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Reads tagged with “New York”

The Greatest Grid: How Manhattan’s Famous Street Map Came to Be
The Greatest Grid: How Manhattan’s Famous Street Map Came to Be

What Edgar Allan Poe, the Dead Rabbits, and Charles Dickens have to do with New York’s defining feature.

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Past Objects: Excavated Curiosities from New York’s Forgotten Past
Past Objects: Excavated Curiosities from New York’s Forgotten Past

What landfills have to do with ivory craftsmanship and existential questions of impermanence.

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Metrocard Collages: 3 Phenomenal Artists
Metrocard Collages: 3 Phenomenal Artists

What Oprah’s diet has to do with the Mona Lisa, Frida Kahlo and the art of meta.

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All the Buildings in New York, Illustrated
All the Buildings in New York, Illustrated

What deli signage typography has to do with the connectedness of the universe.

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New York Diaries: 400 Years of Great Writers’ Reflections on a Great City
New York Diaries: 400 Years of Great Writers’ Reflections on a Great City

What Jack Kerouac’s existential divide has to do with earmuffs, 9/11, and Edison’s “mechanical mind.”

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How New Yorkers Feel About Art
How New Yorkers Feel About Art

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Store Front: New York’s Disappearing Face
Store Front: New York’s Disappearing Face

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Fifty People, One Question
Fifty People, One Question

What world peace has to do with zombie fever and waking up in your own bed.

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