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The New York Auto Show- A Treat for the Car Lover

New York Auto Show

By Rohan:

There are two kinds of people who attend the New York Auto Show. There are car experts who can tell you the make and model of a car from a simple description and there are people who don’t know the difference between a Ford Escort and a Ferrari Enzo. Luckily, the Jacob Javitz center in the heart of the Big Apple hosts a convention that suits both groups by providing a hands-on, interactive adventure through the automobile industry.

When you walk into the main convention hall, you are blown away by the sheer amount of “stuff” plastered everywhere. Giant car logos hang from the ceiling and shiny new models are scattered throughout the convention center. Each dealer usually has seven to eight cars on display and allow patrons to enter and take pictures inside their cars. This makes for a show that not only focuses on outer aesthetics, but also interior design. Hopping from car to car, I was surprised to see how different two identical looking cars are from the inside. Doing this for a few hours may seem boring, but the tremendous variety of cars you can find on the convention floors makes it feel more like an adventure and less like a chore to see everything.

The highlight of the event is definitely the Jeep Off-Road Challenge. This usually has a long line so we suggest that you hit this attraction first before you venture throughout the other exhibits. If you are under 18, a representative from Jeep will seat you in a Wrangler and take you on a simulated off road drive. The ride climaxes with a near vertical climb that the jeeps pull off with ease and a rapid descent back to earth. It feels like an off-road roller coaster and is definitely worth trying out. If you are over 18, you have the chance to try driving the jeep yourself!

Another must-see attraction at the convention is the vintage car exhibit. Contrary to popular belief, the New York Auto Show does not only house brand new cars! There are cars ranging from the first Model T to the new, shiny Camaros and Mustangs. As you walk through the Javitz center, pay attention for some of the “Hollywood” cars on display. When I went, the Dodge Charger from Fast Five was on display alongside the yellow Camaro used to portray Bumblebee in the Transformers movies. Relatives have told me in previous years, the famous Delorean from Back to the Future made an appearance.

Overall, the New York Auto Show is a splendid way to spend a day in the city. And with tickets at the door costing about ten bucks, what’s there to lose?

Check out the show’s website at http://www.autoshowny.com/ and make sure to catch the convention the next time it rolls into town!

Untitled by Jasper Johns (David Zwirner Gallery, Artists For Haiti)

Untitled by Jasper Johns (David Zwirner Artists For Haiti)

By Siddhi: 

Last September I had the opportunity to see the David Zwirner Gallery at the High Line while it was on exhibit, and one of the paintings, Untitled by Jasper Johns, was evocative in all senses. This is my description of the painting:

They look like ghosts. Or more optimistically, souls. They could be women, children, grandparents, babies; crying and shrieking; drowning in pain, deceit. Nature has knifed them with a cruel, painful stab of betrayal. The souls. They belong to a frame that looks like Picasso’s “Guernica” washed over time and time again by unrelenting anger, by a wave that has eroded every ounce of compassion into raw human fear. The colorless chaos possesses a horror that seeps through the sickly paints and sucks the remaining humanity out of the screaming blobs in the foreground.  The ghostly forms of what were once living, breathing people are nothing more than ethereal remnants. A black fist of fury smears the stormy gray background with shadows of terror, terror that makes the hideously disfigured life below sway from left to right in panic. This is desperation. This is despair. The shadows are huddled together in the bottom left of the frame; maybe for warmth, maybe for security, maybe because they have nowhere else to go in a black and white world that has stripped them of the life they once knew and trusted. But yet, even in this closeness exists a haunting distance between the Haitian souls. They are literally transparent, and figuratively empty. No closeness can heal the deep and painful wounds fate has dealt them.  Black and white isn’t always so terrible. But black and white without human resilience is just pain. If there was hope in these souls, the painting wouldn’t be so frightening. But in this specific point, in this specific time, hope is merely a mad figment of a wicked imagination.