WNYC's Brian Leher Show and The New York World are collaborating on a project to map and report on New York City's Privately-Owned Public Spaces, aka POPS. We want to figure out how public these public spaces really are. Through zoning incentives, New York's city planners have encouraged private builders to include public spaces in their developments. Many are in active public use, but others are hard to find, under heavy surveillance, or essentially inaccessible.
With the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park drawing attention to the regulations and usage of these spaces, we want you to tell us about the POPS in your life. Whether it's parks, plazas, atriums or fountains, find all of NYC's POPS on the map below, then use the form to report on your experience.
Here's How -- Deadline for Submissions is November 9th!
1) Find your space on the map below. You can zoom in to different parts of the city, and click on a particular space to see information such as the owner, the boundaries, and the total area.
2) In the pop-up menu you'll also see a Site ID - a unique ID we've assigned to each space.
3) If you want to report on a particular space, enter the shortcode in the form below and tell us about your experience!
4) That's it! Read some of the response highlights here, and we'll follow up online and on-air in the coming weeks.
If you're on Twitter, you can tweet photos with the hashtag #privatepublic and the name or site ID code for your location.
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR PICTURES! Bruce Davidson was on the Brian Lehrer Show Tuesday, October 18th - Listen Here
Subway, Bruce Davidson's classic collection of New York City photography, is being re-released this fall by Aperture books. On Tuesday, October 18th, Bruce will join Brian Lehrer to talk about his photographs, and we want you to submit your most iconic subway shot. Head underground (or to an elevated track!) and snap a picture, then submit it here. Bruce will take a look at your submissions, and we'll feature some of our favorites online and on-air. By the way, regulations for what kind of photography is legal on MTA trains and platforms can be found here. Short version: it's legal, as long as you don't have extra equipment.
EXHIBIT: Aperture Gallery presents Bruce Davidson: Subway—a groundbreaking series documenting a unique moment in the cultural fabric of New York City, coinciding with the highly anticipated re-release of the book published in 1986. Opening reception: Thursday, October 13, 6:00-8:00 pm Exhibition on view: Monday, October 3-Saturday, October 29, 2011
To wrap up our New Littles project, the Brian Lehrer Show asked local artists and illustrators to represent the various new neighborhoods we'd discussed on a map. Not knowing what to expect, we put out a call for entries and waited. The response was incredible, full of talent, inventiveness and community spirit. Check out the entries below, and be sure to visit the artist's website to support their work - many of the pieces are even for sale! Thanks to all for participating in The New Littles.
[Thanks to resident running experts Alex Villari and Sarah Gilligan for helping to think this through.]
We are now gathering your Marathon Meet-Up stories. Did you see any of our runners along the course? Run into any fellow WNYC listeners? Or even if you just have a good story about your marathon experience, post it below!
We have our runner database up and running! We'll do our best to update again before race time, keep tuned to facebook and twitter for the latest. Don't forget, take a listen to our very own Rex Doane demonstrating how you can cheer on fellow Brian Lehrer Show fans during the race, using the special phrase "It's A Free Country"
Are you running the marathon and wish there was someone to cheer you on? Are you watching the marathon and wish you had someone to cheer for? We're going to link up Brian Lehrer show runners and fans for this Sunday's marathon.
Runners: Check out the map below - this shows you where to keep your ears open for fellow WNYC fans who will be cheering you on.
Watchers: Check out the database below, print it out and bring it with you to your viewing spot. Want to take it the next level and track one of our runners online or through your iphone app? Information at the NYRR home page
And don't forget, whether you are running or watching, snap pictures of any fateful encounters you may have!
UPDATE: It happened! Listen here.
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As part of our 10 Questions that Count census project, we asked you to Map Your Moves by filling out a survey where you've lived over the last ten years and why you moved. Then we asked all of you graphic designers, mappers, statisticians or any other kind of data visualization gurus, to play with the data and make the information beautiful. (More information about the Map Your Moves challenge here)
Here are the the submissions we've received. Feel free to add your thoughts below. Any favorites? Learn anything new? Share your feedback!
As part of the 10 Questions that Count series, The Brian Lehrer Show is going county by county each Tuesday at 11am to tell the story of your neighborhood. Be sure to participate by adding your thoughts at your county's home page (links below). Here is the tentative on-air schedule.
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