While the New York city landscape is a seemingly endless sprawl of sights and spectacles, Brooklyn-based photographer Franck Bohbot hones in on specific facets of urban life. For the series ‘Light on – The color of the night’, Bohbot forms a sentimental study of storefronts through a series of expressive and cinematic architectural ‘portraits’. Shot over the course of two years, the collection highlights these commercial spaces nearly devoid of the human activity that usually populates them, turning the storefront into a stage for both nostalgia and modernity.

Some of the boroughs’ hidden gems — the Sunshine Cinema, Veniero’s italian bakery, Midtown comics — are animated through a hazy fog of subdued pastel fluorescence and a wash of dimly lit neon. Theaters, delis, peep shows, corner stores, and hotels display marquees from a time past, or contemporary exterior façades, further illustrating the diversity and complexity of Manhattan’s perpetually buzzing landscape. (via Design Boom and Nina Azzarello)

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New York-based designers Howard Chambers and Bland Hoke are working on a project—‘Softwalks’—that aims to transform the sidewalks of New York City into sociable public spaces with clever design tweaks. The Softwalks system currently consists of four parts—a seat, a counter, a planter and a light reflector—that easily attach to the scaffoldings found on so many of the city’s sidewalks.

With these simple but brilliant add-ons, it is now possible to turn the 189-miles of existing scaffolding—or “sidewalk sheds”—into “pop-up parks”, where people can enjoy a rest, a drink or a chat with friends. The Softwalks team is developing an additional screen, bench and game board—it also plans to launch two or three of its pilot projects in the city in spring this year. (via Design Taxi)

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After documenting the storefront signage of New York’s disappearing mom-and-pop shops, photographers James and Karla Murray turn their lenses to the city’s mesmerizing neon signage, when they are at their most glorious after dark. Compiling these visually arresting images of brightly illuminated storefronts into a massive coffee-table tome—entitled ‘New York Nights’—the twosome have captured the beautiful facades of some of New York City’s most iconic establishments.

From the Ed Sullivan Theater to legendary diners, the book reveals a slice of fascinating cultural history in the Big Apple. (via DesignTaxi)

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Afrika Bambaataa has stated that he plans to open a museum dedicated to hip hop. The musical legend has said that he wants the museum to open in the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx borough of New York City. Vintage Vinyl News reports that Bambaataa has signed a letter-of-intent to help create the National Museum of Hip Hop, however, the museum’s future rests on the redevelopment of the former military site with a winning bid from the Youngwood and Associates developers.

Bambaataa is apparently seeking support from fellow hip hop kingpins and is planning to meet Ruben Diaz, Jr, the Bronx borough President, in order to push the project onwards. Bronx native Afrika Bambaataa was one of the pioneers of hip hop and is often credited with naming the genre. A DJ and producer, his 1982 track ‘Planet Rock’ – made with the Soulsonic Force – was instrumental in founding the roots of hip hop as well as electro. 
In 2007 Bambaataa was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (via NME)