Cute "Robotic" Social Experiment


I love that we’ll be talking about this experiment in my Cities, Spaces, and Power seminar this week.

Holy Cross Monastery

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Holy Cross Monastery

This weekend, I went on a retreat organized by Swarthmore’s Office of Religious Advisors and Swarthmore Progressive Christians.  Eight of us drove up to Holy Cross Monastery, an Anglican Benedictine monastery in Upstate New York.  My time with the monks, incense, freight trains, waterfalls, ponds, Psalms, prayer, and silence was very centering.  I also got the chance to do about fourteen miles of hiking, including to Shaupeneak Ridge, Black Creek Preserve, and John Burrough’s Slabsides cabin.  I really enjoyed this time with the sunshine, deer, frogs, and scenic views.  Unfortunately, people were in too much of a rush to get back to take the Palisades Parkway, my favorite scenic drive in the country.  Pictures I took over the weekend are below.

New York Cathedral Restoration

Photo by Florence Peters, Episcopal News Service

Photo by Florence Peters, Episcopal News Service

New York’s Episcopal Cathedral had its rededication service yesterday [Articles from the New York Times and Episcopal Life Online].  The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is a quick walk from Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and has quite the fascinating architectural history.  I visited it a few weeks ago, and despite the large partitions in place for the construction work, it was an impressive space.

New York in the Rain

Crossing into New Jersey on the Betsy Ross Bridge

Crossing into New Jersey on the Betsy Ross Bridge

I made it up to New York for lunch on Saturday.  Exploring Central Park was fun, though quite wet in the rain.  I went to lunch at La Palapa, a good Mexican place in the Village.  I’m pretty sure I’m addicted to their vegetarian chalupa appetizer.

Conservatory Garden in Central Park

Conservatory Garden in Central Park

Megabus from 30th Street to Penn Station was punctual as usual and I made good use of the Wi-Fi.  My SEPTA train from Swarthmore, on the other hand, was late and arrived at 30th Street when my bus was supposed to be leaving.  I sprinted down the steps and out the front door, barely making the bus.

Trip to New York

Manhattan

I went to New York over the weekend.  I traveled between Boston’s South Station and New York’s Chinatown on Lucky Star, my bus line of choice.  The trip down was easy, and I met my friend Joe for dinner in Little Italy.  We then met some friends of mine from Swarthmore for a movie in SoHo before going out to Roosevelt Island for the night.  Saturday morning, Joe and I explored Roosevelt Island before wandering out to Flushing Meadows/Corona Park.  I spent the rest of my time in Central Park before heading back up to Boston.  It was a very enjoyable trip.  Travel went well (some of my easiest bus trips yet – not having the extra leg to Philly makes all the difference) and I got to take the A, E, F, and 7 trains.  Some pictures of the trip are here.

Garbage Truck Hits Fung Wah Bus

Gothamist reports that a Fung Wah bus was involved in a fatal crash this morning.  A garbage truck leaving the Manhattan Bridge hit the bus near its loading zone.  The bus then crashed into a bank, killing a pedestrian.  Cars and trucks definitely speed off the Manhattan Bridge (though it’s hard to tell in the picture below because of the construction).

Here’s a picture from the same spot, looking the other way.  The buses load at the curb in the picture below.  I can see how a large truck rounding the corner into a departing bus could cause some major problems.  The bank that was hit is just around the corner on the right.