WNYC’s Soundcheck is hosting this amazingly fun challenge called Remix the Mayor, just in time for the NYC Mayoral Election. Using archival soundclips from Mayor LaGuardia to Bloomberg (as El Bloombito, of course), you can combine as many mayors as you like (but at least one), manipulate them however you wish, and add any of your own musical elements.
Many of the sleek Modernist buildings in which the advertising “Mad Men” toiled decades ago are now shabby and tired, their once glamorous tenants dispersed to neighborhoods to the west and south. The advertising industry has been gone from Madison Avenue for so long—its exodus started in the early 1970s—that only people of a certain age automatically understood the play on words behind the title of the smash hit “Mad Men.”
This open, sculptural, naturally-lit staircase at Poets House in Battery Park City is exactly the type that Mayor Bloomberg hopes to see in new buildings.
Mayor Bloomberg is doing what many naysayers call “nannying” again–but this time, the legislation he hopes to enact involves involves more encouragement and good design than a straight up ban on a behavior. This time, the mayor is putting his focus on making stairs cool, as reported by The Atlantic Cities. With better stair design in new buildings and signage encouraging people to use them, Bloomberg hopes to create a healthier, stair-climbing culture in New York.
One of Bloomberg’s recently proposed bills targets buildings codes. It would require at least one stairway in each building in New York to be accessible for non-emergency use at all times. Another bill would, if approved, require that new buildings make stairs more conspicuous, with posted signs encouraging stair use.
New York CSA Local Roots NYC was honored with the Entrepreneur Award. Photo by Local Roots NYC.
It’s hard to form a community without involving food, a fact that Mayor Bloomberg seemed to recognize in the 12th annual Neighborhood Achievement Awards. The awards honor organizations, people and businesses–especially small ones–that have enhanced New York’s neighborhoods and local economies. Of the sixteen recipients recognized, a third of them were food-related ventures.
New York is the ultimate city of water. With its 578 miles of shoreline, its tidal rivers and straits, bays, harbors, and ocean frontage, New York became fabulously wealthy over the centuries by ruthlessly exploiting the surrounding waters for shipping, commerce, and energy. For 300 years it has expanded its territory into the sea, building bulkheads and walls to protect the land from surges and storms, whose turbulence and unpredictability have served as a regular threat to the city’s welfare. But its shores were for industry, not people. In the name of protection, it closed off most of its dangerous, wild waterfront to New Yorkers until the late 20th century. (more…)
We’ve been honored to go behind-the-scenes at FDR Four Freedoms Park while it was under construction for the last two years, from the time it was just a few pylons in the water to when “The Room” was completed. Yesterday, we were proud to witness the unveiling ceremony on the tip of Roosevelt Island. With speeches by President Bill Clinton, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Tom Brokaw and Ambassador William vanden Heuvel, distinguished guests like Henry Kissinger, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, the Frank Delanor Roosevelt’s family, and performances by the West Point Band and Staten Island PS22 Chorus, it seemed that nothing could mar the beautiful fall day. (more…)