The Bowne Street entrance of the Temple of Ganesh in Flushing. Source: Garrett Ziegler.
Across the street from a row of residential houses in Flushing, Queens, there’s a large and seemingly out-of-place building with entrances so intricately carved they look like they belong attached to an Indian temple. This building is the worship center Ganesha Temple, and is home to the Hindu Temple Society of America. As one of the oldest and largest immigrant-founded Hindu temples in the Untied States, it attracts hundreds of worshippers each week. (more…)
2012 Literary Debutante Megan Mayhew Bergman is escorted by her mentor, Amy Hempel at last year’s One Story Literary Debutante Ball. Photo courtesy of One Story.
Long recognized as a thriving mecca for aspiring and established writers, in New York City, hardly a night passes without some kind of literary event, whether that’s a reading, a poetry slam, a book signing, a lecture, or a release party. But of all the events in the NYC writing scene, nothing quite resembles the pure awesomeness that is One Story’s Annual Literary Debutante Ball.
Eric Fischer, self described as a “geek of maps, data visualization, failed transportation plans of the past, history of technology, computers, pedestrianism, and misspelled street signs,” takes photos of cities and makes maps and other visualizations with many sorts of urban data. (more…)
One of the most attention-grabbing exhibits at the International Center for Photography’s Triennial (through September 8) isn’t really a work of photography at all. In Knee-deep in the Flooded Victory, artist Nayland Blake has assembled photos, posters, zines, coffee mugs and voodoo dolls in an installation that explores the changing meaning of public space in New York City, and especially, what it has meant for New York’s queers, activists and other outcasts. (more…)
Men at an all-you-can-eat meat and beer event called the Beefsteak in the late 1800s. Courtesy of The Butcher’s Case.
In the late 1870s, there were about two million cows being herded in the streets of New York City. A solution to the traffic was an underground passageway to herd cows from the dock to a slaughterhouse. To this day there are no photos or detailed etches of what these tunnels looked like. No one knows who built them but the location of them has been confirmed over and over. (more…)
The Hindenburg’s final landing on May 6, 1937. Source: Daily News.
Today, the New Jersey town of Lakehurst is relatively quiet; the “hot news” on the town’s website includes articles about fishing contests and recycling. But seventy-six years ago, the area was bombarded with international attention when the skies over it went aflame. While attempting to dock at the mooring mast of the Lakehurst Naval Air Station just outside of town, the Nazi German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg burst into flames and crashed to the ground in under 40 seconds. (more…)