Pavilion at Battery City Untapped Cities AFineLyne“The Pavilion”, 1992 by architect Demetri Porphyrios

The New York City “Art in the Parks Program” has been a labor of love since its beginning days in 1967. It was then that our City made a commitment to use public space as what they called an outdoor museum, “letting works of art ‘loose’ in the city, to set them under the light of day where they intrude upon our daily walks and errands.” This month, we took a walk along the Esplanade of Battery Park City, viewing a dozen site-specific installations from Pier A to Rockefeller Park.


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Philip Ashforth Coppola-Silver Connections-Subway Art-NYC-6The 14th Street Subway Station showing eagles once thought to be lost, by Philip Ashforth Coppola

Calling to mind other obsessive documentary projects by New York area residents, New Jersey resident,Philip Ashforth Coppola, has been documenting the art inside the New York City subway system as illustrations since 1978. The New York Times reports that Coppola originally thought it would take just a few months but he’s still going, and doesn’t anticipate finishing until 2030 (when he’ll be about 82). He uses a ballpoint pen, nothing fancy, and writes out descriptions about each with typewriter.


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The Coney Island Brewing Company, which was founded in 2007, was once deemed the smallest brewery in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records. From 2011 to 2012, out of a rent-free space in Sideshows by the Seashore, the company was producing only one gallon of beer per batch. This summer, they opened a new brewing house right in front of the Brooklyn Cyclone’s ballpark in the heart of Coney Island, Brooklyn. You’ll also catch a glimpse of one of the Coney Art Walls just outside the entrance. (more…)

Fans of OldNYC will be excited to see another historical photo mapping tool. The Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation (GVSHP) has released its historic photo archive. Though it currently only has 300 images (vs. the 21,000 in OldNYC, the images here range from 19th century drawings to images of lost buildings, to places preserved thanks to the New York City Landmarks law, and more will be added. The photos reflect specifically “the history of the people and built environment of Greenwich Village and surrounding areas,” writes GVSHP.

We’ve embedded the map above (click on the icons to see the images), but you can also browse and search on the GVSHP website.



Thornwillow Press is turning thirty and the publishing world is celebrating. An exhibition of Thornwillow books is currently on display at the Grolier Club, the grande dame of the publishing world that celebrated its own 130 years of the printed word last year.

At the Grolier Club, the printed word is treated on a par with painting and sculpture. Now, the crafts of letterpress printing, papermaking, illustration and bookbinding are all on display as Thornwillow exhibits its limited-edition books on the Second Floor Gallery.