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What Becomes a Protected Bike Lane Most?

 

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Modern Ruin – WORLD PREMIERE

Modern Ruin,  premiering at Queens Theatre on Friday, chronicles the rise and fall of the iconic New York State Pavilion. A landmark of the 1964 World’s Fair, it is now, alas, a magnificent ruin at Flushing Meadow Park. Highly visible from the Grand Central Parkway, the Long Island Expressway, and by air for those flying into or out of La Guardia or JFK airports, the Pavilion stands a sentinel to past optimism of the future which is today.

The movie opens with a hardy group of volunteers determined to help save the structure. It starts with small steps. Simple steps, such as painting the perimeter wall of the pavilion. Set against the scale of the structure cutting a modernistic, timeless silhouette against New York’s ever changing skyline, these simple gestures seem so out of scale—almost futile. Instead, it is the start of something larger.

The time of the World’s Fair was a period when technology was viewed as a key ingredient to building a better, brighter future—and the world was on display. New York State was ascendant.

Writer/director Mathew Silva does a very nice job of taking the viewer on a tour of the site: its origins, as a landfill made infamous in the Great Gatsby, the role of this the Pavilion in the 1964 World’s Fair, the conversion of the fairgrounds to today’s Flushing Meadow Park, and its the Pavilion’s various uses since the Fair, including a period as a roller skating rink, and its eventual decline.
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This evocative film resonated with me on several levels.I visited the 1964 World’s Fair as a youngster, on my first trip back to New York from Indiana, where I lived at that time.Visiting New York City was already exciting enough—but visiting the World’s Fair is like visiting the “center” of the center of the universe.

 

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I recall with wonder the many pavilions, monorail, sky rides—and even the fun of riding the Flushing Line (Number 7) train to the Fair. It was sensory overload for an impressionable young boy. The 1964 World’s Fair was a crucible where the excitement and energy of the world seemed to converge to produce a miraculous world full of vision of and almost unlimitless possibilities!

 

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Watching this documentary we learn of how the magnificent New York State Pavilion was allowed to fall into disrepair—neglect or the need to apply limited resources to deal with the more pressing, urban problems that characterized New York City in the late 1960’s and 1970’s. We also learn of an exciting adaptive reuse plan to convert the pavilion into an aviation and space museum—only to learn that it never came to fruition. Credit goes to Mr. Silva to not linger too much on nostalgia, or to engage in a blame game for why the structure fell into disrepair. But the savvy viewer can draw his or her own conclusions.

The question going forward is what will become of this structure? An engineering feat in its day, is it destined to become a permanent ruin akin to the Coliseum in Rome or Stonehenge? Or will there be a force for adaptive reuse which will eventually re-purpose the structure for use by future generations?

Which force will prevail?

Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion – WORLD PREMIERE

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 8:00PM

Queens Theatre

14 United Nations Avenue South

Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

7 train to Mets-Willets Pt.

Tickets can be purchased here.

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Kenneth Lin, AICP is a Senior Planning Manager for a transportation consultancy based in New York City. Ken has a lifelong interest in architecture, urban planning and transportation, and has traveled to 128 countries on six continents.

A Visit to Bicycle Roots Bike Shop in Crown Heights

What’s different about New York City from Central Illinois? Artist Kathy Creutzburg pays a visit to Joe, Nechama, Herschel and Steven at Bicycle Roots Bike Shop in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

 

 

 

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Highlights From Last Week’s East Harlem Art and Culture BikeART Tour

Great weather, great art, great food, site-specific spoken-word performances by JC Augustin, and wonderful music by Blue Maky at the East Harlem Harvest Festival were just some of the highlights of the BikeART tour on Saturday, October 27.

We’re looking forward to more of the same and just more on Saturday, November 2 for the Day of the Dead tour!

Sign up here!

Climate Name Change

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What’s a Girl to Do?

Bat for Lashes at Webster Hall August 30!

The amazing Natasha Khan pulling a hair light with a cargo bike accompanied by a cohort of BMXers wearing animal masks in a forest at visual effects of viagra night–wait VolumePills, I feel faint. I have to sit down for a minute.

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Here’s Mom, the stunning Salma Agha rocking it Qawwali style in the biggest of big finishes in Salma in 1985.

Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival : La Pocha Nostra

Last Friday, Bicycle Utopia  and Get Up and Ride set out to prove that bikes and art can totally coexist in harmony.

To be honest, we weren’t really expecting an argument.

We are relatively certain that cycling is the best way to explore just about anywhere, and to tap into interesting arts and culture in NYC and beyond.

First, we had fine belgian beer, salads, wings, and made friends with an astoundingly disproportionate number of Dutch people at 983 – Bushwick’s living room. Then, we took a brief ride up Broadway to the elegant and truly graceful Grace Exhibition Space where Corpo Insurrecto: Psycho-Magic Actions for  a World Gone Wrong (“La Pocha Nostra’s newest experiment in ‘corporeal transformations.“)  was just starting.

The self-described ‘bizarre experiment’ sampled classic performance art tropes deployed via a ritualistic baroque aesthetic in which the extremely good-natured audience participated, or not, throughout the course of a cheapest generic cialis three-hour shifting installation involving multiple mise-en-scène, magnificent costumes, multiple naked people, a dead animal and multi-national branded acupuncture.

The performance was part of the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, which continues through July 28 at venues around Brooklyn. Conceived as a mass performance, the festival brings together artists, curators, critics, gallery directors and cultural organizers working together to ‘perform’ a festival as festival and commentary on the “festival.”

We loved it, and we think Mr. Artaud would have loved it, too. The art was amazing, and the great company made it all the better.

In fact, it was such a hit we plan to do it all again this week.

Join us next Friday for more food, drinks, bikes, and art!

We’ll meet at7:30pm at Skytown in Bushwick, then at 9pm we’ll cycle over to Grace Exhibition Space for more performance with the BIPAF!

RSVP here

 

 

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Is there a connection between watches, tintypes and bicycles?

Bicycle style at is finest.

 

David Sokosh’s tintypes will be on view(!) at Esmond-Wright Gallery in Provincetown semenax price, MA, from August 10-23.

To see more watches, go to brooklynwatches.com

To see more of David’s photography, go to davidsokosh.com