Tag Archives: NYC

Invisible Manhattanhenge

They say it's best to observe the 'henge from as far East as you can get on a wide street that has a clear shot through to the Hudson river. I don't really relish standing in the middle of such a street to get a shot, so I chose 72nd street at Central Park West, where I could stand just inside the park and get a clear shot down 72nd at least to Riverside Park.

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This weekend in wooden maps

While hanging out on the LES with the young lions of fintech, I stayed at the newly soft opened Ludlow Hotel and was enchanted by this coffee table in the shape of Manhattan with the street grid incised in it. It sort of reminds me of Max Becher's Chocolate Broadway. It's made of wood and it's…
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The farther I get from u(niversity)

I was sitting on a bench outside a Swedish coffee shop reading the MIT Tech Review and not paying much attention to the two guys on the adjacent bench who, as it turns out, were scheming to disrupt the entire world of institutional trading.

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Two Rolled Steel Slabs, Two Ways

I saw a lot of art on a recent trip to New York, but I think the works that made the biggest impression on me (not literally, thank goodness) were four steel slabs by Richard Serra, two at MoMA made in 1974-75 and two at Gagosian from 2013. Inside Out (2013) at Gagosian At Gagosian's…
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Look closer at big abstract paintings

Have you ever waited for-effing-ever for some inconsiderate nerd to stop communing with the art and step away from right in front of a painting in a museum so you could get a clear photo of it? Well, at least in some cases, I am that nerd, and you should spend more time looking at…
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Hold up a rock where Stieglitz stood

I read in the New Yorker (well, on the New Yorker's Goings On About Town app) that Giuseppe Penone had installed three life-size and lifelike bronze trees in Madison Square Park and balanced some boulders up in them. The most understated and ecologically minded artist of the Italian Arte Povera movement has planted a trio…
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November Redemption

A casual Yankees fan at best - I fail all tests of fanaticism for sports - I watched the 2009 World Series with more than passing interest, and it delivered the bookend I had hoped for, closing a chapter opened at the 2001 series. In 2001, the world series was delayed - but not canceled…
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High and low, old and new lines on the West side

Last week I spent some time in NYC, almost all of it on the West side, upper, middle and lower.  As usual, I took the subway, and along the way I noted two ends of the lifecycle of transportation: the birth of a new station on the 7 line, and the rebirth as a park…
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Stand on the spot where Stieglitz stood

The Flatiron Building is an iconic landmark in New York City.  When I chanced to walk by this week, I saw many people taking pictures of the building, some tourists snapping themselves next to it, some more serious looking photographers looking for a new angle on the building. I called up Stieglitz's classic 1903 image…
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Gastronavistalgia in New York City

Where's my flux capacitor when I need it? We all live in the past to some extent, but a recent episode of dining in New York City with Professor N reaffirmed that we sometimes eat in the past too. First, we decided on the basis of a review in New York Magazine to dine at…
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