Ephemeral New York
'chronicles an ever-changing, constantly reinvented city through photos, newspaper archives, and other scraps and artifacts that have been edged into New York’s collective remainder bin.' [more inside]
For their 43rd anniversary issue, New York Magazine chose "to explore, across time, one of the things that has most defined New York life for centuries and has become a unit of measurement for our successes and failures: The Apartment: A History of Vertical Living"
/ Sardine Life: What a century and a half of piled-up housing reveals about us. [more inside]
In the 1960's, 70's and 80's, urban decay and high crime rates caused retail chain supermarkets to flee New York City
. (google books link)
Korean immigrants filled the gap with corner grocery stores. For nearly two decades they were ubiquitous -- symbols of the group's ongoing quest to achieve the American Dream. But 30 years later, Where Did The Korean Greengrocers Go? [more inside]
, a project of the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe
, is mapping the history, architecture, and human landscape of the City of Lions - including locations no longer there. [more inside]
is a Japanese movement that eschews the fast-paced consumption of modern urban life for the slower pace of farming and small villages
. It emphasizes self-reliance, sustainability
, and the appreciation of leisure. From some perspectives, it can be seen as a reaction to hazards in the modern world
or as a peer to Shinto
and modern schools of thought
Fighting Words on White Rap:
but not what you'd expect, especially from the Village Voice
Our children—are in crisis, trapped in the grip of a culture that glorifies drug use and debauchery, slovenly dress, and lack of respect for authority. A culture whose worship of antisocial behavior and debasement is rivaled only by its amoral concessions to the dictates of mammon.
This can largely be attributed to the unfortunate dominance of black popular culture, and—more specifically—hip-hop. In the past, mainstream culture refined raw black cultural materials, resulting in musical zeniths such as the recent neo-swing movement, which briefly presented a viable outlet for young dancers unwilling to subject themselves to the degrading influence of rap and rave music. This has got to be a put-on . . .