A London Underground spokesman said the maps aim to “inspire young engineers of the future.” Source: CNN.
From steam carriages to sleek subway cars… and now to plastic bricks? LEGO‘s seem best suited for playrooms and amusement parks, but a look at the London Underground’s 150th anniversary commemoration shows that the colored blocks aren’t just used for child’s play. To commemorate 150 years of the world’s oldest subway system, CNN reports, the Underground commissioned five Tube maps built from LEGO’s that depict the Tube at various stages of its development. (more…)
New York City has its share of haunted spots, like Washington Square Park, a former burial site, the New Amsterdam Theatre, where the ghost of an actress has been rumored to roam, and the Morgan Library, where the librarian’s ghost supposedly brings books to visitors who ask for them out loud. No doubt the city’s haunted history inspired the works of one of its most famous residents, eighteenth-century writer Washington Irving. Irving’s short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” immortalized a town of the same name in Westchester County. Now, just a short train ride away from Grand Central, ghost hunters can take nighttime “Murder & Mayhem” tours of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, one of the town’s creepiest sites, by lantern light. (more…)
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UFC is headed to Seattle and they are bringing the fight to KeyArena this July. Dubbed as UFC on Fox 8, the main event will be Demetrious Johnson defending his UFC Flyweight Championship title against top contender John Moraga.
With over 17,000 seats, the KeyArena is a perfect venue to hold the rapidly growing sport and in the past held two WWE events. KeyArena has always hosted major sporting events for decades, designed originally by architect Paul Thiry for the Century 21 Exposition. Formerly the home of the Seattle Supersonics, the WHL Seattle Totems, and the WHL Seattle Thunderbirds, the arena is now host to the Seattle Storm of the WNBA and the Seattle University men’s basketball team.
To win free tickets to the UFC on Fox 8 event, head over to PokerListings Competition of the Month page, enter your contact information, and answer a simple question. If you answer the question correctly, you will then be entered into the contest. The winner and one guest will will be chosen plus free two nights stay at the Edgewater Hotel.
Where to Stay: The Edgewater Hotel is a four star hotel and the only waterfront hotel in Seattle. With Puget Sound beneath and the Olympic Mountains to the west, the location is one of the most picturesque in the state. Rooms feature gas fireplaces with pine furnishings and complete with all the amenities that you would want.
One of the iconic paintings of the Impressionist movement, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte in Paris by Georges Seurat, is often shown as the quintessential example of the “Pointillism” style, which is compromised of using small painted dots.
We recently went to check out the scene of Seurat’s painting, and discovered that L’île de la Jatte, an island in the Seine between Neuilly-sur-Seine and Courbevoie, was a source of inspiration for more than Seurat. Monet, Van Gogh, Sisley, Nozal and Gleizes all have paintings from vantage points on the island. (more…)
With summer around the corner, millions are expected to make a trip to Jones Beach on Long Island, the most visited beach along the East Coast.
Jones Beach State Park officially opened to the public on August 4, 1929 and quickly became a success, but the 10 mile strip of land had to go through many changes first. When Robert Moses, President of the Long Island State Park Commission at the time, first proposed his plan for the park, the land was in no condition to be used by the public. Jones Island was transformed completely in the 1920s as sand was used to bring the island higher above sea level and grass was planted to keep the sand from blowing away. When it finally opened, its popularity caused traffic delays every weekend. The park stood out for its architecture, including an Italianate-style water tower, and recreational activities available for the general public. Opening just as the 1920s were coming to a close, Jones Beach also became a source of relief for many in the coming decade.
MONDAY, JUNE 17: Bryant Park’s Summer Film Festival launches today with Tootsie. In one of the funniest films of all time, Dustin Hoffman is an unemployed actor who finally gets the part of a lifetime… as a female soap opera sensation. The lawn opens at 5pm for blankets & picnicking; films start at sunset (between 8-9pm). FREE.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19: HBO and the International Center of Photography present A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial Artist Lecture with A.K. Burns, a multimedia artist/sculptor/videographer and compulsive collaborator who is a founding member of the artists activist group W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy), and co-editor of RANDY, an annual trans-feminist arts magazine. 7pm at ICP, 1133 Avenue of the Americas. FREE. Read our review of the Triennial here. (more…)