Steve Duncan lives dangerously: The urban explorer has plunged far below the city surface to examine the subways and sewers of New York. Follow him on one of his (illegal) journeys through the city’s underground.
Paul Shaw, an award-winning graphic designer, typographer, calligrapher, and teacher at Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts, tells the story of how New York City’s subway signage evolved from a "visual mess" to a uniform system using the Helvetica typeface. His illustrated book Helvetica and the New York City Subway System looks at how politics, economics, and bureaucratic forces shaped decisions made about the subway’s appearance as much as design ideas did. http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/2011/aug/04/helvetica-and-new-york-city-subway-system/
This week, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched the payphone challenge, a contest asking people to submit ideas for reinventing New York’s payphones.
The popular image of New York City involves high-rise buildings, glass, and concrete, but all over the five boroughs, people grow vegetables, fish local waters, keep bees, brew beer, and make wine. While reporting her new book, Eat the City, Robin Shulman traveled all over New York, meeting people who want to make things grow. Until the early 20th century, New York was a great center of farming, brewing, and sugar refining, and that history is still present all over the city. The conversation lasts around 25 minutes.