NYC: Bryant Park and American Standard Building
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NYC: Bryant Park and American Standard Building
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For more information on the American Standard Building, see this picture.

At the western gateway to the Bryant Park is the pink granite Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain, designed by Charles Adams Platt and dedicated in 1912. This was the city’s first public memorial dedicated to a woman. Lowell was a social worker and founder of the Charity Organization Society. Charles Adams Platt designed the fountain.

At the western gateway to the Bryant Park is the pink granite Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain, designed by Charles Adams Platt and dedicated in 1912. This was the city’s first public memorial dedicated to a woman. Lowell was a social worker and founder of the Charity Organization Society. Charles Adams Platt designed the fountain.

Bryant Park is 9.603 acres of public park bounded by Fifth Avenue, Sixth Avenue, 40th and 42nd Streets. The central building of the New York Public Library sits on the eastern end of the park.

While it was still a wilderness, New York’s colonial governor Thomas Dongan designated this land as a public space in 1686. George Washington’s troops crossed the area while retreating from the Battle of Long Island in 1776. Bryant Park was a potter’s field from 1823 to 1840, when thousands of bodies were moved to Ward’s Island.

The first park at this site opened in 1847 as Reservoir Square, named after its neighbor, the Croton Distributing Reservoir. In 1853, the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations with the New York Crystal Palace, with thousands of exhibitors, took place in the park. The square was used for military drills during the American Civil War, and was the site of some of the New York Draft Riots of July 1863, when the Colored Orphan Asylum at Fifth Avenue and 43rd Street was burned down.

In 1884 Reservoir Square was renamed Bryant Park, to honor the New York Evening Post editor and abolitionist William Cullen Bryant and in 1899 construction of the New York Public Library building began. The construction of the Sixth Avenue Elevated railway in 1878 had cast a literal and metaphorical shadow over the park, and by the 1930s the park had fallen into disrepair. The park was re-designed in 1933-1934 as a Great Depression public works project under Robert Moses, featuring a great lawn, hedges and later an iron fence.

By the 1970s Bryant Park had been taken over by drug dealers, prostitutes and the homeless, earning the colloquial nickname "Needle Park." From 1979 to 1983, the parks advocacy group, The Parks Council, coordinated a large-scale improvement initiative. Their efforts were ultimately succeeded by the Bryant Park Corporation, founded in 1980, with a privately funded redesign and restoration in 1988 under the leadership of Daniel A. Biederman. The new Park opened in 1992 with a Parisian feel, an English style perennial border garden, and seating for up to 3,000. Several dining spots including Bryant Park Grill, Bryant Park Cafe and ‘wichcraft opened to accomodate swelling lunchtime crowds. In the summer of 2002, the Bryant Park Wireless network was launched, allowing free WiFi access. In 2002, the Bryant Park Restoration Corporation founded Fetes de Noel, a European-style holiday market, and added The Pond at Bryant Park, a temporary ice skating rink, in 2005. Today the park hosts the biannual New York Fashion Week, HBO’s Bryant Park Summer Film Festival and ABC’s Good Morning America Concert Series, and the New York Yankees "Pinstripes in the Park" among many other events.

For more details on the American Standard Building, see this picture. The American Standard Building was designated a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1974.

New York Public Library and Bryant Park National Register #66000547
American Standard Building National Register #70002663 (1980)

The Blogs That Ate My Campus
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It sounds easy. "Let’s offer blogs to our community." But there are hazards that lurk beneath the groovy social software veneer:
* Spammers never sleep
* Workload for training and support – many users will have only a vague idea how to use these tools. Imagine the risks with students required to maintain weblogs.
* Server and application maintenance – many IT units in academic institutions have little understanding or interest in sustaining tools such as these.

Key questions:
* What are the benefits of providing a blog service, when anyone can easily get their own blog elsewhere?
* Could a school offer a weblog service without hosting? What other services would be needed?
* What are the appropriate expectations of users of these services? What can reasonably be provided to them?
* Just how amenable is the culture of the academy to blogging and other social software practices?
* Are there special challenges in dealing with (ahem) ‘academic temperaments’ and technology? (Hint: you better believe it!)

Tools and Issues With Supporting
* Giving a Blog – a guide to providing blogs (James Farmer)
* University Weblogging: Where, With What System (and How Fast)? (Spike Hall’s RU Weblog)- array of colleges providing hosting at the blogware platforms
* Checking Out Other University’s Blog Hosting Services by Jerry Smith, Case University
* Public and Private Course Blogs (Digital Digs)
* Efforts to make blogs more versatile include Structured Blogging, somewhat related to the larger issue of microformats
* Look out for the Law! See the EFF: Legal Guide for Bloggers
* Standards and Practices for Staff Blogs (

Better Blogging..
* Lifehacker’s guide to weblog comments practicalt tips for using weblog comments
* Having a hard time writing? See Battling Bloggers Block (caveat emptor the web site is about "blogging for money") Or see 10 Killer Post Idea

Is Blogging A Great Idea or a Bad One?
* Can it ruin your chance of that plum teaching job? Pseudonymous Ivan Tribble wrote in the Chronicle of Higher Education Bloggers Need Not Apply
* Why not more scholarly bloggers? by Alex Halavais
* The academic contributions of blogging? (Crooked Timber)
* Blogscholars? (History News Network)
* Blogging Prof Fails To Heed His Own Advice New York Sun
* So Friday was a pretty bad day…., Scholar/Blogger Daniel Drezner is denied tenure. Because of the blog? Could be…

Institutions Hosting Blogs
* Weblogs at University of Calgary
* Weblogs@UPEI (Price Eduward Island) and Weblogs@Holland College
* UThink: Blogs at University of Minnesota Libraries
* Weblogs at Harvard Law is one of the oldest university hosted blogs (Manila)
* Blog@Case Case University
* Reedie Jounrals– Blogs for every students at Reed College
* EduBlogs (free hosting for educators) and UniBlogs (free hosting for students)
* CALI Classcaster
* Weblogs@UBC

See more examples and resources in the blog supporting tag stream.

Image Credits: Mock-up of SciFi book cover created by Alan Levine, derived from my own flickr image from Garden of the Gods (Colorado) and an old Strata3D rendered image

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