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The Third City

BY JULIE RAISCHE
For the past 3 weeks, I’ve been a tourist. Seeing NY alongside my peers from Abu Dhabi has been an incredible experience. We climbed to the top of 30 Rock today and looked out on the city …


Cynthia v. Vera

BY JULIE RAISCHE
The Atlantic Theater Company’s staging of The New York Idea left me with a far different impression of the characters than the reading we did in class. After reading the original with its overbearing stage directions …


“The 41-story former Deutsche Bank building is now the former 41-story Deutsche Bank building."

As today’s New York Times Metro Section asserts “The 41-story former Deutsche Bank building is now the former 41-story Deutsche Bank building. Within a month, it should be cleared away completely.” I think I’m the first person to mention 9-11…


Nor’Easters and Bulldozers

(Googlemaps)I grew up in a village on the north shore of Long Island called Eaton’s Neck, which is connected to the mainland (or so we call the rest of Long Island) by a narrow strip of land known as Asharoken. Asharoken Avenue is the only way into E…


New York is where I’d rather stay..

  http://www.tvacres.com/food_menus_lisa.htmCity and country are often positioned in contrast to each other. In popular culture, the city presents intelligentsia, culture, fashion, the arts and the countryside offers nature, farming, and


Una buona giornata per Wells Fargo!

Puccini’s La Fanciulla Del West is definitively modern in its fusion of two theatrical styles, one steeped in tradition and the other modern for its time- opera and country western. The story revolves around a mining camp at the foot of the Cloudy …


Isolation and the Modern

BY JULIE RAISCHE
If the city never sleeps, where does everyone go? Hopper’s 1921 Night Shadows is featured in the current exhibit at the Whitney. Hopper illustrates a lonely vision of the modern.  Despite the construction of impressive skyscrapers, modernity see…


NYC Imports: Artisans and Applied Mathematicians?

When I read accounts of the heaving masses of early New York, I’m sometimes surprised the island didn’t just give up and sink back down into the Atlantic Ocean. The steady stream of people who flock to the city for its opportunities brings a cons…


A crowded, annoying, amazing and “unspeakable show and lesson”

To me, New York seems only fittingly documented by a hodgepodge of blog posts constantly updating and offering varied perspectives. This city is all about the teeming, diverse, and at times conflicting crowd that rushes down its bustling streets.&nbs…


City Streets and Sidewalks

BY JULIE RAISCHE
My urban planning courses instilled in me that the only way to develop an understanding of neighborhoods is to walk them. Early in my collegiate career, I ran off the treadmill and took to the city streets. Running in New York can be trying …