Author Archives: Brian D. Butler

See NYC from the sea

If you are one of the millions of folks who will be visiting New York City this summer, be sure to take advantage of the recently relaunched and expanded passenger ferry service between the boroughs. As you can see from … Continue reading

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Travel Light

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Tangerine Mussolini Is Scaring Away Tourists

You may know the tech company Foursquare from its popular City Guide travel app, but it’s also in the data crunching business. Based on the firm’s analysis, the United States’ share of the International tourism market has been steadily declining … Continue reading

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Reader’s Manifesto

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Up All Night

Those of us who suffer with insomnia sometimes find that we do our best work while most of the world is fast asleep. New York photographer Michael Massaia finds inspiration during nocturnal strolls through Manhattan. His black and white series … Continue reading

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Helen Keller was an anti-fascist activist

Somehow all of the films and plays about Helen Keller managed to leave out that she was a life-long Socialist and a rabid anti-fascist. She supported groups such as the ACLU and the NAACP. On May 9, 1933, disgusted by … Continue reading

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Airbnb AMS

Earlier this year I rented a terrific Airbnb appartment in the heart of Amsterdam’s Jordaan neighborhood. Before I decided on the flat, I searched dozens of interesting options, but none were as unusual as the “Inkijkbnb”. This unique rental is … Continue reading

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Chameleons of the Art World

Director Aaron Christian made this hilarious double send-up of the art world and pretentious wildlife documentaries. All of you artists and gallery denizens will recognize the creatures prowling this year’s Frieze Art Fair in New York City.

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The Call of Cthulhu

Many bibliophiles and fans of horror and fantasy writing believe that the birth of the modern horror story can be traced to the dark visions that sprang from the febrile imagination of H. P. Lovecraft at the beginning of the … Continue reading

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NYC Is Hyper

It’s been a while since I posted a good hyperlapse video, so I thought that I’d share this amazing three minute homage to New York City. A Taste of New York, from Vienna-based FilmSpektakel, is a fun, frenetic visit to Manhattan that … Continue reading

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