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…)
Would you try a “Donut Reducing Diet”? Though it sounds like a spoof of the Atkins diet–or any number of fad diets out there–Dr. J. Howard Crum hypothesized that a diet consisting solely of donuts would keep you satisfied enough to stick to it. He outlined the theory in his 1941 book, Beauty and Health: a Course in Loveliness. Julie Thomson, resident donut connoisseur and curator of the exhibit “Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut” at the City Reliquary in Williamsburg, scoured the internet to find the October 1941 issue of Woman’s Home Companion in which the ad for Dr. Crum’s book appeared. (more…)
When walking along the street, we hardly ever take note of the unobtrusive stoplights that grace the corner of nearly every street in New York. But unlike today’s posts (along with the bike lane lights that have been appearing over the past few years), the traffic tower, a 23-foot structure that kept traffic flowing in the 1920s, used to be very inconveniently situated in the middle of the road. Soon after they were placed along Fifth Avenue, they were deemed an obstacle to traffic and were removed by 1929. (more…)