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Smurf Village - Metro Square

Juzcar: The Smurf Town

Hollywood takes over the small town of Juzcar and paints it blue to promote their film The Smurfs 2.  See Metro Square   http://metrosquare.blogspot.com/2011/12/juzcar-smurf-town.html#more In 2011, Sony Pictures convinced the residents of Juzcar, a small town in Malaga Spain, to let them paint the entire town blue including the town church and gravestones, to celebrate the […]

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Mosques II: Ummavi Mosque Cordoba (785-961)

This is the third installation of Mosque Form and Function, the second post was about the First Royal Mosque of Damascus. In 750 CE, the ninety year Ummavi (Umayyad) rule in Syria came to a tragic end.  It was a blood bath the entire family of Ummavi Khalifa, Marwan II was put to sword and the Khilafat moved east to Iraq for […]

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View from Brooklyn Bridge Park

Summer 2013: Public Art in NYC

Pedro Pablo Silva passed away recently, and it seems only fitting that, in honor of the whimsical art that he created in collaboration with local communities, we highlight art in public spaces… New York City has been supporting art in public places since at least 1967. While some of this art is permanent, there are […]

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Relationship Maintenance: NYC

I read a blog post entitled “What to do if you are falling out of love with New York” recently. It is a pretty solid list and it made me review all those moments when NYC and I were on rough terms. Often those times seem to coincide with lack of money or love, but […]

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2013 NYC hotel industry report

Tourism is a-booming in New York City. Starting with Mayor Giuliani’s quality of life push and continued with Mayor Bloomberg’s soft-spot for the service-sector, tourism has never been bigger. In 2012, New York City broke its all-time visitor record with more than 52 million visitors, up 44% since 2002. The city also houses almost 600 […]

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New Orleans really knows how to throw a Super Bowl Party

New Orleans really knows how to throw a Super Bowl Party.

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Beautiful Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Flickr photo from Foodmayhem.com's photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lonbinder/3579474655/

Out of Town Guide to NYC

I know we have all been there. Your friend texts you at 11pm. On a damn worknight. “Hey! I’m going to be in NYC tomorrow for the next couple of days. Let’s hang out. What should we do?” As of late, this has happened to me a lot lately. Not that I am some grumpy guy who doesn’t want […]

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New York City – As seen through the ages

Driving Around New York City in 1928 This 5 minute clip from 1928 shows interesting things about city streets and transportation modes.  Please note the following: We might think that the red double decker tour buses on New York city streets are new. They were imported from London barely 20 years ago.  But look carefully in the beginning of the film and […]

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The National Mall Design Competition

The National Mall is a mile long stretch of open space between the Lincoln Memorial and the US Capital building in Washington DC.   The Mall is flanked by museums and other monuments and is the most popular tourist destination in the United States. More than 24 million people visited the Mall last year. The Trust for […]

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Montauk Beach

Labor Day-Trips from New York City

Check out five staycations in Riverhead, Montauk, Sands Point Preserve, Robert Moses State Park, and Lambertville… Riverhead, Long Island Once synonymous with “Main Street Blight,” Riverhead’s downtown is undergoing a (tepid) resurgence. 

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