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Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at the Met, 2016

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art
November 22, 2016 – January 8, 2017

1000 Fifth Avenue, at 5th Avenue and 82th Street, NYC

Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche Visitors Guide

Christmas 2016

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Forgetting History, Statolatry, Thugocracy

If forgetting history is now the purpose of higher education, I may be taking some risk by reminding the flagship censors of the persecution of Boris Pasternak by Soviet officials when Dr. Zhivago was published in the West and awarded the Nobel Prize. I will go further into danger and remind them also that Thomas Merton wrote a brilliant appreciation of that novel and its author. Among much else of value Merton said this: “It is characteristic of the singular logic of Stalinist-Marxism that when it incorrectly diagnoses some phenomenon as ‘political,’ it corrects the error by forcing the thing to become political.”

Censors on the flagship, by Wendell Berry

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Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at the Met

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Metropolitan Museum of Art admission is free

Many New Yorkers give $1 when they enter.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art tricks visitors into paying for admission though a century-old law and lease specify free entry most days, a class action claims in state court.

The museum, in Central Park along Fifth Avenue, agreed to the no-fee policy in exchange for a perpetual, rent-free lease of the Beaux-Arts building from New York City, which also picks up the tab for maintenance, utilities and security, lead plaintiff Filip Saska says.

The deal was meant to provide access to great art for citizens “without regard to financial means,” according to the complaint in New York County Supreme Court.

But Saska claim the museum has been transformed “into an expensive, fee-for-viewing, elite tourist attraction, where only those of financial means can afford to enter this publicly subsidized institution situated on prime city-owned land.”

Class Demands Free Entry to the Met, by Marlene Kennedy, Courthouse News Service

What sucks is that many people who know about the suggested donation policy – and end up paying less – are the ones who don’t need to.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Suggests You Pay More

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“Land of Dreams”

A new YouTube video – “Land of Dreams” – featuring Rosanne Cash and other musicians, shows different tourist experiences in the United States.

From Discover America.

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Queens Museum of Art

One can go to the Queens Museum of Art at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park and enjoy the wonderful bird-eye’s view of the tri-borough with all the buildings, airports, rivers, Central Park, etc. … free, no charge and ample parking … just off the Grand Central Parkway, years ago, I would use that as a pit-stop when I am tired driving along the LIE … also, the Flushing Meadow park is wonderful for a stroll, the site of the World’s Fair in the early 60’s … many years ago, I traveled to visit the Bronx Botanical Garden and I was disappointed because it is so similar to Central Park … Central Park is free and the Bronx charges an admission fee, parking, etc.
p/s: my last Con Ed bill was $20 and change for the last 32 days, which is less then $1 a day for electricity, so cut down your energy consumption and you will not have to worry about nuclear generating plants … use less electricity and sacrifice some creature comfort….
Queens Museum of Art, web site, New York City Building, Flushing, NY, 718-592-9700 | directions | wikipedia
New York Botanical Garden, web site, 2736 Marion Avenue, Bronx, NY, 718-817-8700

Lots going on at the New York Transit Museum

August 18 and 19, 2007, Saturday & Sunday at 1:30 pm. “On The Town”
The classic musical “On The Town,” shot on location in New York City, was one of the first films to depict the New York City subway in living color. Gene Kelly stars alongside Frank Sinatra as a love struck sailor on leave in the Big Apple who falls head over heels for “Miss Turnstiles,” a “typical rider” whose picture appears in many different poses on advertising placards. Among the songs: “New York, New York” and “Come Up To My Place.” Also stars Jules Munshin, Ann Miller, Vera-Ellen and Betty Garrett.
August, Saturdays & Sundays, 3:00 pm. “American Experience: Transcontinental Railroad”
Go behind-the-scenes of one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century–the transcontinental railroad. Meet the engineers, entrepreneurs, and legions of workers who made it possible.
Saturday, September 8, 2007, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, “IND Anniversary September Special: A Day on the A.” Only 400 seats available — get your tickets now while there is space available!
Highlighting the 75th Anniversary of the opening of the first section of the IND, vintage R 1/9 trains will travel from mid-town to the Transit Museum’s very own Court Street station. After a brief layover we’ll re-board and head out to
enjoy the sun and surf at Rockaway Park. Then, we’ll go the distance along the remainder of the longest route in the system, closing the day boroughs away at 207th Street in the Bronx.
This a a one-of-a kind opportunity to experience subway travel onboard the vintage rail fleet, usually on static display in the Transit Museum. Not to be missed are the bouncy wicker seating of yesteryear, sharing your experiences with fellow passengers, the Nostalgia Train ‘wave’ to bemused people on subway platforms as the vintage trains rolls by and the mid-trip destination activities. Nostalgia Train tickets are $30, Museum members $25, children 3-17 $10. For reservations please call 718-694-1867.

New York Transit Museum. Complete calendar of events. Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn Heights, T-F 10 am to 4 pm, Sat and Sun 12 Noon to 5 pm, closed Mondays and major holidays, 718-694-1600 ($ admission fee).
New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Store at Grand Central Terminal, located just off the main concourse in the Shuttle Passage, adjacent to the Station Masters’ Office, M-F 8 am to 8 pm, Sat and Sun 10 am to 6 pm, closed major holidays and for special events, 212-878-0106 (free).

Design for the Other 90%

On view in the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden, this exhibition highlights the growing trend among designers to create affordable and socially responsible objects for the vast majority of the world’s population (90 percent) not traditionally serviced by professional designers. Organized by exhibition curator Cynthia E. Smith, along with an eight-member advisory council, the exhibition is divided into sections focusing on water, shelter, health and sanitation, education, energy and transportation and highlights objects developed to empower global populations surviving under the poverty level or recovering from a natural disaster.

Design for the Other 90% is an exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.


The Q drum


“The real stars of the show, though, are the stories behind the designs.” microscopiq, May 17, 2007

They don’t need a handout. What they need is an opportunity.
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A poor person actually only cares about one thing: making more money. If they have more money, they can get ahead, take their family out of poverty.
— Martin Fischer, Kickstart International

The introductory video also provided an opportunity to explore an additional range of themes that may not be as apparent, running through the exhibition and this area of design: open source options, leapfrog technology, economic impacts, community building, testing and end-user research, low-cost innovations, social enterprise, humanitarian entrepreneurship, improved democracies and multiple calls to action.

In Their Own Words,” Design for the Other 90% blog, May 14, 2007
Design for the Other 90% (web site), an exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum through September 23, 2007. Cooper-Hewitt, web site, 2 East 91st Street, New York, NY, M-Th 10 am – 5 pm, F 10 am – 9 pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun Noon – 6 pm. $ Admission fee.

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Great exhibition at the Guggenheim

I saw this show on Friday evening, pay as you wish…


Camille Pissarro, Apple Picking at Éragny-sur-Epte (La Cueillette des pommes, Éragny-sur-Epte), 1888

Divisionism – Neo-Impressionism: Arcadia and Anarchy, at the Guggenheim, April 27 – August 6, 2007. 1071 5th Avenue (at 89th Street), (on Friday evenings beginning at 5:45 pm the museum hosts Pay What You Wish, in which admission is by donation. The last tickets are issued at 7:15 pm), 212-423-3500

The Pointillist ‘Contagion’ in Italy,” by Roberta Smith, The New York Times, April 27, 2007

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