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 Pier 55 on the Hudson River, renamed ‘Little Island’ to Open May 21, 2021

 

 

 

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, 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. Now completed, Little Island is scheduled to open on May 21, 2021. Hours will be from 6am to 1am, at present with a timed entry to allow for safe distancing. Check out some great pictures of Little Island.

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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.

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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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Landmark Preservation Commission Approves Designated Central Harlem Blocks ~ Let’s Take a Walk

 

 

 

West 130th Street, South side of the Street, approaching Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd.

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.

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The Return of the Reconstructed 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.  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 Urban Park Rangers will open the Fire Watchtower for visitors who want to climb to the top (or even just to ring the bell). Check NYC Parks Dept for dates.

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

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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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 is Open!

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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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 @ The World Trade Center ~ Set for Completion in 2023

 

 

 

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

Construction continues 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! The building topped-off in June, 2020.

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 will provide direct passenger connections to the Lexington Avenue (4/5/6) subway line at 125th Street, and an entrance at Park Avenue to allow convenient transfers to the Metro-North 125th Street Station. More from The Real Deal. Continue reading “125th Street in East Harlem ~ a Work in Progress?”

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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NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Agenda for January 9th

 

 

New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Agenda for tomorrow..

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Renovation of The Italian-American Museum in Little Italy Set to Complete in 2022

 

 

 

Rendering of 185 Grand Street courtesy Oved Group

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.

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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 + Harlem Marriott Renaissance Hotel + The Victoria Tower Residences + The Apollo Theater Expansion ~ 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.

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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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Looking Back at the Many Lives of RKO Proctor’s 125th Street Theatre

 

 

 

RKO Proctor’s 125th Street Theatre. Image via MCNY

 

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5X5 Participatory Provocations at AIA New York, Center for Architecture

 

 

Image via Center For Architecture Facebook Page

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