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In New York City, the month of February will usher in thoughtful exhibits and installations, both indoor and outdoor, highlighting the way we live and work. Technology and the digital arts have arrived with a full-force of exhibits, translating our inner hard-drives into colorful patterns of our everyday web-lives. They are joined by a view of the spaces we live and work in, from our urban boxes to our loft-like live/work spaces.

The Guggenheim Museum will walk hand-in-hand with Times Square Arts and The Public Art Fund to show us How To Work Better.  Life as seen through our artistic endeavors can shine a light on global issues that touch us all and it can present in images conditions in other parts of our world, both past and present. In the end, we are all Looking Up at the same sky, even if not from Park Avenue.

Without further ado, 18 exhibits to check out in February: (more…)


Over the years, especially recently, New Yorkers might have noticed some odd structures and art installations popping up along the streets of New York City. These objects have ranged from giant rats and buttons to feathers, bagels, different kinds of animals and tiny replicas. Though some no longer exist, we thought it would be fun to highlight some of the abnormally large or small objects that have sprung up. Thus, here’s a list of some objects that have appeared throughout New York City with the wrong dimensions, some of which might surprise you if you’ve never run into them.


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It’s that time of year again: the flashing New Year’s Eve ball waiting to descend from One Times Square, upbeat performances from celebrities, vibrantly colored confetti, and huge excited crowds standing for hours anticipating the new year. Every year, millions of people watch the 12-foot wide, 11,875 pound ball drop 141 feet in Times Square, either in person or on television. However, many don’t know how this worldwide famous event came about. So just in time for the new year, here are our favorite secrets of the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square.


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The New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square is just around the corner. In preparation for this, yesterday, workers installed new, sparkling, Waterford crystals into the New Year’s Eve Ball, as reported by several news sources. These crystals replaced 288 of the 2,688 crystals already on the ball.


With New York’s newspaper industry ever changing, over the years many papers have started, merged, and closed.  And while Gotham’s newspaper graveyard is full of fallen titles, there are still many ghosts of the City’s newspaper past which exist today.

Some of these vestiges of past papers are conspicuous, others are hiding in plain sight, and a few can be found only if one knows where to look.

While New York’s most famous example of newspaper place-making is Times Square, many of the lost newspapers have also left their mark long after the final edition rolled off the presses.


Herald Square “In 1900.” The Romance of the Store (1922)

As New York was reinventing itself from a Victorian city of rowhouses and horse-drawn carriages to a metropolis of skyscrapers, automobiles, and subways in the early years of the twentieth century, artist Vernon Howe Bailey (1874-1953) documented the city’s transition in his detailed drawings.

Bailey was one of the most popular American illustrators of the early 1900s, widely published in newspapers, magazines, and books. He even had his own series of short films, “Vernon Howe Bailey’s Sketch Book,” during the silent movie era shown in theaters across the country.