The Palmrya Arch replica, in Trafalgar Square in April, will come to New York City. Photo via Flickr by Garry Knight
The monumental Arch of Palmyra in Syria was a UNESCO World Heritage Site from the 3rd century AD until it was destroyed by ISIS in October of 2015. The triumphant Roman archway was thought to have been built as part of a military victory. In April this year, the Institute for Digital Archeology installed a replica, to scale, in London’s Trafalgar Square. On September 19th, the Institute will bring the Arch of Palmyra replica to New York City, in a yet to be determined location in Manhattan.
Even before something like the Brooklyn Strand gets put into action, a unique greenery installation is coming to downtown Brooklyn: a miniature redwood forest. At 1:100 scale, the Brooklyn artist Spencer Finch will install a living, micro forest representing 790 acres of the Redwood National Park in California at MetroTech from October 1st this fall to May 13, 2018. Trees that in real life range from 98 to 380 feet will be 1 to 4 feet, and supported by a special irrigation system made for the urban landscape.
Jim Power, the Mosaic Man, at a recent fundraiser at T D Bank in the East Village
The East Village and its eclectic history is a topic of music, books, documentaries, and those who are left to keep it alive. This week, we visited with Jim Power, also known as The Mosaic Man, and one of the East Village’s most eclectic treasurers. Ten of Power’s historic Mosaic Trail light poles will be used in the Astor Place redesign, which is scheduled to conclude next month. Last week, the Village Alliance, City Lore and several community friends and activists held a “Meet the Artist” in the East Village TD Bank in an effort to gain the necessary funds to finish the restoration and bring the rest of the mosaics back.
It’s happened to all of us. That moment when you want to know what bus you can connect to, but it’s not on your subway map. In fact, you might have to download a whole separate app to get New York City’s bus map. Well, a Queens resident, Anthony Denaro, has created a master map that includes subways, bus, and AirTrain, called the Bullet Map (h/t Streetsblog).
Ever wonder where your recyclables go after you sort them? Well, 18,000 tons of residential metal, glass, plastic and paper in New York City go through the Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility every month. Located on the 30th Street pier in Brooklyn, the facility is operated by Sims Metal Management, the company that processes all of the city’s recyclables collected by the Department of Sanitation. It’s a state-of-the-art plant, both for the processing technology inside and for its architecture, which has won New York City’s Award for Excellence in Design. Hurricane Sandy hit in the middle of construction, but the facility was untouched thanks to sustainability initiatives that were already in the design.
TatsCru at work on mural for #NotACrime Mural Project
In an effort to raise awareness about human rights abuses, religious persecution, and denied access to higher education, the organization Education is Not A Crime will be putting this agenda front and center when the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, arrives in the United States for the United Nations General Assembly meeting on September 13. The campaign, known in social-media as #NotACrime, will be comprised of fifteen murals painted on walls all over Harlem and East Harlem.
The murals are curated by the New York based group, Street Art Anarchy, in partnership with the #NotACrime campaign, and have brought to this project street artists from all over the World, as well as renowned artists in our own backyard – with names like TatsCru, Astro, Franco the Great, Alexandre Keto, Ricky Lee Gordon, Rone, and Elle.