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Olana: Walking Into Frederic Church's Hudson River School Paintings

Emilie C. Harting | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Emilie C. Harting

Stand on the hilltop at Olana, the Persian mansion that was once the home of famous nineteenth century landscape painter Frederic Church, and you'll get spectacular views of the Hudson River winding south through the valley.

Prospect Park: Olmsted & Vaux's Brooklyn Masterpiece: Book Excerpt

Adrian Benepe | Posted 10.23.2013 | New York
Adrian Benepe

I didn't grow up in Prospect Park. My neighborhood park was Riverside, and Central Park was where I sometimes went on weekends as a child. Prospect Park was, to me, a mythical land in distant Brooklyn, across the East River and reachable only by a long trip on the subway.

A New Philanthropic Threshold -- The Significance of Central Park's Gift

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Charles A. Birnbaum

Philanthropy and public-private partnerships should not be faulted but encouraged, especially following Hurricane Sandy's damage to the parks when it's most needed.

The Big Task of Managing Nature at New York's Central Park

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 11.12.2012 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

I know that it may come as a shock to some, but New York's Central Park is not an act of God. It might seem that way, especially in the woodlands, which appear so authentically, well, natural.

To Be Real... You've Got to Be Real

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 12.07.2011 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

Two new sites in New York -- the 9/11 Memorial and the newly relocated home of Alexander Hamilton -- definitely raise questions about authenticity in the context of how we may manage a landscape's transformation.

Lessons From Brooklyn for the LADOT

Joel Epstein | Posted 10.25.2011 | New York
Joel Epstein

New York under Bloomberg and his DOT is remaking itself into a city known for its parks, open space and complete streets philosophy that recognizes the role the roads play for drivers, buses, pedestrians and bikers.

The Genius of Design -- Frederick Law Olmsted

Geri Spieler | Posted 08.05.2011 | Books
Geri Spieler

The gift of artistic vision on the large stage of life is rare. When witnessed it is so overwhelming few can appreciate its impact for years to come.

The Value of View

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

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A Sad Anniversary: John Lennon's Assassination

Margie Goldsmith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Margie Goldsmith

I was recently in Montreal at Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, where John and Yoko bedded down.