17 avril 2012

Sinagoga Albastra, Brasov

Anyone passing through the Schei Gate of Brasov can stop to admire the impressive synagogue on Str Poarta Schei, 29, but only a few know about a gem - Sinagoga Albastra - hidden in a courtyard at str Castelului, 64 built by the orthodox jews of the city early on in the 20th century. Today, it stands alone and horribly neglected, window panes broken, paint chipped and washed away by years of inattention, rusted fencing and rotting woodwork - and only those who love history enough to bother, I'm told, pass through the heavy wooden door... [Lire la suite]
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31 mars 2012

The sadness of str Cameliei 38....

(Image: Povesti cu plimbari- November, 2011) The willful neglect of beauty and the determination to destroy Bucharest's patrimony never seems to let up... This once-gorgeous house stands close to Hala Matache in sector 1 and was built at the end of XIXc./ beginning of XXc. in architectural ecclectic style by an unknown architect. Those I have spoken to cannot remember it ever being anything but a ruin, growing progressively more dilapidated as years have passed. Certainly, nobody but gypsies have lived in it for at least the last... [Lire la suite]
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24 mars 2012

From glory to rubble - Casa Miclescu, bdul Kiseleff nr. 35-37, Bucharest

(Photo source: Reptilianul / Hasnas from Radu Miclescu's Archive) My thanks to the dedication of Florina and the work by passionate bloggers for the following historic information of what used to be the very beautiful Casa Miclescu on bdul Kiseleff - Bucharest's most beautiful avenue. Today, Casa Miclescu looks as if it has been hit by an unimaginably vicious tornado. The roof is no more, allowing for snow to pile up in the once stunning ballroom where the painter Mirea lived and decorated the ceilings himself, doors hang off their... [Lire la suite]
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21 mars 2012

Message from Serban Sturdza, Pro Patrimonio condemning the destruction of Hala Matache. Please share.

The following message comes from Serban Sturdza condemning the (willful?) destruction of one of Bucharest's historic monuments, Hala Matache, earlier this month. We are asked to disseminate this message far and wide - particularly on an international level - to architects, journalists, members of the EUP and anyone else we can think of. My thanks to you in advance. Şerban Sturdza, Fundaţia ProPatrimonio DISTRUGERE (VOITĂ ?) A UNUI MONUMENT ISTORIC, ora 11, sâmbata 3 martie 2012 HALA MATACHE, BUCUREŞTI, ROMÂNIA Eliberarea... [Lire la suite]
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03 mars 2012

Cine este Nicusor Dan?

Many thanks to Mihaela Mihaila for this translation into Romanian from the original article posted HERE dating from 1st December, 2011. Today, with the news of the attempted demolition of Hala Matache (see post below HERE), Nicusor Dan is no longer a CHOICE for mayor of Bucharest, but a NECESSITY. Please share, distribute and post. Nicusor Dan's name can no longer remain a whisper. The elections are in June - just around the corner - and, by now, EVERYONE should know the name of Nicusor Dan. Once again,my thanks to Mihaela... [Lire la suite]
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03 mars 2012

ALERT!!!! Demolition begins at Hala Matache....?

(Photo source: Observatorul Urban) Very troubling news just in from the Matake cause site on Facebook (see also Arhi Forum HERE) - it appears, as reported by architect Raluca Munteanu, that demolition of Hala Matache began early this morning, perhaps even during the night. Two holes have been made on the south side which could lead to the collapse of the rest of the building at any moment. It's not exactly clear WHO is responsible for this (owners: PMB) since they vanished when cameras appeared to photograph what was going on. It's... [Lire la suite]
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27 février 2012

"Ekh! Rumania, Rumania, Rumania … Geven amol a land a zise, a sheyne."

(Photo source) "Aaaaah, Rumania, Rumania, Rumania, Rumaaaaaaaaaaania!!!" As I worked this morning, the Barry Sisters (Claire and Merna Barry - originally Clara and Minnie Bagelman, born in the Bronx in a Yiddish-speaking home) came on the radio with their marvellous rendition of Aaron Lebedeff's ode (first recorded in 1925) to the country of my heart. According to THIS site, "Aaron Lebedeff (1897-1958) was the Maurice Chevalier of the Yiddish stage and one of the top song-and-dance men of the Yiddish theatre. A star of the Second... [Lire la suite]
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22 février 2012

A moment with Andrei Codrescu

(Photo source) Andrei Codrescu, Romanian-born American poet, novelist, essayist, magazine editor, screen-writer, radio commentator and University Professor, was born Andrei Perlmutter in Sibiu in 1946. Richard Collins writes, "When Codrescu left Romania at age nineteen, he by no means left his birthplace behind. Along with "the sensual pleasure of the sounds" of the Romanian language, Codrescu also internalised Romanian literary culture, both ancient and modern. Aside from his claim that he has not stopped telling the tale of Miorita... [Lire la suite]
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21 février 2012

Romania’s diaspora in Paris stand firm

The international Romanian diaspora continues to stand firmly in solidarity with ongoing protests back home. Sunday 19th February saw the Romanian community in France back in the street again, shoulder to shoulder with Piata Universitatii (the main square at the heart of the protests in Bucharest) and those stalwartly protesting elsewhere across Romania despite severe weather conditions and heavy snow fall that has claimed over eighty lives. For the fifth consecutive weekend, united voices of Romanians in France rang out clear... [Lire la suite]
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20 février 2012

Constantin Brancusi

(Photo source) Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi's (pronounced Brancoosh and not Brancoozy as non-Romanians call him) 136th birthday fell last Saturday, 19th February. In his 81 years, Brancusi's works include some 215 sculptures and over 1,000 photographs inspired by Romanian folk art and imbued with spirituality. He grew up in the village of Hobiţa near Târgu Jiu, close to Romania's beautiful Carpathian Mountains, an area known for its rich tradition of folk crafts, particularly woodcarving. When he was 18, Brâncuși... [Lire la suite]
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