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You may remember one of the early Fun Maps that we made, What If Manhattan Were Like Paris? where we superimposed the Hausmannian street grid of Paris onto Manhattan (retaining Central Park for orientation). Now, in Haussmanhattan Luis Fernandes has taken the concept to cityscapes using vintage photography. We’re not surprised Fernandes is both an architect and photographer, as the ties between the two cities have endless possibilities for comparisons, whether in graphic design, illustration, video, photography or more. And we’re honored that he did a reversal of What If Manhattan Were Like Paris? too!

In this series of photos, we’ll break down exactly parts of the urban fabric he pulled from both cities and the famous buildings you’ll see:


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Every nature buff living in New York will tell you of the trouble associated with packing up, getting across the river, and driving far enough from Manhattan to be able to camp out under the stars in peace. Fortunately, the journey may not be so long for families this summer, thanks to an upcoming program from Urban Park Rangers that hosts family camping nights in a handful of New York’s parks.


With its 24/7 transit system and a subway system that dates from 1904, New York City seems like a city of mass transportation. Its residents expect a lot, always pushing for better and increased service, more transit lines, and more bike lanes, but sometimes its worth taking a step back and remember where we came from.


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The Roof Garden Commission by French contemporary artist Pierre Huyghe features several modern sculptural instillations overlooking Central Park in the Met’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden.

As you may know from our Top Ten Secrets of the Metropolitan Museum, The Met’s got a roof bar with a view, and this past month, its annual summer exhibit went up, this time a modern sculpture garden complete with a deconstructed floor. French artist Pierre Huyghe (pronounced hweeg) arrived at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 12 with a sculptural installation designed especially for the museum’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden.


The S.S. Hangover sits alongside the Harlem Meer's Discovery Center

The S.S. Hangover sitting alongside the Harlem Meer’s Discovery Center

If you need another reason to visit Harlem this weekend besides the Eat Up FestivalCreative Time and Central Park Conservancy will be unveiling Drifting in Daylight aboard the aptly named S.S. Hangover on Friday, May 15th. The location of the six-week installation is meant to draw people to the northern end of Central Park, with a starting point at Fifth Avenue and 110th Street. It is also at the centerpiece of the Conservancy’s 35th Anniversary and to, as Creative Time writes, “tempt visitors to transcend their busy lives, losing themselves along a playful trail of sensory experiences.”


Tom Fruin's Kolonihauehus

Spring has arrived in New York City and with it, a plethora of outdoor art exhibits in public spaces. Here are 10 installations to check out this month: