Despite the torrential rains that swept through the East Coast in the past few days, the weather is getting progressively better and better. That means that it’s high time for exploration and adventure!
An essential part of every journey is a map. In today’s era of Google Maps and smartphones much of the tactile, personal quality that comes from interacting with a physical map is gone. That’s why we love Becky Cooper’s book Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers so much. It almost makes you want to draw your own little map annotated with personal experiences and adventures. Check out the video published by New York Natives for more info on the project.
Besides a map, another crucial part or any trip is a method of transportation. A few weeks we wrote about CitiBike and today we would like to tell you about yet another option- a new five-boro taxi. Starting this summer, there will be a new cab system in NYC. Apple green taxis will start circulating citywide and expand street hail to all five boroughs (legally, you can only hail yellow cabs in Manhattan).
In other news, Westside Rag reports that Sheakspeare in the Park has officially begun with “Comedy of Errors”.
LA Times reports that after two decades of stagnation, Redondo Beach is going forward with a $300-million redevelopment plan. The developers envision a boutique hotel, a market hall and a green space by the waterfront now occupied by dated office buildings and T-shirt shops. This summer might be a good time to explore the area before it dramatically changes its image.
Speaking of fleeting charm, aren’t these 1930s photographs of LA’s mimetic architecture simply disarming? Like many items from Retronaut‘s vast collection, they offer us a seductive glimpse of bygone era, when life was lived to a slightly different beat.
That’s also why the photographs from the series A Disappearing American Original: The Roadside Rest Area are so captivating. During a move from Los Angeles to Austin, photographer Ryann Ford started noticing cool and quirky rest stops, and decided to turn her observations into an art project.
In her interview with the Atlantic Cities she talks about the disappearing culture of rest stops and changing cultural patterns of travel. Ford’s photographs have an almost Wes Andersonian quality to them. The muted colors, the nostalgia and the almost surreal magical quality are slightly evocative of the set design from Moonrise Kingdom.
Another artist also picked up on the theme of summer adventure. In this lovely suite, a San Francisco based printmaker Paula Morales pays homage to Anderson’s imagery and the art of exploration.
If you’re not into the whole open-road/boy-scouts ethos perhaps a Cinema Fest or LVMH’s Les Journées Particulières would interest you more. On June 16th and 17th over 40 exceptional sites owned by the the luxury world leader Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton will open their doors. You’ll be able to discover the savoir-faire and métiers of the group’s most talented craftsmen!