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In “Juicy” when the Notorious B.I.G. says “fuck all y’all hoes,” no one expects to see an ancient artifact of a hoe (the farming kind). But Regina Flores Mit, a graduate student at Parsons design and technology program is building an exciting bridge between the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the songs of the world’s most famous rappers. Her new project, The HipHop Project (located at the URL rappersdelight.nyc), takes certain words from various rap sounds with lyrics sourced from Genius and pairs them with famous artwork from the around the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


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Released in September, the book NYC RIP features 156 photographs by Miron Zownir of New York City in the gritty 1980s, focusing a large part on the sex workers along the West Side “Sex Piers” and former nudist area, gay parties before the AIDS crisis, the desperation along the Bowery, and subcultures that were once a fixture on city streets. Numerous NSFW images are published on Dazed Digital (h/t Vanishing NY) and show what is described as his “uncompromising” eye – images that will certainly make those only familiar with the more sanitized New York flinch. While the focus is on human subjects, the environment is key to the photographs which explains why Zownir has been compared to Weegee.


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Last night, the Museum of the City of New York hosted the discussion of historian Eric Foner’s new groundbreaking book, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground RailroadThe discussion was led by Martha Hodes, another leading historian in the field of 19th century America and slavery.

Foner started the conversation by comparing the process of writing about the Underground Railroad, and especially New York City’s involvement, to trying to complete “a jigsaw puzzle with many pieces missing.” He explained that historians often formulate a question about a particular subject and then find the documents needed to answer that question. His experience with Gateway to Freedom was unique in that he found a document and then started asking questions.


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Our top picks this week include a variety of nerdy events – from Comic Con to a robot orchestra to Star Trek star George Takei’s new play. Plus, OHNY Weekend tickets go on sale!

Monday, October 5th

If you’re a fan of folk music, the Museum of the City of New York will be hosting Paul Stookey’s first solo concert in New York City in over 40 years. Stookey, formerly “Paul” from is Peter, Paul, and Mary, was instrumental in the 1960s revival of American folk music.

The Center of Architecture will be continuing its pop-up event Layered NYC: Five Boroughs in Depth, presented as part of the Seaport Culture District. The exhibit explores the current state of New York City’s waterfront and its relation to the city’s history.


Cool Globes Pier A Untapped Cities AFineLyneCool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet on the plaza in front of Pier A

Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet is a public art installation designed to not only raise awareness about global warming, but also tries to spark practical solutions – and is doing it in a very creative way. The brain-child of founder Wendy Abrams, Cool Globes is her way of capturing the public’s attention to the complex problems that face our planet today. Begun as a Clinton Global Initiative commitment in 2005, this non-profit organization first premiered in Chicago before moving across the country. In 2009, Cool Globes began its International tour in Copenhagen. This month, in sync with Climate Week, Cool Globes arrived in Battery Park City.