Beauty To Take You Anywhere

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Sometimes beauty hides in the most unrecognizable places: like in an underground station, where hundreds of people speed walk at rush hour every day, barely even making eye-contact. 

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The new design of the walls at the 28th Street 6 subway station brought a breath of fresh air and elegance to the usually smelly and dirty subway commute. I stumbled upon this gem a couple of weeks after its re-opening, and instantly understood what the artist was trying to transmit. With just a quick glimpse at the flowers, my mind went from thinking about the freezing temperatures and the rush of the city, to a warm and quiet respite. Needless to say, it did not last long, as I was soon on one of the loud and fluorescent lit subway cars, heading to site to get on with my day.

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It is incredible that in the middle of an immense city made of concrete and steel, a cold and solid mosaic tile can transport us to a warm and fresh space. Sometimes you only need your eyes and your imagination to feel like you are in a different place.

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-by Laura Blanco-Moreno

 

GOVERNMENTAL JUXTAPOSITION

The view from the top of the NY State Legislative Office Building is an unequivocal representation of New York’s rich history, diverse character, and resounding strength. The Legislative Office Building is located at the north end of Albany’s Empire State Plaza allowing for a 360˚ view of the city. From this perspective, one can see a clear delineation of the various architectural styles that have influenced the city’s development.

Views of  the New York State Capital Building (foreground) and NYS Education Department (background) [top], Agency Buildings 1 – 4 and The Corning Tower [middle], and the Reflecting Pool surrounded by The Egg, Corning Tower, Cultural Education Center, and the Agency Buildings (left to right) [bottom] brought to you by Nicole Grosso.

CONCRETE JUNGLE

I have at last, after several years’ experience, made up my mind that New York is a splendid desert – a domed and steepled solitude, where the stranger is lonely in the midst of a million of his race.
–Howard Yoon (after Mark Twain, Daily Alta California, June 5, 1867)

I have at last, after several years’ experience, made up my mind that New York is a splendid desert – a domed and steepled solitude, where the stranger is lonely in the midst of a million of his race.
–Howard Yoon (after Mark Twain, Daily Alta California, June 5, 1867)