In the concrete jungle where dreams are made of (props to Alicia Keys), there are more businesses on each block than in the entirety of some towns. To some this means endless take-out food possibilities and the best shopping in the world, but to others it means a nearly infinite supply of magnificent typography. Luke Connolly started a Tumblr called NYC Type which is his photographic documentation of some of the best typography in the Big Apple. [Read more...]
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Fasten your seat belts and get ready for a virtual ride through NYC through the eyes of taxi driver, Max Cohen. This week’s Tumblr Treasure is called ThingsISeeFromMyCab and it is as colorful and entertaining as the Big Apple where the pictures were taken from the driver’s seat of a yellow cab. Max Cohen isn’t your typical taxi driver. He just received his MBA and is opening a store called North Brooklyn Collective- a retail, skate, and bike shop. [Read more...]
Like walking into the world of a Lewis Carroll novel or Tim Burton film, this elevator hidden in the back corner of a building in Queens New York, would certainly be wonderful to find. Looking exactly like any other lift from the outside, passengers are treated to a mind bending, dizziness inducing ride in the brightly colored interior… complete with tilting walls, wild swirls of color and tiny monster heads made of mechanical parts. Who would have thought this was all hidden in the back corner of the former Macy’s warehouse building? [Read more...]
Today is what would be the Pop-artist extraordinaire Keith Haring’s 54th birthday. He plastered NYC, its clubs and subway with his now iconic spaceships, whimsically dancing people, barking dogs and overall stoked to be alive attitude. His work at first seems too simplistic to produce the energy that it does, but that was the beauty of his talent. The power of his simple lines spoke volumes to people, and still do today. His drawings turned him into a modern day caveman, or even better, an Egyptian scribe. [Read more...]
What would it be like to see into the past and future at the same time… at least for one day? If we could see into the day and night with one glance what would it reveal? These incredible captures of New York city answer those questions, allowing us to look into the 4th dimension and giving us an eye into nearly an entire day from one angle. The metropolitan city, its parks, architecture and street life are displayed in one frame, fading from one side to the other. [Read more...]
Just how much does energy does that building across the way use? Unless a buildings lights are on all night, every night, it’s probably hard to see just how much it consumes. For the lucky residents of the Big Apple, however, a new and fascinating map has appeared on the web to help solve the mystery. From the Flat Iron building to individual buildings in Crown Heights, the map takes an astoundingly detailed look at each and every block in the five boroughs, giving it an energy consumption estimate. Not surprisingly, the gleaming Manhattan skyline easily tops the list as the biggest energy hog. [Read more...]
Imagine walking through a public space and having your music change as you stroll, fitting perfectly with each new setting like a soundtrack to your life. Can you picture it? Want it? Then check out BlueBrain’s location-aware albums.
To promote their latest tracks, BlueBrain, a Washington, DC-based music group comprising two brothers, launched a series of iPhone apps that play the band’s latest tracks according to the geographic location of its listeners in Manhattan and Washington. [Read more...]
The unique idea of 3 overheated New Yorkers, this concept for a new floating public pool in the waters around Manhattan could be a welcome relief from the sweltering city heat. Their project, the +Pool, is currently raising support through a Kickstarter campaign and matches the iconic ‘+’ shape of the cities intersections. What makes the design really different? In order to give swimmers a direct connection to the river, the pool will utilize a unique green tech filtration system within it’s walls to fill itself directly from the surrounding river… and because of it’s shape, it will be able to be sectioned off for multiple uses, from free swim to swim meets. [Read more...]
From Central Park and Coney Island Beach to neighborhood basketball courts and swimming pools, the New York City Parks system offers it’s metropolitan citizens a welcome 29,000 acres of peaceful nature and recreational areas where they can release the stresses of city life. While this magnificent collection of public space is one of the most treasured aspects of the Big Apple, what it has lacked is a truly modern and cohesive branding; one that its visitors can easily recognize at both physical locations and in literature. Paula Scher of world wide design consultancy Pentagram, recently worked with NYC Parks to redesign the existing maple leaf logo, turning it into an iconic and easily recognizable identity worthy of the wonderful system it represents. [Read more...]