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Mayor Bill de Blasio was asked about his thoughts on the statue.  "That is a frightening thought," de Blasio said. When he's wearing clothes I don't like him. I can only imagine what he's like without clothes."

De Blasio added, "of course we are not going to let people put up ad hoc statues."

- mark 8-19-2016 6:05 am [link] [add a comment]

A hawk (I think? Alex?) on the fire escape across the street.

- jim 8-16-2016 3:59 pm [link] [1 comment]

Using data with an unprecedented level of detail, a team of international researchers, including some from Oregon State University, have found that a major earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone is more likely than previously thought.

- linda 8-09-2016 6:11 pm [link] [add a comment]

I have no choice but to keep looking - five years after the tsunami

- linda 8-09-2016 2:40 pm [link] [add a comment]

usa micro brew roadtrip / how is that a good idea?

- bill 7-27-2016 11:23 am [link] [add a comment]

For you New Yorkers are looking for something to do this week.

- steve 7-27-2016 6:20 am [link] [add a comment]

what is the mechanism for catching this moment on camera? 

- dave 7-25-2016 6:31 pm [link] [4 comments] Leyenda senior Luis Chacon 'Aspirina' dancing rumba with his sobrina Ismaray (afro cuban dancer legend and his grandaughter)

- bill 7-21-2016 6:46 am [link] [2 comments]

wally returns

- steve 7-16-2016 5:09 pm [link] [2 comments]

on owning it

- bill 7-15-2016 10:01 pm [link] [1 comment]

4th of July NYC fireworks drone footage:
- jim 7-12-2016 8:43 pm [link] [2 comments]

11 essential roadtrips in the us

- bill 7-12-2016 11:08 am [link] [add a comment]

doing rt 66 in a tesla

- bill 6-21-2016 2:03 pm [link] [add a comment]

From the Notify NYC mailing list: A solar powered plane is scheduled to conduct a flyover across various parts of NYC tomorrow morning, 6/11, from approximately 2:00 AM to 3:00 AM. The aircraft will enter NYC near the Verrazano Bridge and travel northbound to the Statue of Liberty before turning east to travel over JFK Airport. A helicopter will accompany the aircraft to take photos of the operation.

- jim 6-10-2016 8:22 pm [link] [add a comment]

Did you see this Bill?

- jim 5-18-2016 11:51 am [link] [1 comment]

Hallett Nature Sanctuary is one of the Park's three woodlands (along with the Ramble and North Woods). It was originally called "the Promontory" by the Park's designers. The underused and inaccessible landscape was closed to the public and preserved as a bird sanctuary by NYC Parks Commissioner Robert Moses in 1934, and in 1986 renamed in memory of George Harvey Hallett Jr., a birdwatcher, naturalist, and civic leader.

The sanctuary remained untouched until 2001, when the Central Park Conservancy took up its restoration and maintenance. Hallett Nature Sanctuary is a perfect example of how even the "wildest," most naturalistic habitats in Central Park require constant planning and care in order to thrive. As a result of the Conservancy's removal of invasive plant species and introduction of native plants, the sanctuary is more diverse and healthy than ever, supporting various wildlife populations. To learn more about the Hallett Nature Sanctuary from Doug Blonsky, the Conservancy's President & CEO, click here.

- bill 5-13-2016 7:03 am [link] [add a comment]

No pressure, but we're expecting this sort of thing on the highlight reel.

- mark 5-05-2016 3:27 pm [link] [add a comment]

Gowanus’ Coignet Building

- bill 4-25-2016 5:30 pm [link] [add a comment]

where landmasses would have been in pangaea.

- dave 4-24-2016 2:59 pm [link] [add a comment]

Streit's Matzo factory condo design revealed. Nooooooo! One and two bedrooms starting at $975,000.

- jim 4-22-2016 2:31 pm [link] [5 comments]

- mark 4-17-2016 1:18 am [link] [add a comment]


Nile Southern first proposed a collection of his father’s letters in 1989, but Terry, at sixty-eight, “was not particularly interested in resurrections of his work, or his life,” Nile recently wrote. Today, we are more than a decade into the revival Nile had originally envisioned under the code name “Resurrection . . . NOW!” A thinly sketched biography, Lee Hill’s A Grand Guy: The Art and Life of Terry Southern, arrived in 2001, followed by a collection of Southern’s miscellany, Now Dig This: The Unspeakable Writings of Terry Southern, in 2002. In 2004, Nile published his own book, The Candy Men, about the controversial publication and reception of Southern’s 1958 erotic novel Candy, and Gerber published a memoir of her partner in 2009, Trippin’ with Terry Southern: What I Think I Remember. In late 2015, the small publishing house ANTIBOOKCLUB released what might amount to the last piece of the puzzle, Yours in Haste and Adoration: Selected Letters of Terry Southern.

via J-L

- bill 4-04-2016 8:19 am [link] [add a comment]

The Enduring Mystery Of 'Jawn', Philadelphia's All-Purpose Noun.

- jim 3-28-2016 4:10 pm [link] [2 comments]

Big News

- steve 3-21-2016 9:49 pm [link] [3 comments]

From the still-interesting-after-all-these-years Joho the Blog:

Sitterwerk Art Library in St. Gallen, Switzerland, has 25,000 items on its shelves in no particular order.... That the shelves have no persistent order doesn’t mean they have no order. Rather, works are reshelved by users in the clusters the users have created for their research. All the items have RFID tags in them, and the shelves are automatically scanned so that the library can always tell users where items are located.

As a result, if you look up a particular item, you will see it surrounded by works that some other user thought were related to it in some way. This creates a richer browsing experience because it is shaped and reshaped by how its community of users sees the items’ inter-relationships.

The library has now installed Werkbank, which is a plain old table where you can spread out a pile of books and do your research. But, unlike truly plain old tables, this one combines RFID sensors and cameras with recognition software so it knows which works you’ve put on the table and how you’ve organized them. Werkbench notes those associations, and stores them, creating a rich network of related works.

It also lets the individual save a research set, and even compile a booklet documenting those items, with notes. It can be printed on the spot and taken home … or put into the shelves as a user-generated lib guide.

- jim 3-21-2016 8:03 pm [link] [add a comment]