1. Ideas at Work: TKTS


    from Van Alen Institute / Added

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    On Wednesday, January 12, Van Alen Institute offered a revealing look at the personalities and politics behind VAI’s 1999 competition TKTS2K. As the third and final panel in our Ideas at Work series, the event chronicled the redesign of the iconic TKTS booth in Times Square, which spurred a novel approach to the re-activation of public space at the busiest pedestrian intersection in New York City. Many thanks to our moderator Claire Weisz (WXY), and panelists Marshall Berman (City College of New York), Tim Tompkins (Times Square Alliance), Victoria Bailey (Theater Development Fund), and Jack Goldstein (Actors’ Equity Association), who charted the social, urban, and institutional forces that converged at a perfect historical moment to create a new landmark for New York.

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      from Peter Rowan / Added

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      THE HOUSE ON THE HILL spotlights a time in filmmaking when gruesome horror films were a successful genre, especially at drive-ins and grindhouses. By illustrating a struggling New England film producer's attempt at breaking into this arena in the early 1970's as well as the personalities he encounters, the film explores the public's reaction to the violence portrayed. THE HOUSE ON THE HILL is a love letter to the days of grindhouse cinema where you could go to indoor and outdoor theaters to watch them on the big screen.

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      • Times Square Revisited: Urban Planning and Urban Design - 9.30.14


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        Please join us for the first in a four-part series presented by The Skyscraper Museum that will reunite key actors in the transformation of Times Square over the past three decades. Each evening focuses on a set of issues and questions that ask the original authors, including government officials, planners, urban designers, developers, architects, critics, preservationists, and civic activists, what really happened in the Eighties, and how do they view Times Square now? Times Square today is bright and crowded – a tourist mecca, entertainment district, retail powerhouse, and pedestrianized precinct that matches in vitality any decade of its storied past. But thirty years ago, the future of Times Square was in limbo – caught between a series of false starts at clean-slate urban renewal by the City and State and an emerging philosophy of urbanism that favored history, electric signs, and delirious diversity. “An oasis of celebration, and a sewer of crime” was the tag line for a 1989 PBS program on the future of 42nd Street and Times Square. Government plans to conquer blight and revitalize the district conceived of skyscrapers as the deus ex machina that would create revenue to renovate historic theaters and fund subway improvements. Critics of the plan–including architects, preservationists, and civic groups–complained that the essential character of Times Square would be destroyed. In the 1980s, the multiple arenas of architectural debate, public protests, and civic engagement changed the trajectory of government-guided plans for a new Times Square. Criticism of the matched set of Postmodern mega-towers designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee sparked an ideas competition to re-imagine the site of the original Times Tower, then slated for demolition Preservationists and actors organized against the further loss of historic theaters and advocated maintaining the bright lights of Broadway through mandatory signage. The zoning law was amended. Speakers: Carl Weisbrod, Chairman, NYC Planning Commission Herbert Sturz, former Chairman, NYC Planning Commission Alexander Cooper, FAIA, Founding Partner and CEO of Cooper, Robertson & Partners Hugh Hardy, FAIA, Founding Partner, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture Lynne B. Sagalyn, Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor of Real Estate, Director, Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate Moderator: Carol Willis, Founding Director, The Skyscraper Museum Carl Weisbrod is the Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission and Director of the Department of City Planning. From 1987-1990, he was the president of New York State’s 42nd Street Development Project. Herbert Sturz served under Mayor Koch as Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission and Director of the Department of City Planning from 1980-1986. The subject of the biography, A Kind of Genius: Herb Sturz and Society’s Toughest Problems by Sam Roberts, he has helped to found more than 20 New York non-profits devoted to social issues from criminal justice reform to affordable housing for the homeless. Alexander Cooper, FAIA, one of the world’s leading urban designers, is Founding Partner and CEO of Cooper, Robertson & Partners. From 1973-1978, he served in the Lindsay administration as the director of the Urban Design Group in the Department of City Planning; from 1973-1978, he sat on the Planning Commission. In 1979, he established his firm Alexander Cooper Associates and in 1981 was joined by Stan Eckstut to form Cooper Eckstut Associates. In 1980-81 they created the urban design guidelines for the 42nd Street Development Project. Hugh Hardy, FAIA, is another of the world’s leading urban designers and preservation architects. From the restorations of the New Victory and New Amsterdam theaters, to the zebra-stripe apartment tower and Theater Row complex and sleek offices of The New 42nd Street, Inc, Hardy has restored and reshaped the both the physical setting and emotional experience of Times Square for a generation. Lynne B. Sagalyn is author of Times Square Roulette: Remaking the City Icon, is the Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor of Real Estate and Director of the MBA Real Estate Program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.Professor Sagalyn is a specialist in real estate finance and urban development. She teaches the Real Estate Transactions and the Advanced Seminar in Real Estate electives. Sagalyn is widely known as an expert in real estate equity securities and public development finance. Her research and writings on real estate investment, securitization, urban development and public policy have been published in both academic and professional journals. Organized by: The Skyscraper Museum Co-sponsored by: AIANY Planning and Urban Design Committee

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        • An Evening with Maria Yoon - Writer + Director of 'Maria the Korean Bride'


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          Filmed September 15, 2011 Performance artist and director Maria Yoon discusses the marital expectations of many first- and second- generation Korean-American women when choosing between family and the heart. Her documentary, Maria the Korean Bride, challenges those expectations as Maria documents her cross-country journey as an imagined bride in traditional dress. The project highlights Maria’s marriage “proposals,” interviews with participants, and mock wedding performances. Join us for an evening of conversation with Maria, as she previews her documentary and shares her emotions and the experience of her final “50-state marriage” in New York’s Times Square. For more information, please visit the link below: http://www.koreasociety.org/special_events/young_professionals/an_evening_with_maria_yoon.html

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          • Yeshua Gives Kingdom Manifesto (Matt 5-7) Pt 1 - 5/21/2011


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            Rabbi Greg Hershberg teaches on what is commonly called, "The Sermon on the Mount," or "The Beatitudes"

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            • Roadtrip IUP Documentary


              from Brandon Roudebush / Added

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              Roadtrip IUP is a documentary that follows three students from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) as they travel to New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C, searching for direction and guidance in their lives. Along the way, they talk with inspiring graduates of IUP who have once walked in their shoes. From growing up in a small town to making it big by following their passion, they share their stories of struggle and success. The video filmed with the Canon XH A1S and edited using Final Cut Studio Pro 6 and Apple Motion on a Mac Pro. Roadtrip IUP won a 2009 Hermes Creative Award, 2009 I.V.A.M.P Award, and 2009 College Broadcasters Incorporated National Student Production Award. You can find more of my work at http://ThatBrandonGuy.com and follow me on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/ROWD. Credits : Director / Video Editor Created : April 10, 2009

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              • New York 2012


                from Philip Guest / Added

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                Film of our trip to New York for New Year's Eve, 2012. Included is footage of Central Park, the stage door of Glengarry Glen Ross on Broadway (with Al Pacino, Bobby Cannavale and Richard Schiff signing autographs), the Ball Drop in Times Square (with appearances by Psy and Taylor Swift), Top Of The Rock, the Museum Of Natural History, the 9/11 Memorial and Bryant Park.

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                • Diary of a Times Square Thief - International version


                  from Klaas Bense / Added

                  Diary of a Times Square Thief documents the search for the writer of a mysterious diary found on Ebay. This manuscript describes the adventures of a young man who, in the late 1980’s, left the Midwest of the United States to go to New York to realize his big dream: to find a publisher for his work and become a writer. He fails, and the diary gives a frank and confronting account of the author's subsequent downfall. This is where the diary ends; its last pages have been cut out with a knife. Diary of a Times Square Thief consists of small, intimate portraits of some of the colourful characters described in the diary. Through these encounters clarity gradually emerges on the surprising fate of the talented but failed author. In addition, the film paints a vivid picture of the world-famous Times Square area when it was still a dramatically brutal urban jungle. "Diary of a Times Square Thief meditates on regret, redemption and the beauty of human connection."

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                  • Diary of a Times Square Thief - Dutch version


                    from Klaas Bense / Added

                    De geschiedenis achter een mysterieus dagboek. De filmmaker gaat op zoek naar de schrijver van een mysterieus dagboek dat hij op eBay gekocht heeft. In het bijzondere schriftje staan de avonturen beschreven van een jonge man die eind jaren tachtig vanuit het Middenwesten van Amerika naar New York reist, om daar zijn droom te verwezenlijken en als schrijver door te breken. In het dagboek is te lezen hoe de ambitieuze schrijver faalt, afglijdt en aan lager wal raakt; de laatste pagina's zijn met een mes uit het dagboek gesneden. Kleine, intieme portretten van mensen die in het dagboek voorkomen en die de schrijver zouden moeten kennen. De ontmoetingen brengen uiteindelijk duidelijkheid omtrent het verrassende lot van de talentvolle, maar gefaalde schrijver. Tevens wordt er een beeld geschetst van de wereldberoemde Times Square-buurt in de tijd dat het nog een zeer ongure 'urban jungle' was. "Diary of a Times Square Thief mediteert over spijt, verlossing en de schoonheid van de menselijke verbinding."

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                    • kobresia: what is (56 min, experimental collage, installation/performance background video, 2012)


                      from Phil Garrett / Added

                      This video is a 56-minute experimental collage, installation/performance background video, created in 2012. It represents an interconnectedness between one's objective experiences and subjective states in those moments. It brings together vérité video, abstract imagery, and a designed soundscape to create an abstract melange that is part reality, part memory, part subjective space created through the manipulation of the medium. Sometimes a word can take on a new meaning, a personal meaning that transcends simplistic definition; something organic and not always easy to put into words. Kobresia is a genus of plants in the sedge family. Kobresia is also a music track by the Norwegian ambient electronic musician Geir Jenssen, aka Biosphere. The song has had great impact on me and my approach to the work. For me, "kobresia" has come to represent something layered, organic, sometimes nuanced, subtle, sometimes obvious, but always something bound by the notion that the whole of a story is synergistic, more than the sum of it's parts. Sometimes it is about a feeling or notion in it's pure state, but not necessary something tidy. These films are experiments in abstract, non-linear narrative and personal imagistic storytelling.

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