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One Last Thought: Innovation in Lights

The holiday season is synonymous with light, from the candles of the Hanukkah menorah to the tiny bulbs that illuminate a Christmas tree. In the New York ‘Enlightened’ State of Mind, we translated December’s festive glow into a month-long celebration of light in its many forms: A Holy Light: We explored interfaith and unorthodox religious groups across the State; The Spark of Imagination: We introduced a variety of individuals and businesses that are illuminating young minds through stories

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The New Yorkiest Thing You Can Do: Reenact the Lake Placid Olympics

With a little over one month until the 2014 Winter Olympic Games debut in Sochi, we’re revisiting the 1980 games, where some of America’s most triumphant moments in athletic history took place. 1980 marks the second time that the Games were hosted in Lake Placid; the first time being in 1932. The second round of hospitality showcased an expanded Lake Placid Olympic Center, which introduced the first completely artificial snowmaking system to the Games at Whiteface Mountain, in addition to the

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Easy-to-Keep 2014 Resolutions

Now that Christmas has passed, we're looking forward to the fresh start that 2014 will bring. Like anyone, we've made a list of resolutions, but we think this year's will be easier to keep thanks to some NYSOM Marketplace goodies that make the carrot and stick equally appealing. Which resolution do you think you'll fulfill?   RESOLUTION: TO RADIATE It's time to sparkle and shine with this Sundial design — available as earrings, a necklace or ring — handmade in Brooklyn by Abby Carnevale

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NYSOM Girls' Christmas States of Mind

The NYSOM Girls are a diverse crew, and we each have our own ways of celebrating the holidays. Half of us celebrate Hanukkah in addition to Christmas, and we're all looking forward to 2014 (one of us is getting married!). In recognition of our various Christmas states of mind, here are the yuletide traditions we each hold most dear. Sending you and yours the happiest and warmest wishes during this most special time of year, with love from the NYSOM Girls! [caption id="attachment_3622" align="aligncenter"

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A Buffalonian's Take on Winter in Western New York

Buffalo has a reputation all over the country for having pretty horrid winters. We’d like to take a moment to debunk that myth. It snows in Buffalo, but we think that’s pretty great. (The view of millions of incandescent sparkles in the snow on Christmas morning can’t be beat.) Although you will need some winter gear to be comfortable here, it’s not insanely cold: the average low temperature in Buffalo in December, according to The Weather Channel, is 23° F. Here, it’s all about lake effect

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When You Wish Upon a...Wall

What do people wish for? Good health, good fortune. A job, any job. To see a certain someone or a place they miss. Love. Healing. Ryan Gosling. Someone to kiss when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. How does one make a wish when the clock strikes to mark that once-in-525,600-minutes moment? Times Square is the iconic place to be, but we don’t recommend getting penned inside the gates on the plaza’s most crowded day of the year. The best way to make express your aspirations in

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America's First Amusement Park: North Pole, N.Y.

Northern New York gets a lot of flak for not having as much development or as many “things to do” as some more metropolitan areas of the state. The general scarcity in leisurely establishments presents a unique conundrum to business proprietors in the region. Consequently creativity is a great competitive asset. Of all the possibilities for entrepreneurial imagination in the Adirondack region, one wouldn’t necessarily think of an amusement park as the premier idea for raking in the dough.

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Electric Lights to Optics Research: Buffalo, "City of Light"

The year is 1901. From May to November, millions alighted on Buffalo to explore the Pan-American Exposition, the world’s fair that showcased technological advancements. Well-suited to play host city, Buffalo was at that time the eighth largest city in the United States (with a population of approximately 350,000) and had excellent access to train lines, making a visit to town viable for many visitors. A major feature of the Exposition was electric lighting, which utilized hydroelectric power, courtesy

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Lights! Camera! George Eastman, Kodak, and Rochester

George Eastman’s story is a classic tale of being in the right place at the right time, with the right skill set. A self-taught man, he was employed as a bank clerk and first assistant bookkeeper at Rochester Savings Bank from 1874 to 1880. Mr. Eastman took up photography in his spare time, reading all the European photography magazines he could get his hands on and apprenticing with George Monroe, a local commercial photographer. When he was passed over for promotion at the bank in 1880, Mr.

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The City that Lights the World: GE & Schenectady

From the household refrigerator to steam turbines, General Electric is everywhere. It all started in 1886 when Thomas Edison moved his company, Edison Machine Works, to Schenectady. Six years later, he merged with his competitor, the Thomas-Houston Company, to form the General Electric Company. It was a serendipitous chain of events that brought Mr. Edison to what would later be known, due to his contributions there, as “The City that Lights and Hauls the World.” Mr. Edison wanted to expand

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