Chicago is a city mighty proud of its architecture. The number of architecture boat tours available attest to that, along with the zest of the tour guides. After all, Chicago was home to the World’s Columbia Exposition in 1893 (aka the Chicago World’s Fair), some of the early great skyscrapers and until last month, the tallest building in the United States.
We recently took one of those said boat tours but were struck by one of the architectural gems not mentioned by the tour guide–the Chicago River’s bridge tender houses. To us, the attention paid to such functional buildings are truly what sets Chicago apart and conveys the architectural fervor the city is so proud of. Here’s an overview of some of these beautiful houses, which range from wooden clapboard to Beaux Arts.
When people talk about jazz history in New York City, they usually talk about Harlem and Greenwich Village. Indeed, Harlem was full of jazz clubs in the 1920s, like the Apollo and the Cotton Club. But if you were going to trace jazz back to its true home, you’d have to go to Queens, where many of the musicians who performed in Manhattan’s clubs lived. The Queens Jazz Trail Map by Ephemera Press was commissioned by Flushing Town Hall to show the homes of jazz legends and places of interest for jazz fans. (more…)
Renderings of some of the improvements to the Sheridan Expressway and Bronx River Waterfront. (Image via NYCDCP)
In its current state, the Sheridan Expressway is a short truck-ridden connection between two major expressways in the Bronx, the Bruckner and the Cross Bronx, as well as the Bronx River Parkway. It remains mostly unchanged from when it was first built in 1963 (we can thank Robert Moses). Not only has it become an eyesore for the Hunts Point community which falls directly under several lanes of highway overpass, but according to a recent NYC Department of City Planning report, its surrounding areas are “congested, confusing, and unwelcoming.” The beautiful Bronx River waterfront is rendered inaccessible and newly approved plans for the Sheridan Expressway involve extending cross streets over the at-grade portions of the highway to improve east-west connections for local businesses and residents.
The last thing you might expect to find near the Brooklyn Navy Yard along the BQE is a full-service spa and wet lounge. But the area is changing fast and Body by Brooklyn has been in the middle of it. Its 10,000 square foot facility has been in operation for over seven years, bearing witness to the revitalization of the Navy Yard, the arrival of CitiBike, and even an organic grocery store just next door.
Body by Brooklyn is probably most well-known for its night spa which will be back mid-January 2014 with a more polished feel. But these parties only partly capture what Body by Brooklyn is about. Located next to a CitiBike station in close proximity to Park Slope, Williamsburg and Brooklyn Heights, the spa is structured as an all-day escape accessible to urbanites at all budgets. With its unique combination of amenities and services, Body by Brooklyn aims to encourage a holistic lifestyle of health and beauty for its guests. Its remedies are rooted in both ancient and modern know-how of water therapies for preventive care and health maintenance.
For three intense years from 1971 to 1973, New York’s SoHo neighborhood had a restaurant at the corner of Wooster and Prince Street that was founded on the principles of communal work and artistic living. The restaurant was called FOOD and it was run by a group of artists who conceived it as a place to mingle, work, and cherish the concept of SoHo as an artists’ quarter. Ironically of course the artists who moved into SoHo changed the neighborhood in a way that later lured the more affluent in and eventually displaced the artists.
The idea for FOOD came at a dinner party hosted by artist Carol Goodden (the eventual sponsor and manager of FOOD) when it was suggested to her by fellow artist Gordon Matta-Clark. A short time after, she took over the lease for a little eatery at 127 Prince Street. Gooden, Matta-Clark, and three more founding members set to fix up the space.