Posts Tagged ‘New York City’

The NYC Subway Was Saved By A Typeface

June 9, 2021

The New York City subway system was saved by the Helvetica font, claims Christine Beldon on Cheddar.

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“How the NYC Subway Was Saved By a Typeface,” Christine Beldon and Lawrence Banton, Cheddar

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Six Feet Apart Please

April 14, 2021

Six Feet Apart Please

Graphic designer Savannah Walker has compiled an open-source archive of the markings and stickers that are helping New Yorkers maintain social distance in the city during the pandemic.

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New York City: Empire in Decline?

July 30, 2020

 

Even before the rich fled New York City during the pandemic, native New Yorker Mara Gay asked if the Big Apple has run out of big ideas. A New York Times video Op-Ed.

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Treasures in the Trash

July 6, 2020

“Treasures in the Trash,” a short film by Nicolas Heller featuring former sanitation worker Nelson Molina, who now maintains a New York City trash museum.

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One Hundred Years of Coney Island

January 2, 2020

A century of Coney Island, as seen by The New Yorker.

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Steam-Powered New York

July 10, 2019

There are 100 miles of steam pipes under New York City’s streets, and many have been there since 1880. They currently serve about 2000 buildings.

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L.A. Foodie Explores NYC

April 4, 2019

L.A. Foodie Explores NYC

California food columnist Lucas Kwan Peterson explored Big Apple foodways in the April 1 edition of the Los Angeles Times:

“My first culinary encounter was with pizza, a mysterious kind of baked tlayuda, covered in macerated tomatoes and milk coagulation, and occasionally smothered with a type of thinly sliced lap cheong called pepperoni. The odd dish, sometimes referred to as a pie, washed ashore from Naples some years ago. While the taste takes some getting used to, pizza can be enchanting when done properly.”

— “For cramped New York, an expanding dining scene,” Lucas Kwan Peterson, Los Angeles Times

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An Empty Vessel in the Big Apple

March 25, 2019

An Empty Vessel in the Big Apple

Hudson Yards has opened, a new office, upscale condo and luxury shopping development built over an active trainyard on New York’s West Side. The city and state chipped in $6 billion for the project, but maybe that’s not as bad as it sounds.

What is bad, undeniably, is the 150-foot-high, 16 storey, copper-covered selfie magnet looming over Hudson Yards plaza called Vessel. The structure, consisting of 154 flights of stairs, may be a perfect metaphor for New York: you keep climbing but get nowhere.

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NYC Hot Dog Stand License: $289,500. Per Year.

September 20, 2018

Licenses for a New York City hot dog stand can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. There are 3,100 hot dog stand licenses in New York City, and there’s a 20 year waiting list for them. The licenses, not the hot dogs.

A “Half as Interesting” video from Wendover Productions

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“‘Unjust and immoral’: street vendors call on New York City to issue more permits,” Erin Durkin, The Guardian

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The M.T.A. Workout

August 15, 2018

“Welcome to the new M.T.A.: Metropolitan Transit Athletics! Grab a towel, swipe your MetroCard, and get ready to sweat. Daily membership costs only $2.75.”

“The M.T.A. Workout,” a fitness plan by The New Yorker.

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