From Cyriak, the kinds of Christmas wishes I send to all of you out there…
The longest, darkest night of the year was also the bloodiest. Two natural enemies faced off in an orgy of carnage that truly says, “Happy Holidays!”
I don’t usually dive into comments on political posts, but Joe.My.God readers, being family, can make it worth my while; today yielded a reference to one of my favorite under-rated movies from the 90s–the one that gave me an unnatural fear of running with scissors–Dead Again. If you’re trying to forget about the election this weekend and want to be kept on your edge of your seat in a good way, I suggest one of these recent classics with a few faces you might recognize:
Dead of Winter
A Simple Plan
Shortly after returning from Arkansas, I discovered the building that used to be New Harmony restaurant had been painted over with a field of dandelions. Tonight, returning from my Five Guys Sunday ritual, I noticed a break in the coverage–a small circle of light that either I failed to notice before or had appeared since. Of course I crossed 16th Street and hoped to ferret out what was coming next through this peep hole.
What I found instead was a hologram of a field of dandelions. It turns out that the elaborate effort of clothing a building in greenscape was a lure to look upon an instant captured in three dimensions and to look into a building and see out upon field and sky. The presentation is as much art as the artifact itself.
Another thing I noticed were two cameras. Maybe these are just for security, or maybe the art is looking back at its admirers. Either way, Field of Dandelions is another reminder of why I choose to make my home here: Even a well-worn path in the city can reveal new mysteries and delights if you care enough to notice.
I love taking the train to New York City, leaving Philadelphia from our grand train station at 30th Street, and I love being in New York City. But arriving via the rat warren beneath Madison Square Garden is underwhelming to say the least. That may finally change by the end of the decade.
Governor Cuomo has revived the plan to convert the post office next to Penn Station into a modern version of the once-grand building whose demise energized the preservation movement of Jane Jacobs. The schedule is aggressive and the budget is massive, $1.6 billion dollars. [ Governor Cuomo unveils plans for Penn Station’s massive revamp | curbed.com ]
Penn Station Classic
The original Penn Station perished before I was born and had a remarkably short lifespan for such a grand edifice (1910-1963). I have a sense of what it was like from visiting Grand Central Station and 30th Street Station, but the Internet remembers for me, for all of us. [ The destruction of Penn Station | mashable.com ]
Coming home and seeing the skyline always makes me sigh. But I’d have to commute via helicopter to get this kind of viewgasm on a regular basis.
Philadelphia in Motion (in 4k) – YouTube
Somehow I missed this perfect marriage of disturbing animation, carnival-style music, and SPIDERS! What a trifecta of creepiness!