leisure 04.25.12

Hump Day
Walking Off the Big Apple

One Big Photo. One big time suck and well worth it. Pictured above: Edale English Landscape. At top: Japanese Snow Monkey.

The virtues of patience and persistence have rarely been so sweetly and charmingly depicted as they are in Whistleless,
a short film by Siri Melchior.

And speaking of sweet, Montreal's Shelley Miller
has created murals out of sugar.

Marine Traffic around the world in more or less real time.
Passenger ships, cargo vessels, tankers, yachts,
and the disturbing "unspecified ships."

Mommy, what's a typewriter? Oy. See: The Virtual Typewriter Museum.

The Watchmaker, episode two of Dustin Cohen's series
Made in Brooklyn.

Dogs and cats in yoga positions… we should be ashamed of ourselves. But we are not.

23 Fun Facts About Things We Saw at the Grocery Store

The search for images of changeable landscape fire-screens
that used invisible ink.

Cultural and literary notes, plus self-guided walks, courtesy of Walking Off the Big Apple, a strolling guide to New York City.

On Washington Mews, a Renovation in Progress

People out walking past Washington Mews, the quaint little thoroughfare north of Washington Square Park, may be wondering what in the world is going on. A home for stables in the nineteenth century and then a studio row for artists beginning in 1916, the Mews certainly accounts for one of the most picturesque street scenes in Greenwich Village. Well, not exactly right now.

NYU is currently converting four buildings along the street as well as upgrading the infrastructure underground, the nearby sidewalks, and the street lighting. Visitors to the city, likely to read about the mews in their tourist guide books, may be disconcerted to find the urban hideaway in such an unappealing state. Residents, too, may look upon the current construction site with raised eyebrows, especially in light of controversies surrounding the university's quest for expansion. In this particular case, however, community and landmark authorities have granted their seal of approval. The renovation just adds one more chapter to a long colorful story.



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