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, which will run to a new station between Park and Lexington Avenues, will 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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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 2021

 

 

 

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 late 2021.

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 + Marriott 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.

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

Check out the amenities for The Victoria Tower Residences. You might want to live there! Studios, One and Two Bedrooms. Now Leasing. Take a look.

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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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