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

 

 

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, Wyndcliffe 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).

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A Summertime Visit to Harlem’s Historic Astor Row

 

 

 

One of the most enchanting streets in Harlem is a row of 28 houses on the south side of West 130th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues known as Astor Row. Let’s take a stroll back in time.

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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 I Figure in Field to Open at The Cooper Union

 

 

 

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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Riverside Church Open’s Bell Tower Tours to Public!

 

 

 

The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, NYC

The Riverside Church invites the public to step inside the tallest steeple in North America and see New York City like never before with a Steeple Tour!

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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

 

 

 

The new recreational facility will be seamlessly integrated into the landscape surrounding the Harlem Meer. Image courtesy Central Park Conservancy

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.

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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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National Urban League Headquarters + Civil Rights Museum Coming to Harlem

 

 

 

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.

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.

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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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Historic East Harlem Courthouse

 

 

 

Historic Harlem Courthouse

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.

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

 

 

 

Demolition Depot

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.

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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

 

 

 

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 ~ 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. Read a Yimby 2020 Update. Come along on our 2019 tour.

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

 

 

 

Nevelson Chapel. Image via nevelsonchapel.org

Saint Peter’s Church building, including Nevelson Chapel, is closed until further notice due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Thanks to generous contributions, the Church has raised 90% of their initial $3 million fundraising goal. If you wish to help, your Donation Here.

Below, watch as the critical restoration of Nevelson’s sculpture environment progresses to completion, with approval from the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission.

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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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Storefront for Art and Architecture ~ Spring Benefit at La Marqueta

 

 

 

Image via storefront benefit.org

Storefront for Art and Architecture’s 2019 Spring Benefit will take place on Wednesday, May 29th at La Marqueta in East Harlem.

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New York State Appellate Division of the Supreme Court

 

 

 

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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It’s Time for the Annual Canstruction Competition at Brookfield Place

 

 

Canstruction 2015

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.

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The Bronx Museum of the Arts to Open Tribeca Incubator

 

 

 

ARGENTUM ~ A Nine-foot long, wall mounted site-specific work, made with LED lights. Image courtesy of Grimanesa Amorós Studio via bronxmuseum.org

The Bronx Museum of the Arts will be opening a new incubator space in Tribeca in support of its emerging artist program. Be among the first to see the newly renovated future home of the AIM Alumni residency program on October 25th.

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2018 Open House New York Weekend ~ October 12-14

 

 

The Montauk Club

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).

It’s time to plan your weekend!

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A Visit to the Meatpacking District ~ Hector’s Cafe’ & Diner

 

 

Hector’s Cafe & Diner, 44 Little West 12th Street in the Meatpacking District

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.

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Celebrating the Municipal Art Society at 125 as we move ‘Toward a Livable City’

 

 

 

Image via mas.org

Toward a Livable City is presented on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the Municipal Art Society (MAS), exploring the organization’s profound impact on the metropolis we live in today.

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New Construction in Harlem ~ 412 West 126th Street & 450 West 126th Street

 

 

Image via newyorkyimby.com

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.

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Get Ready for Archtober 2018 + Open House New York

 

 

 

The Shed (May 2017)

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.

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NYC’s Pier55 on the Hudson River renamed ‘Little Island’ & Unveiling in Spring, 2021

 

 

 

Heatherwick Design Studio exhibition at Cooper Hewitt, 2014 entitled, Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio

Update, Yimby, October 2020.

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.

Posted by Mueser Rutledge Consulting, July 31, 2020

The project, renamed Little Island, has broken ~ water ~ with an anticipated opening date of Spring 2021! Take a look at up-to-date images from Heatherwick Studios (April 5, 2020). And a fabulous new update from Yimby (October, 2020).

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.

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‘Towards a New [Hypo]Thesis’ at The Cooper Union

 

 

TOWARDS A NEW [HYPO]THESIS ~ OilScapes: Re-Mapping the Power Politics. Image courtesy of The Cooper Union
The Master of Architecture II Graduate exhibition, Towards a New [Hypo]Thesis, 2017-18 Thesis Exhibition will open at The Cooper Union on September 11.

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Looking Inside Fab Lab ~ Columbia University

 

 

The New York City Panorama woodshed by the Fab Lab. Photo by Josh Jordan. Image via news.columbia.edu

It began in the 1970s, run by students from the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University.

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Landmarks Preservation Commission Designates the AT&T Headquarters Building

 

 

All images courtesy of LPC

We were delighted to learn that today, Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the AT&T headquarters building as an individual landmark.

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Architecture Books ~ Yet to be Written Presented by Storefront for Art & Architecture

 

 

We needed a featured image, so ~ here are some books already written, yet to be read

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.

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The Return of the Harlem Fire Watchtower to Marcus Garvey Park

 

 

 

Image taken October 18, 2019, courtesy of a reader

 

A pop-up visit by Urban Park Rangers visiting the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower prior to resuming tours. Image courtesy Connie Lee, President, Marcus Garvey Park Alliance; Director, Public Art Initiative; Curator, Living With Art Salon, spending some time with the Urban Park Rangers today.

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.

A pop-up visit by Urban Park Rangers visiting the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower prior to resuming tours. Image courtesy Connie Lee, President, Marcus Garvey Park Alliance; Director, Public Art Initiative; Curator, Living With Art Salon

Below, a few images and history of the Watchtower as it was dissembled in 2015, and reassembled in 2019.

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Wish You Were Here! CCNY Postcards from the Past

 

 

 

cony

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.’

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NYCxDESIGN 2018

NYC X Design 2018

Save the Dates for NYC X Design 2018, May 11-23 ~ a celebration of over a dozen design disciplines across all five boroughs.

Many of the events and tours are exciting, new spaces or exhibits & installations that have been in the news ~ like A Prelude to the Shed and Essex Street Market, and the beautiful Yinka Shonibare: Wind Sculpture (SG) I.

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The Many Lives of The Germania Bank Building ~ 190 Bowery & the Film ‘Jay Myself’ at Film Forum

 

 

 

2016

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 Myself chronicles 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.

And…..the water tower on the roof of 190 Bowery now has a message from Shepard Fairey! 

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The Shed + Vessel + The Edge ~ Hudson Yards NYC

 

 

 

The Shed Image via dsrny.com

Update ~ The Shed to Reopen on October 16th with Solo Exhibition by Howardena Pindell: Rope/Fire/Water.

Following the New York State and New York City guidelines, read measures implemented to ensure your safe visit.

The Vessel and The Edge are currently Open!

While you’re there, check out #KingNyani by Gillie and Marc in Bella Abzug Park.

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