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NEW YORK ROSES

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Will Ryman’s larger than life rose installation provides a dose of spring time reprieve for our recent wintery mix. Match that with today’s unseasonably warm weather and you have a great outing in NYC. Ryman’s 38 sculptures of rose blossoms towering as high as 25 feet are scattered along Park Avenue between 57th and 67th streets and will be on display until May 31, 2011. Check it out if you’re in the area. Click Read More for additional information and to view a few pics of the installation.

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MORGAN'S SCHOOL OF LIFE

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Looking for a late night snack in your hotel mini-bar? These days you might find food for thought. Our favorite concept shop, The School of Life, teams up with the Morgan Hotel Group to offer something new and unique to their guests. Minibar for the Mind is a neatly edited pack of intriguing and thought-provoking items like Conversation Menus, Aphorism Turndown Cards and Talks on romance, travel, reading and culture. Generally, it’s some light hearted fun for the late night intellectual in us all. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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SHANGHAI'S CAPSULE HOTEL

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Sometimes you only need the bare essentials – a place to rest your head and dependable WiFi. We’ve written about Tokyo’s capsule hotels and now Shanghai enters the fray with their first one opening just north of the Shanghai Railway Station. Xitai Hotel houses 68 capsules that are 3.6 ft in height and 7.2 feet in length. They come equipped with an alarm clock, power sockets, a flatscreen television, WiFi, lighting and bedding. At $13 USD for 24 hr rental it’s a good deal for the bare essentials in Shanghai. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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CREATORS INN

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I found this in our City Notes and had to shine more light on it. Creators Inn is a brilliant example of how brands can connect with their audience in new and memorable ways. Started by <a href=“http://www.elvine.se/” target"_blank">Elvine, a swedish clothing label, and Next Century Modern, a design agency, they created a project that offers free short-term hotel accommodations for visiting creators. As they explain, “An overnight at Creators Inn offers all the standard features and comfort associated with a modern hotel but the crucial difference is that you as a guest do not have to pay anything. It’s totally free. No hidden fees.” Their aim is to promote the local area and give something back to traveling creators. Visit their site for more information.

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STREETWALK BENCHES

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I’m often asked what’s my favorite thing to do when I arrive in a new city? That’s an easy one. People watch. I love taking a moment to soak in the area and observe locals in their daily rhythms. That’s why there’s nothing like a well placed park bench. Paris mastered this and it appears the UK’s Sunderland is catching on too. In an effort to revitalize the city’s Sunniside area they’ve teamed up with Charlie Davidson to create Streetwalk – an interactive collection of stools that come alive with sound and light. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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READY STEADY GO

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Ready Steady Go! is a brilliant installation designed by Sandra Janser and Elisabeth Koller – two Austrian architects who were determined to visually outline the Jakomini District of Graz. Using a track inspired theme, they painted the area’s two main streets, Jakoministra├če and Klosterwiesgasse, an electric red that’s sure to make people notice. As DesignBoom writes, “Ready. Steady. Go! revamps these streets, leaving them with a fresh inviting look for visitors to explore in the form of a running track. The vibrant red installation with dividing track lines in gray, attracts attention to the changes in the quarter and is meant to make people stop and absorb the newly created atmosphere.” Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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NYC TIMELAPSE

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Alexandre Favre, Pierre Dumont and David Mignot took 13,000 photographs of New York City and turned them into a beautiful stop motion video. In less then 2 minutes they capture many of NYCs’ defining landmarks and do it all seemlessly in full HD set to Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 as interpreted by the New York Philharmonic. You don’t want to miss this. Click Read More to view the video and a few photos.

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