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Lee Quinones

Lee Quinones adding a poetic message on the wall of his current solo show                                         Photo: Nicole Klagsbrun

New Yorkers who date back to the mid 1970s will remember the birth of subway graffiti art and Lee Quinones as a prominent figure in this movement. Well known for painting entire subway cars, and credited with painting about 125 cars all together, the Puerto Rico-born New Yorker was part of the respected writing crew The Fabulous 5 (Fab 5). Now, forty years later, Quinones has long since moved out of the subway and into the mainstream–in galleries, museums and private collections all over the world. You may recognize our previous coverage of Quinones within the Museum of the City of New York exhibition, City as Canvas  

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Theatre for One-I’m Not the Stranger You Think I Am-Arts Brookfield-NYCTheatre for One in NYC. Photo by Darial Sneed.

We have to admit this is pretty clever–a theater for one in a traveling theater, supposedly the smallest theater in New York City at 4 feet by 8 feet. It’s all part of “I’m Not the Stranger You Think I Am,” from Theatre For One, presented by Arts Brookfield. Until June 6th, they’ll be giving plays for one person at a time in Arts Brookfield spaces like Winter Garden (May 18-24), Zuccotti Park (May 27-31) and the Grace Building (June 2-6).

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In Long Island Sound, not far from the Bronx highlights like City Island and Hart Island, is one of the most unique bed and breakfasts in the New York City area. The hauntingly named Execution Rocks Lighthouse dates from 1849 has three bedrooms that go for $300 a night, all going to the non-profit that is maintaining the lighthouse. If that seems too steep, we’ll be offering a daytime exploration of the island on June 13th (tickets below) in support of the lighthouse renovation.

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Rats are a fact of life in New York City and if you’re like us, maybe you’re even a little bit fascinated by them. It seems like others are too, with every few months another rat map appearing. This latest heat map by Meredith Myers (via The Verge), part of the Rat Reservoir Program even automatically updates with the latest open source data on 311 reported rat sightings. Here’s a closer look by borough of the last 10,000 rat sightings:

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190 Bowery-First Show Last Show-Art Exhibit-Vito Schnabel-NYCFIRST SHOW / LAST SHOW at 190 Bowery. Photo via artnet

A few days after the epic announcement that the elusive 190 Bowery would open for the art show FIRST SHOW / LAST SHOW, the opening was abruptly cancelled (presumably to keep out the crowds, which showed up anyway, but others believe it was all to drum up hype). Nonetheless, the show was accommodating visitors by appointment and artnet snuck some photos inside the exhibition during the first weekend.

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The TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) carries 525 million people a year and 1.6 million people on a typical weekday, meaning that more than half of Toronto’s 2.8 million people use public transit to navigate the city during the week. Contrast that to the 1.75 billion passengers served per year in New York City and you get the picture, but Toronto Transit Commission subway stops have a rich history and incorporate elements from several periods of design. Today we’ll be looking at the unique design of the system’s stations, similar to what we did with New York City and Montreal.

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