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New York Biotopes

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Watch the city's infrastructure come alive in this perspective-shifting motion piece

Berlin-based motion designer Lena Steinkühler pays homage to New York City in this weird video piece that depicts the metropole's infrastructure as living, breathing organisms. In New York Biotopes, Steinkühler envisions the urban environment occupied by "abstract plants and creatures, which change their forms because of insufficient living space and adapt themselves to the surroundings......read more

Ana Kras: Shy Gestures

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The talented designer of woven objects reveals the origins of her inspiration

The latest episode of the excellent Avant/Garde Diaries features Serbia-born, New York-based designer Ana Kraš, who has earned a devoted following for her woven 'Bonbon' lanterns, which are as fun and playful as they are lovingly crafted. "Kraš's approach to design is refreshingly simple – to make user-friendly objects requiring minimal production," the description goes.......read more

Design in Williamsburg

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Four square blocks of flourishing Brooklyn style

Brooklyn's steady, inexorable gentrification is a divisive topic. On the one hand, the glass condominiums (and the yuppies they contain) are blamed for diminishing the character of neighborhoods in the borough. On the other hand, the influx of dollars and young, creative inhabitants is helping revitalize run-down BK communities. The latter position is the stance taken by The New York Times in an......read more

NYC to Adopt LED Street Lights

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City's 250,000 street lights will be replaced with high-efficiency LEDs by 2017

  New York City is converting 250,000 street light fixtures to energy-efficient, light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan made the announcement together on the recently renovated Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, where pedestrian fixtures have already been replaced with LEDs, saving a reported $70,000 a year. “With roughly a......read more

NYC to Iceland with Alex Olson

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Pro skater travels from the concrete jungle to the remote wilderness the in this video from Poler and Nike SB

Poler Outdoor Stuff and Nike SB have collaborated on a new collection built for outdoor use, whether in the concrete jungle or the remote outdoors. To promote the launch, the brands tapped Nike SB pro Alex Olson for this campaign video, which begins with him cruising the NYC streets, hitting tricks in the sun. At the halfway point, the clip abruptly shifts overseas to find Olson in a Land Rover,......read more

Navid Baraty: New York City From the Top Down

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Dizzying overhead shots of Manhattan--acrophobiacs, avert your eyes

With a commission from New York's Metro Transit Authority, Navid Baraty (previously) captured the city from a perspective few have ever seen. The NYC-via-Ohio photographer shot the images looking straight down from the edges of buildings around Manhattan. The inspiration for the photos came thousands of miles away, in Tokyo, while lunching in a skyscraper. “I looked straight down and saw......read more

Cat Power "Manhattan"

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With co-director Greg Hunt, Chan Marshall creates a wonderful video portrait of Manhattan

In an age when directors often use the music video medium as carte blanche for creative experimentation, it's refreshing to see a simple, literal clip every once in a while. Earlier in the year, Cat Power (Chan Marshall) and Greg Hunt delivered just that with the video for "Manhattan," which finds the enigmatic songwriter chanting and dancing all over the borough. From underground on the subway......read more

Sean Lynch's Otherwordly New York

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Surreal infrared photographs depict the city in hot pink and cobalt blue

New York photographer Sean Lynch uses infrared film to render his surroundings in an unearthly manner. Using Kodak Ektachrome--a professional infrared film that was discontinued six years ago--Lynch transforms everyday views into surreal scenes, with hot pink plantlife popping out against icy blue skies. The above slideshow features images he shot since the fall in New York City, as well as......read more

Iconic Record Covers in Google Street View

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City streets seen through the lens of famous album covers

Following on an earlier series in the same vein, The Guardian's "Google Street View Specialist" has unveiled a new GSV series, this time showing iconic album covers in the exact locations where they were photographed. From the obvious (The Beatles' Abbey Road), to the less so (Times Square as seen on PJ Harvey's Stories from the Sea), the images revisit the scenes of classic LPs,......read more

Brooklyn Farmer

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Filmmaker Michael Tyburski profiles the world's biggest rooftop farm

If you're reading this, you're probably already familiar with Brooklyn Grange (if not, start here then go here). In Brooklyn Farmer, filmmaker Michael Tyburski follows the story of a small group of dedicated staff and volunteers, who turned unused space in the city into the world's biggest rooftop farm, producing over 120,000 pounds of food for the local community. Today the farm is looking to......read more

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