A real fake city

For his film Playtime, director Jacques Tati built a fake city. [@ BLDGBLOG] During pre-production, “Tati visited many factories and airports throughout Europe before his cinematographer Jean Badal came to the conclusion that he needed to build his own skyscraper. Which is exactly what he did.” In fact, he built Tativille: an entire city inhabited…

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People Around Town

People Around Town

This city is full of people that you see just about every day, but about whom you know nothing. :: Ms. Tina, the city’s favorite transvestite and headliner at Ed and Ellen’s Bar, on York Avenue. She is a common sight for sore eyes walking her caramel-colored Pomeranian and is never met, no matter the…

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The Day After

The Day After

Outgoing state representative Michael Prufrock’s concession speech late last night in the Twilight Ballroom of the Hilton Garden Plaza was but one in a long line of such speeches given in that spot over the decades. Since its opening in 1906, the hotel’s elegant decor and central location has made it a favorite spot for…

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Briefs: Election Day!

Briefs: Election Day!

:: Some of the odder places where people will be casting their votes around the city today- Hanson’s Barber Shop, Warnum Avenue…Barkay Bros. Funeral Home, East Folkim Street… The back room of Genardi’s Pizza, Halpern Street… The garage of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Thall, Locust Court in Wyndhurst… St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, East Main… ::…

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Friday Facts: Mayflies, Murder, Geese

Friday Facts: Mayflies, Murder, Geese

:: Number of outdoor cafes in the Downtown & Central Corridor in 2006: 115 :: Number of outdoor cafes in the same area before the mysterious seven year mayfly “problem” ended, in 1990: 2 :: Of the thirty-five tests conducted by the City Elections Commission on new electronic voting machines delivered this week, the number…

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Administrative

Administrative

To whomever ended up here after searching Google for “facts about illiteracy,” I am deeply sorry. This post is of no help to you, whatsoever. If you ended up here after searching for “tetherball nazis,” you pretty much get what you deserve. Also, if anyone has any sites about urban history, city planning, etc. that…

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Origins of Baxter Park

Origins of Baxter Park

Baxter Park’s location in the heart of the industrial district might not seem out of the ordinary; after all, most residents have grown up with the park and the name conjures up a treasure trove of images- ice skating on Bottom Pond in the winter, perusing the wares of street artists in the spring, bird…

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Trick-Or-Treat

Trick-Or-Treat

When people move here, especially those with young children, a top question on their minds around this time of year is “When exactly is the mandated trick-or-treat time?” (Another popular query is “When the hell is the leaf collection time, as my bags of leaves have been sitting out for two goddamn weeks?” But that…

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The Main Avenue Tramway

The Main Avenue Tramway

Throughout the history of civic planning, there have been countless grand ideas and concepts which have never been carried out for various reasons- expense, impracticality, that sort of thing. If one were to go through the planning archives of this city alone, you’d see many plans which never came to fruition- the Northwest Expressway, the…

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