SlideTheCitySummerStreets Untapped Cities AFineLyneSlide the City will arrive to Summer Streets this month. Photo via Slide City website

This Summer we’ve had a plethora of exciting art installations in all five boroughs. Playful, colorful, interactive, life-like, thoughtful and thought-provoking. We’ve been treated to art in public spaces and parks that have never had art before. Here’s what’s new in August, along with other installations in the city that are still up this month:


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As technology has expanded to where everyone holds a small computer in their hands, so has the scope of war. War is no longer between armies carrying various weapons, war is now online. Soldiers are no longer defined by camouflage or nation’s flag, but can be anyone with a computer and an Internet connection. Hackers, for the most part, have not been shown realistically on TV. They type at speeds that would make Road Runner catch whiplash and their skills are treated more like magic, because audiences aren’t expected to understand hacker culture. Sam Esmail, creator of the new USA cyber-drama Mr. Robot set in NYC knows that, so he wanted to make something more authentic. In doing so, he has help craft of the best shows of the year. With the seasons first half past us, we present 10 locations featured in Mr. Robot. (more…)

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Tucked into a small industrial park on the western side of the McGraw-Hill Building is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, a waterfall doubling as a pathway due to the plate-glass tube running through it that allows the water to fall around passersby. It was added to the park sometime after the park was built in 1970.


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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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87 years ago at midnight on July 6th, audiences in New York saw a talkie for the first time in history. “Lights of New York,” which premiered nationwide a few weeks later, was screened at the Strand Theatre in Times Square and was billed as the world’s first ‘all-talking’ motion picture. The film, a pioneer of the 30s-era crime dramas that captivated audiences, nevertheless garnered a lukewarm reception from critics, especially a New York Times review that called the plot “crude in the extreme.”

But, the picture’s gross of $1,000,000, a veritable blockbuster for its time, seems to show that most audiences weren’t there to absorb the plot.


times SquareA Year on Broadway: Times Square, 45th to 46th Street, December 17, 2014″ Image via roberthenrycontemporary.com

Ever the cataloguer of the city’s facades, corners, and stories, 58-year old New York artist Elise Engler has drawn every single block of Broadway on its own sheet of paper. Each one, rounding out at around 6 by 12 inches, depicts a different intersection of the historic street, all two hundred and fifty-something blocks of it. Engler, recently featured in The New Yorker, is no stranger to such painstakingly executed detail. In the 90s, she drew an 85-square foot tableau of her worldly possessions, titled “Everything I Own.” This new project, called “A Year On Broadway,” took exactly 365 days to complete. She started on both ends, working her way down until she hit West 107th Street where her studio was located, on the very last day. Part of an astounding work of discipline and realism, each portrait (as they should really be called) needs few descriptors

Here are eleven of Engler’s most intriguing snapshots.