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

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

 

 

 

The Green Roof at Javitz Center

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 tour.

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Restoration Moves Forward at Louise Nevelson Chapel of The Good Shepherd at St. Peter’s Church

 

 

 

Nevelson Chapel. Image via nevelsonchapel.org

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 initial phases of construction for the renewal project.

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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

 

 

View of The Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin Lounge. Photo by Iran Baan

The Museum of Modern Art completed the first phase of its major renovation, and just revealed the final design for its multi-year 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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Hotel Coming to 412 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 Begins to Rise in the Hudson River

 

 

 

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

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.  At the time, the project seemed not only far-off in our future, but fraught with problems from financial to environmental.

The project, Pier55, has broken ~ water ~ with an anticipated opening date! 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 two years. Below are a few photos from this exhibition ~ architectural models and large-scale renderings for Pier55, 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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Preparing for the Return of the Harlem Fire Watchtower to Marcus Garvey Park

 

 

 

Harlem Fire Watchtower
April 24, 2015 Removal of the bell, which weights 10,000 pounds.  Harlem Fire Watchtower, Marcus Garvey Park

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, will be reinstalled in the Summer of 2019.  A staging area has already been prepared for trucks, and sheds have been constructed for equipment at the base of the Acropolis.

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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 entrance to ~ Supreme

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 ~ (and a nice update on what Aby Rosen is up to now).

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The Shed + Vessel + The Edge ~ Hudson Yards NYC

 

 

 

The Shed Image via dsrny.com

With great anticipation, artists and art patrons look forward to the opening of The Shed on April 5, 2019. New York’s first multi-arts center designed to commission, produce, and present all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture.

In addition, the all-day restaurant Cedric’s at the Shed (a Danny Meyer restaurant) will open a 3,000 square foot, 121 seat venue, within a nonprofit performing arts center adjacent to Hudson Yards on West 30th Street.

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Beyond the Centerline ~ Vote’s Are In! And The Winners Are…..

 

 

Fisher Brothers competition ~ Beyond the Centerline

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.

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New Exhibit ‘Social Housing’ at Center for Architecture Displays the Best of European Affordable Housing

 

 

Photo credit: Erik Bardin

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.

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The Perelman Performing Arts Center @ World Trade Center ~ Moving Forward

 

 

Overall digital model of the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center. By Chris Janjic via newyorkyimby

Construction will resume on the REX designed cubic structure, the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC), which will become an international hub for the arts in the Financial District.

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125th Street in East Harlem ~ a Work in Progress?

 

 

 

One East Harlem will be located at 201 East 125th Street. Rendering courtesy of S9 Architecture will include a two-story supermarket!

125th Street in East Harlem has seen a constant stream of renovations and building over this past several years. We thought this might be a good time to review what we know about projects coming to East Harlem this year, and continue to update as the year unfolds.

In addition, the Second Avenue Subway extension, which will run to a new station between Park and Lexington Avenues, affect new building along East 125th Street (Durst and Extell) ~ an Update Here.

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The Opera House ~ January 13-17

 

The Opera House, a film exploring the rich history of the Metropolitan Opera, with rarely seen archival footage, stills and interviews, will be on view for two days, Saturday, January 13 and Wednesday, January 17.

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Renovation of The Italian American Museum in Little Italy

 

 

 

Rendering: 185 Grand St. Image courtesy of the Oved Group

The Italian American Museum in Little Italy is kicking-off the New Year in 2018 with a presentation of architectural renderings and a model for its anticipated expansion, given by Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa, Founder and President.

Now, a full year later, here’s an update.

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Looking Back ~ Looking Forward…. ZIP, with Saneun Hwang

 

The exhibit in its entirety. Image courtesy of the artist, Saneun Hwang

This past summer, we missed an interesting and thoughtful exhibit, Unicode, held in the SVA Flatiron Gallery on West 21st Street. The exhibit included installations, sculpture pieces, paintings and collage, with the basic theme of allowing data to be transported across different platforms, devices and applications as a ‘Unicode’ – an international standard that assigns numeric values to individual characters in any language or script. Better late than never, here are the highlights of the exhibit, in the hope that we will see more on this in the New Year.

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#CityOfTomorrow Set for January 26 & 27 at 92Y

 

 

Now in its second year, City of Tomorrow at the 92Y will take place on January 26-27, bringing together innovators in the worlds of architecture, real estate and interior design for a two-day symposium. Check out more than 50 speakers and register now.

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Life in a Shipping Container ~ a Williamsburg Home

 

 

 

All images via dezeen.com

A few years ago, Summer Streets placed a shipping container on Park Avenue near 42nd Street, and created a swimming pool and cabana area, enjoyed by the public.  Over the years, we’ve seen several creative uses for the sturdy, steel constructs. But this Williamsburg home, created from shipping containers, really caught our eye and imagination, creating terraces and privacy at every level.

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Met Museum Symposium ‘In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day” ~ December 9th

 

 

Image: Jade Eco Park, Philippe Rahm-Philippe Rahm Architect 

This Saturday, December 9th, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day.

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Community Board 1 Public Meeting Tonight at 6pm ~ Pier 17 South Street Seaport

 

 

Rendering of Pier 17 during a night concert, with proposed covering for the audience. The canopy would be lowered to 26 feet at other times. The design for the audience cover, which is not finalized and is not yet part of the current Landmarks application, would match the proposed 41-foot-high stage covering. Rendering: Howard Hughes Corp. via The Tribeca Trib

A Community Board 1 public meeting on the impact of the Pier 17 Mall and its rooftop events will be held at 6 pm on Monday, December 4th. The meeting will focus on the impact that the rooftop events will have on the surrounding neighborhood.

Community Board 1 public meeting will be held in the Southbridge Towers community room, 90 Beekman Street.

Excellent article with all the details on the project can be found in the Tribeca Trib.

Stay tuned for updates.

Update:  per 6sqft.com, LPC approves Achim Menges’ futuristic rooftop pavilion and stage for Pier 17  (December 12, 2017)

The Schomburg Center Celebrates Newly Renovated Space

 

 

Schomburg Renovation 2017. All images courtesy of Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library

On Monday, October 16th, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture opened its doors to present to the community an extensive, two-year, $22.3 million renovation. The ribbon-cutting was followed by a tour of the renovated spaces, now all open to the public.

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It’s Time for Archtober 2017 !

 

 

The Roy & Diana Vagelos Education Center, Columbia U Medical Center ~ design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler. (sold out with wait list only)

It’s Time for Archtober 2017 !

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Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem & Modern Housing

 

 

Schell Lewis, perspective drawing, 1935; Horace Ginsbern Papers, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York

September 8 to December 17, 2017

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Progress on Victoria Theatre ~ 125th Street in Harlem

 

 

 

Loew’s Victoria Theatre, 233 West 125th Street. Image via nycago.org

Designed by architect Thomas W. Lamb, the structure was said to be one of the largest, and most beautiful theaters in the New York area.  Built in 1917 at a cost of $250,000, it had a seating capacity of over 2,400 and it is located on the same block as the historic Apollo Theater.

The Victoria Theatre will be the new home for Jazzmobile, The Classical Theater of Harlem, Apollo Theater Foundation, Harlem Arts Alliance and two community performance spaces, along with The Harlem Renaissance Hotel by Marriott, and rental apartments. We have no completion date.

Check out images of what to expect in the hotel lobby, bar and rooms.

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The Demolition of What Was ‘The Lenox Lounge’ Reborn as a New Four-Story Building ~ 286 Lenox Avenue in Harlem

 

 

 

Image of Lenox Lounge taken in 2012

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