Get Ready for Archtober 2023!

 

 

 

The annual event ‘Archtober‘ brings together over 100 partner institutions across the five boroughs to celebrate the importance of architecture and design. Running from October 1-31, here are just a few of the events and exhibitions that caught our eye, including each and every ‘Building of the Day’.

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Get Ready for The Municipal Art Society’s Annual Jane’s Walk, May 5-7

 

 

 

Jane Jacobs during a press conference at the Lion’s Head Restaurant in 1961. Photo: Library of Congress. Modifications: photo cropped. Take the tour ~ Jane Jacobs vs. Robert Moses.

Dust off your sneakers and get ready for the annual Jane’s Walk, which will be held on May 5-7. Organized by the Municipal Art Society of New York, it is the largest chapter of the festival anywhere in the world, with more than 165 in-person, virtual, and on-demand walks in all five boroughs.

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The New York Landmarks Conservancy Kicks-Off Sacred Sites 2023 on May 10th, with Tours Announced for May 20-21st

 

 

 

St. Jean Baptiste Church courtesy The New York Landmarks Conservancy.

The annual Sacred Sites Open House will take place on May 20th and May 21st, with more than 100 houses of worship participating throughout the State of New York. The Event will kick-off with a short presentation about the Sacred Sites program, followed by a reception and tour on May 10th from 6-8pm at St. Jean Baptiste Church, 184 East 76th Street, NYC. RSVP Here.

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The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification & the Struggle Over Harlem ~ a Virtual Conversation on March 21st

 

 

 

With its gleaming shopping centers and refurbished row houses, today’s Harlem bears little resemblance to the neighborhood of the midcentury urban crisis. In The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle over Harlem, first published in 2017 by Harvard University Press, Brian D. Goldstein traces Harlem’s Second Renaissance to a surprising source: the radical social movements of the 1960s that resisted city officials and fought to give Harlemites control of their own destiny. Inspired by the civil rights movement, young activists envisioned a Harlem built by and for its low-income, predominantly African American population. In the succeeding decades, however, the community-based organizations they founded came to pursue a very different goal: a neighborhood with national retailers and increasingly affluent residents.

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Architecture Now: New York, New Publics ~ The Inaugural Presentation of a New Exhibition Series at The Museum of Modern Art

 

 

 

The Museum of Modern Art announces Architecture Now: New York, New Publics, the inaugural installation of a new exhibition series that will serve as a platform to highlight emerging talent and foreground groundbreaking projects in contemporary architecture. On view February 19 through July 29, 2023, the first iteration of the series, New York, New Publics, will explore the ways in which New York City–based practices have been actively expanding the relationship of metropolitan architecture to different publics through 12 recently completed projects. In addition, each project will be accompanied by a new video by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Hudson Lines, produced on the occasion of the exhibition. Architecture Now: New York, New Publics is organized by Evangelos Kotsioris, Assistant Curator, and Martino Stierli, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator, with Paula Vilaplana de Miguel, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design.

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’47 Fifth: up close and personal through photographs’ by Anthony Bellov to Open in January, 2023

 

 

 

‘Stairs Up 2″ Photo credit: Anthony Bellov

Taken during research for his series of talks exploring the architectural details and clues of past use of the Salmagundi Clubhouse, architectural historian (and Club member) Anthony Bellov presents highly personal images of oft-overlooked aspects of the building, exciting and challenging the viewer to explore their own perceptions and assumptions of this unique structure.

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NYC Parks & NYC DDC Unveil Design for Shirley Chisholm Recreation Center in East Flatbush

 

 

 

Illustration of Shirley Chisholm Recreation Center courtesy NYC Parks

NYC Parks and NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) are proud to announce the design completion for the new, to-be-constructed Shirley Chisholm Recreation Center planned for East Flatbush, Brooklyn. This brand-new recreation center will include an indoor pool and public plaza, and serve as a hub for fitness, learning, and recreation.

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NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Designates The Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn as an Individual Historic Landmark

 

 

 

On Tuesday, October 25, 2022, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) held a public hearing on the proposed designation of The Lesbian Herstory Archives at 484 Fourteenth Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The proposed individual landmark is culturally significant as the home since 1991 of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, the nation’s oldest and largest collection of lesbian-related historical material.

On November 22, 2022, LPC voted to approve The Lesbian Herstory Archives, located at 484 Fourteenth Street in Brooklyn, as an Individual Historic Landmark. It is the first individual landmark in Brooklyn designated for its LGBTQ+ associations.

“I am delighted Commission has designated the home of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, an important community space and a nationally important collection of LGBTQ+ historical materials,” said Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Sarah Carroll. “For over 30 years, the building has been the site of the Archives’ essential role in preserving and telling the stories of a mostly unseen community of women, including many who have contributed to America’s cultural, political, and social history. This designation draws attention to the importance of the Lesbian Herstory Archives to New York City and the country’s history and to LGBTQ+ communities.”

There are 1,400 Individual Landmarks throughout this City.

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Get Ready for New York City’s Architecture & Design Month ~ Archtober 2022

 

 

 

Wave Hill

On land and sea, Archtober is New York City’s Architecture and Design Month ~ an annual festival of architecture activities, programs, and exhibitions taking place during the month of October. The Event now has more than 100 partners including the annual Open House New York Weekend.

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NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Launches Digital Archive of Designation Photos

 

 

 

 

Today, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) launched the LPC Designation Photo Collection, a digital photo archive of New York City’s designated landmarks and historic districts. The digital photo archive allows the public to easily search and explore high-resolution images of designated buildings and sites throughout the five boroughs, and property owners, architects and contractors can now easily search and download designation photos as they consider work on these properties. This project was made possible, in part, through a grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

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The 12th Annual Sacred Sites Open House to Take Place July 23 & 24, 2022

 

 

 

Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem

Celebrate the art, architecture, and history of New York State’s amazing ecclesiastical buildings during the 12th annual Sacred Sites Open House on July 23rd and 24th, 2022.

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The Austrian Cultural Forum New York presents Alfred Preis. Displaced ~ Vienna in the Tropics

 

 

 

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York is pleased to present ALFRED PREIS. DISPLACED – Vienna in the Tropics, a cross section of the visionary work of the Austrian-born US architect Alfred Preis (1911-1994), the architect of the Pearl Harbor Memorial. The opening reception, which will include a panel talk with the curators, will take place on Tuesday, February 22, 6 – 9 PM.

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Step Inside The Schinasi Mansion ~ The Last Detached Single-Family Home in Manhattan

 

 

 

Schinasi Mansion, 351 Riverside Drive. Photo credit @evanjosephphoto

The Schinasi Mansion, located at 351 Riverside Drive, is the last remaining detached single-family home in Manhattan used as a residence. Built in 1907, the 12,000 square-foot, neo-French-Renaissance style structure was designed by William Tuthill – the architect who designed Carnegie Hall. It was commissioned by the Turkish tobacco baron, Morris Schinasi. Schinasi, who lived there until his death in 1928.

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Get Ready for the Annual Archtober Festival 2021 in NYC

 

 

 

Archtober, the fabulous month-long celebration of New York City’s architecture and design, is back! Check out the calendar of events, tours, lectures, films and exhibitions ~ including several partners who will be hosting programs digitally, allowing visitors from everywhere to participate in this annual event. From October 1st to October 31st, be sure to register online.

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Demolition Begins on the Franciscan Handmaids of Mary Motherhouse, 15 West 124th Street in Harlem

 

 

 

15 West 124th Street, image taken December 19, 2018. Image credit: AFineLyne

Overlooking Marcus Garvey Park, at 15 West 124th Street, stands an 18,000+ square-foot, brick building that had been the home to the Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary ~ the nation’s oldest order of black nuns.  In 2016, the Order celebrated its 100th Anniversary and year of service with a Gala featuring His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan (Archbishop of New York), with performances by Melba Moore and other celebrity guests, held at the New York Academy of Medicine.

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Moynihan Train Hall in the James A. Farley Post Office Building to Open on January 1, 2021

 

 

 

Named after the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Train Hall in the James A. Farley Post Office Building honors the design of the original Penn Station. The project represents one of New York’s most ambitious transportation and infrastructure upgrades in decades. It includes a 255,000 square-foot Train Hall with 92-foot high skylight, expanding Penn Station’s Concourse space by 50%.

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A Look Inside Proposed Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in Nolita

 

 

 

Terreform Monarch Sanctuary courtesy terreform.com

Kenmare Square LLC and Brooklyn-based, nonprofit architecture and urban design research group, TerreForm has been working on a project in Manhattan for a proposed building, creating a Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary on the facade, atrium and roof of a new, commercial building. Sounds like a sanctuary for the people within! Let’s take a look at the plan.

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Newly Restored Endale Arch in Prospect Park Now Open to the Public

 

 

 

Endale Arch Restoration. Photo credit: Paul Martinka.

Prospect Park’s historic Endale Arch has been restored to its original splendor with a $500,000 restoration funded by Tiger Baron Foundation and Council Member Brad Lander’s District 39 Participatory Budgeting.

The restoration of this historic arch, one of the first architectural elements in Prospect Park, reveals hidden details not seen in more than a century. Take a look at some pictures at the ribbon-cutting today.

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A Look Inside the Historic Park Avenue Armory in NYC as In-Person Tours Resume

 

 

 

The Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue at 66th Street, NYC

In present day, New Yorkers enjoy a plethora of activities at the Park Avenue Armory, including live performances, concerts, art and antique shows. But the Armory enjoys a history just as exciting ~ completed in 1881, designed and decorated by some of the most sought-after masters of the American Aesthetic Movement during the Gilded Age, and home to the prestigious National Guard’s Seventh Regiment ~ also known as the ‘Silk Stocking Bragade.’  Take a look back in time.

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Van Alen + NYC Council Announce ‘Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge’ Winners!

 

 

 

Winning design in the Young Adult category ~ Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge, DoLookDown

(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!”

Stepping Back in Time ~ The Historic Waldorf Astoria on Park Avenue, NYC

 

 

 

Historic Lobby, Waldorf Astoria

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. Now, Galerie Magazine gives us a glimpse inside the renovated Towers.

Take a look inside Here

With several of the Waldorf’s hotel interiors protected, below is a look inside, before the acquisition by Anbang Insurance Group of China.

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Stepping Back in Time with a Pictorial visit to the Wyndclyffe Mansion in Rhinebeck

 

 

 

c 2015, Wyndclyffe on Mill Road in Rhinebeck

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).

Scroll down to read a 2023 update on the approval of a stabilization project for this beloved site, and the announcement of Soho House restoration and reuse of the Grasmere Estate, also on Mill Road.

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A Look Back at the Renovation of Historic Pier A in Battery Park City

 

 

 

A birds-eye view of Pier A in BatteryPark, with view of historic clock in the tower

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.

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HMA2 Architects presents Renderings Transforming Hungarian House on Upper East Side

 

 

 

Rendering of the Front entrance to The American Hungarian Library & Historical Society located at 213 East 82nd Street, NYC. Image courtesy Miranda Danusugondo, HMA2 Architects.

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.

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‘Nivola in New York: Figure in Field’, a Gallery Exhibition & Walking Tour by The Cooper Union, January 2020

 

 

 

Costantino Nivola at work, preparing for a sand-casting. Photographer and date unknown. Courtesy of the Nivola Family Archive.

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 York I Figure in Fieldthe 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.

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The Historic Equitable Building Shines a Spotlight on its History

 

 

 

40th Floor, 120 Broadway

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.

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Adam Friedberg: Single-Story Project on view at Center for Architecture, NYC

 

 

 

Adam Friedberg, mural at Center for Architecture

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.

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Long Awaited Ground-Breaking for the Reconstruction of the New York State Pavilion Observation Towers at Flushing Meadows Corona Park

 

 

 

Photo credit: Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

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.

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Redesign for Central Park North Announced with Anticipated Completion 2024 Along with Gate Honoring The Exonerated Five

 

 

 

 

Harlem Meer image courtesy Central Park Conservancy

Elizabeth W. Smith, President & CEO of the Central Park Conservancy, joined 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.

Take a peek (below) at current construction in the Harlem Meer in October via abc7. Completion anticipated in summer of 2024. Breaking ground for a new Harlem Meer Center.

Scroll to the end for information on the unveiling of The Gate of The Exonerated and ‘In Conversation with The Exonerated Five’ at The Schomburg Center. Both events, December 19th.

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How to Build a House: Architectural Research in the Digital Age at The Cooper Union

 

 

DFAB House at The Cooper Union

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.

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Mapping Community: Public Investment in NYC on view at Center for Architecture

 

 

 

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.

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New Construction Housing The National Urban League Headquarters + Civil Rights Museum Space + Trader Joe’s, Pandora, Sephora and Target at 121 West 125th

 

 

 

 

THE NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE’S PLANNED HEADQUARTERS ON 125TH STREET IN HARLEM WILL INCLUDE 170 BELOW-MARKET APARTMENTS, OFFICE SPACE, RETAIL AND THE CITY’S FIRST CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM. IMAGE: BEYER BLINDER BELLE. Image via Commercial Observer.

The much anticipated mixed-use development located at 121 West 125th Street that will be home to the new headquarters of the National Urban League is now leasing.

In addition to the National Urban League, the building will be used by several non-profit’s including 100 Black Men. It will also house a Trader Joe’s and a Target retail shop, Sephora and Pandora. To answer everyone’s big question, no set date has been set for the opening of Trader Joe’s. However Target may not open until January 2024. Trader Joe’s indicated it would open within the next few months – so that also may be a New Year opening. More to follow.

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Landmark Lectures 2019 ~ The Preservation of Cast Iron Construction

 

 

 

The Gilsey House on 29th and Broadway, was a former grand hotel built in 1867,a residential cast-iron building, It is an eight-story co-op building with 40 units. It was designated an official NYC landmark in 1979. Image credit: stereoscopic c.1900, wikipedia.org + NYPL Digital Library

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.

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East Harlem’s Demolition Depot & Irreplaceable Artifacts New Home on 126th Street

 

 

 

Demolition Depot

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.

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The Historic Corn Exchange Bank Building in East Harlem

 

 

 

The newly renovated Corn Exchange Bank Building, 81 East 125th Street, East Harlem

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.

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The Historic Archer Milton Huntington House at 1083 Fifth Avenue, NYC to Revert Back to a Private Residence

 

 

 

Fifth Avenue

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.

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Take a Walk on the Largest Green Roof in New York City, Have Lunch & Learn ~ at The Javits Center

 

 

 

Render showing the completed expansion of the facility. Photo credit from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office, June 2020

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. Come along on our 2019 tour, or take advantage of the new program, Lunch + Learn at The Farm.

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A View inside the Restoration of Louise Nevelson Chapel of The Good Shepherd at St. Peter’s Church and Nevelson at Noon

 

 

 

Nevelson Chapel. Image via nevelsonchapel.org

The Nevelson Chapel is finally open to the public. With a slight variation ~ entry is generally 8am to 4pm Sunday through Friday.

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Renderings of Re-deveoped Sunshine Theater ~ Lower East Side

 

 

 

Sunshine Theater closed its doors in January, 2018

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.

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New York State Appellate Division of the Supreme Court at Madison Square Park

 

 

 

New York State Appellate Division of the Supreme Court located at 27 Madison Avenue, NYC

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.

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AIA New York Announced ‘Salvage Swings’ by Somewhere Studio ~ Winner of 2019 City of Dreams Competition on Roosevelt Island!

 

 

Salvage Swings by Somewhere Studio. Image: Somewhere Studio

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!

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Max Ernst on The High Line

 

 

Max Ernst in the sculpture garden in front of the Zaha Hadid condo building

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.

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Illustrated Lecture on New York’s Iconic Flatiron Building at the National Arts Club

 

 

image via nationnalartsclub.org

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.

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Historic Reliefs Surrounding The Kalikow Building

 

 

 

New York Central Building

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.

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Take a Sneak Peek at the New MoMA Expansion, Reopening October 21, 2019

 

 

Haegue Yang: Handles on the second level

The Museum of Modern Art completed the final phase of its multi-year, multi-million dollar expansion and renovation project, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler.

Take a look inside….

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Prestigious AIA 2019 Awards Include the Upper East Side ‘Apple’ Store

 

 

Photo credit: Peter Aaron. Image courtesy Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

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.

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