The Sphere The Sphere is an architectural structure made by artist Fritz Keonig and it has survives the 9/11 attacks. These days, structure stands as a monument to the victims. The structure is originally located between the Twin Towers in Manhattan before the 9/11 attacks. After the attacks, it was stored at JFK airport and on March 11th, 2002, The Sphere was relocated to Battery Park. It is now the symbol of America's strength and resiliency.
Manhattan Transfer describes a panoramic view of life in New York City between 1890 and 1925. It contained fragments of popular songs, news headlines, and stream of consciousness monologues from a horde of unrelated characters. Dos Passos felt that his novels should paint a picture of society as it was, to expose human difficulties by showing them realistically. Following the directions of an author he admired, Walt Whitman, Dos Passos who sought to use a “moral microscope” upon humanity. He became a leading modernist with his novel, an astonishingly original novel.
Cities such as New York are always being thought about, romanticized, and captured in film and television. In “The City and the Pillars”, an article from the New Yorker written post-9/11 by Adam Gopnik, New York is not glorified in the traditional way. Gopnik uses imagery, dialogue fragments, and an omnipresent point of view to help readers be spectators of the aftermath of the attack on the twin towers, and to remind his audience that the places people inhabit are not protected. From the beginning, the author opens up with an image that is repeated in the conclusion of this piece as well. It begins with the idea of a protective bubble, encompassing the city and shielding it from harm.
The Gangs of New York is a book written by Herbert Asbury. It was first published in 1928, and features vivid storytelling of 19th century New York. This book is a treat to read for those interested in learning about New York and its most heinous tales. Herbert Asbury collects a tedious amount of information and compiles it beautifully. Most of the material in the book was taken from newspapers, magazines, police and court records, and also from interviews with criminals and police officials.
The Great Gatsby GEOGRAPHY Throughout the novel, places and settings symbolize the various aspects of the 1920s American society that Fitzgerald depicts. East Egg represents the old aristocracy, West Egg the newly rich, the valley of ashes the moral and social decay of America, and New York City the dissolute, amoral quest for money and pleasure. Additionally, the East is connected to the moral decay and social cynicism of New York, while the West is connected to more traditional social values and ideals. Themes: The American Dream "Whereas the American Dream was once equated with certain principles of freedom, it is now equated with things. The American Dream has undergone a metamorphosis from principles to materialism."
Reflection on All That is Solid Melts, by Marshall Berman (pg. 286-310) How does this piece fit within or relate to other pieces we have read this term? Marshall Berman writes of many modernist visionaries that helped develop the modern world and each visionary had a significant influence on some major cities in the world. In this writing Berman describes the impact of Robert Moses’s work/life in New York. Robert Moses was a significant urban designer of the landscape and lifestyle of New York City and his ideas is a cornerstone of what modernism in urban design is today.
He then clarifies the difference between urbanization, which he describes as the process of a society becoming more urban-focused, and the growth of cities i.e. the expansion of their boundaries. Davis describes the urbanization process as occurring along an S curve, beginning slow, becoming fast, and then slowing down again. Based on this idea of S curve, he predicts an end to urbanization. The next essay “The Urban Revolution” was by arguably the single most influential archaeologist of twentieth century, V. Gordon Childe.
Love & Espionage Formerly screened in New York on November 1942 and largely released in January 1943, Casablanca, a moving love story consisting of many emotional turns and slightly similar to the chaos surrounding WWII. A mixture of Love, politics, and war was the atmosphere created by the Director Michael Curtiz. Three of the top screenwriters of all times, Julius Epstein, Philip Epstein and Howard Koch wrote this award-winning movie. Casablanca was adapted from the stage play Everybody Comes to Ricks. The movie’s lead actors were Richard ‘Rick’ Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) and Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid).
Giuliani and U.S. President George W. Bush—pledged to quickly rebuild the World Trade Center site as an inspiring symbol of American resilience and triumph over terrorism” (“9/11: Rebuilding”). Within the decade, a new era rose from the ashes. A memorial was constructed at Ground Zero commemorating those who lost their lives in the attacks. As of 2016, architects designed and built three of the seven planned buildings to replace their previous counterparts. One World Trade Center, the tallest building in not only the United States but also the Western Hemisphere, is New York’s new pride and dominates the modern skyline.
In Discipline and Punishment: The Birth of the Prison by Michel Foucault, a discussion is opened about the the carceral system not longer being bound to the walls of a prison. It suggests that due to the newfound modern system of punishment we can see our city as a “carceral city” since the prison is so closely linked to the rest of society by a network of power that outlines everyones way of life. This essay will focus on examining the carceral nature of modern life that Foucault describes with specific reference to the film “Synecdoche, New York” directed by Charlie Kaufman. This will highlight how the model of the Panopticon has transfused into a modern society, and individuals are now not under constant observation by other, but from themselves. In the film “Synecdoche, New York” The protagonist of the film is a theatre directors whose life seems to be falling apart, when his wife takes his daughter and leaves him, Caden seems to lose himself in a massive theater piece that is suppose to convey brutal realism and virtue.