03/31/14 10:00am

1-Buvette Grove Street NYCBuvette, a restaurant on Grove Street (pic via MG and Company)

Greenwich Village is one of the most storied neighborhoods in Manhattan, and, due to the early creation of a historical district, well documented. We have already provided a history of the well known Macdougal Street–home to the beats and folk singers of the 1950s and ’60s–but now we will cover a lesser known street in the neighborhood, Grove Street. One of our favorite streets in the city, Grove is very short, covering only a span of 5 blocks. With Federal style structures it retains a very rustic and old world feel, complimented by sparsely dotted quintessential Village restaurants.  (more…)

03/31/14 9:00am

Queensway Rendering-High Line-Queens-NYC

Since late 2011, there has been much debate about what to do with the proposed QueensWay, a “Highline-style” park to be converted from the former LIRR Rockaway Beach Branch. We explored the 3.5 mile stretch of abandoned railroad when the QueensWay plan was only just beginning to germinate. Now, we’re witnessing the emergence of full-fledged and plausible designs.

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03/27/14 2:00pm

Times Square may be the most touristic spot in New York City, and one that New Yorkers avoid at all costs. But we thought it might be time to shed some new light on the much maligned landmark. Here are our 10 favorite secrets about Times Square:

1. There’s an Unmarked and Unnamed Sound Art Installation Emanating from  a Subway Grate  (more…)

03/27/14 12:00pm

Metropolitan Life Insurance Tower Madison Square Park NYC Untapped CitiesThe Metropolitan Life Insurance Tower when it was the tallest building in the world. Source: Library of Congress

We all know the Metropolitan Life Insurance Building on Madison Square Park with its distinctive tower rising high on the skyline. Yet, many people don’t realize that there could have been another, very different MetLife tower if one architect’s plans had come to fruition.

Harvey Wiley Corbett was born in San Francisco in 1873 and studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Corbett worked as a draftsman with Cass Gilbert (architect of the Woolworth Building), but it was his collaboration with Hugh Ferriss on drawings of what a skyscraper city could look like while abiding by the 1916 Zoning Laws that made his work well known. He turned his theoretical work into reality by building incredible Art Deco skyscrapers.  (more…)

03/26/14 2:00pm

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5 Pointz in Q is for Queens

If you love Queens, you’ll love this illustration project by artist Queens native Amol Sarva who is passionate about the borough. Q is for Queens is a book of drawings about the borough intended to share the culture of Queens with the next generation (and this one!) and his Kickstarter has gained substantial traction. It’s full of great architectural and art finds like the soon to be demolished 5 Pointz, Steinway Piano Factory, MoMA PS1, the vintage Coca-Cola sign at Long Island City, and the Silvercup Studios sign.

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03/26/14 12:00pm

Prince George Ballroom-Grammercy Flatiron-Untapped Cities-Ben Helmer-8727

There aren’t many buildings left in New York like The Prince George that have maintained their luxurious historical roots once financial woes or disrepair became overwhelming. While many of these former architectural wonders have been reduced to faded and forgotten photographs or grainy film stock, some spaces are so sacred and awe-inspiring that outside organizations will do everything in their power to return them to their former brilliance.  (more…)