Category Archives: New York

Urban Kinesis

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Sitting on the stoop outside my apartment is one of the only ways to cool down on a sweltering summer night in Toronto. The location of my rented abode on the streetscape means that there is always something going on: the bus stop two doors up disgorges commuters at regular intervals, the crosswalk one door down flashes intermittently as pedestrians amble leisurely along, and a small parking lot near a grocery store across the street fills and empties with the ebb and flow of the day. All of this combines into a strange urban ballet that got me thinking about movement and how this intangible energy contributes to our experience of the city. Continue reading

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No Parking on the Dance Floor: Midsummer Night Swing

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Manhattan’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts hosts some of New York City’s most venerable artistic institutions, including the Metropolitan Opera House, Avery Fisher Hall and the Julliard School. But for three weeks each summer, Damrosch Park, tucked between the Lincoln Center’s venerable buildings, comes alive with music of its own. Continue reading

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Full Circle in Manhattan

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By Minna Ninova

In 1950, the City of New York named a traffic circle at the northwest corner of Central Park, on the edge of Harlem, after the African-American writer and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. In 2006, I moved into an apartment nearby and took to calling the traffic circle The Danger Place on account of the chaotic traffic situation that cut the circle off from any form of intelligent public use. Continue reading

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Lighter Quicker Cheaper – Public Plazas

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Unused areas such as the Pearl Street Triangle, in Brooklyn’s
waterfront community of DUMBO, are being transformed from
the bottom-up with lighter, quicker, cheaper approaches to public
space design. These small changes are making a big impact.

Read more about the importance of public plazas here…

Photo by NYC DOT from Flickr (CC)

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Urban Scenes on the Silver Screen

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My first visit to New York City was a disorienting experience. Manhattan is so thoroughly filmed and documented that you can’t help but feel you know the place through TV and movies alone. Turning the corner onto the former set of a film brings to mind the classic optical illusion My Wife and My Mother-in-Law, in which you can perceive a young lady or an old woman in the same illustration, but never both at once. Here’s the restaurant from Seinfeld. Here are the alien spaceships from Men In Black. Here’s that corner of Central Park from Home Alone. And here’s the foot of the Manhattan Bridge, which I can’t place but I’m positive I’ve seen somewhere before. And on top of all that, the actual geography of Manhattan — the way all these disparate scenes and settings fit together — was never quite what I expected. Continue reading

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New York + London = Love

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Photographer Daniella Zalcman blends images of New York and London to create
a photographic love letter to both cities. The hybrid images create a beautiful and
engaging image inspiring a “where’s Waldo” like search for which details are New
York and which are London.

Read more about the photo series here…

Photo by Daniella Zalcman (Flickr)

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