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The future was now at the 1939 World's Fair – and it is still awesome | Aeon Videos
From the perspective of the 21st century, it’s hard to imagine what a marvel the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair would have been to its visitors. Still living in the heavy shadow of the stock market crash of 1929, the many people who flocked to the big exhibition found not only bounteous luxuries such as free Coca-Cola, but the unveiling of unthinkable new technologies that promised that a better world lay ahead. Using sparkling, rare, colour film footage – itself a brand-new technology at the time – the US director Amanda Murray mines the memories of several people who attended the New York World’s Fair in 1939.
worldfair  usa  childhood  memory  modernity  technology  newyork  movie  interview 
august 2018 by aries1988
A New Citizen Decides to Leave the Tumult of Trump’s America
Rebecca Mead on the wrenching choice, after decades in New York and securing U.S. citizenship, to return to Britain.
story  british  london  newyork  american  son  culture  uk  immigrant 
august 2018 by aries1988
New York’s Majestic Passage in the Sky
The Golden Gate, the Verrazano-Narrows, and the George Washington were then the longest suspension bridges in the world. The Bayonne Bridge, at the time of its completion, was the longest arch bridge in the world.
story  bridge  newyork 
november 2017 by aries1988
Parade goes on as New Yorkers defy deadly attack

The parade — which bills itself as “the nation’s most wildly creative public participatory event in the greatest city in the world” — featured its customary assortment of over-the-top costumes, driving dance music and floats.
newyork  2017 
november 2017 by aries1988
Letter of Recommendation: Talking About the Weather
“New York City gives you like one week of spring and one week of autumn,” I said, employing one of my go-to weather observations while the milk steamed. “We get one week of bearable weather on either side of too-hot summer and too-cold winter. Doesn’t seem fair.” The barista looked up, seeming a little stoned, as baristas can tend to seem. “Yeah, that’s New York all right,” he said. “But that’s how we know where we are.”
meteo  newyork  usa 
may 2017 by aries1988
A Shamelessly French Chicken in Cider - The New York Times
“My boys, they play soccer in Queens. And every time we drive home, going down the B.Q.E. back to Brooklyn, when we see the Manhattan skyline ... every time, it takes our breath away, and I think, I’m a New Yorker.”
français  gaijin  newyork  cuisine  recette 
december 2016 by aries1988
The up and up | The Economist
The in-between zones thus left behind were undesirable, and few people thought it profitable to build skyscrapers there. The spatial economics of the 19th century continues to shape Manhattan’s skyline today.
newyork  book  building  skyscraper  architecture 
november 2016 by aries1988
Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City
I n the spring of 2014, when our daughter, Najya, was turning 4, my husband and I found ourselves facing our toughest decision since becoming parents. We live…
race  newyork  story  children  education  usa 
june 2016 by aries1988
The Lonely Death of George Bell
The solitude of so many deaths wears on Mr. Plaza, the fear that someday it will be him splayed on the floor in one of these silent apartments. “This job teaches you a lot,” he said. “You learn whatever material stuff you have you should use it and share it. Share yourself. People die with nobody to talk to. They die and relatives come out of the woodwork. ‘He was my uncle. He was my cousin. Give me what he had.’ Gimme, gimme. Yet when he was alive they never visited, never knew the person. From working in this office, my life changed.”
death  story  newyork  life  reportage  funeral  instapaper_favs 
december 2015 by aries1988
Goodbye F.A.O. Schwarz: Toy Lovers Prepare for Store’s Closing -
“But it was really the experience of going. It was like a kids’ museum. I would go to the natural history museum with my mom for the educational angle, but I would make my aunt and uncle take me to F. A. O. Schwarz. That, to me, was a kid’s dream.”

But — and this hints at the challenges facing a retailer like F. A. O. Schwarz — she remembers only one purchase, a pink Penelope the Pup toy. She still guards it, to the extent that she can from 60 miles away in Manhattan, where she now lives. “My mom, every so often, tries to move stuff up to the attic — that dog and my collection of Gund teddy bears,” she said. “I won’t let her.”

“Walking out of there with a $7.99 Barbie, I was out of my mind with happiness,” she said. “For my parents, as an immigrant family, not to have to spend a lot just to experience being in this massive toy store, it didn’t matter the price point of the toy. That was the great thing about F. A. O. You could spend $8 or $1,500 and your child would walk out with the same feeling.”
toy  store  newyork  nostalgia  children  2015 
may 2015 by aries1988
Running the New York City Marathon at Age 60

Oh, to be able to run one mile as fast and elegantly as Haile. Not in this lifetime. Sometimes it seems every part of my body is going in a different direction, everything squishing about like water in a balloon.
run  aging  newyork  american  story  humor  essay  life  hobby  sports  elders 
april 2015 by aries1988
Filling the Empty Nest With Animals -
But they do belong in mine. Back inside our place, I put out a saucer of milk for our guest.

“Look how cute she is,” I said. “Our new roommate.”

My boyfriend understood.

“O.K.,” he said. “We’ll give it a try.”

That was the moment New York began to feel like home.
story  animal  newyork  growup  pet  parents  children  couple 
september 2014 by aries1988
川菜阴影下的湖南美食 - 纽约时报中文网 国际纵览
gastronomy  hunan  newyork 
july 2013 by aries1988
The Little Chinese Restaurant That (I Wish) Could -
A $5 lunch can be hard to find in Manhattan, unless it’s pizza or peanuts. You, Ming Du, are a sit-down place with roast duck. We need you.
usa  googlereader  newyork  food 
august 2012 by aries1988

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