It’s Halloween! Wearing your costume out in public and to your job is generally frowned upon as unprofessional in the workplace, but I suppose it depends on your job. However, there are plenty of ways to express your spooky, costumed spirit without showing up at the office dressed as a sexy dinosaur.


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Film director Jevan Chowdhury fell in love with what he calls “cine-dance” in 2010. That year, he directed a short film for an art project commissioned by the dance company East London Dance, in conjunction with West Stratford City: a shopping center in the East London town of Stratford. The film, Dancing Voices, is a five-and-a-half-minute exploration into the many cultures, styles and people that make up the ELD. The dancers perform in public spaces around London, these places include: the Eastbury Manor House in Barking and Dagenham; the Trinity Buoy Wharf in Tower Hamlets; and The View Tube near Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Voices was released in 2011 and in the three years since, Chowdhury has been busy directing and editing a series of short films that once again feature dance prominently in his vision.  (more…)

The underground of any city is fascinating. It reveals layers of history, things thought discarded or tucked away. It contains the underbelly of the city’s infrastructure. While the catacombs of New York City, Paris and other cities may be the most Halloween-esque for today’s holiday, we thought it would be fun to round up some of the city’s most interesting vaults. Instead of bodies and bones, these are subterranean spaces deliberately set aside for storing important and precious items. What is most interesting is the range in types of vaults here in New York City (no, money doesn’t make everything go around here, even though it might seem like it).

1. The Federal Reserve Gold Vault

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There’s a lovely video spreading around the internet called Paris / New York, so well done you don’t realize it’s an ad for British Airways until the very end. Of course, it takes on a city duality comparison already heavily explored from Varham Muratyan’s influential illustrated series Paris v. New York: A Tally of Two Cities, to our own Parisians v. New Yorkers live drawing event at the French Embassy with illustrator David Cessac. Time lapse videos in Paris are also popular fare–with Luke Shepard’s groundbreaking one, Le Flâneur, a few years back. But, who doesn’t love a video of Paris and New York City all together? So, here are three! But first, some striking screen shots of the video, via Fubiz.


Over the last six weeks, The New York Times has presents a video series called “Living City,”explaining New York City’s infrastructure and making it more accessible to the public. By bringing in MTA and city officials, anthropologists, architects, historians, artists, writers, and regular New Yorkers, these short documentaries by Melanie Burford and Greg Moyer of Blue Chalk are generating real interest in urban issues. Here’s as recap of the five videos, explaining where the city’s trash goes, how the steam system works, the development of the 2nd Avenue subway line, rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy, and the story of the Tappan Zee Bridge.