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Seed Cathedral Thrills World Expo

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This week the World Expo is taking place in Shanghai, China. Its a razzle dazzle exposition of culture, technology, and commerce. With 70 million visitors, 50 organizations, and state leaders from around the world expected to attend, it will be the largest World Expo in history. China has spent $58 billion, more than twice as much than it did on the Olympic Games, in an effort to raise the global profile of the event and strengthen ties with other countries. Despite current ... Read More

Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia Shines Anew

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Istanbul...the name conjures images of an exotic eastern metropolis. This city sizzles with modern flair but has roots stretching deep into a glorious past. Istanbul has been named the European Capital of Culture For 2010. Restoration is almost complete on one of Istanbul's most famous cultural attractions, the Hagia Sophia. It's a world treasure, one of the oldest and biggest churches in Christendom. In fact, it was the largest enclosed space until Saint Peters in Rome was completed centuries later. No longer a church ... Read More

Revolutionary New Water Fountains Causing A Splash

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As part of ongoing renovations at Lincoln Center, a new water fountain has been installed in the center of the main plaza. This is no ordinary water fountain. As it runs through its cycle, the water rises higher and higher, increasingly becoming more dramatic. It looks like a beautifully choreographed dance. The water is illuminated with colors of blue, red and purple, and a marble seating area surrounds the fountain. On a hot day, it promises to be a great place to sit ... Read More

Colorful LED Lighting on The Helmsley Building

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The Helmsley building at 230 Park Avenue has a wonderful LED lighting scheme. The dramatic lights on the building are able to produce millions of colors, giving the entire facade of the building a dramatic presence. The lights will follow special programming for holidays and events, and  the Helmsley Building, long known as the pearl of Park Avenue, is looking cooler than ever. Read More

International Gem Tower Adds Sparkle to Diamond District

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The trend of constructing boxy glass buildings is a bore, but there is one building going up in Manhattan whose design is made more interesting by the way the glass is faceted like a gem. It is appropriate, since the building will eventually be the home of various jewelry retailers in the heart of the Diamond District. Designed by Skidmore Owings and Merrill, The International Gem Tower features angled glass panels that create a pattern of depth and reflection. The new high rise will ... Read More

Game changing laptop opens a world of possibilities for African children

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Back in January 2005, an initiative to create inexpensive laptops that would be used in third world countries was spearheaded by MIT professor, Nicholas Negroponte. He founded the organization called OLPC which is a collaboration between academia and the computer industry whose goal was to design a laptop that would be inexpensive, rugged, solar powered, and capable of connecting wirelessly to the Internet. They dubbed the revolutionary new laptop "XO" . The OLPC's non-profit mission is to use the XO as a ... Read More

Bold New Tower Stirs the Pot in Hell’s Kitchen

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In a time when most real estate developers in New York City are cutting costs to increase short-term profits, there is a small but growing movement towards creating urban spaces that are more livable and environmentally friendly. The design for a new residential building, called West 57th, has caused quite a bit of controversy because of the way it would seamlessly merge European and American styles of architecture into something truly unique. From the northeast it looks like a sharp and steep ... Read More

Steps to a Better Times Square

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Times Square has been dubbed "the crossroads of the world" and popular folklore suggests that if you stand in Times Square long enough the whole world will pass you by. In recent years, the cultural hub and world icon had become so popular that the sidewalks were too crowded and there was an overall lack of space for pedestrians. Taking a cue from many European cities, Traffic Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan plans to reclaim various areas of New York from cars for pedestrian use. ... Read More

Greeks to Brits: Give Us Back Our Marbles

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The new Acropolis museum was completed in 2008 and it has been open to the public since June of 2009. Greece had been planning this opening since the Olympic games of 2004, but due to archeological discoveries on the site which required careful attention, the museum opening had been delayed. The museum was designed by Bernard Tschumi, an internationally acclaimed architect who resides in New York City. It's a vast improvement over the facility that was previously displaying some of the Acropolis artifacts. ... Read More

Open House New York

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The exciting annual event Open House New York is taking place this weekend, October 10th and 11th. Hundreds of notable buildings across the city open their doors, allowing people to enter places that are normally closed to the public. This is a chance to see such beautiful spaces as the lobby of the Chrysler building or the Grand Lodge of Masons on 23rd street, along with hundreds of other architectural masterpieces. This event is modeled after similar events that take place in cities such ... Read More

Shimmering Vision of the Future Rises in Manhattan

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Acclaimed architect Frank Gehry has designed a spectacular new skyscraper that's currently rising in downtown Manhattan.  Located near the Brooklyn Bridge just south of Pace University, it's been named the Beekman Tower and will be Frank Gehry's tallest project to date. Topping off at 76 floors, it will surpass the Trump World Tower to become the tallest residential building in New York City. Unlike many of Ghery's projects done in a deconstructivist style, this tower follows the stepped back form of traditional new ... Read More

See the Stars at Grand Central Terminal

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Traveling is always exciting, but especially in a place like New York City, where inspiration pours out of practically every corner. One of the destinations you must check out is Grand Central Terminal, through which thousands of people from all over the world pass each day. Built in the 1903, Grand Central Terminal has more international visitors than any other New York historical landmark. Although I'm usually anxious to get home after a long days work, I recently decided to take a moment ... Read More

Living the High Line

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June 8th marked the official opening of the High Line and since then the park has had over 100,000 visitors. The High Line gives tourists a chance to explore the city without the intrusion of cars. The view is especially spectacular for photographers who have a passion for capturing new perspectives of New York City. The elevated tracks were originally built in the 1930's by the New York City Railroad company and were a part of the West Side Line. The railroad tracks ... Read More