Apr 23
The stupid Freedom Tower at sunrise this morning.

The stupid Freedom Tower at sunrise this morning.


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Apr 23
Looking uptown from the 54th floor of 4 World Trade. #damn

Looking uptown from the 54th floor of 4 World Trade. #damn


Apr 22
The view from work today. Shooting at CCNY. Doing production design on a video short about the Zahn Center. Even though I’ve slept 1 hour in 50 I am in love with life. #working #werking #zahncenter #ccny #upperwestside #stem #nyc (at The City College of New York)

The view from work today. Shooting at CCNY. Doing production design on a video short about the Zahn Center. Even though I’ve slept 1 hour in 50 I am in love with life. #working #werking #zahncenter #ccny #upperwestside #stem #nyc (at The City College of New York)


Apr 21
C.L.R. James quoting Marx’s Eighteenth Brumaire in The Black Jacobins.

C.L.R. James quoting Marx’s Eighteenth Brumaire in The Black Jacobins.


Apr 21
Again from C.L.R. James. I had this very thing explained to me with scientific certainty over breakfast one morning by the only white woman to marry into a very established Jamaican family in 300 some years. #oldways #caribbean #creolizedsocieties

Again from C.L.R. James. I had this very thing explained to me with scientific certainty over breakfast one morning by the only white woman to marry into a very established Jamaican family in 300 some years. #oldways #caribbean #creolizedsocieties


Apr 21
From page 29 of The Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James. #eggs

From page 29 of The Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James. #eggs


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Apr 20

bashment-skankin:

Early B - Bible Story (Freedom Blues Riddim)


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Apr 20
manufactoriel:

by Mickalene Thomas

manufactoriel:

by Mickalene Thomas


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Apr 20
nyworldsfaircollections:

April is National Poetry Month
To celebrate, here’s a stanza from one of the “Prize Poems of the 1939 World’s Fair” published by the Academy of American Poets. 

"This is a dream," I said, "a god has dreamed."
Yet standing where the grass and highway met,
All suddenly I knew it had but seemed
A dream. I touched the grass. The dew was wet.
This was my world. Tomorrow’s sun would show
Time and the will of man had made it so.
by Charles Malam

Publication from the Collection on the 1939/1940 New York World’s Fair at the Queens Museum.

nyworldsfaircollections:

April is National Poetry Month

To celebrate, here’s a stanza from one of the “Prize Poems of the 1939 World’s Fair” published by the Academy of American Poets. 

"This is a dream," I said, "a god has dreamed."

Yet standing where the grass and highway met,

All suddenly I knew it had but seemed

A dream. I touched the grass. The dew was wet.

This was my world. Tomorrow’s sun would show

Time and the will of man had made it so.

by Charles Malam

Publication from the Collection on the 1939/1940 New York World’s Fair at the Queens Museum.


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Apr 20
amselpick:

Hotel New Yorker Sign w Empire State Building in Back -  New York CityFollow Me Home

amselpick:

Hotel New Yorker Sign w Empire State Building in Back - New York City
Follow Me Home


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Apr 20

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Apr 20
aubreylstallard:

Gunta Stolzl, 1928

aubreylstallard:

Gunta Stolzl, 1928

(Source: elenikalorkoti)


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Apr 20

18° 15’ N, 77° 30’ W

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Apr 20

oldmanyellsatcloud:

kateoplis:

What was once an ash heap in Corona, Queens, became the site of the 1939 World’s Fair. Its avenues, in turn, provided the layout for the 1964 World’s Fair. …A few structures from the fair stand in good condition; others have fallen into disrepair; and still others have been reinvented.

Shea Stadium. Opened five days before the World’s Fair in 1964, it became the home of the New York Mets and the New York Jets. On Aug. 15, 1965, the Beatles played a 30-minute set before 55,000 screaming fans. The stadium was torn down in 2009 and turned into a parking lot; Citi Field, the new home of the Mets, was built next door.

Singer Bowl. An open-air stadium seating 18,000, it was built in 1964 by the Singer Sewing Company. In 1973, it was renamed the Louis Armstrong Memorial Stadium. (Armstrong, in fact, lived only blocks away until his death in 1971.) It was the centerpiece of the U.S.T.A. National Tennis Center when it opened in 1978, and it remained so until 1997, when Arthur Ashe Stadium was built.

Port Authority Heliport. An actual heliport topped the structure; the Beatles landed there on their way to their 1965 concert at Shea. The restaurant at the top, Terrace on the Park, is still open as a catering hall, with views that are said to be more spectacular than the food. When Madonna first came to New York, she lived in Corona and had a job running the elevators there.

New York State Pavilion. Consisting of an oval pavilion, a theater and three spaceship-like towers, the complex was designed by Philip Johnson. Murals that had decorated the outside of the pavilion, including Andy Warhol’s “Thirteen Most Wanted Men,” were painted over before the fair opened.

New York City Pavilion and Ice Theater. Originally built for the 1939 World’s Fair and later used as the home of the United Nations General Assembly, the 1964 pavilion featured a ride around a panoramic model of the city, as well as an ice skating show. It became a museum in 1972, and until 2008 the city operated an ice skating rink in the south end. The museum still houses the panorama.

Hall of Science. The Hall of Science, built for the fair, reopened as a science museum in 1966 and has since undergone several renovations. Nearby, in Space Park, were spacecraft and rockets, donated by NASA and the Defense Department. The Atlas and Titan II rockets remain outside; the Mercury I capsule is in the museum.

Chrysler Pavilion. The Queens Zoo opened on this site in 1968. The zoo’s aviary is the former New York World’s Fair Pavilion (later the Winston Churchill Pavilion), a geodesic dome designed for the fair by R. Buckminster Fuller.

Then & Now The Fair to End All Fairs

More here, here, and here.

Of particular interest to me, since the symbol of the World’s Fair (which we do technically still have even though people keep saying they’re over) has appealed to me as a writing device and a way to setup an isolated location for plot shenanigans. Sadly, the World’s Fair is also a symbol of some god awful racist and sociologically backwards crap, and I -still- can’t figure out if that’s something I can competently express during my own narratives.


Apr 20

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