leisure 09.28.11

Hump Day
Walking Off the Big Apple

Journalist Paul Lukas rescued nearly 400 Manhattan Trade School for Girl Report Cards, issued in the 1920s. They turn out to be an endlessly fascinating, even moving peek into the lives and times of New York women, almost a century ago.

At Datavis: charts, maps, graphs, and diagrams that frequently have a beauty in function and form.

Our favorite from this gallery of images by artist Lan-Chiann Wu seems to change each time we look at the work.

Maybe it's not HGTV-ready, but the Home Styler can give you 2- or 3-D floor plans without cost or technical expertise.

The Beardly maintains that beards are man's greatest achievement.

Retronaut—in their words: "The past is a foreign country.
This is your passport." Works shown here are by
Scottish artist Alan MacDonald.
The Abbey Road photo at top in full.
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Correct us if we're wrong but the wedding cake pictured doesn't strike us as a promising start to connubial bliss.

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

A New York Fall Calendar: Selected Festivals, Special Events, and Suggested Walks

On a Thursday afternoon a couple of weeks ago, the rains came in and the wind whipped around from the north, and in the wake of the frontal passage it felt gloriously like fall. People walked the streets in sweaters and long scarves, and for a few days, everyone looked ready to say goodbye to summer. Alas, the feeling of fall didn't last. Warmer and humid weather returned, so in retrospect, that first nip of cooler and drier air now seems like a dress rehearsal. If all goes according to the official forecasts, however, we should get another taste of autumn this coming weekend.

Even if it feels like fall in the city, it just may not look like it yet. In New York City, we generally won't see the fall foliage peak until the last week in October and the first week of November. In the meantime, we're in full festival mode. Fall weather also means we're entering the high season for invigorating long walks. Below are the dates for several seasonal special events leading up to Thanksgiving as well as suggestions for seasonal strolls.


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