Radio City Music Hall and the Hildreth Meière relief sculptures along the 50th Street facade.
Radio City Music Hall and the Hildreth Meière relief sculptures along the 50th Street facade.
Source: Photographed by Lih H., New York City, 2019. Radio City Music Hall and the Hildreth Meière relief sculptures along the 50th Street facade.

A world-renowned theater celebrated for hosting everyone and everything from Prince to the WNBA to Frank Sinatra’s official debut of New York, New York [1], Radio City Music Hall also offers patrons a wonderful collection of curated art. Art which can easily be missed in the overwhelm of a busy night at RCMH.

Art on the ground. Art on the walls. Take a moment and have a closer look. The Humble Fabulist and TV mini-series like Pretend It’s a City (featuring Fran Lebowitz and Martin Scorsese) suggest that there is great joy in doing just that.

A long list of…


Hildreth Meière, American painter and designer (1932). Photo by Peter A. Juley & Son via the Smithsonian Learning Lab.

Among the hidden architectural gems of America, you will find Hildreth Meière’s work bringing personality and intrigue to each building she decorated. Many of her pieces, such as the sumptuous mosaics of the AT&T Long Distance Building, are scattered throughout New York City. After seeing a few of her creations in person, I could not stop thinking about them. I had to know more.

Hildreth Meière was born into a financially stable family in New York City, in the neighborhood of Flushing, Queens. That helps, being financially stable. But she was also incredibly talented, and even at a young age…


Source: Walks of New York via pinterest.ca profile. Samuel Lionel “Roxy” Rothafel brought the Rockettes to Radio City Music Hall.

Samuel Lionel “Roxy” Rothafel (1882–1936)

Better known simply as “Roxy,” Mr.Rothafel was the fanciful mind behind the movie palace concept. He bolstered theater shows, such as those at the R.K.O. and Radio City Music Hall, with the addition of live music, entertainment during intermissions and a lavish visual atmosphere.

To understand Roxy’s brand of entertainment, one need only look to the Radio City Rockettes. The Rockettes, originally the Roxyettes, were brought onboard Radio City at Roxy’s prompting[6]. The Rockettes are now inseparable, even synonymous with RCMH and its annual Christmas Spectacular Show.


Photographed by Pedro E. Guerrero. (Daniel McCarthy Architect LLC.) Edward Durell Stone in the Edward Durell Stone House.
Photographed by Pedro E. Guerrero. (Daniel McCarthy Architect LLC.) Edward Durell Stone in the Edward Durell Stone House.
Source: Photographed by Pedro E. Guerrero, Daniel McCarthy Architect LLC, via pinterest.ca profile. Edward Durell Stone in the Edward Durell Stone Townhouse.

Edward Durell Stone (1902–1978)

Edward Durell Stone began his architectural design career inspired by the International Style, eventually leaning into less austere designs as his career progressed [1]. His work as the architect for the Art Deco Radio City Music Hall building shows his less conservative side.

Stone orchestrated many buildings of note across America, often working with fellow architect Philip L. Goodwin. His widely acclaimed architectural design for the U.S. embassy in New Delhi further enhanced Stone’s exposure internationally.

Radio City Music Hall is just one of several iconic buildings in Edward Durell Stone’s prolific New York City portfolio. You may recognize his…


The Roxy Suite in Radio City Music Hall, furnished by Donald Deskey.
The Roxy Suite in Radio City Music Hall, furnished by Donald Deskey.
Source: dtxmcclain via pinterest.ca profile. The Roxy Suite in Radio City Music Hall, furnished by Donald Deskey.

Donald Deskey (1894–1989)

In early 1932, Donald Deskey submitted his designs through a competition in a bid to oversee the interior styling of the soon-to-be Radio City Music Hall. His work stood out and he was chosen to decorate the theater.

The project demanded that Deskey deliver on the modernity Art Deco aesthetics while meeting the need for functionality in a public building. He chose artists who worked in a wide range of styles and mediums, managing to weave them harmoniously into the fabric of the Radio City Music Hall we recognize today.

An array of Deskey’s is displayed throughout Radio City Music…


The pavement is scattered with reminders of the neighbourhood’s hardships. Spray paint art in fun colours juxtaposes.

Behind the weary buildings of the Vancouver Downtown…


Photo by Glenn Hansen via Unsplash

During the summer of this first year of COVID-19, we moved from the pulse of the city to the outskirts. Still within the city limits, but decidedly far away from all the action, it immediately felt so quiet.

It’s been just a month living in “the booneys.” Out here, my roommates and I can afford to rent a small house rather a series of tired bachelor suites or damp basement dwellings.

The groceries are cheaper. The space is plentiful. Coffee is only $1.50. But I cannot shake what I’ve come to know as “those little town blues.”

A Line Up…


If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is about MOOCs, wonder no more.

Photo by Kiyun Lee on Unsplash

Massive Open Online Courses, also known by the adorable-sounding acronym MOOCs, are not your typical university classes. For better or for worse, MOOCs have garnered a lot of attention, and they don’t seem to be going away anytime soon. If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is about, wonder no more.

How Do MOOCs Work?

What even is a MOOC? Well, MOOCs are courses that are accessible to anyone with an internet connection — no special software required.


Have you considered diversifying your investment portfolio?

Of course you have.

Have you considered diversifying the tools you use for investing?

Maybe not.

This is exactly what financial management firms are beginning to do. Industry-wide changes are happening right now in global finance, and artificial intelligence ( AI) is at the forefront of those changes.

By utilizing AI capable of machine learning, the way we invest is drastically changing. Algorithms are becoming the core decision makers for companies processing multibillion-dollar transactions.

And it’s working.

What Led to the Rise of AI?

For years now, program code has been a tool for financial trade, so using computers to…


The Sarcophagus of Harkhebit was excavated by Service des Antiquités de l'Egypte in 1902, then purchased from the Egyptian government by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1907. Photo from The Met, Creative Commons.

Harkhebit’s sarcophagus is different from the imagery of Ancient Egypt that so many of us are used to. When I first saw the sarcophagus in the Metropolitan Museum’s Egyptian wing, I was instantly intrigued. The gloss of the stone, the meticulous artistry and the morbid subject of its purpose hooked me in.

The Beginning of the End

Harkhebit’s sarcophagus originates from the Late Period — specifically between 595-526 BC [1]— a relic of a time considered by many experts as the last traditionally Ancient Egyptian period [2]. This was a time when the art and traditions of the Old Kingdom pharoahs was still valued.

After…

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