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nycgov:awsome

The MTA recently launched its new Tumblr. See highlights of New York Subway and Rail Art via the official Tumblr of MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design.
artsfortransit:

We are so excited that our entire art collection has been added to the Meridian App for Apple and Android mobile devices! Select a work of art, and the app provides still images, text information on the background, inspiration and significance of each work, and at selected stations, video and audio clips featuring its artists.
For the New York subway stations with wireless Internet connectivity, the app also provides turn-by-turn directions at select large stations to the precise locations of the art works. This indoor-navigation feature will continue to develop as the MTA adds cell and data service throughout the MTA network.
The app is built by Meridian Apps, a firm specializing in place-centered apps that offer spatial navigation for museums, convention halls, stadia and large stores. Using the app, subway customers can enjoy the same experience as museumgoers at some of the most prominent institutions around the world that have partnered with Meridian for special museum-specific apps, including the American Museum of Natural History.
Put our entire art collection in the palm of your hand! (And finally find out more information about the little bronze guys in the 14th Street Station. You know the ones.)

nycgov:awsome

The MTA recently launched its new Tumblr. See highlights of New York Subway and Rail Art via the official Tumblr of MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design.

artsfortransit:

We are so excited that our entire art collection has been added to the Meridian App for Apple and Android mobile devices! Select a work of art, and the app provides still images, text information on the background, inspiration and significance of each work, and at selected stations, video and audio clips featuring its artists.

For the New York subway stations with wireless Internet connectivity, the app also provides turn-by-turn directions at select large stations to the precise locations of the art works. This indoor-navigation feature will continue to develop as the MTA adds cell and data service throughout the MTA network.

The app is built by Meridian Apps, a firm specializing in place-centered apps that offer spatial navigation for museums, convention halls, stadia and large stores. Using the app, subway customers can enjoy the same experience as museumgoers at some of the most prominent institutions around the world that have partnered with Meridian for special museum-specific apps, including the American Museum of Natural History.

Put our entire art collection in the palm of your hand! (And finally find out more information about the little bronze guys in the 14th Street Station. You know the ones.)

(via nycedc)

doctorswithoutborders: creepy

MSF Blogs: The Flying Creatures I Sleep WithChris Bird, a former Reuters and Guardian reporter, put down his notepad and left more than 10 years of news reporting to study medicine with the intention of returning to the front lines where he can be hands-on saving lives and alleviating the kind of suffering he once wrote about.Here he talks about his living situation in Democratic Republic of Congo while working in the field:We’ve taken over a compound from another aid agency as a temporary MSF base. “Compound,” however, is probably too grand a term for the small single-story building of mud, riddled with termite holes, its bare wooden beams roofed with corrugated iron and surrounded by a flimsy stockade of bamboo.The strong smell of ammonia pervades the building as it hosts a thriving colony of bats. They’re quiet during the day but, as I turn in, they start to scratch, screech, and shuffle about after returning from sorties to feast on the copious and diverse clouds of insects that race like electrons around the bare bulbs run by a noisy diesel generator at night.Having learned of a possible association between bats and the dreaded viral hemorrhagic fever, Ebola, I was not happy to find two of them, wings folded, clinging upside down to the mosquito net over my bed. The net is often covered with tiny black pellets each morning—bat poo.Read his previous blog post here.Photo: DRC 2011 © Frank Rammeloo/MSF Lulimba Hospital, in the Kimbi Lulenge health zone in South Kivu.

doctorswithoutborders: creepy

MSF Blogs: The Flying Creatures I Sleep With

Chris Bird, a former Reuters and Guardian reporter, put down his notepad and left more than 10 years of news reporting to study medicine with the intention of returning to the front lines where he can be hands-on saving lives and alleviating the kind of suffering he once wrote about.

Here he talks about his living situation in Democratic Republic of Congo while working in the field:

We’ve taken over a compound from another aid agency as a temporary MSF base. “Compound,” however, is probably too grand a term for the small single-story building of mud, riddled with termite holes, its bare wooden beams roofed with corrugated iron and surrounded by a flimsy stockade of bamboo.

The strong smell of ammonia pervades the building as it hosts a thriving colony of bats. They’re quiet during the day but, as I turn in, they start to scratch, screech, and shuffle about after returning from sorties to feast on the copious and diverse clouds of insects that race like electrons around the bare bulbs run by a noisy diesel generator at night.

Having learned of a possible association between bats and the dreaded viral hemorrhagic fever, Ebola, I was not happy to find two of them, wings folded, clinging upside down to the mosquito net over my bed. The net is often covered with tiny black pellets each morning—bat poo.

Read his previous blog post here.

Photo: DRC 2011 © Frank Rammeloo/MSF Lulimba Hospital, in the Kimbi Lulenge health zone in South Kivu.

nycedc:

For your calendar, two free “Made in NY” film screenings next week!NY” films  Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey and Metropolitan.

Part of Spotlight on Independent Film, the free screenings will take place on March 27 and 28 at 7:30pm at the World Financial Center Winter Garden (Three World Financial Center, 220 Vesey Street). The event is presented by Arts Brookfield and sponsored by RBC Capital Markets. No RSVP is required.The series will kick off with Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, which charts the career of Kevin Clash, the man behind Sesame Street’s iconic furry monster, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop, as well as an intimate portrait of Clash’s talent and creativity. Being Elmo is directed and produced by Constance Marks, whose documentary production company is based in New York City.Metropolitan, the second film of the Spotlight series, was shot on location in the City in 1990, and tells the story of a group of rich young Manhattanites who meet each night during debutante season to while away the hours talking and debating. The film’s director and screenwriter, Whit Stillman, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Metropolitan also received the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.

nycedc:

For your calendar, two free “Made in NY” film screenings next week!NY” films  Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey and Metropolitan.

Part of Spotlight on Independent Film, the free screenings will take place on March 27 and 28 at 7:30pm at the World Financial Center Winter Garden (Three World Financial Center, 220 Vesey Street). The event is presented by Arts Brookfield and sponsored by RBC Capital Markets. No RSVP is required.

The series will kick off with Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, which charts the career of Kevin Clash, the man behind Sesame Street’s iconic furry monster, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop, as well as an intimate portrait of Clash’s talent and creativity. Being Elmo is directed and produced by Constance Marks, whose documentary production company is based in New York City.

Metropolitan, the second film of the Spotlight series, was shot on location in the City in 1990, and tells the story of a group of rich young Manhattanites who meet each night during debutante season to while away the hours talking and debating. The film’s director and screenwriter, Whit Stillman, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Metropolitan also received the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.

(Source: nycgov)