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Space Shuttle Enterprise Slow Boats It to New NYC Digs

Sunday, June 03, 2012

The Space Shuttle Enterprise will travel up the Hudson River from Jersey City on Wednesday. It will pass the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center before being hoisted by crane onto the flight deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. The Enterprise's original move-in date was Tuesday but organizers announced Monday that bad weather had delayed preparation work.

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50 Years of Decorating the White House

Friday, February 10, 2012

In 1961, when John F. Kennedy became president, his wife Jacqueline redecorated the White House and made it a museum. Her dramatic makeover moved us to ask William G. Allman, the chief curator of the White House, to give us his favorite pieces of furniture, decorative objects and works of art that became part of the White House in the past 50 years.

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9/11 Memorial Joins the Fold as Popular Visitor Destination

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The National September 11 Memorial admitted its one millionth visitor this week. The memorial plaza and its two fountains opened to the public on Sept. 12.

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Landmark Commission Votes to Approve Brooklyn Skyscraper Historic District

Monday, September 12, 2011

On Tuesday, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission is expected to vote to approve the Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District, which would give landmark status to 21 downtown Brooklyn buildings.

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Residents Pick up on New Directional Signs in Brooklyn

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Out-of-towners in Downtown Brooklyn can now use 78 new directional signs to keep from getting lost in the borough. The signs are complete with colorful maps, points of interest and quotes paying homage to Brooklyn residents. The last one was installed a few weeks ago.

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City Heatwave Causes Air Conditioner Shortage at Retail Stores

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

An air conditioning unit has lately been the hottest -- or coolest -- commodity around town. But to the dismay of many overheated residents looking to buy or replace a broken AC unit, they've all but sold out in area retail stores.

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East Village Bar Closes Due to Health Code Violations

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Mars Bar closed its doors on Tuesday due to New York City health code violations. But even if it cleans up its act, the watering hole will not re-open on the block any time soon due to a developer's plans to demolish the existing structure and rebuild it as an apartment building.

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Students Get the Spotlight at Parsons Art and Design Festival

Monday, May 09, 2011

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This weekend, Parsons The New School for Design kicked off its inaugural "Parson's Festival," which showcases the work of its burgeoning student designers, filmmakers, architects, and other dedicated creative types who have graced the school's hallowed hallways for two weeks.

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Times Square 2011 Sign Shines Bright, And Goes Green

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Times Square isn’t known for its subtlety, so it’s no surprise that even an illuminated sign gets a red carpet welcome.

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Hop On A Vintage MTA Train Or Bus This Month

Friday, December 10, 2010

If you're waiting on the M train platform any Sunday this month, you might be transported back to the 1930s. That's because the M.T.A. is once again running its vintage steel subway cars along the M line from Manhattan's Second Avenue stop to Queens Plaza.

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Met Museum Plans to Renovate Fifth Avenue Plaza

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Soon, museum visitors may be walking through construction to check out the Met's 130,000 plus works. The museum is spending $10 million to beautify the plaza below the stairs and fix its dormant fountains.

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Morgan Library Reopens After $4.5 Million Face-Lift

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Morgan Library Museum in Manhattan reopens to the public on Saturday after a $4.5 million restoration of its ornate interior.

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Queens Mom-and-Pop Company Makes Halloween Costumes for the World

Friday, October 29, 2010

But Rubie's Costume Company isn't what you expect. Check out WNYC's audio slideshow here.

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Tribeca Hosts First Annual Architecture & Design Film Festival

Thursday, October 14, 2010

You could say it’s in the air: Uptown, the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is hosting its fifth annual National Design Week and honoring National Design Award recipients. Downtown, Tribeca is hosting its first annual Architecture and Design Film Festival, through Sunday.

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'UrbanCanvas' Turns Construction Sites into Works of Art

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Eight artists are vying for the opportunity to transform New York City's eyesores into artwork.

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Putting the Paint to the Pavement in Times Square

Friday, July 09, 2010

Pedestrians in Times Square stopped to watch this morning as workers sprayed bright blue paint across the streets. It's the beginning of a public art project in the five pedestrian plazas on Broadway between 42nd and 47th streets.

 

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Cities of the Future

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

It's about time we give our cities a makeover.

With 60% of the world's population projected to live in urban areas by the year 2030, city officials and urban planners the world over are talking about how to redesign for a more crowded future.

Changing the way we get around is the key, according to the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), an organization that promotes sustainable transportation solutions for the world's burgeoning cities. The ITDP is sponsoring a project called Our Cities Ourselves, which pairs ten world cities with ten leading architects. Each has come up with a redesign of a public space, hand-tailored to the challenges presented by each city. These designs will be presented at an exhibition, opening on June 24, at New York City's Center for Architecture.

Last week, WNYC reported on Michael Sorkin's plan for New York, drawing impassioned responses from commenters. The proposal calls for tearing down the FDR interchange that connects the highway to the Brooklyn Bridge, freeing the waterfront to be developed into a riverside park, and discouraging vehicle traffic downtown.

The plans presented in Our Cities Ourselves focus on designs that reduce reliance on cars while encouraging bicycle use and public transportation. Many of the designs include provisions for Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT in urban planner parlance, high-speed bus lines with dedicated lanes and train-like stations for getting on and off. BRT has been a hailed as a success in developing cities such as Bogota and Quito, where it is prohibitively expensive to build subway systems.

Below, take a look at the designs.

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If You Unbuild It, They Won't Come

Saturday, June 12, 2010

In the last five years, New York has added hundreds of miles of bike lanes and closed parts of Broadway to cars, a re-allocation of street space that has caused no small measure of controversy. But those plans? Child's play, compared to what a group of international planners wants the city to do: tear down the lower part of the FDR drive.

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With Visions of Future Hilltops (and Potable Water) Governors Island Re-opens

Friday, June 04, 2010

If art exhibits, outdoor music or car-free bike-riding aren’t enough of a draw, consider visiting Governors Island for a peek at a massive urban redevelopment project.

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Times Square Returns To Its Normal Crazy Self, Despite Bomb Scare

Monday, May 03, 2010

The shows never stopped on Broadway. The tourists still love the city. And what will become of that Times Square design contest? Find out more.

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