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.
We were at that Cooper Hewitt exhibition in 2015, and reviewed our photographs of the images that are now brought to life 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.
The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC)designated the Central Harlem ~ West 130-132nd Street between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd a Historic District on May 29, 2018, and approved that proposal on September 27, 2018, when a full City Council vote took place.
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. Prior to COVID-19, the Urban Park Rangers opened the gate and escorted the public up to the top of the Watchtower, giving the public a bit of history and a spectacular view.
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.
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.
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.
The Italian American Museum in Little Italy kicked-off 2018 with a presentation of architectural renderings and a model for its anticipated expansion, given by Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa, Founder and President. Now, more than three-years later, here’s an update. The Museum is set to reopen in the Spring of 2022.
The Museum announced that the new structure topped off in November, 2020, and brick facade has been applied. All images below. The building, a seven-story mixed-use building, is located at 185 Grand Street (The Grand Mulberry) and includes 20 residential units above the Italian American Museum.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.