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  1. Amazingly Detailed Cityscape Carved Into 2.5 Tons of Marble

    If you happen to have 2.5 tons of marble on hand and also happen to be an incredibly accomplished sculptor, then you could make this incredibly detailed model of Manhattan yourself! If none of these things apply to you, it's probably better that you look at this work entitled Little Manhattan by Yutaka Sone. Not merely in the shape of the famed New York island, the top of the sculpture has a tiny reproduction of buildings and city blocks carefully carved into its surface. Astute readers will recall how much I enjoy tiny models of much larger things. Currently, the work is on display at a Manhattan gallery. Meaning for it to remain truly accurate, Sone would have to add a tiny Little Manhattan to her sculpture with a tinier Little Manhattan on that model and so on and so forth. Read on below for less infinite regression and more of Sone's remarkable work.

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  2. The Internet Mapped as Manhattan Neighborhoods

    Amanda Peyton, the creator of social messaging service MessageParty, has posted this intriguing image of the web, re-imagined as neighborhoods of Manhattan. She took her inspiration, she says, from the East Coast origins of many of the services, along with what she sees as a New Yorks mindset to services like Twitter.  On her blog, Peyton discusses her reasoning behind the placement:
    Twitter + Wall Street: Frenetic, Jumbled, Terse, but incredibly powerful Tumblr + West Village and Meatpacking: Coolness to a fault Email + Chelsea and Times Square: Large, unmanageable, swelling, but ultimately the pulse of everything Facebook + Upper East Side: The center of the “establishment” Hacker News + Spanish Harlem: Steadfast, growing like a weed though few people notice, culture-rich but somewhat insulated
    The full list can be found on her site, but it leaves one question unanswered: what is Central Park? In my mind, the beautiful and massive anchor to the city could be Google, or some other essential service. Readers, what do you think? (Amanda Peyton via Beta Beat)

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