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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, along with its many secrets, houses a wonderful collection of works aged from ancient times through the Renaissance, from sculptures to paintings and everything in between. Most notably though, the museum has a bona fide Egyptian temple – and a real one at that. The Temple of Dendur, as it’s called, is completely open to the public which means they can walk through its doors and hallways, experiencing the temple as it was used in ancient times. Here are eight fun facts about the Temple of Dendur. (more…)

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On the corner of 18th Street and 10th Avenue, diagonally across from a future entrance to the High Line sits five holdout buildings that harken back to an earlier era of the Meatpacking District. Brick buildings and warehouses dotted an area that was patrolled by “West Side Cowboys,” self-appointed safety vigilantes on horseback that prevented citizens from getting injured from street-level trains on 10th Avenue.


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In May of 1910, the ill-fated New York City mayor, William Jay Gaynor, proposed a new avenue to be added to Manhattan’s street grid that would go between Fifth and Sixth Avenue between 8th Street and 59th Street. While this might seem like a wild idea today, several new avenues were added to the original grid plotted by the Commissioners of New York City, like Lexington Avenue, Madison Avenue, and several thoroughfares uptown, like St. Nicholas Avenue. As a New York Times article reported on May 29th, 1910, the Gaynor’s avenue would be the same width as Fifth Avenue, then at 100 feet.


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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.


©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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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.