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A Place for Everyone

BY IMAN BADWAN
Dear New York, Today is our final day in your ice cold weather… We bid goodbye to the lights of Times Square … the exhibits of the MET, the MoMA… the Empire State Building, the subway …


C’est La Vie!

Another Broadway Play!  One less fancier and a theater much smaller,With the appearance one would think that the play may not be the best,But then again never judge the book by its cover… Going in with the plot of the story already known,and th…


American Idiot? Or Worldwide “Idiocracy”?

Lights dim, silence falls, curtain rises…the stage suddenly lights up with blinding flashing lights, fills up with punk rock teenagers loudly singing:Don’t want to be an American idiot.Don’t want a nation under the new mediaAnd can you hear the sound…


Why build on empty land when you can build on water?

BY IMAN BADWAN
When I first moved into Abu Dhabi, I found it astounding how a desert turned into such a large city, a city that even had greenery. That was my impression in the 90s, when the landmark of the Corniche was the volcano fountain …


The Escape.

Merriam-Webster has a rather brief definition of urbanism and modernism: URBANISM the characteristic way of life of city dwellers or the study of the physical needs of urban societies.MODERNISM modern artistic or literary …


Favori sono fatto…Ora mi devi…

     Walking into a pool of elderly women dressed in their elegant clothes, going up the velvet red staircase dimly lit and carefully designed, it seemed like walking into the Victorian era minus the corsets and incredibly large dresses….


Behind closed doors…

The Edward Hopper exhibit, the first art exhibit I have ever entered, was intriguing. Every time I moved from one painting to another, I was in another life, each painting represented a life of its own, each telling a story. It fascinated me how much a…


Time Travel…

Down the subway station of Union Square was another city of its own, people running around trying to catch the next train, it felt like I would be attacked if I swiped my card incorrectly and stalled the line. The subway station was like a portal,…


Exposure through Dance

When the American renaissance began, the description of an ideal woman has changed, they had acquired more respect from the people and weren’t afraid of judgments when they would wander in the streets after hours.  In the book New York Modern, the…


Before stepping into the Big Apple…

Receiving news that my first three weeks of 2011 will be in New York City, I pictured myself in a scene of many movies, a scene in the backseat of the yellow cab going through Times Square filled up with excitement, admiring the bright lights and the h…