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5 Pointz-Painted Over-White Washed-Long Island City-Queens-NYC-75 Pointz whitewash as of this morning

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This might make you do a double take. It looks like an entrance to the Paris Metro, but it’s located right in New York City, in the garden of the Museum of Modern Art.

Guimard was an Art Nouveau architect born in 1867 in Lyon, France, and rose to prominence around the turn of the 19th century with the design of apartments in Paris known as Castel Beranger. His legacy, however, lies with the Parisian Metro. Opened in conjunction with the Exposition Universelle of 1900 (the 1900 World’s Fair), Paris’ city planners determined that the subway needed entrances worthy of the City of Light.

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Woody Allen packed his film Midnight in Paris with so many notable spots that besides the conspicuous halls of Versailles, it is difficult to pick them all out. Not taking into account the initial montage of Parisian landmarks, these are ten of our favorite spots, ranging from Maxim’s to the Quai de la Tournelle.

1. Le Grand Véfour

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The first (awkward) lunch we see Gil and Inez have with her parents takes place at this 200-year-old establishment. Currently under the direction of chef Guy Martin, the lavish interior matches the 3-star meals for which the restaurant is known. It opened in 1784 as Le Café Chartres and as the surrounding cafes began to close, it turned into a luxury restaurant frequented by the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte, Voltaire, Simone de Beauvoir, and Henri Balzac. The name comes from the owner during the Restoration, Jean Véfour. Despite several changes in owners and a closing that lasted from 1905 to 1947, le Grand Véfour remains a fixture of the Paris experience.  (more…)

We recently celebrated the one year anniversary of the illustrated column A Few Parisians by David Cessac in Paris. In this giveaway, you can win an original signed print of his piece, “To be or not to be…a Parisian.” Enter below and scroll down to see a video of the making of this piece of art!

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Inside Out: The People’s Art Project, a documentary about French artist JR and his participatory art project, is set to air in Paris on November 13. JR has taken his Inside Out Project all over the world, pasting enormous photographs of people onto walls, sidewalks and even construction barriers. Recently, he has set up a photo booth truck allowing anybody to have their photo taken with his signature dotted background and make a larger-than-life print, which is then pasted onto the public square. JR came to New York City in April and set up a truck in Times Square. The truck traveled to London and is currently in Paris.  (more…)

Paris-Keith Haring-St Eustache-Triptych-GoldOne of Keith Haring’s “Life of Christ” is located in the Saint-Eustache Church in Paris

Welcome back to our series  , where we’re locating architecture and other quirky finds that are in both cities, such as the multiple versions of the Statue of Liberty.

“The Life of Christ” was Keith Haring‘s last work before his death. According to a firsthand account by his friend Sam Havadtoy, Haring used a loop knife to draw the altarpiece into clay: “the images came directly from his head…He never stopped to rethink the line; he never edited himself and never made corrections. The lines he carved in the clay were seamless, flawless.”

There are at nine versions of this triptych, cast in bronze and covered in white gold. One is located in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan, the church where the altarpiece was dedicated during his memorial service.

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