Books


Many people assume that Central Park, unlike the city of steel and concrete surrounding it, is a stretch of Manhattan that’s been left untouched by developers. In fact, the park is virtually as man-made a development as the neighboring skyscrapers. Sara Cedar Miller highlights this fact in her informative and eye-catching book Seeing Central Park: The Official Guide to the World’s Greatest Urban Park. READ MORE

A photograph Richard Berenholtz took on Fifth Avenue serves as a microcosm of his remarkable bookNew York New York. The worm’s-eye image features the sculpture of Atlas at Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral across the street, and the neighboring Olympic Tower (p. 51)—that is, a widely recognized work of art and a prominent church alongside a relatively inconspicuous Manhattan skyscraper. READ MORE

David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers is an inspiring portrait of the siblings’ pursuit of the knowledge, trial-and-error experimentation and independence that led them to become the first to create and, just as important, learn how to fly an engine-powered airplane.  READ MORE

David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers is an inspiring portrait of the siblings’ pursuit of the knowledge, trial-and-error experimentation and independence that led them to become the first to create and, just as important, learn how to fly an engine-powered airplane.  READ MORE

“[E]ach person shall remain free, especially in his religion, and . . . no one shall be persecuted or investigated because of their religion” (p. 96). READ MORE

“[E]ach person shall remain free, especially in his religion, and . . . no one shall be persecuted or investigated because of their religion” (p. 96). READ MORE

Consider how Sheeler, an obituary writer for the Denver Post and Boulder Planet newspapers during the 1990s, wrote “After 624 Deaths, One More,” his obit for Carolyn Jaffe.  READ MORE

Consider how Sheeler, an obituary writer for the Denver Post and Boulder Planet newspapers during the 1990s, wrote “After 624 Deaths, One More,” his obit for Carolyn Jaffe.  READ MORE

Ayaan Hirsi Ali gained international recognition in 2004 after she and Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh made Submission, a documentary about the brutal oppression of women under Islamic law.  READ MORE

Ayaan Hirsi Ali gained international recognition in 2004 after she and Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh made Submission, a documentary about the brutal oppression of women under Islamic law.  READ MORE

“Honey, we’re going to start to win. The guy talked about perfection!”—Bart Starr phoned to tell his wife about the new coach, Vince Lombardi, on the first day of quarterback camp in 1959 .READ MORE

“Honey, we’re going to start to win. The guy talked about perfection!”—Bart Starr phoned to tell his wife about the new coach, Vince Lombardi, on the first day of quarterback camp in 1959 .READ MORE

Walter Isaacson’s biography Steve Jobs presents Apple’s creator as a passionately driven producer that demanded excellence, both of him and others, and who was beset by intense emotionalist tendencies. READ MORE

Walter Isaacson’s biography Steve Jobs presents Apple’s creator as a passionately driven producer that demanded excellence, both of him and others, and who was beset by intense emotionalist tendencies. READ MORE

When published in 2003, Anne Applebaum’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag: A History was touted as the most authoritative, comprehensive book on the Soviet labor camps. READ MORE

When published in 2003, Anne Applebaum’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag: A History was touted as the most authoritative, comprehensive book on the Soviet labor camps. READ MORE

Dianne Durante’s “Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan” (OMOM) is a rarity: a book that evaluates art from Ayn Rand’s philosophy of aesthetics — the principles of which she peppers throughout — that highlights Manhattan’s relatively unexplored outdoor sculptures-statues, and that illustrates why they are worthy of such study. READ MORE

Dianne Durante’s “Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan” (OMOM) is a rarity: a book that evaluates art from Ayn Rand’s philosophy of aesthetics — the principles of which she peppers throughout — that highlights Manhattan’s relatively unexplored outdoor sculptures-statues, and that illustrates why they are worthy of such study. READ MORE

Try to imagine Dee's Nursery as a lone greenhouse, trolley tracks running along Woods Avenue, or polo players riding their horses on an open field behind Salamander Firehouse on Foxhurst Road. READ MORE

Try to imagine Dee's Nursery as a lone greenhouse, trolley tracks running along Woods Avenue, or polo players riding their horses on an open field behind Salamander Firehouse on Foxhurst Road. READ MORE

 

Movies


 
The Diplomat, an ESPN documentary about two-time Olympic champion figure skater Katarina Witt of East Germany (the former German Democratic Republic, or GDR), is released to video February 18.  READ MORE

The Diplomat, an ESPN documentary about two-time Olympic champion figure skater Katarina Witt of East Germany (the former German Democratic Republic, or GDR), is released to video February 18.  READ MORE

 

Exhibits


 

(Women held in prison without charges in Leesburg, Georgia, in 1963. (© Danny Lyon, New York & Magnum Photos, New York / Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.)

A photo in the exhibit Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement at Hofstra Museum perfectly captures the best element of that cause. READ MORE