The second phase of Hunter’s Point South on Long Island City now has a developer, architect and non-profit partner. Hunter’s Point South is not only the largest development in the Bloomberg administration but also the largest affordable housing project in over three decades, since Co-op City in the Bronx and Starrett City in Brooklyn. Architecture firm ODA has released initial and design evolution renderings (below) for Parcel C, the largest block of the development located along Hunter’s Point South Park. ODA beat out BIG (in association with Related), ShOP Architects and Perkins Eastman for the bid.
We remember the day we sent our writer and photographer Rachel Fawn Alban to 5Pointz for the first time. From then on she went back, regularly. With the sudden whitewashing of 5Pointz and the vacating of artists from the building, the resident cat also had to leave so Rachel took him home with her. Baxter the “graffiti cat” was first introduced in 2007 or 2008, reports DNAInfo, as a way to control the mice. He became so popular with the artists and tourists, he had his own bed in the building.
Built in 1963 and designed by Cuban architect Hilario Candela, the Miami Marine Stadium was home to the spectacular sport of powerboat racing as well as concerts and boxing matches on floating stages. After Hurricane Andrew the venue had fallen into disrepair and become an unofficial home to Miami’s street artists in Biscayne Bay. This year at Art Basel Miami Beach, Mayor Tomás Regalado has welcomed the French artist duo Kolkoz (Benjamin Moreau and Samuel Boutruche) to Key Biscayne for their impressive and unusual installation, “Curiosity,” presented by Audemars Piguet and Galerie Perrotin.
As you approach the abandoned Marine Stadium, you may think you’ve come to the wrong place until you spot waiters clad in white darting to and from a wooden dock. Through the trees one can make out a ski chalet floating on what looks like a snow covered island.
On December 9, 1793, a Connecticut Federalist by the name of Noah Webster founded New York City’s first daily newspaper. The American Minerva, patroness of peace, Commerce and the Liberal Arts, or American Minerva for short, was a precursor to what later became the New York Sun, a newspaper that stopped production in 1950. It was a New York-based Pro-Federalist press that was meant to curb the propagation of French influence in the United States.
“I was making only $65 or $70 a week then, so little money that some weeks I had to charge food at Bloomingdale’s gourmet shop in order to eat, a fact which went unmentioned in the letters I wrote to California. I never told my father that I needed money because then he would have sent it, and I would never know if I could do it by myself.”
What sounds like another disheartening confession from an overeducated, underemployed millennial is actually Joan Didion, writing in 1967. In an essay titled “Goodbye to All That,” Didion lays bare her reasons for leaving New York after spending eight years here while in her 20s. She writes of the pull exerted by a city depicted so romantically in countless songs, movies and books, of meeting and sleeping with strangers at Greenwich Village house parties, and gawking at perfectly coiffed socialites on Madison Avenue while not really caring how she looked herself. But, Didion concludes, her life in New York was frivolous, idealistic, not really real. New York is for the young, and “it is distinctly possible to stay too long at the fair.” (more…)