Posts tagged New York City

Via markcoatney:

nypl:

Want to spend all night at the Library’s landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, exploring everything from the Rose Main Reading Room to The Stacks (yes, The Stacks, which are rarely open to the public)? Well, on May 20, you have your chance. Renowned game designer and best-selling author Jane McGonigal has created “Find The Future: The Game” in honor of the 42nd Street building’s 100th birthday. Five hundred lucky people will be the first to play it on the evening of May 20, collectively completing 100 “quests” in teams of eight overnight (the first time NYPL has ever had an overnight event). Players - using smart phones - will receive missions to find objects from our collection, which will be strategically placed around the building. Once an item is found, players look at it, study it, feel its power and then complete a writing “quest.” For example, players might be asked to look at an old menu from our menu collection. After studying it and getting inspired, they use a laptop (either their own or one we provide) to answer the quest, “Design your ideal menu.” Each team will complete three or four of the quests. At the end, the most innovative answers will be made into a book that will wind up in our collections forever. I know, this sounds cool, right? So how do you participate in opening night? Complete a quest online - the most creative responders (18 and older only) will get a coveted slot. You can apply starting today. Registration ends at the end of April. If you don’t get a slot, don’t fret - anyone can play the game either online or at the Library’s 42nd Street building (with a smart phone) starting May 21. No Stacks, though - that’s only for opening night. So go!!! Register!!! And in the meantime, watch the amazing trailer McGonigal’s team put together above.

People of Tumblr: This is not an April Fool joke. Get cracking now. 

Via futuramb:

New York City To Put QR Codes On All Building Permits By 2013
This could be that kind of initiative that breaks down because it relies on a non-existing web-maturity in the related institutions.
On the other hand it could be the kind of initiative that really takes off and generates a lot of goodwill and is being copied in many different places around the globe.

Via futuramb:

New York City To Put QR Codes On All Building Permits By 2013

This could be that kind of initiative that breaks down because it relies on a non-existing web-maturity in the related institutions.

On the other hand it could be the kind of initiative that really takes off and generates a lot of goodwill and is being copied in many different places around the globe.

Via nprfreshair:

Make it Work! A musician-led initiative in New York merges classical music with  fashion. For each concert, designers and stylists create performance  attire that matches the music.

Via nprfreshair:

Make it Work! A musician-led initiative in New York merges classical music with fashion. For each concert, designers and stylists create performance attire that matches the music.

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the 156-light necklace of the George Washington Bridge will shine pink for the month of October.
(via Bridge Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness - NYTimes.com)

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the 156-light necklace of the George Washington Bridge will shine pink for the month of October.

(via Bridge Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness - NYTimes.com)

Via smartercities:

surp:

Urban Farms Sprouting on New York City Rooftop

Huffington Post describes the video above:

Reuters takes a look at the initiatives of an ambitious organic farming business, Brooklyn Grange, looking to transform NYC’s vast expanse of empty rooftops into lush forests of food.

Brooklyn Grange’s first farm is a 40,000-square-foot warehouse rooftop that grows hundreds of thousands of plants without the use of pesticides or other chemicals. According to its website, tomatoes are one of its biggest crops with over 40 varietals planted.

Head Farmer Ben Flanner is no stranger to the task; after quitting his finance job, he founded Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in 2009 — a 6,000-square-foot farm in Brooklyn that was the first rooftop soil farm in New York.

Flanner tells Reuters that the farm is not only a way to provide fresh and healthy food directly to the local community, but does its part in greening the city by absorbing storm-water runoff and also cooling the building underneath.

The LEGO® Store

Art-y crush of the day, via whatconsumesme:

New York City just got a little bit more colorful and playful: LEGO opened its first retail store in NYC …

Via bmdesign:

A first look at the planned expansion for New York City’s High Line park!

Via bmdesign:

A first look at the planned expansion for New York City’s High Line park!

Today’s diversion — Architecture meets dance :: Calatrava at New York City Ballet

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava designed four new sets, including this one, for NYCB’s Architecture of Dance festival, under way through June 27.

The Washington Post’s culture critic Philip Kennicott notes some interesting aspects of the experience on Calatrava:

After opening night, Calatrava said something remarkable about his experience with the company. He enjoyed the collaboration, of course. But he was also deeply impressed by the old-fashioned narrative and symbolic aspects of ballet. In other words, he seemed to have engaged with the very things that many critics would say he has banished from his architectural work, which is consistently white, orderly and abstract. The world of ballet enticed him with things that are messy, ornamental, human and histrionic. When asked if this will affect his architecture, he said yes. That could be a radical change in direction for the architect. 

Today’s diversion: A two-minute-long video showing every painting on @MuseumModernArt's 4th & 5th floors.