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New York City at the turn of the 20th century was a pretty pungent place. Piles of garbage, millions of people cooking food, and about 1.133 million kilos of horse manure emptied into the streets per day will do that to a city. And don’t forget the 1.589 million litres of horse urine flowing through the streets each week. But some forward-thinking New Yorkers had an idea to clean up the city: establish a citywide central vacuum system.
The New York City branch of Bonhams auction house hosted an eye-popping and widely hyped dinosaur auction in the city yesterday. At the centre were the so-called “Montana Dueling Dinosaurs”, a huge, combined fossil of two nearly-complete dinosaur skeletons apparently caught fighting to the death, valued as high as $US9 million dollars.
In what’s being called the next Rain Room for New York, eccentric Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is showing off her newest installations at David Zwirner gallery. Called Infinity Mirrored Room — The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away and Love Is Calling, expect these to be the must-visit installations this fall! (Translation: Expect long lines.)
Last Friday, Ace Hotel founder Alex Calderwood was found dead in London, where the chain had just opened its fifth location. He’s being remembered today as a design visionary, the leader of a cultural phenomenon. But his role was also that of a city-builder, reaching far outside hotel walls to build community and instil a sense of place in each neighbourhood he touched.
Even though the Clocktower Gallery has been around since 1972, you might never have known it was even there. It resides in the top two floors of a government-owned building in Tribeca, which is just part of the odd story of how this alternative art space has operated through the years. Now it is hosting its final show, Dale Henry: The Artist Who Left New York, before the space is cleared for a luxury apartment.
It’s a place where few living New Yorkers have ever set foot, but nearly a million dead ones reside: Hart Island, the United States’ largest mass grave, which has been closed to the public for 35 years. It is difficult to visit and off-limits to photographers. But that may be about to change, as a debate roils over the city’s treatment of the unclaimed dead. Never heard of Hart? You’re not alone — and that’s part of the problem.
We can do a lot with Photoshop, from faking entire military operations to whatever this is. But, sometimes, low-tech trickery is just more fun. Such is the case with the work of Lori Nix, a photographer who specialises in shooting urban dioramas containing scenes of complete and utter destruction.
If there’s one thing you can count on in a large crowded city like New York, it’s that there’s always someone waiting on the subway platform. So while we love this gorgeous $US48 backpack from Mojo featuring a subway door screen print that actually opens to reveal a platform, we’re left a little unsettled by the lack of passengers waiting to cram on.
Even if you’ve lived in New York for decades, gaining access to a rooftop you’ve never explored can still be surprisingly fun: the burst of wind, the sound of traffic and an entirely new vantage point on a city you’d think you’d be sick of after so many years. That’s the basic concept behind Stories Above New York, a visual archive of New York’s rooftop views that’s three years in the making.