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The 10 Objects that Tell the Story of New York

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Dr. Sarah Henry, chief curator of the Museum of the City of New York, and Ellen Lupton, Cooper-Hewitt’s senior curator of contemporary design, discuss the results of our contest to find the top 10 objects that tell the story of New York

 

 

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Comments [11]

David

I loved the Vignelli subway map:

http://secondavenuesagas.com/2008/05/02/mens-vogue-calls-on-vignelli-for-a-long-awaited-update/

Mar. 14 2012 03:36 AM
liz

Kind of hard to keep hearing how "our listeners voted on the top 10 objects"... when anyone who submitted or tried to cast a vote knows the truth... which is that there was no way to vote, and that the NPR staff chose the objects! "Functional difficulties" is what a producer told me... why not just tell the truth, guys? While there were no prizes and the contest was not really a contest, it is disheartening to hear Leonard keep saying how the top 10 were the listeners' choice. And from NPR, even harder to stomach.

Mar. 13 2012 09:24 PM
liz

Kind of hard to keep hearing how "our listeners voted on the top 10 objects"... when anyone who submitted or tried to cast a vote knows the truth... which is that there was no way to vote, and that the NPR staff chose the objects! "Functional difficulties" is what a producer told me... why not just tell the truth, guys? While there were no prizes and the contest was not really a contest, it is disheartening to hear Leonard keep saying how the top 10 were the listeners' choice. And from NPR, even harder to stomach.

Mar. 13 2012 09:23 PM
Virginia, NYC

Thank you, Ms. Lupton. My nomination was the I <Heart> N.Y. Why? Because so much about NY revolves around passion and, well, heart! I agree, it could easily have been in the top ten.

Mar. 13 2012 02:06 PM
Ian in Brooklyn from Brooklyn

What about the crosswalk button? That is very NY.

Mar. 13 2012 01:56 PM
chuck reinhardt from highland lakes, new jersey

i also nominated "wall street", not because of it's economic status, which today is a symbol of greed of the 1% oppressing the 99%, but wall street was for the dutch, a wall, to keep the native americans from attacking them, because the dutch and europeans, wre taking their lands, and killing them if they objected, so the final and best reason i choose wall street was the "occupy wall streeet" movement, which i was a small part of, and the success it had world wide.

Mar. 13 2012 01:53 PM
Ian in Brooklyn from Brooklyn

Also with the Subway token, what a lot of people do not realize is that it was used as currency amongst NYers and bodega owners.

Mar. 13 2012 01:52 PM
sarah

I listen to you and Brian and Terry and All the Things Considered every day while I work and am a regular donor to the station. The subjects you cover are mostly very interesting, but I am afraid that if the words "iconic" and "amazing" were bleeped, there would be very little left of your conversations. Maybe it would be a good idea to keep a thesaurus handy for your guests? What does my fave Patricia T. have to say about the adjectival blandness of your otherwise knowledgable interviewees?

Mar. 13 2012 01:45 PM
Morgan Paar from Manhattan

Did I just hear someone say The Statue of Liberty "belongs" to New Jersey (just walked into the room)? From Wikipedia: "As agreed in an 1834 compact between New York and New Jersey that set the state border at the bay's midpoint, the original islands remain New York territory despite their location on the New Jersey side of the state line."

Mar. 13 2012 01:38 PM
Scott

As far as the geological explanation for why the skyscrapers are in Midtown and Downtown but not in between, it's simply non-sense. The reason there are no skyscrapers in the Village is because the zoning regulations do not permit it.

Mar. 13 2012 01:29 PM
Marc T. from New York, NY

subway map: London, Paris, and Berlin are geographically "blobby" with a river running through them. New York is on all or parts of islands, spans rivers, and has a distinctive character depending heavily on geography. So it makes sense that New Yorkers would be uncomfortable with a map which does not pay enough respect to geography. Maybe we should add bedrock to the map.

Mar. 13 2012 01:27 PM

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