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R211-MTA-Open Gangway-Subway Car-Rendering-NYC-4Via MTA Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting, January 2016. Renderings are from 2013.

There’s been a lot of excitement in the transit world about New York City’s open gangway subway cars, though the MTA is only purchasing 10 prototypes, at a cost of $52 million, according to its Capital Plan. The aim, as can be expected, is to increase capacity of the entire subway train allowing passengers to ride in the gangway between cars, like the articulated buses already on the road. As international travelers and transit buffs know, open gangway cars are already in active use in many transit systems around the world like certain lines in Paris, Toronto and London. And as Ben Kabak of Second Avenue Sagas reports, not only does it increase capacity by 8-10% per car, its also a safer design. How many times have you seen people open the doors between cars? It would also limit isolation of cars.

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©Photography By Ronald G. Chicken 2007Houdini’s monument in Machpelah Cemetery. Image via houdini.org

In Glendale, Queens, near Cypress Hills Street and the Jackie Robinson Parkway lies a small, isolated Jewish burial ground called Machpelah Cemetery. Despite Machpelah Cemetery’s somewhat abandoned state, one of the most famous men in the world is buried near its entrance: Harry Houdini.

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Virtual Interior, Annett Zinsmeister for Endless House Untapped Cities AFineLyneVirtual Interior MoMA white. Artist, Annett Zinsmeister (German, born 1967)

What does your home say about you? Does it speak to your need to be close to nature or green space? Does it provide you with a live/work environment, wide open spaces with plenty of light and practicality? Marking the 50th Anniversary of the death of Austrian-American artist and architect, Frederick Kiesler (1890-1965), The Museum of Modern Art presents Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture, where the viewer is invited to explore the concept of the house through the eyes of Frederick Kiesler and other notable architects like Frank Gehry, Mies van der Rohe, Diller + Scofidio. Kiesler first began to explore his theoretical concept of endless space in 1922, embracing the ideas of continuity in a home. His emphasis was on the relationship between space, people and objects.

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Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and High Bridges (2015)

The ARTViews Gallery at the Moses campus of the Montefiore Medical Center is exhibiting stunning photographs of Harlem River Bridges by Bronx photographer Duane Bailey-Castro. The exhibition puts a spotlight on the often overlooked waterway and its fifteen bridges that connect the Bronx and upper Manhattan.

For Bailey-Castro, this exhibition is both an expression of his personal relationship with the Harlem River and its bridges and an effort to increase public awareness of their historical and architectural significance.  A Bronx native, his appreciation for Harlem River’s bridges began in 2007 after he started taking long walks on and around them as he was recovering from treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

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Hanger Barn-Sculpture-Figment Festival-Governors Island- Folio- Youngsu Lee and Bosuk Hur-NYC-001

We can always count on the City of Dreams competition to offer a unique architectural installation on Governors Island, often made of a collection of a single item. In previous years there have been a pavilion of discarded plastic cups and a collection of custom reef balls for the Billion Oyster Project. There’s a reason for that – the competition specifically asks contestants to think about the sustainable future of the planet, with an undoubtable strains on resources, and gives emphasis towards projects that adaptively reuse existing materials.

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311 Noise Complaints-NYC-CartoDB-Fun Maps.40 PM

If you love maps, there’s a good chance that the company CartoDB may have powered many of the ones you’ve seen. On Untapped Cities alone, CartoDB has been attributed to maps like the oldest place to drink by neighborhood, how connected neighborhoods will be to the LinkNYC Wifi portals, a map of doors photographed by a 1970s photographer, and many more. When CartoDB contacted us about their 2015 311 complaints dashboard, we were particularly interested because of our own NYC Big Apps finalist project last year on improving the 311 system. Did you know that 18 million calls go into 311 each year? That’s 50,000 per day. 

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