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NYC-Animated History Subway Map-GIF

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…)