Posts Tagged ‘New York City’







These images are taken from the Museum of the City of New York’s database. They were taken by Charles Von Urban in the early part of the 20th Century. I discovered them from the Wooden Houses Project Blog which was posted about briefly yesterday.

Here is the link to the MCNY database: http://collections.mcny.org/C.aspx?VP3=SearchResult_VPage&VBID=24UP1GH57D98&SMLS=1&RW=1218&RH=896

I thoroughly enjoy this glimpse on the past.




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Hey there, I’ve gotten lost at this website for the last hour so I hope you enjoy it as much as I do: http://woodenhouseproject.com/

This sort of website stirs one to better things….

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I finally made it up to NYC on Sunday the 21st of March, 2010 to see the Illuminated Manuscript shows at the Met and the Morgan Library. It was a glorious affair. The perfection of these pieces was astounding. I caught myself uttering “My God!” and “Jesus Christ!” under my breath and it wasn’t in vain. One has to witness these Books of Hours in order to gain a true appreciation of the skill, craftsmanship and downright artistry involved in their creation. The other highlight of the trip was an all too brief sojourn to McSorley’s Olde Ale House on 7th Street. Joseph Mitchell got it right in his small piece from The New Yorker worded so many moons ago…

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These two articles from the NYTimes have made me giggle. Not only does Yankee Stadium offer Cheesesteaks but that is probably what Cliff Lee and C.C. Sabathia ate for dinner so many months ago. Game 1 was incredible so we shall see how da Phils do in Game 2.

Two gastroenterologists discuss the finer points of mayonaisse and its’ relation to the Cheesesteak and the anti-aesthetic of said sammy:



Oh and did you know there was a concession stand that sold Cheesesteaks in New Yankee Stadium?:)



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The first link is to the Times article on the William Blake exhibition at the Morgan, the second is the Morgan’s website which gives an overview of the exhibition. I am excited to see this show. Though it means a trip to New York City and an outlaying of cabbage I know it will be well worth it.

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This article at the Times Art & Design site politely says that NYC risks becoming an “urban masoleum” if the City won’t allow architects to add to the skyline and make their mark on the city, so to speak;  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/10/arts/design/10building.html?_r=1&ref=design

I am in full agreement with the article’s conclusion. Why should political hacks, sorry Planning Commissioner Burden-tres apropos, est n’est-ce pas?-be allowed to determine the fate of private construction? Yeah it is fundamental to a City that there should be some containment to private development but this is almost an outrage. I however am not outraged at the development, ha, of this situation. I am only hoping that this decision is overruled, if it can be. That a city is an organic entity, ever-evolving we should all be aware of, though this feels like a decision to stagnate the growth of America’s top city. Anyways we’ll see how this develops.

P.S. Pardonnez mois Francais deplorable. WWWWWWWW

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In New York City a major urban reuse project in Manhattan’s West Side has  opened.  The High Line a once defunct railroad spur is being reborn as a park for city dwellers. This is a chance for New York City to set a trend. Hopefully this type of urban reuse will catch on with the rest of the country.



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