A station in a station ( or a terminal)

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Most visitors to Manhattan this time of the year head for the gigantic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree or traipse around gawking at the elaborate holiday window displays, but for me one of the highlights in New York City every holiday season for the past 15 years has been the NYC Transit Museum’s Annual Holiday Train Show in the beautiful Grand Central Terminal. The awesome display centers on a model of the historic Grand Central Terminal, with vintage train sets running along a 100 meter-long, bi-level layout. It incorporates antique Lionel trains, such as the Pennsylvania Flyer, the Polar Express, and the Grand Central Express.

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The exhibition is free and is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday, 10 am-6 pm running through February 26, 2017. The Transit Museum’s Grand Central Gallery Annex is located off the Main Concourse in the Shuttle Passage.

Images courtesy of the MTA

 

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Going West

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Going West is the first book in a popular trilogy by New Zealand’s beloved author Maurice Gee. The New Zealand Book Council commissioned this wonderful stop-frame animation of the book. Created by Andersen M Studio, the animators used actual copies of Gee’s novel to make the film.

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When Chickens Have Teeth

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I’m  not much of a linguist, but when I travel I love to learn odd expressions from local languages and cultures. British illustrator Paul Blow has been creating wonderful images based on idioms that has discovered during his own travels. While many of these sayings are not readily translatable into English, Blow captures the universal humor in them all.

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all images ©Paul Blow

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It’s Black Friday (every week)

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Last month marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party. In October 1966, the founders of the BPP galvanized a generation of American radicals and revolutionaries with their commitment to the principle of the right to self-defense, demands to determine the destiny of the Black Community nationwide, and wide-ranging community programs. Fifty years later, we are still fighting the same racist culture that led to the formation of the BPP.

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The new book, Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers (Abrams), by Bobby Seale and Stephen Shames chronicles the founding of the BPP in photographs and historical essays. It’s a helpful reminder of just how the more things change, the more they stay the same.

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all images ©Stephen Shames

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Today We Celebrate Irony

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Animating Paradise

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Earlier this year, I shared a post on the Prado Museums commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the death of the painter Hieronymus Bosch and his masterpiece “The Garden of Earthly Delights”. Now, the Museum of the Image in Breda, Netherlands has commission an animated and updated version of the center panel of the hallucinatory painting. You can see the work in person at MOTI in Breda until December 30th, but if you can’t visit here’s a look:

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Traveler’s Apology

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The original “American Apology Shirt” was created by Joel Aufrecht back in 2003 for U.S. travelers to demonstrate to people in other nations that George W. Bush did not represent the beliefs of all Americans. The profits from the sales of the shirts were donated to Doctors Without Borders MSF. Now, the project has been revived to help American travelers address the Presidential election debacle, with the profits once again going to MSF. The “American Traveler International Apology Shirt” in various gender apropriate versions can be purchased here. I know that I will be getting my own before my next trip.

 

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Art Connects Past and Present

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German street artist Andreas von Chrzanowski (aka Case Maclaim) recently completed this wonderful mural for the Jacksonville, Florida Art (Re)Public Project. The piece, which is located in the heart of the city on Forsyth Street, incorporates books with titles relating the the city’s long history.

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Two Travelers

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Like millions of Leonard Cohen fans around the world I have been mourning the passing of the legendary poet, singer, songwriter, and novelist. We can only console ourselves with the extraordinary body of work that he has left us. The short animated film below, “Leonard Cohen on Moonlight”, is a production from the Blank on Blank series from PBS Digital Studios.

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Vive la France

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