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I love pretty much everything Improv Everywhere does, but their latest project especially resonates with me because they eerily read my mind and made a video of my thoughts.  Posing as NYC’s Department of Transportation, they set up a “Tourist Lane” (slow lane) and a “New Yorker Lane” (fast lane) on a sidewalk in Manhattan and directed pedestrians accordingly.  As a fast-walking New Yorker, I am thrilled that they did this.

While out for a long walk in Manhattan last week, I came across an incredible art installation entitled “Walking Men Worldwide.”  Artist Maya Barkai collected images of 99 walking men from cities around the world and covered the walls surrounding a construction site with their life-size images.  I like to imagine all 99 of those figures coming to life and exploring New York with me!  The installation will remain at 99 Church Street until January 2010.

I was literally laughing out loud yesterday when I looked around the “Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photo-Collage” exhibit at the Met. The exhibit features a collection of aristocratic Victorian women’s collages, made by combining detailed watercolor drawings with photographs. The pieces are beautiful, quirky, and absurd. The exhibit runs at the Met until May 9th, 2010, and then moves on to the Art Gallery of Ontario. Don’t miss it!  Here is a page dated to the 1870s from the Madame B Album by Marie-Blanche-Hennelle Fournier:

I have never been one to excessively “Ooh!” and “Aah!” over flowers, but when I went to The Orchid Show: Cuba in Flowers at the New York Botanical Gardens this weekend, I was amazed!  Imagine a tropical Cuban countryside transported into a greenhouse in the Bronx.  Everything was so vibrant.  If you happen to be in New York sometime before the show closes on April 11th, consider checking it out.  This photo doesn’t do the flowers justice.

Found via a Tumblr follower, who linked to DesignBoom.  I can’t wait to get back to Manhattan later this week and check out the Guggenheim’s new exhibit, Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.  The exhibit, which runs until April 28th, celebrates the museum’s 50th anniversary by featuring various designers’ ideas for addressing the void of the Guggenheim’s rotunda.  I love this proposal, “Experiencing the Void,” by JDS Architects.  The orange reminds me a bit of another incredible New York installation piece, The Gates.

Found via MUGJoe’s NYC is the nearly-daily photo blog of photographer Joseph O. Holmes.  Holmes’ photographs are stunning, vivid glimpses of New York City moments.  I could spend hours clicking through his site, seeing my favorite city through his eyes.  How do I choose just one photo to share here?  They are all worth posting, but I will pick this photo taken in Times Square and posted on November 4th, 2009, as I love the silhouette:

I am not ashamed to admit that I just bought Christmas Eve on Sesame Street on DVD.  It was one of my favorite Christmas movies when I was little, and unlike so many other things that seem amazing only when you’re seven or under, Christmas Eve on Sesame Street is still as charming, entertaining, and heartwarming as ever.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go wander the snow-covered streets of New York City and sing this song:

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