Greene Street under the microscope

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  The Green Street Project takes a look at 400 years of Greene Street between Prince and Houston. Based on a report the site brings the data to life through maps, old/new reveals like the one above, charts, movies, and text, in a really nice online exhibit.   … [Read more...]


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Secret Poems of Boston

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We love the idea of secret messages and stories that are out in the open. In Boston when it rains and your eyes are looking down you might find poetry under your feet as a result of a new project called Raining Poetry. A collaboration of Boston City Hall and Mass Poetry the project uses Rainworks or something like it to make the stenciled poems come to life. The project doesn't … [Read more...]


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OldNYC brings the New York Public Library NYC photo archive to your phone

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     Who doesn't love a large geotagged data set of historical photos? The OldNYC app let's you click on a location and pull images from the NY Public Library's Photographic Views of New York City, 1870s-1970s collection so you can see what the area or building looked like years ago. The app is a mobile version of  OldNYC.org which mapped the collection's images after they … [Read more...]


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Exploring London’s Poetic Places

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    A nice app that maps poems to places in London . You can browse and it also has notifications so you would get an alert if you were actually in London near the spot that was the inspiration for the poem. Since I'm not in London I browsed the entries but the serendipity of getting a notification of would be nice. The app was created by Sarah Cole, who was The British … [Read more...]


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Exploring NYC’s Flower District With Susan Orlean

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  New York used to have many more business specific districts. You can still buy fabric on 38th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues but many of them are gone or diminished as new development takes their place. There were several button stores on Broadway near Prince where you could go the length of a block looking through small boxes filled with every kind of button … [Read more...]


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