(August 17, 2020—New York, NY)—Van Alen Institute and the New York City Council today announced the winning proposals for Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge, an international design competition that aims to spark a new public conversation about New York City’s infrastructure. As made even more clear by the COVID-19 pandemic, public spaces and transportation options must be designed with equity, health, and sustainability at their core. With this in mind, the competition’s winning designs reclaim the bridge’s roadways for expanded pedestrian and cyclist use. By centering climate action, social equity, and creative expression, they also put forth strategies that could improve wellbeing in public spaces across New York City. Continue reading “Van Alen + NYC Council Announce ‘Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge’ Winners!”→
One of the Golden Ages most prestigious hotels was the Waldorf Astoria. It held galas and balls, was home to the rich and famous, and was the site of historic announcements and events. The exterior and interior of the Waldorf were designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission as official landmarks.
This historic treasure was purchased by a Chinese company for $1.95 billion in 2014, and the hotel was closed for three-years while extensive renovation took place, converting some of the rooms into condos. Here, we take a look inside, before the acquisition by Anbang Insurance Group of China.
Many New Yorkers have been stepping out of the city during this time of COVID, in search of space ~ more than six-feet of space. Today, we’re taking a leap back in time to 1853, when Elizabeth Schermerhorn Jones (1810-1876), a New York Socialite, built a weekend and summer residence in a small town named Rhinebeck, directly across the Hudson River from the currently popular, Kingston. Below, our pictorial visit to what’s left of Rhinecliff (now known as Wyndclyffe).
Pier A in Battery Park City is New York City’s last remaining historic pier. Extending 300-feet into New York Harbor, the Pier underwent a massive renovation, which was completed in 2014. Here we take a walk around and above this historic site.
Did you know that East 82nd Street is home to The American Hungarian Library and Historical Society? Founded in 1955 in Yorkville, the Hungarian House continues to serve as the hub of literary, cultural and social life for the Tri-State Hungarian-American community, and is looking forward to a well-needed face-lift.
New York is home to the largest gathering of Nivola’s public artworks — 21 pieces across all five boroughs, at least 17 of which still exist. So it is with great excitement and anticipation that we look forward to the opening of The Cooper Union’s next exhibition, Nivola in New YorkIFigure in Field ~ the first-ever to tell the story of Nivola’s built New York City projects through maquette and sculptures, original drawings, site-specific photographs, and related ephemera.
The landmarked 120 Broadway, also know as the Equitable Building, has undergone a two-year, $50 million renovation. We were pleased to be invited to take a look inside, from the historic Banker’s Club space on the 40th floor to the newly created mural project on the third floor, and beautifully restored lobby. Come along, as we take in the new, while reflecting on the old.
With New York City real estate at such a premium, it is hard to image how short a life the single-story structure has these days. And even harder to imagine how many still exist throughout our five boroughs.
In 2015, photographer and long-time East Village resident Adam Friedberg decided to explore all the single-story buildings in the East Village and the Lower East Side. To date, he has documented in photographs nearly 100 sites. Many of these images are now on view in his exhibition, Single-Story Project, at the Center for Architecture. Walk with us down to the lower-level and take a look.
NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, today joined Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Queens Community Board 7 Parks Chair Kim Ohanian, and members of People for the Pavilion, Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy and Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, to break ground on the reconstruction of the New York State Pavilion Observation Towers.
Elizabeth W. Smith, President & CEO of the Central Park Conservancy, joined today with New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, to unveil designs for a transformative project that will create a beautiful new recreational facility seamlessly integrated into the landscape around the Harlem Meer. The project will repair the damaged landscape, improve the ecology of the north end, and re-establish long-severed connections to one of the Park’s most picturesque areas. The new facility will replace the aging pool and rink, which has suffered from systemic problems since it was built and obstructs the flow of people, views, and water through the Park.
A new exhibition showcasing the conception and making of the DFAB HOUSE, the world’s first fully inhabited building to have been digitally planned and largely built with the help of robots and 3D printers will open at The Cooper Union on September 12th.
How do public buildings like schools, firehouses, and libraries end up in your community, and who had a say in how they got there?
Mapping Community demystifies the complex process of capital planning in New York City by explaining the rules that govern the capital process for our city, the various city agencies that implement projects, and the ways everyday New Yorkers have a say in what types of investment they would like to see in their neighborhoods.
Harlem knew this was coming. Now an illustration for the National Urban League’s new Headquarters and Civil Rights Museum to be built on 125th Street near Lenox Avenue, bringing the League back home, where it was founded in 1910.
The Landmark Lectures 2019 Series by The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York will host a discussion entitled “The Preservation of Cast Iron Construction” with Christopher P. Pinto, Associate Principal, Thornton Tomasetti. Included in the discussion, the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower in Marcus Garvey Park, a project that is nearing completion.
One of the many historic sites in East Harlem is the Harlem Courthouse. It is located between Lexington and Third Avenues on 121st Street, adjacent to the Harlem Art Park and the tiny street known as Sylvan Place.
Update ~ They are open by appointment as of September, 2020
If you have been following GothamToGo East 125th Street, a work in progress, you will already know that East Harlem suffered a major loss when several old-time shops were forced to close, including Demolition Depot, a gorgeous shop that had been at its East 125th Street location since 1996.
We have great news ~ Demolition Depot has opened its doors at a new location, right around the corner on East 126th Street. Come along as we step inside.
The total transformation/renovation of the historic Corn Exchange Bank Building is one we would hope for all of our historic sites. It was a work of love topped with true dedication to the project by a man who saw the building in its deteriorating state every day as he passed by on Metro North that runs alongside Park Avenue on his way to work. But let’s start from the beginning, because this historically Landmarked building has quite a history.
In anticipation of the reopening of the Hispanic Museum and Library this Fall on the Audubon Terrace, we thought we might take a look at the man behind the historic Terrace ~ Archer Milton Huntington ~ and his home on Fifth Avenue.
Did you know that the Javits Center holds free tours of its green roof? The 6.75 acre area is one of the largest in the United States, and home to twenty-seven species of birds, five bat species, thousands of honeybees, and a sanctuary for area wildlife. Read a Yimby 2020 Update. Come along on our 2019 tour.
Good news came recently, with the approval from the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission, allowing the Louise Nevelson Chapel of the Good Shepherd at St. Peter’s Church to move forward with construction for the renewal project.
View the second half of the NYC Arts Episode (January, 2020) on the Louise Nevelson Chapel.
Below, we watch as the critical restoration of Nevelson’s sculpture environment progresses.
With re-development ready to begin on the beloved Sunshine Movie Theater, we thought it a good time to take a look at renderings of what will replace the 100-year-old building, and home to independent and foreign films. located at 141 East Houston Street, the Sunshine Theater closed its doors for the last time in January, 2018.
On a cold winter night a few years ago, we arrived early to an art installation opening at the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Triangle, and looking for a place to warm up, a volunteer asked if we had ever seen the interior of the Appellate Division Courthouse, just on the other side of Madison Square Park. It was a delightful surprise.
AIA New York announced the winner of the 2019 City of Dreams Competition ~ Salvage Swings by Somewhere Studio, led by Charles Sharpless, AIA, and Jessica Colangelo. The temporary annual summer installation will move to a new location this summer ~ Lighthouse Park on Roosevelt Island!
On the roof of Kasmin Gallery, in the Kasmin Sculpture Garden, we spotted three Max Ernst sculptures placed at random in and around the skylights. The sculpture garden happens to be in tucked in the curve of Zaha Hadid’s first architectural project in New York, on the High Line near 28th Street.
Journalist Alice Sparberg Alexiou, author of a book about the Flatiron Building, to which her family has a long connection, will talk about what this iconic structure means to the city, the world, and to her on Tuesday, February 12th at 8pm.
As we prepare for the opening of The Museum of the Dog, a closer look at its new home in the Kalikow Building brought our discovery of a series of bronze reliefs, embedded in the sidewalk on the Park Avenue and 40th Street sides of the building.
Each year, the prestigious American Institute of Architects (AIA) celebrates the most innovative and spectacular interior spaces that have made a mark on the cities, places and spaces, internationally, where we live and work.
Celebrating its 16th anniversary, and 11 years at Brookfield Place New York, the non-profit organization Canstruction will bring together top architectural and engineering firms for an over-night ‘Canstruction Competition’ within the first two floors of Brookfield Place.
The 2018 Open House New York Weekend will take place from October 12-14, 2018. The full list of participating sites has been released ~ and reservations will begin on September 28 ($5 fee per guest for each reservation reserved).
Hector’s Cafe’ first opened its doors in the Meatpacking District when it was humming with packers and wholesalers moving from slaughterhouse to slaughterhouse, under the elevated, with trains running from West Side Yards south to St. John’s Terminal on West Houston Street. Much of this work began at the crack of dawn, with many of the workers beginning their day at Hector’s Diner.
Apartments, Hotel & Community Facility are coming to West 126th Street, between Morningside Avenue and Amsterdam. The lot, which physically sits next to a historic carriage house at 400 West 126th Street, has already been cleared, permits filed, and construction ready to begin.
The annual event, Archtober, will kick-off on October 1st featuring hundred of events, tours and exhibitions organized by more than 60 partners across all five boroughs.
With so many interesting events, talks and tours on their calendar, deciding what to add to your list won’t be easy. Here are a few things that caught our eye, beginning on October 1st with an AIANY Architecture Cruise around Manhattan.
In the exhibition, Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio at Cooper Hewitt in June, 2015, along with a vast array of Heatherwick’s unique design concepts and projects, New Yorkers got a sneak-peek of Heatherwick’s Hudson River project Pier55, now known as Little Island. At the time, the project seemed not only far-off in our future, but fraught with problems from financial to environmental.
We were at that Cooper Hewitt exhibition in 2015, and reviewed our photographs of the images that will be brought to life within this next year. Below are a few photos from this exhibition ~ architectural models and large-scale renderings for Pier55/Little Island, a public park and performance space currently being constructed and jetting out 186 feet from the edge of Manhattan into the Hudson River.
Best said by Storefront for Art and Architecture in a recent press release, the first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair, Storefront for Art and Architecture presents Architecture Books – Yet to be Written, an installation that invites us to reflect upon the cultural contribution of architecture through the medium of the book from 1982 to today. With an archeological and projective twist, the project seeks to celebrate and evaluate both the existing and the missing volumes of a history still in the writing.
Harlemites and preservationists were delighted to receive the recent news that the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower, removed from the Acropolis overlooking Marcus Garvey Park in 2015 for restoration, would have its unveiling and ribbon-cutting on October 26, 2019. In addition, we learned from Connie Lee, President of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and Director of Public Art Initiative, that the Urban Park Rangers will open the gate and escort the public up to the top of the Watchtower on the third Sunday of the month, from Noon to 3:00pm, weather permitting. Urban Park Ranger Tours to the Top are currently on hold. Stay tuned for future dates.
Below, a few images and history of the Watchtower as it was dissembled in 2015, and reassembled in 2019.
The City College Archives at The City College of New York will put on exhibit more than 120 historic postcards collected by Dalton Whiteside, a CCNY architectural student, with the exhibit ‘Wish You Were Here! CCNY Postcards from the Past.’
So, what every happened to the old Germania Bank Building that Jay Maisel bought in 1966 for $102,000 and sold to the developer Aby Rosen for $55 million in 2015?
While we have been looking forward to the Germania Bank’s future, let’s take a moment to look back, in the new film Jay Myself, at the Film Forum in the summer of 2019. Directed by Stephen Wilkes, Jay Myselfchronicles Jay Maisel’s monumental move out of his 72-room home at 190 Bowery. If you missed it, the DVD of this documentary can be found for sale on Amazon.
The 17 finalists for Beyond the Centerline have been on view in the lobby of 55 West 52nd Street and online for the public to review and vote for a new and exciting Park Avenue design. Here are the winners from the jury, and the popular vote in the Fisher Brothers competition.
Affordable housing in New York City is a daily headline, with a growing homeless population and aging housing. How do other countries address this issue? The current exhibit, Social Housing ~ New European Projects, at the Center for Architecture displays their best efforts.