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A Bar Worthy of New York’s Favorite Landmark: The Empire Room Opens

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  It was no great surprise when we found that the Empire State Building comes in seventh on a new scientific net-based list of the most photographed landmarks in the world (New York City is, by the same reckoning, the most photographed city on earth) . As you can see from a quick glance at our “Film + Travel North ... Read More »

Venice’s Newest Museum is Also One of Its Oldest

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  According to a fascinating article in today’s New York Times, one of the first true museums ever, the Palazzo Grimani, is now one of Europe’s newest exhibition spaces as the 500+-year-old structure reopens to the public after a century and a half of disuse and a nine year restoration. Read More »

Keeping it in The Family: The Van Goghs and The Van Gogh Museum

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  We’re just a few days away from the official release of our next volume of globetrotting goodness—our “Art + Travel Europe: Step Into the Lives of Five Famous Painters”. We’re so excited about the launch of this title, which walks you through the lives of artists like Goya, Van Gogh, Vermeer, Caravaggio, and Munch through walking tours of the ... Read More »

First Wonderland: The Lost Location of the Recently Unearthed 100-Year-Old ‘Alice’

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  For his new, effects-heavy “Alice in Wonderland”, Tim Burton spent a relatively short time filming real-world locations, sticking to the beautiful Antony House in Torpoint, Cornwall and the nearby Charlestown Harbour for the movie’s early scenes. Once Alice falls down the rabbit hole again it is, as you can imagine, mostly CGI-created environments and Hollywood stage sets from there ... Read More »

Architect’s Photos Offer Entry into The Mad, Marbled World of the Flaming Lips

  Continuing today’s unintended theme of rock-and-roll real estate, a post over on Pitchfork brought to our attention these photos and sketches of the recently rehabbed Oklahoma City house of Flaming Lips frontman and OKC native, Wayne Coyne. Already we had thrilled to Coyne and co. enjoying a public bath on the premises via Google Earth. Now we get a ... Read More »

Endangered Soviet Sites, “Vacation” Reboot, and Getting to Cuba Legally

  Twenty years after the fall of the U.S.S.R., Soviet landmarks in Moscow including the Mayakovskaya metro station, Lenin’s tomb, and The Melnikov House (pictured above) are in disrepair and under threat of disappearing forever. (Guardian UK)   Like James Bond, Clark Griswold of “National Lampoon’s Vacation” is the latest iconic movie hero to undergo a dark, edgy “reboot”. (Cinematical) ... Read More »

Tooooot! Pratt Institute Rings in 2010 With Musical Steam Explosion

BLDGBLOG has turned us on to a New Year’s Eve musical performance with an ingenious, arty twist. Instead of counting down to midnight at a dance club, for the last few years a brave clutch of New Yorkers has been heading over to Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, to watch as the Pratt Institute’s steam power plant is transformed for one night ... Read More »

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