Tag Archives: NYC

Back in the USSA

I’m sitting in Frankfurt’s airport after a pretty intense two-week trip back to the good ole USA. My post title references the fact that as I was entering the country around Halloween the Mueller investigation into Russian collusion charges was … Continue reading

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LIRR from Jamaica to Penn Station

I grew up in Baldwin, Long Island which is a 30-minute train ride to Manhattan. I’ve ridden the LIRR to and from NYC’s Penn Stations innumerable times. And still to this day I remain mesmerized by the trip more than 40 … Continue reading

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The Crazies Come Out at Night

Every time I head into Manhattan—whether via train, tunnel, or glider—I can’t help but think that I am entering the the Manhattan Island penitentiary imagined so famously in John Carpenter’s masterpiece Escape from New York (1981). And as soon as … Continue reading

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I Bleed CUNY Blood

Well, this past Friday was a real blast for me on many levels. First, I returned CUNY which was my old stomping ground for over 10 years, a place where I met some amazing people (many of whom are still … Continue reading

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Citizen Groom

Why do I like returning to NYC for events like CUNY WordcampEd? Well, for one I get treated like the Citizen Kane of Educational Technology which ain’t no small thing.  CUNY is currently constructing a Xanadu just for me! What … Continue reading

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Does life imitate the movies?

Absolutely, this random clip from Death Wish (1974) I stumbled upon on YouTube is entirely interchangeable with my memory of the infamous NYC subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz. The momentum to clean-up the city had been building steadily in films in … Continue reading

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NY, NY: A Day in NY (1957)

From the UBUWEB feed of plenty I just happened upon this short film by Francis Thompson, which might be what The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) would have looked like if it was filmed in Manhattan in 1957. Or, as … Continue reading

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Of Punks, Pimps and C.H.U.D.s: Gentrification in NYC as told by 1980s film

Disclaimer: This is a “media-enhanced” version of a paper I wrote in graduate school for an American Studies course back in 2002. And while I recognize it is both rough and theoretically meager at certain points, I’m still fascinated with … Continue reading

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Nighthawks (1981)

I love movies that feature New York City during the late 70s and early 80s, they capture a space on celluloid that I want to constantly remind myself existed once upon a time. And after watching The Hitcher a little … Continue reading

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NYCeventies Double Feature

New York City during the 1970s as captured on film is possibly by favorite aesthetic of all time, outside of the black and white ads in Filmfax. There’s just something so beautiful about the filth, the clothing, the hairstyles, the … Continue reading

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