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Selenography: “Moon Watching in the Big Apple”

BY Lynne Sachs | FILED UNDER Brooklyn, Selenography, Staten Island
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The moon is not a stargazer’s friend, and neither are all of the city lights of New York City. Still, with the help of the Amateur Astronomers of New York City, I’ve been able to gaze at the bumpy crevices of our moon like I have never seen it before — from the pitch black expanse of Staten Island’s Great Kills National Park, the darkest spot in the metropolitan area, to the busy center of Brooklyn’s Borough Hall. One cool summer evening in August 2007, I drove to the farthest reaches of Staten Island with my partner, filmmaker Mark Street, and our two daughters. Having lived in New York for almost a decade, I’ve been trained to avoid murky places where a human being a mere six feet away is impossible to see. It was truly scary to drive into a completely unlit network of winding roads full of other cars without their lights on all searching for a few hidden telescopes perched to watch the sky. In Brooklyn, we stood with two breathtakingly knowledgeable astronomers in the subdued light of the borough’s government center. My fellow selenograpahers seemed bewildered by the fact that I was shooting video in the darkness. Surrounded by office buildings and courthouses, I listened to their scientific explanations and personal anecdotes on the narrative of the cosmos. Knowing very little in the realm of astronomy, I felt confident that the reflection of light on the surface of the moon would be just enough to awaken the screen.  (Lynne Sachs)

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Xenogenesis

BY Erik Schurink | FILED UNDER Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Xenogenesis

‘Yankee’ and ‘Bag’ by Hendrik KerstensYankee and Bag, by Hendrik Kerstens, on view at the Museum of the City of New York through September 13, 2009.

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Bibliomancy: A Little Flip Book About Love and Sex

BY Emma Berliner | FILED UNDER Bibliomancy, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island
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(and Masturbation)…
The passion of sex has become intertwined within our modern notions of love. Sharing loving moments with another person is the most primal human desire. And SEX is the most intrinsic physical expression of that love.

BUT if you’re home alone on Saturday night, without the tender touch of another, how could you possibly fulfill your desire? Read a book of course!
Each turning page contains a poem of loving tenderness. Skim the pages one at a time OR watch as passion explodes!

As infamous New Yorker Woody Allen says,

“Don’t knock masturbation, it’s sex with someone I love.”

Enjoy!

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The Penitent City

BY bradybass | FILED UNDER Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Open City, Places, Queens, Staten Island

All the hoping and praying

all this city

ever did was

crawl

like a tot to a tit

trying to squeeze milk, milk

and more milk

from her blemished breast.

The harbors’ mother

tarnished to reptilian green

slowly bows to the burden

shows her chameleon skin

and crawls slow

into deeper waters

leaving her pedestal, cloak

and pointed coronet.

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Forgotten NY: From Street Necrology to Subway History

BY Susan Agliata | FILED UNDER Bronx, Brooklyn, history, Information, Manhattan, Places, Queens, Staten Island

Forgotten NY Logo For anyone interested in above, or below ground NYC history, Forgotten NY is an absolute treasure. Curious what your neighborhood looked like 100 years ago? Find detailed street necrology and photo galleries for neighborhoods from Greenwich Village to Astoria. Whether you live in Bushwick or Jamaica, St.George or the Lower East Side, this trove of original source documents will keep you occupied for hours.  Want to get even closer to NYC history? Take a Forgotten NY walking tour anywhere from Prospect Park to Hell’s Kitchen.

Happy exploring!

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For Audiles: WNYC Soundcheck’s Noteworthy New York

BY Susan Agliata | FILED UNDER Audile, Bronx, Brooklyn, Information, Manhattan, Places, Queens, Staten Island, Words

WNYC Soundcheck's Culture Map A great tool to find and contribute NYC cultural destinations.  Add your own local favorite or explore other ‘hoods with WNYC Soundcheck’s Noteworthy New York.

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Elutriate! Vaticinate!

BY Erik Schurink | FILED UNDER Bronx, Brooklyn, Elutriate, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Vaticinate

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Pelagic: In Passing

BY brownrecluse62 | FILED UNDER Manhattan, Pelagic, Staten Island
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Portrait of an Artist During the Morning Commute

BY Sofia | FILED UNDER Bronx, Brooklyn, Holus Bolus, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island

In the age of multitasking it only makes sense that Artist’s would take to the streets and try to fit in their passions along with their duties… YouTube Preview Image

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Open City: Enter

BY Erik Schurink | FILED UNDER Brooklyn, Manhattan, Open City, Staten Island

Castle Williams, Governors Island

Castle Williams, Governors Island

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