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When it comes to Art Deco architecture in NYC, Anthony W. Robins is your guy. A native New Yorker, 20-year veteran of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, and author of books on Grand Central Terminal, the World Trade Center, and the art and architecture of the subway system, Robins is considered the foremost expert on the ornamental, geometric style, having organized the first regularly scheduled series of Art Deco tours through the Art Deco Society of New York in 1981.

Robins has now taken over 30 years of experience in New York’s Art Deco architecture and distilled it into his latest book, “New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture.” Starting with an introduction on the style and its history in NYC, the book includes 15 walking tour itineraries across the boroughs, each with a handy map designed by legendary cartographer John Tauranac. 6sqft has partnered up with the author to offer a signed copy of the book to one reader.

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER:
Snap a picture (using your best photography skills, of course) of your favorite piece of Art Deco architecture anywhere in the five boroughs. Share it with us on Instagram @6sqft with the hashtag #6sqftArtDeco and the location. On Tuesday, July 11th we’ll pick our favorite photo and give one lucky reader a signed copy of “New York Art Deco.”

 

City Living, maps

The Houston Street 1 station is #cronut; the PATH train’s World Trade Center station is #neverforget; and the Cathedral Parkway/110th Street station is #Seinfeld. This is the NYC subway map according to each stop’s most popular Instagram hashtag. CityLab first shared the fun visualization, titled #tagsandthecity, and pointed out that, though the map has categories for sightseeing/monuments, shopping, leisure, culture/museums, and hotel/travel, it’s the food and drink that really takes the cake. From #redrooster and #robertas to #shakeshack and #halalguys, it seems New Yorkers really like to post some food porn.

See the full map

History, Social Media

NYPL, New York Public Library

Remember the old days of pay phones, encyclopedia collections, and writing letters on actual pieces of paper? Before the internet, life was a lot different, and the New York Public Library has a fun new project to remind us of that.

Referring to themselves as “Google before Google existed,” the NYPL will be posting old reference questions from the 1940s to 80s on their Instagram account every Monday. The staff recently found a box of these old gems, all of which were asked either via phone or in person.

Take a look at the first batch of questions from the NYPL

6sqft gift guide, Social Media, Technology

The kids today posting their selfies and cat pictures to Instagram have no idea that they owe the square-shaped insta-photos to the good old Polaroid. So give them a little history lesson this holiday season with the Polaroid Socialmatic camera. It prints your photos on the spot like the original model, but also uploads them directly to social media outlets thanks to a WiFi connection that also lets users download apps and use the internet.

More details on the Polaroid Socialmatic camera

Daily Link Fix

  • Have A Picnic in Grand Central Station: Gothamist reports Starting next Monday in GCT’s Vanderbilt Hall,  you’ll be able to chow down on lunch or a snack from local food vendors like Zaro’s and Ciao Bella Gelato. Also consider this a dinner-theater because a couple of Broadway show casts will be doing a little song and dance show around 12 p.m.
  • Instagram Photos You Can Insta-Eat: Defeating the saying of “take a photo it’ll last longer,” Reuters explores Boomf, a London-based company that prints Instagram selfies photos on marshmallows.
  • DIY Turn A Broken Pot Into A Fairy Garden: This makes us want to break some pots just do we can do this DIY. Bored Panada features a new trend among gardeners (and some brown thumbs wanting to get in on the fun) of transforming broken flower pots into extravagant and lovely fairy gardens overflowing with ferns, succulents and moss.
  • Now There’s A Use For All Your Sweat: People who over-sweat can now be proud of those beads of water that drip down from their face and underarms! Phys.org looks at a new tattoo biobattery can detect lactate in the body, a natural ingredient in sweat, to recharge small electronics.

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