Fleeing a Modern War, Syrians Seek Refuge in Ancient Ruins

So many people have fled to Syria’s crowded northwest that families have settled in important archaeological sites. “We, too, have become ruins.”

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #idlib-syria, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #world-heritage-sites

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The Chelsea Hotel Becomes a New York Battleground

Mark Twain and Bob Dylan slept at the Chelsea. Now, developers hope to lure tourists, but they have to soothe some frustrated tenants.

#bard-stanley, #bd-hotels-llc, #chelsea-manhattan-ny, #el-quijote-restaurant, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #hotel-chelsea-manhattan-ny, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #landlords, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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National Endowment for the Humanities Announces New Grants

The first round of funding for the year totals $24 million and will support 225 projects across the country.

#archives-and-records, #childrens-museum-of-indianapolis, #columbia-university, #culture-arts, #endowments, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #judd-foundation, #los-angeles-county-museum-of-art, #michigan-state-university, #museums, #national-endowment-for-the-humanities, #new-york-botanical-garden, #new-york-university, #united-states

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A Push to Move the Golf Course Atop a Native American ‘Stonehenge’

Historians hoping to preserve the ancient Octagon Earthworks in Newark, Ohio, as a UNESCO World Heritage site face a problem: the golf club that leases the property.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #country-clubs, #eminent-domain, #golf, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #hopewell, #interior-department, #moundbuilders-country-club, #native-americans, #newark-ohio, #ohio-history-connection-nonprofit, #supreme-courts-state, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #world-heritage-sites

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The Indestructible Townhouse

Over 211 years, the Dickey House in Lower Manhattan has survived everything New York City has thrown at it. Soon it will become part of a new home for Public School 150.

#battery-park-manhattan-ny, #financial-district-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #public-school-150-manhattan-ny, #restoration-and-renovation

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Ancient Native American Site Is Defaced in Georgia Forest

Rock faces and boulders bearing figure carvings called petroglyphs were scratched or dabbed with paint, the United States Forest Service said.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #chattahoochee-oconee-national-forest-ga, #cherokee-indians, #forest-service, #georgia, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #muscogee-creek-nation-okumlgee-okla, #native-americans, #vandalism

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How Weeksville, a Center of Black History, Fought to Survive

A slice of Brooklyn that was home to one of the largest free Black communities in pre-Civil War America sought the promise of steady financial help from the city.

#bedford-stuyvesant-brooklyn-ny, #black-people, #city-council-nyc, #codrington-raymond, #cornegy-robert-e-jr, #crown-heights-brooklyn-ny, #cultural-affairs-department, #cultural-institutions-group, #cumbo-laurie-a, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #johnson-corey, #new-york-city, #race-and-ethnicity, #weeksville-heritage-center-brooklyn-ny

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San Francisco Schools Will Keep Jefferson, Lincoln and Washington Names

The school board rescinded its January decision to rename 44 schools that honor historical figures such as Jefferson, Lincoln and Washington after an outcry from parents and the mayor.

#breed-london, #education-k-12, #feinstein-dianne, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #lincoln-abraham-high-school, #names-organizational, #san-francisco-calif, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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‘Battle for the Soul of SoHo’: A Debate on Gentrification, Race and Wealth

The Manhattan neighborhood is locked in a contentious battle with city officials over whether, and how, it should change.

#affordable-housing, #art, #black-people, #gentrification, #greenwich-village-society-for-historic-preservation, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #housing-rights-initiative, #lofts, #noho-manhattan-ny, #race-and-ethnicity, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #soho-manhattan-ny, #soho-memory-project, #whites, #zoning

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A French Monument Remains Every Bit as Grand on Film

The Palais Garnier, which inspired the first “Phantom” in 1910, is silent at the moment, but it continues to hold the imagination.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #marie-antoinette-movie, #movies, #nureyev-rudolf, #palais-garnier, #paris-france, #paris-opera-ballet, #the-phantom-of-the-opera-play, #the-white-crow-movie

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Edward Jenner Pioneered Vaccination. Will His Museum Survive a Pandemic?

The site where Dr. Jenner first inoculated people against smallpox has struggled in the coronavirus lockdowns, one of hundreds of museums in Britain teetering amid the closures.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #great-britain, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #jenner-edward, #museums, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #smallpox, #vaccination-and-immunization

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NCAA Arena, Once a Movie Star, Is Again Ready for Its Closeup

The aging movie star in Indianapolis, which was featured in the film “Hoosiers,” is too small to host national tournament games these days, but the pandemic has put it back in the spotlight.

#butler-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hackman-gene, #hinkle-fieldhouse, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #ncaa-basketball-championships-men

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Famous Robert Capa Photo Brings New Life to a Tenement and Its Residents

The bomb-scarred building in a picture of children during the Spanish Civil War will be turned into a cultural center.

#capa-robert, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #madrid-spain, #photography, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #spanish-civil-war-1936-39

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In Southampton, a Beach House Not Like the Others

Designed in the 1960s by the underrecognized talent Ward Bennett, this Modernist home remains a paragon of minimalism and grace.

#design, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #southampton-ny, #ward-bennett

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Glimpses of Sudan’s Forgotten Pyramids

Desecrated by plunderers, threatened by floodwaters and largely overshadowed by their Egyptian counterparts, Sudan’s ancient archaeological sites may finally be poised to receive broader recognition.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bashir-omar-hassan-al, #deserts, #giza-egypt, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #khartoum-sudan, #nile-river, #politics-and-government, #sudan, #travel-and-vacations, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #world-heritage-sites

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For Maya Lin, a Victory Lap Gives Way to Mourning

The Neilson Library at Smith College, which Lin redesigned, is interwoven with her own life story. But any triumph is muted by the sudden death of her husband, Daniel Wolf.

#architecture, #colleges-and-universities, #daniel-wolf, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #libraries-and-librarians, #lin-maya, #northampton-mass, #olmsted-frederick-law, #restoration-and-renovation, #smith-college

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The Mansion Is Closed Because of Covid. No One Told the Deer.

Barrington Court, a grand estate in England that was a filming site for “Wolf Hall,” has been shut to visitors for much of the last year — human visitors, that is.

#animal-behavior, #bats, #butterflies-and-moths, #deer, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #henry-viii-king-of-england, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #mantel-hilary, #national-trust-group-england, #palaces-and-castles, #shutdowns-institutional

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Cuomo Polls: Governor Finds Public Support in Spite of Scandals

About half of the registered voters surveyed said they believed that Gov. Andrew Cuomo could still effectively lead New York.

#cuomo-andrew-m, #downtown-brooklyn-brooklyn-ny, #governors-us, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #hochul-kathleen-c, #landmarks-preservation-commission, #mccray-chirlane, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #sexual-harassment, #underground-railroad-19th-century

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Poll Finds Public Support for Cuomo in Spite of Scandals

About half of the registered voters surveyed said they believed that the governor could still effectively lead New York.

#cuomo-andrew-m, #downtown-brooklyn-brooklyn-ny, #governors-us, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #hochul-kathleen-c, #landmarks-preservation-commission, #mccray-chirlane, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #sexual-harassment, #underground-railroad-19th-century

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On a Storied Stretch of Fifth Avenue, a Symbol of Irish America Reels

The American Irish Historical Society’s mansion on Central Park has long symbolized the ascent of immigrants in the United States. It’s now on sale for $52 million, but many are citing mismanagement and asking the attorney general to intervene.

#american-irish-historical-society, #books-and-literature, #cahill-kevin-m, #carey-hugh-l, #central-park-manhattan-ny, #fifth-avenue-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #irish-repertory-theater, #irish-americans, #john-paul-ii, #joyce-james, #korelitz-jean-hanff, #moynihan-daniel-patrick, #muldoon-paul, #museums, #new-york-city, #oreilly-ciaran, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #ross-wilbur-l-jr, #st-patricks-day, #theater, #upper-east-side-manhattan-ny

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Get Outside and Safely Visit a National Park

Now is the time to start looking ahead, to spring and summer excursions in the great outdoors.

#camps-and-camping, #federal-lands, #forests-and-forestry, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings

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Rescuing an Off Off Broadway Theater With a Storied Past

Preservationists hope to save the 13th Street Repertory Company building, with a little help from the Underground Railroad.

#13th-street-repertory-co, #black-people, #fifteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #landmarks-preservation-commission, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #race-and-ethnicity, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #theater, #underground-railroad-19th-century

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He Honors Black New Yorkers. Not All Black Activists Are Thrilled.

Jacob Morris is the one-man force behind renaming nearly 40 streets in New York City.

#black-people, #brooklyn-nyc, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #lewis-david-levering, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #names-geographical, #new-york-city

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Malcolm X’s Early Home in Boston Gets U.S. Historic Designation

The house where the civil rights leader spent formative teenage years has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

#boston-mass, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #malcolm-x, #muslims-and-islam, #nation-of-islam, #national-park-service

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How to Pretend You’re in the Riviera Maya, Mexico, Today

You might not be able to travel on spring break this year, but you can immerse yourself in Maya culture from home.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #books-and-literature, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #culture-arts, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #indigenous-people, #mayans, #music, #myths-and-mythical-creatures, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #riviera-maya-mexico, #sinkholes, #travel-and-vacations, #world-heritage-sites

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A New York Drugstore Nearly as Storied as the City Itself

C.O. Bigelow in Greenwich Village has helped heal Manhattan’s ailing for generations, thanks in large part to the work of a single family.

#c-o-bigelow-apothecaries, #cosmetics-and-toiletries, #drugstores, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites

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The McGraw-Hill Building Keeps Its Name

The owners sought to replace the name at the pinnacle of the tower with the building’s address, but relented in the face of community opposition.

#historic-buildings-and-sites, #mcgraw-hill-building-manhattan-ny, #new-york-city, #new-york-landmarks-conservancy, #restoration-and-renovation, #signs-and-signage

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How a Strangely Shaped Summer House Revived One Artist’s Practice

In the aftermath of loss, Jason Bard Yarmosky sought refuge within an unusual 1950s home on the shore of Long Island — and found both respite and inspiration.

#architecture, #art, #content-type-personal-profile, #geller-andrew-1924-2011, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #long-island-ny, #yarmosky-jason-bard

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Chicago Lists Lincoln Statues Among Monuments to Review

A city commission, created after protests against racism last year, identified five statues of Abraham Lincoln among 41 monuments that should receive public scrutiny.

#black-people, #chicago-ill, #discrimination, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #lincoln-abraham, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #race-and-ethnicity

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How to Stop Moths? Blickling Hall Tries Bringing in Wasps

Blickling Hall, a centuries-old building in England, is trying to protect its priceless tapestries, carpets and furniture with thousands and thousands of microscopic wasps.

#butterflies-and-moths, #great-britain, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #insects, #national-trust-group-england, #norfolk-england, #wasps-insects

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Stark Disparities in Vaccine Rollout by ZIP Code

Data shows wealthier neighborhoods with more white residents received doses at much higher rates than low-income communities of color.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #landmarks-preservation-commission, #new-york-city, #vaccination-and-immunization

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A Fight to Save a Corporate Campus Intertwined With Nature

The Weyerhaeuser site near Seattle, praised for its balance of building and landscape, is at the center of a battle between conservationists and a developer.

#architecture, #federal-way-wash, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #industrial-realty-group-llc, #real-estate-commercial, #restoration-and-renovation, #seattle-wash, #weyerhaeuser-company

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‘Hidden Away’ for a Century, a Photographer’s Studio Is Found

Last year, David Whitcomb bought a building for $100,000 in Geneva, N.Y. He discovered a trove of photographs, including one of Susan B. Anthony, tucked away in the attic.

#anthony-susan-b, #content-type-personal-profile, #david-whitcomb, #finger-lakes-region-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #james-ellery-hale, #new-york-state, #photography, #seneca-falls-ny, #treasure-troves, #womens-rights

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Living in a Private House With a Public Meaning

A dining room with historic murals in Kennebunkport, Maine, connects its current owners with the past.

#art, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #kennebunkport-me, #murals, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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An Old Brooklyn Story Gets Fresh Reporting

Steeped in archival research, a multimedia project about a puzzling street plan allows readers to scroll through the 19th century and find the present day.

#brooklyn-heights-brooklyn-ny, #brooklyn-heights-assn, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #photography

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Instagram Showcases ‘Cheap Old Houses’

Instagram and fans of painstaking renovations have given new life to homes with some history, especially if they’re affordable.

#connecticut, #hgtv, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #maine, #massachusetts, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #social-media

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Can Cute Windows Resurrect a Depressed Town in Upstate New York?

A project in Cherry Valley, a longtime artists’ haven, is brightening storefronts and telling the world, “We’re still here!”

#art, #bley-paul, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #windows

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Archaeologists Discover Spot in Alaska Where Indigenous Fort Once Stood

The location of the fort, which was used by the Tlingit people to ward off Russian invaders in 1804 and was destroyed by the Russians, has eluded researchers for decades.

#alaska, #alaska-natives, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #russia

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A Monument Honoring Brooklyn Abolitionists Stalls Under Scrutiny

Activists say a proposed project is too abstract for a time when Black New Yorkers are eager to see figures that look like them among the city’s statues.

#black-people, #brooklyn-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #lee-shawne, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #rasheed-kameelah-janan, #she-built-nyc, #slavery-historical, #underground-railroad-19th-century, #willoughby-square-park-brooklyn-ny, #women-and-girls

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Virtual Historic Home Tours

Bored with your surroundings? Walk the (virtual) halls of some storied grand houses.

#content-type-service, #frick-collection, #hartford-conn, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #newport-ri, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #san-jose-calif

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Do You Know Where the Vice President Lives?

Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, will reside at Number One Observatory Circle, renewing a spotlight on an often-overlooked Washington address.

#emhoff-douglas-c, #harris-kamala-d, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #number-one-observatory-circle, #pence-karen-1957, #pence-mike, #united-states-naval-observatory, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vice-presidents-and-vice-presidency-us, #washington-dc

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He Brought Moynihan Train Hall to Life, but Didn’t Live to See It

Many credit Michael Evans with turning the vision for the hall at Penn Station into a reality. Before it opened, he took his own life.

#amtrak, #area-planning-and-renewal, #content-type-personal-profile, #cuomo-andrew-m, #evans-michael, #farley-james-a-general-post-office-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #manhattan-nyc, #moynihan-train-hall-at-pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #restoration-and-renovation, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #transportation

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Diego Rivera Mural to Get Landmark Status, Blocking Potential Sale

Officials unanimously voted to protect the $50 million artwork after the San Francisco Art Institute threatened to sell it to cover debts.

#historic-buildings-and-sites, #lucas-george, #murals, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rivera-diego, #san-francisco-art-institute

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The ‘Posh Portals’ of New York City

A new book looks at how grand entrances have helped define some of the city’s most exclusive apartment houses.

#dakota-manhattan-ny-apartments, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #manhattan-nyc, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #stern-robert-am-architects-llp

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George W. Bush’s Childhood Home Eyed for National Park Service Inclusion

The home, in Midland, Texas, was part of a formative time in the shaping of the future president, historians said.

#bush-barbara, #bush-george, #bush-george-w, #bush-laura, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #midland-tex, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #united-states-politics-and-government

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First Inventory of Damage to U.S. Capitol Building Released

The damage was largely limited to broken glass, busted doors and graffiti, the report said.

#architecture, #art, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #graffiti, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #looting-crime, #murals, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vandalism

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Cherry Blossom Trees Vandalized in San Francisco’s Japantown

The destruction of the trees, planted by a Japanese cultural center to commemorate a 1994 visit by the emperor and empress of Japan, was captured on surveillance footage.

#asian-americans, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #japanese-americans, #san-francisco-calif, #trees-and-shrubs, #vandalism

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Curators Scour Capitol for Damage to the Building or Its Art

Initial reports indicate that despite multiple incidents of vandalism, smashed windows and broken doors, major damage to the building itself or its artworks was avoided.

#art, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #looting-crime, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #murals, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vandalism, #washington-dc

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Preserving New York’s Ties to the Underground Railroad

Safe houses and other structures used in the fight against slavery were often clandestine, and survivors today can be difficult to document. But there’s a 19th-century house in Washington Heights …

#brooklyn-nyc, #demolition, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #landmarks-preservation-commission, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #slavery-historical, #underground-railroad-19th-century, #washington-heights-manhattan-ny

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Moynihan Train Hall Brings Art to Penn Station

The expansion of Penn Station’s concourse has an acre of glass that lets the sun pour down, and installations by Kehinde Wiley, Stan Douglas and Elmgreen & Dragset. Here’s a first look.

#art, #baume-nicholas, #commuting, #cuomo-andrew-m, #douglas-stan, #dragset-ingar, #elmgreen-michael, #farley-james-a-general-post-office-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #new-york-city, #pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restoration-and-renovation, #wiley-kehinde

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