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Reads tagged with “New York”

What Makes a Great City: E.B. White on the Poetics of New York
What Makes a Great City: E.B. White on the Poetics of New York

“A poem compresses much in a small space and adds music, thus heightening its meaning. The city is like poetry.”

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An Illustrated Taxonomy of City Bikes and Cyclist Archetypes
An Illustrated Taxonomy of City Bikes and Cyclist Archetypes

From hipster habits to midlife crises, a morphology of urban life on two wheels.

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A Love Letter to the City
A Love Letter to the City

How artist Steve Powers made sign painting the voice of the community and the shared narrative of urban life.

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Industrial Sublime: How New York City’s Bridges and Rivers Became a Muse of Modernism
Industrial Sublime: How New York City’s Bridges and Rivers Became a Muse of Modernism

How a city of contrasts inspired a generation of artists.

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Why New York City Is Known as “The Big Apple”
Why New York City Is Known as “The Big Apple”

A brief history of brilliant branding.

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Whitman’s Urban Reverie: A Passionate Ode to the City from the Poet Laureate of Nature
Whitman’s Urban Reverie: A Passionate Ode to the City from the Poet Laureate of Nature

“Give me comrades and lovers by the thousand!.. Give me the streets of Manhattan!”

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Hello, New York: Julia Rothman’s Illustrated Love Letter to Gotham’s Five Boroughs
Hello, New York: Julia Rothman’s Illustrated Love Letter to Gotham’s Five Boroughs

From bodegas to bras, a visual serenade to Gotham’s emblems and eccentricities.

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Herman and Rosie: An Illustrated Ode to Finding a Sense of Purpose and Belonging in the Big City
Herman and Rosie: An Illustrated Ode to Finding a Sense of Purpose and Belonging in the Big City

Why life is like jazz on a New York City rooftop.

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The Best Photography Books of 2013
The Best Photography Books of 2013

From Mongolia to Mars, by way of mesmerizing mines and Manhattan’s characters.

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Humans of New York: A Vibrant Photographic Census of Diversity and Dignity
Humans of New York: A Vibrant Photographic Census of Diversity and Dignity

There is something especially magical about framing these moments of stillness and of absolute attention to the individual amidst this bustling city of millions, a city that never sleeps and never stops.

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