Naming these places “Square” is just a ploy to confuse tourists. (Image via Wikipedia)
Have you ever visited Madison Square Garden? What about Madison Square Park? To be clear, we’ve explained why they’re so far apart. But the building known as MSG has a very distinct shape in Midtown, and that shape is definitely not a “square.” In fact, most of New York City’s “squares” are part of the street grid, so they would be better described as “rectangles.”
The park that would be closest to a near-perfect square would probably be Tompkins Square Park, seemingly the only trustworthy Square Park in NYC. Looking at Duarte Square above, New Yorkers have a very loose definition of what constitutes a “square,” but here are some extreme examples around the City of places named “Square” where a different polygon would be much more fitting. (more…)
In 1893, McKim, Mead, & White won the design competition for what would become the Brooklyn Museum. Their design featured a Beaux-Arts masterpiece , 560 feet square, with four interior light courts. The Greco-Roman building won praise for its sculpture filled façade (noted sculptors include Daniel Chester French, Adolph Weinman, and Charles Kerk). In New York City, the Brooklyn Museum is often overlooked, despite the fact that it is one of the oldest and largest museums in the United States and is well known for its Egyptian Collection. (more…)
Times Square is home to over 30 theaters. These theaters can be awe-inspiring works of art and architecture. As a result, it is sad to think about Times Square’s opulent theaters that have either been nearly gutted or completely demolished. One former theater, which is overlooked by most who visit the area, lies in the middle of that spectrum.
Until recently, the former Loew’s Mayfair Theater was a souvenir store that incorporated some of the theater’s detailing. The store went out of business and so far nothing new has opened in its place. Ideally, its new occupant will restore the interior decorations and display them more prominently, as recently happened with the former I. Miller Shoe Store. (more…)
In 2012 the Electronic Frontier Foundation sued the FAA under the Freedom of Information Act for the publication of the files revealing who has applied for and been granted licenses to fly drones, or unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) domestically. The files that the FAA released are each an application from an entity that wished to procure a UAV license called a Certificate of Authorization (COA) which is needed to fly a drone above 400 feet or for the military, outside of restricted airspace—which means outside of bases. Each COA application includes maps of where the drones will fly. (more…)
Crosby street is unmistakably part of the fashionable neighborhood of Soho—it boasts a selection of chic stores housed in old factories—but is a departure from much of the neighborhood in its quaint nature. Crosby Street is one of our favorites in the city–it harkens back to the bygone days of an old artistic and industrial Soho, one not inundated with high end chain retailers. The street is only six blocks long, starting at Bleecker Street to the north and ending at Howard Street, a street just north of Canal, to the south. The street was named for the 19th century millionaire and philanthropist William Bedloe Crosby. (more…)