O’Donnell’s Party Wall opens at MoMA PS1
Assistant professor of architecture Caroline O’Donnell isn’t normally one for big speeches. At the June 27 opening of her installation Party Wall, in the courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, however, she made an exception.
Disruptor | Tom Potter, co-founder of the Brooklyn Brewery and the New York Distilling Company
“There is more money chasing good ideas than there are good ideas, so if you have a good idea, it’s a beautiful time,” serial entrepreneur Tom Potter explains one afternoon in April. Fortunately for Potter, good ideas have a way of seeking him out.
Disruptor | Joe Boardman, Amtrak CEO
Overlooking the nerve center of Amtrak, a control room with neon lights and switchboards resembling a Shatner-era Starship Enterprise, Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman looks like a man out of time. Even in context, Boardman has little of the Teflon sheen of Washington. His moustache is worn without irony. The coffee he carries with him today isn’t Starbucks; it’s Dunkin’.
Disruptor | Sheila Bair, former F.D.I.C. chair
Former Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation chair Sheila Bair hardly fits the stereotype of a Beltway insider. She never flies first class. She doesn’t have an Ivy League degree. She wasn’t born in the Northeast. Of course, none of that prevented a protester from associating her with the insularity of Washington.
Escape from a “Necrocracy”
In North Korea, the hunger games have been raging for quite some time.
Detroit Might be the Place for Young People to Write a Story of Their Own
The late Gore Vidal once described this country as “the United States of Amnesia.” Yet when it comes to bohemia, memories tend to linger. Instead of a lacuna, we’re left with something bittersweet yet potent, like the final flicker of the last bonfire of summer.
Weight and Wit
Nora Ephron’s light touch was no accident.
The Debate X Factor
HOW does a tiny regional college in Danville, Ky., with just over 1,300 students attract 29 million TV viewers? Host a debate.
A New Schoolyard, Decorated in Pinstripes
A worn-out schoolyard that was gloomy and hazardous is now bathed in bright colors and fitted with new basketball hoops and a baseball diamond. And for an hour on Monday, it was decorated with a splash of pinstripes — Yankee pinstripes.
Big Red hockey fans pack Madison Square Garden
The Lynah Faithful, avid fans of Big Red hockey, packed the sold-out, non-league game against the Boston University (BU) Terriers at New York City’s Madison Square Garden Nov. 26. The matchup, a tradition dating from 1925, rarely offered a dull moment.
More Parents Sought for Teacher Conferences
For Karen R. Helfand, a classroom teacher at Public School X176 in the Bronx, preparing for parent visitors involves more than updating bulletin boards, tidying the classroom and preparing report cards. It also includes trying to draw more parents out.
Tax spending — not income — to save society $3 trillion a year, says Frank in NYC
Many politicians want to cut income taxes, but Cornell economist Robert H. Frank wants to eliminate them entirely.
Featurette for the November issue of the New York Times’ quarterly EdLife.
DoubleX Book of the Week: Coeur de Lion
Poetry is supposed to be a lot of things: dark, indulgent, indecipherable—like wine labels or post-modern art. Certainly not the kind of thing you’d pass from friend to friend to friend; not the kind of thing you devour guiltily on the subway; not the kind of thing that reminds you of late night AIM sessions, the note left in a locker, the Moleskine hieroglyphics you perfected as an undergraduate, the words you agree with but never said out loud.
Entrepreneurs collaborate, share best practices at NYC sustainability summit
As the season’s first snow fell, several dozen entrepreneurs, academics, innovators and students gathered at the General Assembly loft space in Manhattan’s Flatiron District Oct. 29 for the first annual Interdisciplinary Sustainability Student Summit.