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Residents of Roosevelt Island and the eastern edge of Manhattan may soon see a colorful new addition to the Long Island City skyline in the form of a hot air balloon. The sculpture isn’t pure whimsy, either — it would be tethered to the ground, becoming an incredible one-person swing for children. Australian architect Jesse […]

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The NYPD’s SkyWatch towers — now mofidied to fit vans with surveillance platforms extending from the roof — have become a ubiquitious fixture in the city, especially in areas where there’s lot of tourists or poor people. Artist Zaq Landsberg is so discomforted by the platforms which were originally designed for border protection that he was inspired to […]

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The first outdoor screening of Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, the documentary about the Russian art-punk activist group, will happen July 2 at Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria, Queens. It will be followed by a different film every week through the summer. “With this impressive roster of foreign films, Film Forum has once again put forth an […]

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Natalie Jeremijenko is an artist and engineer and professor and all-around smart person whose work has appeared in NYU at at TED conferences. Her documented intelligence is one of the reasons I’m having such a hard time with this tree office thing. So Jeremijenko built an office in a tree in the Socrates Sculpture Park. […]

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Check out this pair of grocery-store-style automatic sliding doors in the middle of a park in Long Island City. They work like your standard automatic doors, sliding open when anyone approaches, but unlike a grocery store, these doors mark not the threshold between you and your produce. Rather, they separate nothing from nada. They nicely […]

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