New streetcars of Istanbul etc. Istanbul news roundup.

A new Streetcar for Istanbul (Part 1)

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Mavi Boncuk | In summer 2001 the Istanbul Transport Authority (ITC) ordered 55 BOMBARDIER FLEXITY Swift low floor light rail vehicles. Similar to the vehicles designed for the Stockholm transport authorities, the Istanbul solution offers at a length of 30 m a total capacity of 272 passengers. It also allows level boarding from platforms of 300 mm only. An air-conditioned interior and increased space for standees are only some of the features that respond to Istanbul’s particular requirements. The vehicles are in service on existing lines crossing the historical city-centre of Istanbul as well as on new lines and extensions.

A new Streetcar for Istanbul (Part 2)

Postcards from Istanbul : IV
By Baglady
Tonight we’re in Beyoğlu which seems to be the younger, trendier part of Istanbul. We’ve stopped for drinks in a wide pedestrian alleyway strung with fairy lights and sheltered by an array of parasols. Our table is so steeply sloped

Cultural highlights of Istanbul – European Capital of Culture 2010
Even after Istanbul passes on the torch of European Capital of Culture, visitors will still benefit from the renovations and new institutions that opened in 2010

Istanbul judged to be 2010’s Most Dynamic City
ISTANBUL – In the run-up to the New Year, the tourists were haggling over Louis Vuitton and Prada rip-offs in Istanbul’s fabled grand bazaa

NYT: Istanbul 2010?s best travel destination | TRDEFENCE
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Red Glows In Grey Istanbul
By dflouis
Through the frenetic wipers, I could barely distinguish between the pewter sky, the steely Bosphorus and the murky outlines of the new apartment and office buildings that broadcast Istanbul’s growth since my last visit on the cusp of

Istanbul: World?s Most Dynamic City

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

New York Times readers voted Istanbul as the place they most want to go in 2011. And Andrew Finkel has written about Istanbul?s remarkable (and uncontrolled) transformation into the world?s most dynamic city. Click here for the full article. Excerpt:

The old school streets of İstanbul
Today’s Zaman
Here are some of our stops that made us long for the İstanbul of the past. Süleymaniye/Ayrancı Sokak: When speaking of old Ottoman homes, the first area

Turkey: Istanbul Gentrification Opens Second Front in Culture War
But in Istanbul, there is a second front to the culture war, one that centers on the issue of gentrification. A focal point of Istanbul’s gentrification

Prominent Turkish cinema museum moves to Beyoğlu

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkey’s most prominent cinema museum, the Türker İnanoğlu Foundation, or TÜRVAK, Cinema Theater Museum and Art Library, is now in Beyoğlu after moving from Kavacık. The five-story location displays photos of legendary Turkish cinema and theater artists, nearly 60,000 books and magazines on cinema and art, as well as a wide number of Turkish films

A Guide to Istanbul?s Secret Places

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

A comprehensive guide book on Istanbul by British editor Pat Yale and professional Turkish tour guide Saffet Emre Tonguç looks to provide a different take on the city from other resource books by focusing on locations less well-known by visitors. ?Istanbul: The Ultimate Guide,? which has won international awards, is available in English and Turkish?

The Treasures of the Aga Khan come to the Sabanci Museum in Istanbul

from İstanbul Altı by Asher

I had an earlier, somewhat foul-language, post about the ?8,000 Years of History? exhibition at the inimitable Sabanci Museum. This exhibit is far better. I?ve written (and gabbed on and on) about my amazement at who the Aga Khan is and how he shows remarkable discretion in his role as leader of the Ismaili Muslim Community. Also, he donates his collection of Islamic art to do a worldwide tour before the Aga Khan Museum opens in Toronto (??) in 2013.

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