For more than a year, we’ve been bringing intrepid New Yorkers and visitors on a hunt of the architectural remnants of the original Pennsylvania Station still viewable inside and around the current station. There are few people that contest the tragedy of the demolition of Penn Station, which began on October 28, 1963, after the Pennsylvania Railroad found itself in serious financial trouble. The McKim, Mead and White masterpiece, only 53 years old, became a martyr for the landmarks preservation cause when the air rights to Penn Station were sold to accommodate Madison Square Garden, that perpetually moving entertainment venue.
The vibrant foot traffic visible on St. Marks Place each night, with the street’s iconic St. Marks Hotel as the backdrop.
“A lot of groups complain about new groups coming in and replacing [the old] but if you’re not a Lenape, I don’t have sympathy for you,” joked author Ada Calhoun as she reflected on the early history of New York City’s St. Marks Place. Calhoun has just released her new book, St. Marks is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street and to celebrate, The Cooper Union held a ragin’ launch party in their Great Hall, conveniently located just a block south of St. Marks Place. (Photos by Mario Morgado, courtesy of The Cooper Union.)
The Crimson Beech in Staten Island, one of the Marshal Erdman Prefab Houses. Image via Wikimedia Commons
Many know Frank Lloyd Wright as the legendary architect and mastermind behind several vast, important buildings (including the Guggenheim Museum) around the country. However, he also built houses for middle-class Americans in the mid 1900s. While we’re used to his grand creations, you can actually go to Staten Island to see one of these other constructions: The Crimson Beech.
12 hours, 32 miles, 1,235 people and an unforgettable experience of hiking the entire perimeter of Manhattan. It’s called The Great Saunter–an annual urban walk that meanders through some twenty waterfront parks and promenades, several historic communities and innumerable moments of surprise and wonder. 2015 marks the thirtieth year of this extreme city walking adventure and Untapped Cities jumped right in, to explore the shores of Manhattan with several other enthusiasts amidst the blossom of Spring earlier this month.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the pioneering Landmarks Law in New York City, the Museum of the City of New York opened its newest exhibition,”Saving Place: 50 years of New York City Landmarks,” depicting events in the history of the city that follow the remarkable story of the birth and impact of the landmarks movement. Untapped Cities got a sneak preview of this exciting exhibition, which opened April 21st, with curator Donald Albrecht, co-curator Andrew Dolkart, consulting curator Seri Worden and the Director of the Museum of the City of New York, Susan Henshaw Jones.
On October 28th, Eric Owen Moss, the celebrated Los Angeles architect and Director of Southern California Institute of Architecture will be awarded one of the highest honors in American Art and Architecture, when the National Academy in New York City honors him as a National Academician. Untapped Cities had the privilege of speaking with him about his fearless architecture and the neighborhood he has diligently transformed.
The Samitaur Tower stands at the entrance of Hayden Tract and symbolizes the advent of this significant urban development. The five twisted screens display culturally meaningful content, along with art and graphic presentations. Photo courtesy: Tom Bonner and Eric Owen Moss Architects.
Industrial tracts are going through a renaissance around the world. One in the midst of a dramatic urban transformation in Los Angeles began nearly three decades ago. Hayden Tract, a former industrial zone of Culver City has cycled back to glory, after going down the assembly line of destruction in the seventies. Spearheaded by the creative genius of architect Eric Owen Moss and the bold vision of developers Frederick and Laurie Samitaur Smith, the ongoing architectural experiment has transformed a group of decaying industrial warehouses into radically contemporary buildings, collectively known as Conjunctive Points. This innovative neighborhood in west LA, is now home to some of the most creative film, media and advertising studios.