Check Out Some of the Late Mary Ellen Mark's Greatest New York Photography

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Mary Ellen Mark
Jeanette at a Carnival, Brooklyn, New York, 1978
Mary Ellen Mark, the documentary photographer best known in New York for her street scenes and portraits of the disenfranchised, died on Monday in Manhattan. She was 75.

Mark photographed her subjects documentary-style, for the most part in black-and-white. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Life, Rolling Stone, the New York Times Magazine, and Vanity Affair, among other publications.

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Michelle Obama on the New Whitney: 'I Know the Feeling of Not Belonging in a Place Like This'

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Michelle Obama at the dedication of the new Whitney Museum on April 30
The massive (220,000-square-foot) new Whitney Museum of American Art opens on Friday, and today during her remarks at its dedication ceremony, first lady Michelle Obama took the opportunity to remind the gatekeepers of culture to keep their institutions welcoming to all people.

"There are so many kids in this country who look at places like museums and concert halls and other cultural centers, and they think to themselves, 'Well, that's not a place for me,' " Obama told the gathered VIPs and press, " 'for someone who looks like me.' "

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This Woman Photographed Every Bodega in Manhattan

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Photo by Gail Victoria Braddock Quagliata
Gail Victoria Braddock Quagliata knows the value of a solid pair of walking shoes better than most New Yorkers. Quagliata, a photographer, spent nine months walking every single block of Manhattan in a quest to shoot every one of its bodegas. "I figured, no time like the present to walk the entire island of Manhattan!" she says. She succeeded — and only tore one ankle ligament in the process.

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Mayor de Blasio Wants Your (Concise and Family-Friendly) Poems!

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Katie Toth for the Village Voice
Hizzoner wants to read your poems.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Office of Cultural Affairs are asking us to take to Twitter in honor of National Poetry Month.

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See These Ten Wonderfully Strange Public Artworks Before They're Gone

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NYC Parks
You've touched it, sat on it, squinted at it from across the street. The abundance of public art is one of New York City's best features, and when the snow melts and the air warms, there's nothing better than walking by that weird, bulbous sculpture you pass on your way to work every day and actually noticing it. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation's Art in the Parks program puts artwork of all stripes in parks across the boroughs. Here's a roundup of the most wonderfully strange art installations that are coming down this spring and summer. Catch them before they disappear!

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Here's How Mayor de Blasio Hopes to Educate Your Toddlers in the Future

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courtesy of Kristin Eno
"If we want social cohesion, if we want hope and possibility, do even more for early childhood education. That's what Reggio Emilia taught us. That's what we can carry on today." — Mayor Bill de Blasio

"What is that noise?" Evelyn Salzman asks her mother. She is listening to the tip-tap of shoes on a stairway.

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Meet the Artist Who Created a Map of Brooklyn With Litter Collected From Each Block

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Courtesy of Jennifer Maravillas
Jennifer Maravillas and her 71 Square Miles
In February 2012, Jennifer Maravillas set out on foot to every corner of Brooklyn in a bid to collect litter for an art piece titled 71 Square Miles. The colossal ten-by-ten-foot map is a penciled outline of the borough filled in with pieces of loose paper — food menus, church bulletins, newspapers, handwritten notes, lottery tickets, even a dried leaf — with each bit of ephemera standing in for the block on which she found it.


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Hippies Say Goodbye to UWS Sculpture With Interpretive Dance, Yoga Ceremony

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Courtesy Isadora Wilkenfeld
Visitors flocked to visit Phoenix in the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine on February 19. The sculpture's year-long run will soon come to a close.
Yoga in New York is not an unusual activity.

But yoga in chairs? In a 123-year-old Episcopal church? Under a giant, turquoise-lit sculpture of a floating pair of birds? That doesn't happen every day.

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Young Mexican Designer Achieves Dream of Showcasing Works at New York Fashion Week

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Courtesy of Ryan Smith, The Art Institutes
Yalary Fuentes

Yalary Fuentes's life as a fashion designer started at age six in her native Mexico. She wasn't necessarily making clothes from scratch, but she became quite adept at acting out dressmaking scenes from Disney cartoons by draping blankets on her grandmother.

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The MOMA Is Open All Night to Appease Rabid Matisse Fans

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Henri Matisse, courtesy of Museum of Modern Art press release
If you cut it, they will come.

Apparently that's the Museum of Modern Art's new motto. Its latest exhibit, "Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs," closes at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10. But before that, it'll be available to view 24 hours a day now through 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 8.

All day. All night. Fifty-six hours straight.


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