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Well here you have it: a GIF subway map of New York City that shows the subway lines in order of construction, created by Appealing Industries via Paste Magazine. You’ll notice that the first lines to appear are in Brooklyn, rather than the IRT line on Manhattan. The lines in Brooklyn were part of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company (later the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation or BMT), created in 1896. They operated along existing surface railways and streetcar lines.



I’m really getting tired of drawing pictures of coats and scarves. February is a bleak purgatory of dirty snow and frozen sidewalks. By August I’ll be longing for the opportunity to illustrate some fancy coats and outerwear again, but right now I’m happy for anything to break the monotonous parade of knit hats, layers of scarves, and winter-weary scowls. But the end is nigh! Soon the ice will thaw and uncover all the frozen garbage hidden within, like ancient mummies surfacing from a bog.


Abraham Lincoln without beard Cooper UnionThis photo was taken by famed photographer Matthew Brady the day of the speech. (Wikimedia Commons). 

Seven score and fifteen years ago, Abraham Lincoln gave what was then the biggest speech of his career, and he gave it in New York City, at Cooper Union on February 27th, 1860.

Originally slated to speak at Rev. Henry Ward Beecher’s church, Lincoln was redirected by the Young Men’s Republican Union to a fairly new institution, Cooper Union. The college had been founded by Peter Cooper, glue industrialist, Jell-O inventor, and namesake for those buildings next to Stuy Town that look like Stuy Town. Cooper was a prominent Democrat, but with the party split over slavery, he was happy to host a leading abolitionist in the newly built Great Hall. A crowd of 1,500 gathered to hear the curious Illinois lawyer turned failed politician.


Bjork MoMA

In New York City next week, check out openings from the Armory Show, a class at the Guggenheim, or spend an evening having a conversation about NYC’s Jewish comfort food.

Monday, March 2nd 

On Monday, Built by Women (BxW), an initiative that celebrates women contributions to the built environment will be kickstarting the month-long BxW NYC exhibition. The exhibition will comprise of 98 diverse sites, designed, engineered or constructed by women. At the Center for Architecture, free.

Monday is the first day of West Harlem Art Fund and Friends’ On the Edge of Fusion, a four day pop-digi salon with live art installations. The event is taking place at MIST Harlem from 6-8 pm and is free. If you cannot attend, the digital platform has made it possible to view the exhibits from the comfort of your homes.

Wednesday, March 4th

Spanish flamenco queen Sara Baras will lead a company of 15 performers in Voces, Suite Flamenca in a captivating show that captures all the drama and passion of flamenco.Celebrated for her brilliant footwork and captivating stage presence, Sara Baras has become internationally famous in a career that has spanned over 20 years and earned her dozens of prestigious awards. At the New York City Center, 7:30 pm, tickets start at $25.

Thursday, March 5th

It’s Armory Week! Check out fairs like The Armory Show, Pulse New York, Volta New York, The ADAA Art Show, Art on Paper, Moving Image Art Fair, Independent New York, Fountain Art Fair and Scope New York.

Come and watch the Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert featuring Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, The Flaming Lips, Ashley Maclsaa, Patti Smith and more. The concert will be held at the infamous Carnegie Hall and begins at 7:30. You can buy tickets online here.

Katz’s, Russ & Daughters, Zabar’s. Yonah Schimmel’s, Barney Greengrass.,Mile End Delicatessen, are names,both old and new, that define a  New York brand of comfort food.  Join an impressive panel of Jewish food experts in a discussion on “A Taste of the Old World: Jewish Food and Memory” on Thursday at 6:30 pm at the Museum of the City of New York. Free for Members, $12 for students/ seniors and $16 for the general public.

Friday, March 6th

Friday is the opening of the Historic Districts Council’s 2015 Annual Preservation Conference Series Landmarks @ 50: Honoring our Past Imagining Our Future. The keynote and opening will feature Jake Dobkin, co-founder and publisher of Gothamist, who will talk about today’s youth and the future of landmarks. At 6:30 pm, The Diana Center at Barnard College, General tickets: $40, Members of HDC: $30.

At 7:00 pm, Michael H. Perlman, the author of the newly published Legendary Locals of Forest Hills and Rego Park will conduct a book signing, presentation, and Q&A session at Barnes & Noble at 70-00 Austin Street in Forest Hills. Readers will discover the unique stories of over 200 Forest Hills and Rego Park notables including a large quantity of celebrities, who have shaped its culture and history. RSVP here.

Saturday, March 7th

Take a class at the Guggenheim Museum in “Competing Intelligence: A Digital Architecture Masterclass” run by Hugo Liu, principal scientist at eBay with a Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab, and Troy Conrad Therrien, Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives. You’ll apply advanced methods in artificial intelligenc to analyze what is arguably one of the first “big data” sets of architecture competitions, the more than 1,700 entries to the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition. Free to attend but registration is required.

Sunday, March 8th

Sunday is the first day of MoMA’s exhibition on the work of composer, musician, and singer Björk. The exhibition draws from more than 20 years of the artist’s daring and innovative projects and her eight full-length albums to chronicle her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects,and costumes. Free with museum admission.

March 8th is the last day to experience moving image installations by acclaimed filmmakers James Benning and Peter Hutton in “Nature is a Discipline’. The installations document our modern relationship to landscapes, both natural and manmade. The exhibition takes the viewer from a South Korean port to the Indian Ocean, and the images depict versions of a new reality. At the Miguel Abreu Gallery, Free.

Check out upcoming Untapped Cities tours including an exploration of abandoned Dead Horse Bay with Abandoned NYC and a tour of the Historic Brooklyn Kings Theatre.

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The United Nations building is a perfectly preserved homage to the go-getting 1950s–right down to its Mad Men-style interiors. The complex was completed in 1952, and–even during a recent refurbishment–every last vintage chair was reupholstered and put back, and every vibrant carpet replaced with the exact same color. We were given special access to some of the lesser-known areas of this monument to vintage design, and we discovered that there are even ultra-cool bars and lounges where you can imagine Don Draper relaxing with a scotch.


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In our monthly showcase, Untapped Cities Street Art Columnist Christopher Inoa highlights the top five New York City graffiti and street art pieces found on the city’s walls, rooftops and tunnels. To see last month’s list, click here 

A brutally cold February in New York City has delivered record cold temperatures and has frozen much of the Hudson River. This isn’t ideal weather for artists and those of us who explore the city looking both high and low (and we mean really low) for great art. However, fortune favors the bold and those who battle the elements to paint out in the open or secretly somewhere in NYC’s many tunnels and abandoned locations should be praised. Respect also goes to the people who take their time to find and document the work of these artists, journeying to discover art free of censorship or approval from anyone but the artist themselves.

For those who need just a little more encouragement to go out and explore the city, looking for the best art in NYC, we are here to help. Here are the best street art and graffiti pieces for February 2015. (more…)