Rutgers Female College, undated. Image via NY Public Library Digital Collections
With fall and the back to school season coming up, Untapped Cites is uncovering the hidden and little known past uses of some of New York City’s colleges. Today we look at Rutgers Female College, a once prominent institution that was the first chartered women’s college in New York City, but which is now largely forgotten.
If you didn’t know there was a Food Hall inside Industry City, the sprawling warehouse turned creative and small manufacturing space in Sunset Park, this is your chance to go and check out the latest iteration of Vertical Urban Factory. The exhibition, curated by Nina Rappaport, first launched at The Skyscarper Museum in 2011. Since then it has traveled around the world, to the Architecture Museum in London’s Kings Cross, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, Toronto, Switzerland, and back to New York City. Until August 1st, it was at the Falchi Building in Long Island City after which it moved to Industry City. In that time, the exhibit has expanded to address both local conditions in the places it traveled to, as well as include new developments in manufacturing in the last four years.
Photo via The Wythe Hotel
Summer, and therefore “roof season” has blasted past, and although the weather remains great long past Labor Day weekend, just when it cools off enough to really enjoy the evenings, many of the rooftop bars close. But many don’t! So while you may not have exhausted our list of best off-the-beaten path rooftops for summer yet, we recently asked Leslie Adatto, author of the book Roof Explorer’s Guide: 101 New York City Rooftops, the first-ever guide to public access rooftops, to share with us her top 10 for fall.
Brooklyn Crab, photo via Brit & Co.
Brooklyn Crab has great views and great food, and when it’s a bit cooler out, they just roll down the clear plastic “windows.” You can take the Ikea ferry over there so it’s a fabulous day out.
Photo via Evan Desmond Yee
First things first, the mock Apple Store at Fueled Collective, an app development firm in Soho, doesn’t quite look like the version above that artist Evan Desmond Yee created off his successful Kickstarter campaign. But it has all the same gadgets and serves a similar purpose: a stinging contemporary on how society is addicted to technology and startup culture. On a visit to this scale-down version in the Fueled Collective headquarters in Soho, you’ll discover these “products” have unexpected names.
If you were to stroll down 4th Avenue between Union Square and Astor Place back when the area was called “Book Row,” the sights and sounds would differ greatly from those of today. While these six blocks are now lined with a variety of restaurants and stores, from the 1890s to 1960s, they were dominated by just one kind of business: secondhand bookstores.
In fact, 48 bookstores once spanned this segment of Fourth Avenue, earning it the title “Book Row.” However, these bookstores either relocated or closed entirely by the 1960s. The only vestige of Book Row is the renowned Strand Bookstore on Broadway and East 12th Street, and its survival is quite a story in itself.
JumpIn! at Pearlfisher’s Soho offices
JumpIn!, located in the creative agency Pearlfisher in Soho, has taken New York by storm. Opened last Friday to the public, the ball pit for adults contains 80,000 snow-white balls, the brainchild of the company’s Senior Creative Strategist, Jack Hart.
Inspired by playful days in the snow, JumpIn! was originally a chance for employees at the Pearlfischer Gallery in Hammersmith, United Kingdom to engage in their inner child and take a break from their stress. It was so successful, the firm opened up the installation to the public for free, with a suggested minimal donation to the charity Right to Play. Now, Pearlfisher New York is hosting JumpIn! in their Soho offices, located in a converted textile warehouse and spread over two big open floors with three roof terraces.