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In landmarking, there’s a distinction between interior and exterior designation in New York City. Now, the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) has as a wonderful web resource with beautiful photographs of the interior landmarks of the city, launched in conjunction with the school’s exhibit “Rescued, Restored, Reimagined: New York’s Interior Landmarks.”

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You’ll recognize the work of Netherlands-born artist Remko Heemskerk in New York City’s colorful and stylized See the City campaign. Now he’s revealed how every artwork is inspired by a personal connection to each of the buildings. Heemskerk first moved to Manhattan when his wife got a job at the United Nations three years ago. After working in advertising as a graphic designer and art director for 15 years, he decided to take a sabbatical when he arrived in Greenwich Village, rethink his career and start drawing again. It was then that he started creating his block-color works of streets and places – but he would only depict those that meant something to him and his wife.

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Nearly 30,000 students attend Columbia University, located in Morningside Heights in New York City. But how many know the many secrets of the school? Here are 15 fun facts about the institution:

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The award winning filmmaker, Albert Maysles, passed away March 5th, 2015 at his home in Harlem. While he was best known as a documentarian, he is known in Harlem as the founder of the Maysles Documentary Center and Cinema, friend and neighbor. He will be deeply missed but his legacy and the Ccnter he founded will live on in the neighborhood he touched so deeply with his generosity and spirit, and we look forward to his soon to be released, and most recently completed documentary on Iris Apfel, scheduled for this May.

Albert Maysles at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem 2014

Albert Maysles at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem 2014

Much has been written about the changing face of Harlem in sweeping generalities, often using the word gentrification.  But when you put a magnifying glass on the map, you begin to see that the changing face of Harlem has many faces – specific faces of talented people who share their passions.  At the top of the list is Albert Maysles, director of Grey Gardens whose passion is Documentary Film Making and his gift to Harlem is The Maysles Documentary Center.

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The idea of expanding New York City’s subway and rail systems would sound serendipitous to most New Yorkers. As of late, it seems as though we are constantly being blighted with train delays, signal malfunctions, fare hikes and overcrowded trains. The MTA reported that over 6 million riders rode the subway for a total of 29 consecutive days last year. At a time when daily ridership is increasing, New York City needs more rail options. Here are five potential and in-process rail lines proposed by some of New York City’s community activists, regional planning organizations and commuter rail organizations.

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With the flurry of video content out there, it’s important not to forget what the Office of NYCMedia is doing. Specifically relevant to us is the Blueprint series, which provides inside looks into some of the city’s most interesting buildings. A recent episode on the Loew’s Wonder Theatres takes us into the heyday of these veritable palaces of entertainment.

In an era before television and with radio just a novelty, Americans could spend upwards of five hours or more in these theaters, listening to a live orchestra oveture, watching vaudeville acts, and finally the film. One of the fun facts gleaned from this episode as that historian and author Anthony W. Robins is actually the grandson of Chicago movie pioneer, A.J. Balaban. Here are the five New York City Loew’s Wonder theaters covered in the above episode:

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