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The infinite city, cont’d: Terry Jones versus the Beatles

Documentary filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady capture a moment of hate — and love — in a city big enough to contain both: I love this town. (via The New York Times) Advertisements

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The infinite city, cont’d: Welcome to the grid

A fascinating new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, “The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011,” commemorates “the 200th anniversary of the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811, the foundational document that established Manhattan’s famous street … Continue reading

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The infinite city, cont’d: A doorway to the underworld

Geoff Manaugh at BLDGBLOG has written a fascinating post about an innocuous-looking building in my borough that — to my delight — turns out to be a ventilator and escape hatch leading to NYC’s vast underground subway system: In the … Continue reading

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The infinite city, cont’d: Riding the taxi

From a New York Times editorial in praise of the yellow cab: Sometimes it occurs to you that if you raised an arm at the curb on most of the streets in America, nothing would happen. […] [I]t’s almost impossible … Continue reading

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The infinite city, cont’d: “A miracle of coexistence”

Another meditation on this beautiful, ugly, flawed, fascinating city. Suketu Mehta writes: The writer E.B. White famously defined, in 1948, the three kinds of New Yorkers: the native, the commuter, and the person from elsewhere who comes in quest of … Continue reading

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The infinite city, cont’d: Tony Judt’s “Endless New York”

Tony Judt muses on the twilight of the great cities, and on what makes New York a “world city”*: We are experiencing the decline of the American age. But how does national or imperial decay influence the lifecycle of a … Continue reading

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The infinite city, cont’d: never the whole story

Two videos about New York that nearly gave me whiplash, viewing one right after the other: almost like seeing the city’s conscious and unconscious. City of reinvention and progress, city of ruins and decay; the glittering surface and the unseen … Continue reading

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The infinite city, cont’d: New York in 1905

I can’t get enough of these silent videos: like touching New York’s ghostly past. Here’s a school field trip to Coney Island in 1905: Love the blooming of parasols at 1:00, the mix of horse-drawn and motorized carriages, the women … Continue reading

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The infinite city, cont’d.

Andrew Sullivan quotes this passage from Lewis Lapham’s meditation on cities, in the latest issue of Lapham’s Quarterly: [O]n a cloudy afternoon in Central Park […] I came across two men seated on a bench, each with a fanciful parrot … Continue reading

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The infinite city

I’ve been thinking about cities lately, and about the impossibility of grasping their whole essence, the entirety of what they are. The “New York experience” is a myth, I think; it does not exist — unless by that we mean … Continue reading

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