'There's very little art in these things,' said Gormley of his figures, which he also refers to as 'three-dimensional shadows' and 'indexes.' The sculptures are but copies of his body at a particular time
in various poses. Where the 'art' is, then, is in what happens when viewers engage with the figures. 'When you then insert these still industrial fossils into the stream of daily life and real context5
they can begin to be active in the same way that a chemical catalyst ... causes a transformation,' Gormley said. 'I would like to think that's what happening here.'6 [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Apr 13, 2010 -
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 -
New time lapse video
[04:48] of the salvage of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 (aka 'Miracle on the Hudson'). The A320 is up for sale
. It was put "on the online auction block by the insurance company Chartis...The sale attracted widespread attention within hours on Friday, and Chartis was apparently so inundated by curiosity or online bids that it removed the information from its Web site. Chartis identified the plane only by its registration number and its family name, A320, and yet it was instantly recognizable." [more inside]
posted by ericb
on Jan 23, 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 -
The Jazz Loft Project
- From 1957 to 1965, celebrated photojournalist W. Eugene Smith made 4,000 hours of surreptitious recordings and took 40,000 photographs in a loft in Manhattan's wholesale flower district where Roland Kirk, Thelonius Monk, Hall Overton, Charles Mingus and other jazz greats jammed until dawn. Archived in the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the project is now accessible via a book, a traveling exhibit, a 10-part Jazz Loft series
on WNYC, NPR's Jazz Loft Project Sights & Sounds
, and an interview with JLP author Sam Stephenson
, which includes some images from the book. Via a Grain Edit post
, which also has some great images. [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive
on Jan 3, 2010 -