A Timeline of 215 Years of NYC Home Architecture

A Timeline of 215 Years of NYC Home Architecture

Surrounded by water, and eager to live close to their bustling city center, New Yorkers have had no other way, through the decades, than to build their homes towards the sky.

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Release: NEW YORK THEATRE BALLET presents Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker

New York Theatre BalletNew York Theatre Ballet will perform Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker from December 11-13, 2015 at Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, NYC (between Park and Madison Avenues). Performances are Friday at 12pm; Saturday at 11am, 1pm, and 3:30pm; and Sunday at 11am, 1pm, and 3:30pm. Tickets are $24 for children 12 and under and $34 for adults, and are available online at www.nytb.org, via Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787, or in person at the Florence Gould Hall box office at (212) 355-6160. For group sales: 212-679-0401 or email groups@nytb.org.

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Washington Square Crypt Discovery

It’s stories like this that “make” living in New York…


Human remains buried more than 100 years ago have been unearthed by construction workers at the edge of Washington Square Park. Workers were upgrading century-old water mains along Washington Square Park East near Waverly Place — also steps from several NYU campus buildings — when they discovered the burial vault.


The burial vault dates back to the 19th century, and had a large pile of skeletal remains inside. Washington Square Park was used as a potter’s field — a public burial place — after the Revolutionary War.

The vault — which is about 8 feet deep, 15 feet wide and 20 feet long, contained the remains of more than a dozen people, according to officials of the city’s Department of Design and Construction. The Department has said that it will be working with the Landmarks Preservation Commission to investigate the burial vault and acknowledged that the construction alignment for the new water main under the park will likely have to be redesigned.

But there were valuable lessons in the discovery. “When we are constructing the city, we learn so much of the past when we build for the future,” Department of Design and Construction Commissioner Dr. Feniosky Peña-Mora said.

This was not the first time human remains were discovered beneath Washington Square Park. It also happened in 2008 during a soil testing project by city crews.

Beat The Heat New York!

New York City is experiencing high temperatures today and for the rest of this week, which can pose a variety of different health problems.  Did you know that extreme heat caused 7,415 heat-related deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2010?!

This new infographic from the CDC provides some of the facts and figures associated with heat waves.

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Films on the Green

Films on the Green

Mark you calendars for May 29th. That is the day of the kick-off of the annual Films on the Green – a free, outdoor film festival in New York City organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the City of New York Parks & Recreation, and FACE Foundation.

Since 2008, the festival has brought classic and contemporary French cinema to New Yorkers, each season’s films cover a different theme from musicals to literary adaptations and Male figures in French cinema.

To thoroughly enjoy these classics make sure you pack a blanket and a picnic basket, and if you don’t speak French don’t worry – all films have English subtitles.

You can share your experience with #filmsonthegreen #nycurbanlife.


Films for 2015 are:

Friday, May 29, 8:30 pm | Central Park, Cedar Hill
By Roger Vadim with Brigitte Bardot, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Curd Jürgens



Friday, June 5, 8:30 pm | Washington Square Park
By Nadine Labaki with Nadine Labaki, Yasmine Al Massri



Friday June 12, 8:30 pm | Washington Square Park
By Julien Duvivier with Jean Gabin, Mireille Balin, Marcel Dalio



Friday, June 19, 8:30 pm | Tompkins Square Park
PRICELESS (Hors de Prix)
By Pierre Salvadori with Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh



Friday, June 26, 8:30 pm | Tompkins Square Park
By Rémi Bezançon & Jean-Christophe Lie (Ages 7+)



Friday, July 10, 8:30 pm | Riverside Park, Pier I
By Jacques Baratier with Omar Sharif, Claudia Cardinale



Friday, July 17, 8:30 pm | Riverside Park, Pier I
By Caroline Bottaro with Sandrine Bonnaire, Kevin Kline



Friday, July 24, 8:30 pm | Transmitter Park (BK)
By Paula Delsol with Jacqueline Vandal, Pierre Barouh



Friday, July 31, 8:30 pm | Transmitter Park (BK)
By Eric Rohmer with Patrick Bauchau, Haydée Politoff



Thursday, Sept. 10, 7:30 pm | Columbia University
THE RABBI’S CAT (Le Chat du Rabbin)
By Joann Sfar & Antoine Delesvaux



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An Uncommon Bag

An Uncommon Bag

uncommongoods.comGot kids in New York City? That may mean that soccer, baseball, hockey and lacrosse are part of your routine.  Urban mothers have the same experiences as our suburban counterparts, but we usually travel by foot, subway, bus or cab; no car to throw in any amount of gear that may be needed.  The trick to making these treks about town, and beyond, is to pack light but pack what you’ll need for 4-5 hours out.  And, because we live in Manhattan, there is the unspoken rule to use a bag that looks hip/stylish/unique. That’s a lot to ask for in a bag but my friends at UncommonGoods had the answer to my needs.

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