A few years ago, we were given the chance to roam and photograph the TWA Flight Center with nobody in it (except our guide from the Port Authority and a security guard), in a push from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to convert the former terminal into a hotel. We’ve been excited to be part of that conversation, and the plans for the 505-room hotel by MCR Developments (the team behind the High Line Hotel) are now in public review stage. Great Big Story (h/t Curbed NY) also recently visited the TWA Flight Center to get a video of the interior.
Just last summer, we reported on the mini-museum that’s in the lobby of the iconic Ziegfeld Theatre at 141 W. 54th Street. It seems that part of life here in New York City is living through the ups and downs of rumors about the potential closing of the Ziegfeld. But this time, it appears to be the final nail on the coffin for the largest remaining single-screen theater in Manhattan, and one of the last in the United States. The owners of the theater, The Fisher Brothers, as reported by the New York Post have given the lease to Gotham Events to transform the Ziegfeld into a ballroom, a la Gotham Hall. The newspaper says the venue, currently showing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will close in the next few weeks.
New York City’s architecture changes and evolves with design trends. Sometimes, buildings get full makeovers. Other times, they go through slow transitions, barely noticed. Here are 10 buildings and structures in New York City that have had deliberate color changes over the years:
Inspired by architect Constant Nieuwenhuys‘ 1959 “New Babylon” collage that imagined a globe of interconnected, borderless cities, New York City-based collective ArtCodeData has created one about transit – combining all 214 subway systems into a single map. The root of the idea is conceptual, as ArtCodeData writes in a successful Kickstarter campaign, “The inner life of cities is made of their subways. What would happened if all the lines in the world would be reunited in a single system. Since the tube is the veins and circulatory system of the ‘animal-city’ if we gather all those possibilities, we could achieve a total circulatory entity?”
McCarren Park Pool model. Unless otherwise noted, all photos are by Jeffrey Man, courtesy of Usagi NY Gallery.
New York City’s landscape is constantly changing. Everyday we walk under scaffolding, around boarded-up sidewalks and through a symphony of jackhammers. But for those who want a closer look at what happens before the bricks pile up, there’s a new architecture exhibition that’s not to be missed. It’s called “Brooklyn in Process” and will be at Usagi NY Gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn until March 12th.
James and Karla Murray are the photographers and authors of the fantastic books about New York City’s unique disappearing storefronts, aptly titled Store Front and Store Front II. They also run a fun blog that covers spots in their books and their own explorations. They recently reached out to us to share their their exploration of the abandoned Port Morris line train tracks, taken over the course of more than a decade, in the Bronx, built in 1842. Up until the late 2000s, the rail corridor was nicknamed the “Mott Haven Swamp,” due to the huge amount of stagnant water that had accumulated. In December 2009, the Department of Environmental Protection removed 625,000 gallons of water from a one-mile section, as well as “45 tons of soggy junk,” reported The New York Times. In recent times, there’s been talk about converting this into a “Lowline park” to combat the homeless camps and drug users that populate it.