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Fall, Timelapse, Central Park

Need a dose of tranquility? Watch this three-minute timelapse video shot in New York City’s Central Park. Photographer Jamie Scott selected fifteen locations in the park and returned to them twice a week for six months, from August 2011 through January 2012. And I do mean fifteen extremely specific locations — repeating [...]

The Late Movies: Simon & Garfunkel’s Concert in the Park

31 years ago today, Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel reunited for a concert in Central Park. It was September 19, 1981, and the concert was free — the plan was to use TV and home video royalties from the performance to renovate Central Park itself, which was in bad shape at the time. [...]

The Late Movies: Paul Simon’s Concert in Central Park, 21 Years Later

Twenty-one years ago today, Paul Simon put on a massive concert in Central Park. The performance on August 15, 1991 focused on material from his albums Graceland, Rhythm of the Saints, plus an assortment of Greatest Hits of his previous work, including Simon & Garfunkel material…but without Garfunkel. The resulting double-album has been [...]

The Truth About McHotDogs

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click here. Fast food has its staples: hamburgers and cheeseburgers, french fries, soda, probably a chicken option such as nuggets or a grilled sandwich. More “exotic” items include onion rings, milkshakes, hash browns, [...]

The Late Movies: Double Dutch

Growing up in Philadelphia, lots of girls in my neighborhood jumped rope. The most impressive did double dutch. (I dabbled, but was never really coordinated enough for one rope, let alone two.) The activity has grown in popularity in recent years. In 2009, double dutch became a varsity sport in New York City public schools. [...]

5 More Animals That Romped Through New York

An escaped peacock from New York’s Central Park Zoo found perching on Fifth Avenue window ledges drew attention—and international headlines—from news crews, bird watchers and well wishers last week. The now-famous cerulean fowl, which eventually returned to the zoo on its own, got us thinking about a handful of other animals that have taken unexpected trips [...]

The Quick 10: The Unbelievable Early Jobs of 10 Successful People

As the saying goes, “Everybody’s gotta start somewhere,” but during these trying times, many people are simply looking to start. It’s comforting, then, to hear about the unusual first jobs of people who went on to bigger and better and more lucrative things. 1. Michael Dell The founder and CEO of Dell Computers began working at the [...]

9 Really Dangerous Pieces of Art

Normally when artwork is described as “dangerous,” it means it challenges the viewer to think and feel outside their comfort zone. But here are nine pieces of art that were not only emotionally dangerous, but physically as well. 1. The Umbrellas [Image credit: Dddeco] Starting in the 1960s, married environmental artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude traveled the world, [...]

Robot Santa

Nick Brewer appeared as Robot Santa at SantaCon in New York City. It was his second year as a robot Kris Kringle, with an updated costume he calls Santabot 2.0. Construction of Brewer’s Santabot outfit took about a month, not including the crash course in using an Arduino board for the electronics. Arcade-style buttons on his [...]

Franco Recchia’s Cityscapes from Old Computers

Italian sculptor Franco Recchia builds models of cities from components of old computers. Pictured above is a representation of Central Park in New York City made from circuit boards. At the link, you can view other sculptures of New York City, Boston, and Pittsburgh. Link via Dude Craft | Photo: Agora Gallery