Catherine is a rising senior majoring in English at Princeton University. Her hobbies include running, cooking, and of course, reading and writing. Current items on her bucket list: run a marathon, learn to make macarons, and hike Machu Picchu. Her favorite city is London, though New York and San Francisco also come close.
Wright’s towers surrounding St. Mark’s Church. Source: Architizer.
In 1927, architect Frank Lloyd Wright began plans for three to four all-glass apartment towers in the East Village at 11th Street and 2nd Avenue. The unprecedented buildings, which would have been the first all-glass ones in New York, were commissioned by the Reverend William Norman Guthrie of St. Mark’s Church. Though the modern structure would have towered over the reveredchurch, rent from Wright’s apartments would have provided a much-needed influx of funds for the church. This wouldn’t have happened today though–in 1966 the church was landmarked and in 1984 the St. Mark’s Historic District was extended to include the row houses on 10th Street that would have been demolished with Wright’s plan. (more…)
In 1923, four years before construction on the bridge began, the congregation of the Methodist Church in Washington Heights received news that the church would be razed to accommodate the soon-to-be-built George Washington Bridge. The church’s head, Reverend Christian Reisner, proposed an elaborate solution.
Queens’ Utopia Parkway is more than a Fountains of Wayne album name. Source: Amazon.
Nestled in Queens between Jamaica and Flushing is Utopia, a neat, tree-lined grid that was originally planned as a haven for Jewish immigrants. According to the New York Times, the name Utopia comes from the Utopia Land Company, which purchased 50 acres of farmland in Queens in 1905. The company aimed to provide a less-crowded community for Lower East Side Jewish families. At the time, the land east of 164th Street between near Jamaica and Flushing was open space. The company planned to name the roads in the new community after the Lower East Side streets where its inhabitants used to live, including Essex, Hester and Ludlow.
Can money buy happiness? It’s a cliché question, but one that always needs asking. And as with everything else, happiness may be a lot more expensive in New York.
A recent study published in the National Academy of Sciences journal polled more than 450,000 Americans over two years to find out. Researchers found that as people make more money, their life satisfaction and happiness levels seemed to increase. But the rise in happiness is limited. Beyond an annual income of $75,000, income increase has little measurable effect on happiness level.
New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel uses smart elevators with a view of its open atrium. Source: KPBS.
There are two kinds of lines in New York: the line for the latest must-have item (cronuts, tickets to Book of Mormon, the latest iPhone) and dreaded transit lines (trains, airport security, elevators). In fact, an IBM study indicated that New York office workers spent a total of 22.5 years in 2010 waiting for–or stuck in–an elevator. If time is money–and it usually is–then elevator travel in large buildings can be expensive. “Smart” elevators, such as the Schindler Elevator Company’s Miconic 10, clusters passengers based on similar destinations to cut travel time by an average of 50 percent.