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[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Montréal, New York City, Brussels, Baghdad, Hiroshima

  • The National Observer notes that Montréal authorities have warned against people going to flooded areas to take selfies.
  • CityLab notes the plans of Columbia University in Manhattan to become a new much denser neighbourhood, and the concerns of non-university neighbours.
  • Feargus O’Sullivan notes at CityLab how congested Brussels is gradually becoming car-free.
  • Ozy llooks at the underground nightclubs and music halls of the young people of Baghdad.
  • Sean Marshall, reporting from his recent trip to Japan, explores post-war the streetcar system of Hiroshima with photos of his own.

[URBAN NOTE] Six city links: Oshawa, Saint John, Manhattan, Surat, Tokyo, Austin

  • After GM’s closure in Oshawa, the National Observer wonders if Oshawa can pivot over to perhaps take advantage of opportunities in the green economy.
  • Will Saint John, New Brunswick, be able to break out of its long decline and find a new raison d’être? Global News reports.
  • Guardian Cities takes a look at the new super-tall luxury towers, homes to the rich, dotting–disfiguring?–the Manhattan skyline.
  • Guardian Cities looks at how the Indian city of Surat, endangered by flooding from sea and river, is trying to adapt to its environment.
  • Even as the overall population of Japan continues to decline, the population of Tokyo continues to grow through net migration, Mainichi reports.
  • The Texas capital of Austin, CityLab reports, is trying to create new institutions and structures to help connect older and younger generations.

[NEWS] Eight LGBTQ links: Shipman, flagging, tongzhi, Hadrian, China, Florent, Trump, genetics

  • CBC reports on how the New Brunswick village of Shipman briefly gave an official sanction to the so-called “straight pride” flag. What can I say but that rural decline in the Maritimes does not have its good points?
  • Mike Miksche at NewNowNext takes a look at flagging, something that is at once nightclubbing activity, performance art, and a uniquely queer sport.
  • Hornet Stories notes that “tongzhi,” the Chinese word for comrade appropriated by queer men, is no longer used by the Communist Party of China in light of this appropriation.
  • CBC takes a look at the new explicitly queer opera by Rufus Wainwright, Hadrian.
  • Asia Times notes the disappointing slow progress of LGBTQ rights, including marriage equality, in Taiwan.
  • Atlas Obscura takes a look at the history of Florent, the all-night diner in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District that watched over a whole generation of LGBTQ history and community.
  • S. Bear Bergman writes at the Forward about how the introduction of the Trump administration’s anti-trans laws are a Nuremberg Laws moment. Resistance is needed.
  • Queerty reports on the news, recently found by scientists, that the genes linked to non-heterosexual orientations are also linked to straight possessors of those genes having more sex. (You’re welcome.)

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Manhattan, La Tabatière, Dunkirk, Hong Kong, Sydney and Melbourne

  • Derek Thompson at CityLab writes about how, despite or even because it is so wealthy, real estate costs in Manhattan are so high as to drive out the sorts of mixed and eclectic neighbourhoods that Jane Jacobs loved.
  • The town of La Tabatière, on the fisheries-dependent Lower North Shore of Québec, has transitioned to the growing of honeyberries after the local fish plant closed down. CBC reports.
  • Guardian Cities notes how free local transport in the French city of Dunkirk has had a major effect on locals’ lives.
  • CityLab takes a look at the stunning black-and-white photographs taken by Pascal Greco of the concrete towers of Hong Kong.
  • Slate responds to the new plan of the Australian federal government to limit inflows of immigrants to Sydney and Melbourne, instead trying to distribute them more evenly around the country.

[PHOTO] Four photos of Cleopatra’s Needle, Central Park, one new and three old

Cleopatra’s Needle continues to stand tall behind the Metropolitan Museum, to its west in Central Park.

Cleopatra's Needle (1) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #centralpark #cleopatrasneedle #obelisk #ancientegypt  #latergram

Cleopatra's Needle (2) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #centralpark #cleopatrasneedle #obelisk #ancientegypt  #latergram

Cleopatra's Needle (3) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #centralpark #cleopatrasneedle #obelisk #heiroglyphics #ancientegypt  #latergram

I had taken a photo of this obelisk in 2012, as it turns out.

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Written by Randy McDonald

March 2, 2018 at 11:45 am

[PHOTO] King Jagiello Monument, Central Park

The King Jagiello Monument, commemorating the battle won by the 15th century Polish king Jagiello and his (mainly) Lithuanian allies over the Teutonic Knights, stands at the east end of Turtle Pond.

King Jagiello Monument, from the south #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #centralpark #poland #statue #kingjagiello #kingjagiellomonument #latergram

The bronze monument was created for the 1939 New York World’s Fair’s Polish pavilion by the Polish sculptor Stanisław K. Ostrowski (1879–1947). It stood at the Fair’s entrance at Queens’ Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. It is a replica of a King Jagiello memorial in Warsaw that was converted into bullets for World War II by the Germans after they entered and occupied the capital of Poland.

As a result of the German invasion of Poland that marked the beginning of the Second World War, the personnel and equipment of the Polish World’s Fair pavilion was forced to remain in the United States. Unlike much of the rest of the pavilion which was sold to the Polish Museum of America in Chicago, the monument stayed in New York, thanks in part to mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia publicly lobbying to keep the statue. The statue was presented to the City of New York by the King Jagiello Monument Committee, with support from the Polish government in exile in July 1945, when it was permanently placed in Central Park with the cooperation of the last consul of the Second Polish Republic or pre-communist Poland in New York, count Józef Kazimierz Krasicki and unveiled by him.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 1, 2018 at 11:45 am

[PHOTO] One57 in the distance, Central Park

This supertall tower, one that I believe–thanks to this map from Curbed is One 57, is easily visible from Central Park near Belvedere Castle.

One57 in the distance #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #centralpark #one57 #supertall #skyscraper #tower #skyline #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

February 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm

[PHOTO] Four photos of Central Park in January

Even in winter, the care taken by the designers of Central Park in creating an urban wilderness is obvious.

Central Park in January (1) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #centralpark #winter #january #latergram

Central Park in January (2) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #centralpark #winter #january #latergram

Central Park in January (3) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #centralpark #winter #january #theberesford #latergram

Central Park in January (4) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #centralpark #winter #january #theberesford #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

February 23, 2018 at 12:30 pm

[PHOTO] From birds to dinosaurs at the AMNH (@amnh)

One thing that the American Museum of Natural History did quite well was have a whole room dedicated to explaining the profound links between dinosaurs and contemporary birds. If you look around at the fossils they had on display, of giant birds like Diatryma gigantea and dinosaur-era birds like Hesperornis regalis and beautiful impressions of Archaeopteryx, and then you look up to see towering over you the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex that clearly is built along the same lines as the fossils you have just seen, it’s almost impossible to imagine there was a time when people did not understand that birds were modern-day dinosaurs.

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Hesperornis regalis #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #amnh #birds #fossil #hesperornisregalis #hesperornis #americanmuseumofnaturalhistory #latergram//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Written by Randy McDonald

February 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm

[PHOTO] Me and a J car at Privé Revaux, New York City

Just east of Times Square on 42nd Street, Privé Revaux, a designer sunglasses line maintains right now a local outpost described alternatively as a pop-up store or a flagship store. (The article describing this as a pop-up store suggests it is slated to close to March.)

Located at 120 W. 42nd Street, the Privé Revaux flagship store, which soft-launched last week, will allow customers to try-before-they-buy and will feature four interactive vignettes that evoke personalities from the brand’s sunglasses – The Artist, The Billionaire, The Dreamer and The Explorer. Each social media-friendly vignette allows customers to physically step inside and utilize props, creating memorable moments. Easy-to-read handles and hashtags, including the brand’s signature #ReframeYourself, encourage social sharing.

In addition, the pop-up pays homage to New York City via a life-sized subway car covered in graffiti with campaign images inside. Patrons can be photographed in the subway car while wearing a pair of Privé Revaux sunglasses, including the new Icon Collection with styles such as The Einstein, The McQueen, The Karl and The Jackie O. Each design is crafted by hand with high-end materials including acetate and proprietary lightweight, yet durable metal alloy. Additional features include polarized lenses, newly designed hinge screws and more; again only retailing for $29.95 per pair (two pairs for $54.95).

I took advantage of the subway train.

J Train (1) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #subway #train #priverevaux #graffiti #latergram

J Train (2) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #subway #train #priverevaux #graffiti #latergram

J Train (3) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #subway #train #priverevaux #graffiti #latergram

Me and a J car at Privé Revaux

Written by Randy McDonald

February 2, 2018 at 10:00 am