intersection 02.29.12

Hump Day
Walking Off the Big Apple

In this section today, vintage, classic, or old-timey New York.

So Fulton History is not the prettiest site you've seen lately. You could say 1995 wants their page back. Forget all that: this is way to get 1895's page back.18 million+ newspaper pages archived from NY state makes it an invaluable—and fascinating—resource. Slow to load, worth the wait.

Another throwback, the Brooklyn Genealogy Information Page has lots of interesting cul de sacs, including this: the Inns of Olde Manhattan.

Mitchell Broder's Vintage NY
"Adventures at the classic old haunts of Manhattan,
with justifiable detours"—tons o' fun.

Flaming Pablum calls to your attention the Washington Square Park and Area Image Collection, 1850-1990 from the NYU Archives. It's a fantastic collection—if you like NYC history, you can time travel for hours.

We're not persuaded by the Eminem $100 or the wolf-snagging-the-eagle $2 note. There are, however, hundreds of cool ideas submitted to
The Dollar ReDe$ign Project.

A comic take on sites like The Sartorialist,
Real Men Swear matches up questionable fashion choices, robust cursing, and delightful combativeness. By definition, NSFW.

Lists of Note—by their lists shall they be known.

There's always something sweet to see on Zooborns, and the birth of Moka and Mrithi's wee baby gorilla at the Pittsburgh Zoo
could not be sweeter.

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

Art Trip Up the River: A Visit to Dia:Beacon

As an art destination, Dia:Beacon has long been on my to-do list. Ever since the museum's opening in May 2003, I've wanted to travel up the Hudson River to Beacon, New York to check out this factory repurposed for art. Housed in a former Nabisco printing plant, the museum's vast interior is known for providing the needed light, space, and air for the Dia Art Foundation's unsurpassed art collection. For whatever reasons, I've delayed going, but recent in-town visits to see the work of Dan Flavin at The Morgan and John Chamberlain at the Guggenheim made me want to see more of their work. So finally, this past Sunday, a particularly bright day of clear blue skies and cool temperatures, I made the trip.

A visit to Dia:Bacon is not only easier than I imagined but also more affordable. The train ride lasts about an hour and twenty minutes, though seemingly faster while gazing at the famous Hudson River Valley landscapes along the way. As one of several One-Day Getaway packages offered by MTA, visitors can buy a special ticket for a discounted round-trip train trip to Beacon plus a discounted admission ticket to the museum. From Grand Central, the package currently costs $31.50. Considering that MoMA now charges $25 a visit, this art trip up the Hudson seems affordable, especially when you toss in the splendid river views and the cheap thrill of being out of town.


recent entries

One Liners, Flickr Pool Picks

Ways to End the Year

The 2019 List of Lists

See all articles in INTERSECTION

Get a daily dose of MUG
right in your Inbox.