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NYC Police Museum Early 1900’s Mugshots

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An interesting photo gallery of some mugs detained in the early 1900’s. These photos are courtesy of the New York City Police Museum. The exhibit going on now of the NYPD Motorcycle Squad at the museum also looks good.

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UNDERCITY

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Andrew Wonder and Steve Duncan head to the underground of the city. Its a heart thumping short film, but obviously this is not for the normal city explorer.

For example if you wish to do some of these explorations without getting arrested the Brooklyn Atlantic Avenue tunnel has tours for a look at the oldest subway tunnel in NY. The NY Transit Museum has tours once and a while of the City Hall station (none in the near future). Also check out Open House New York for tons of open NY items like the abandoned hospital on Ellis Island, and subway power stations.

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Snowy brownstones

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Centennial Soiree at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden

This past Thursday evening August 12 was the Linnaean Libation League’s Centennial Soiree. The celebration was held for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s 100th birthday. We did not have a speaking role, but our fashions were included in this video clip on the Long Island Channel 12 news. Here are some vintage styled photographs from the event that we took:

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Step back in time for a good cause

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Two very forward-thinking (or backward, if one chooses to look at it that way) New York City cultural institutions will be pouring some vintage spirits this month in celebration of a simpler time. Whether you find yourself in uptown Manhattan or deep in Brooklyn this August, head over to toast an old-fashioned in support of these fantastic locales.

The Speakeasy at 1220 Fifth Avenue
The Museum of the City of New York
on Wednesday nights, 6 – 9 p.m. through August 18th. Enjoy cocktails on the Fifth Avenue terrace and a special installation on the fictional 1920s character Flapper Jane. Visitors will be treated to tours of current exhibitions, live music, DJs, an antique car show, and other special events throughout the summer. Admission includes one FREE drink and access to the Museum’s first- and second-floor galleries. Tickets sold online and at the door. 
Rain or shine!
Where: Museum of the City of New York
Details: Museum Members: $10 • Non-Members: $15

Garden Party Like It’s 1910
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Croquet 6:30 – 7:45 PM; cocktails 8:00 – 10:00 PM
In 1910, milk was 32 cents a gallon, average life expectancy for men was 48, the Ziegfield girls earned $75/week, and Brooklyn Botanic Garden was transformed from an ash dump to a glorious urban sanctuary. BBG and Brooklyn Based invite you to celebrate the Garden’s centennial with a one-of-a kind affair organized by the Garden’s Linnaean Libation League.
Where: Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Enter at 1000 Washington Avenue, near Eastern Parkway; take 2/3 train to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum or B/Q to Prospect Park. Call 718-623-7200 for more information.
Details: Strictly 21+. Advance ticket purchase required; vintage attire encouraged.

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Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island

 Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island

We spent the day on Governor’s Island with Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra at the 5th Bi-Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party, complete with vintage clothing vendors, a hopping dance floor, fashion shows, a tug-of-war contest, old-fashioned cocktails, and a showcase of vintage cars.

The party will be repeated later this summer on August 28th & 29th 2010.

Below is a photo collection of the day’s events.

 Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island

 Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island

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Sarah Bernhardt in Prospect Park

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On this Fourth of July we leave you with an archival clip of Sarah Bernhardt addressing the people Prospect Park.

Sarah Bernhardt Addresses Crowd in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 1917

On July 4, 1917, French actress Sarah Bernhardt speaks in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, N.Y., on behalf of French-American cooperation in the war effort. Addressing more than 50,000 people gathered around a decorated music platform, Mme. Bernhardt stands and speaks from an open touring car parked in front of the platform. Medium close shot of Mme. Bernhardt speaking and gesturing, with man who may be her personal physician, Dr. Felix Marot, and woman who is probably her secretary and translator, Miss Elizabeth Ormsby, seated in car.

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Retrofitting suburbia

Video via Ted.com – Ellen Dunham-Jones: Retrofitting suburbia

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The Luxury Big-Box

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“Square Feet – Barneys Co-op is Leading High-End Stores to Brooklyn”. This NY Times article predicts the advent of more big-box or luxury-box stores in our borough. Personally I am ok with this particular new store (I am sure my wife would disagree), but what concerns me is the precedent this sets.

Marty Markowitz has been pushing for Apple to move to the borough. The real push we should be making is to foster the sense of place that already exists here; that exact sense of place that makes is attractive for big box stores to locate here.

Anyway, what about larger stores symbolizes progress?

My hometown is Cherry Hill, NJ. When I tell people this their first response is usually “oh, you mean near the mall?”. Of course I do have a nostalgia for my hometown, as anyone would. But what would make Brooklyn any different than Cherry Hill if we moved dozens more large chains onto our streets? I moved away from Cherry Hill so I could be immersed in education, culture, history, and life.

What makes Brooklyn different and unique is our dense fabric of small businesses that operate in 600-1000 sq ft spaces. Small businesses filter money back into our own local economy, whereas big box stores send their money back to Cupertino, Seattle or wherever their headquarters are located.

Required reading:
Cities Back from the Edge
Building the Green Economy

Required viewing:
Twilight Becomes Night

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Disney Pixar UP – Cute Married Life

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Very cute entry scene to the movie UP. It shows the intro scene of married life between Carl & Ellie.

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