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Life As We Snow It

Mario Carosa cleans snow from his windshield in Brooklyn today, February 2, 1962

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Black & White & Red Haring All Over

Subway drawings: UFO [and] Dancing Man, Keith Haring, 1984

Marker drawings on acrylic glass subway car window

from the New York City (Brooklyn) estate of a former MTA contractor who was instructed by the Authority, years ago, to discard the object as part of a rubble pile. In 1984 the NYC Transit Authority (part of the MTA) initiated a massive graffiti clean up campaign of its stations and cars. This window suffers from both graffiti (which could have been cleaned) and damage to the glass itself (which was un-repairable), hence it was replaced and discarded [Live Auctioneers]

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When We First Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s very first building (in 1880)

designed by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mold

you can still see some of the original facade in The Robert Wood Johnson Jr Gallery!!!!

and two staircases from the Museum’s original 1880 building live on!!!!

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A Crane of Truth

Colonel Ichabod Bennet Crane (July 18, 1787 – October 5, 1857) was a career military officer for 48 years and the probable namesake of the protagonist in Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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While Washington Irving did not expressly admit that the character is named after Colonel Crane, the two men had met in 1814 at Fort Pike located on Lake Ontario in Sackets Harbor, New York.  Irving was an aide-de-camp to New York Govenor Daniel D Tompkins, who was inspecting defenses in the Sackets Harbor area. Crane’s somewhat unusual and memorable first name Ichabod comes from the biblical name of the grandson of Eli the High Priest and son of Phinehas

here lies Ichabod – not in Sleepy Hollow, but in Staten Island

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Tent T Cools

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The Tent of Tomorrow in the New York State Pavilion from the 1964-65 World’s Fair, at what is now Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. On the floor the largest map in the world at the time, a 130-by-166-foot map of New York State

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