Spiral, Pen on paper, 27×35. Image from artist.
Across the Atlantic in London, artist Alex Evans made his name on Vine with his intricately drawn pen and ink illustrations composed of “geometric shapes and complex patterns which manipulate established traditions of mathematical space.” His work depicts hybrid architectural systems and topologies of the imagined city, often evoking images of metropolis such as New York. He has been nominated as a contender for this year’s Shorty’s Award – an annual awards event recognizing those producing real-time short form content across different social media platforms.
For more than a year, we’ve been bringing intrepid New Yorkers and visitors on a hunt of the architectural remnants of the original Pennsylvania Station still viewable inside and around the current station. There are few people that contest the tragedy of the demolition of Penn Station, which began on October 28, 1963, after the Pennsylvania Railroad found itself in serious financial trouble. The McKim, Mead and White masterpiece, only 53 years old, became a martyr for the landmarks preservation cause when the air rights to Penn Station were sold to accommodate Madison Square Garden, that perpetually moving entertainment venue.
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In 2012, the Bleecker Street subway station was renovated to create a much-needed transfer from the uptown 6 train to the B/D/F/M trains, as previously transfers were only available to those on the downtown 6. The modification necessitated a shift in the subway platform south, and a northwards extension of the subway platform that was itself added in the 1950s to accommodate the longer 10-car trains closed. This platform is still viewable when you’re on the 6 train leaving the station and has preserved some advertisements from 2011.
Oysters are one of New York Harbor’s best shots at clean water, as well as one of its best chances at protection from future storm surges. These are the same oysters New Yorkers have done their best to decimate with centuries of pollution and overconsumption. The oysters hold no grudges, however, and have returned to help restore the harbor, even if New York probably doesn’t deserve it.
Kodiak bear and keeper, Bronx Zoo, December 18, 1905. The WCS historical photo collection is a priceless resource for exploring how animal care has changed over time. Photo © WCS.
Attention vintage photo buffs! A $16,674 grant from the New York State Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Research Materials will clean and archive 12,000 glass slide and film photo negatives from the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium dating from 1899, when the zoo was founded to 1930. The Wildlife Conservation Society, which operates both locations, notes in a press release that the 12,000 negatives are just a portion of the 70,00o+ images in the collection. There is also a hope to eventually digitize the collection.