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New York WTC and GRNY

I haven't been to NY in a while and now I know what I look like while holding my camera and standing in a subway. Thanks for Stickymonger for the photo and taking me to the 69th floor of the WTC Building 4 which is still incomplete. The empty floors which will house Spotify in the near future is currently artist studios and exhibits. I visited the WTC in 1986 and went to the observation deck. I was a high school junior! Yesterday was the first time going back. It's obviously completely changed and thriving it it's new way.  The WTC area is shaping up into being another city center. What was once a sterile Wall Street area is now...

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Hurricane Sandy and Midtown Manhattan

Grand Central Station, one of the busiest terminals in the world, is locked and completely empty. Sandy hammered New York City Monday night. Midtown Manhattan was spared of the worst. We don’t have flooding like other parts of the city, but 39th Street has emerged as the dividing line of the have and have-nots. Of electricity that is. I’m straddling both worlds because while I don’t have power at home, I do at work! Here are some pics from my morning commute. A loss of power doesn’t stop the Korean greengrocer from staying open while nearly all chain groceries and drug stores are closed.   One of my favorite burger joints remains closed, but they prepared as most other businesses...

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Now: NYC’s Asian American International Film Festival

Yes! New York City’s Asian American International Film Festival is in full swing! Last night, John Sayles‘ Amigo kicked things off and the intensity continues through Sunday. Apart from the films, check out the awesome workshops, too! A biopic on Anna May Wong! You can see why Macy’s wanted in on this. I happened to catch The Warriors of Qiugang at another fest. Sounds like there’s going to be kung-fu fighting, right? But in reality it’s a documentary about poor residents in a community fighting an industrial plant and Chinese bureaucracy. Hardcore! My Country Is Tibet is screening at the Museum of Chinese in America. Jesus, they let just about everybody in this year!

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Last Week for NYC’s Giant Asian Head

She is quietly judging your diet as you consume a double cheeseburger and slurp a hopscotch concrete. This giant Asian head will leave Madison Square Park (probably best known as the location of the original Shake Shack) after August 14. The artist is Jaume Plensa of Barcelona and this nontalking head is known as Echo. From a distance, it looks as if the face (so life-like, it seems ready to open its eyes and speak) is projected onto a blank wall, but as one approaches, the marks of a sculpture become more clear. Even though the installation was just for a little while, it’s nice to know that Asians can still get a head in the city.

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GRNY Animal Style – Matt Furie 8/7/10 – 9/1/10

[nggallery id=43]     Art Show Opening: Matt Furie August 7 – September 1, 2010 Reception: Saturday, August 7, 6:30 – 10:00 p.m. Giant Robot Gallery 437 East 9th Street Between 1st Ave. & Ave. A, in the East Village New York, New York 10009 (212) 674-GRNY (4769) | grny.net** Giant Robot is proud to present new works by San Francisco-based artist Matt Furie at GRNY. Matt Furie creates richly detailed and hyper colored illustrations and paintings that crossbreed the hyper detail of Basil Wolverton, primal appeal of Fraggle Rock and Labyrinth, and unrestrained youth of Chuck E. Cheese. In addition to showing his works in galleries around the world, Furie’s storytelling is showcased in Boy’s Club, which is published...

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