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ron-english-at-allouche-gallery-untapped-cities-afinelyneArtist Ron English standing in front of Evolutionary War Guernica at Allouche Gallery

The Allouche Gallery in the Meatpacking District, opened its doors this week to its first solo show – a timely and stunning exhibit of new work by artist Ron English entitled Ron English: Guernica. The eighteen paintings are English’s narrative to Pablo Picasso’s 1937 painting Guernica, which was Picasso’s immediate artistic reaction to the Nazi’s bombing practices on the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. The wide, mural-size Guernica of the 1930s reflects the suffering on civilians in its political message. English, taking a three-year, deep dive into the creation of this body of work, has brought Guernica into the twenty-first century, forcing the viewer to face cultural biases, embedded in our consciousness, the complexities of waste, destruction, horror and conquest.


Ebbets Field-Flatbush-Brooklyn-Vintage Photography-NYCEbbets Field in Brooklyn

New York City is often focused on newness – particularly in the form of its sporting venues. The United States Tennis Championships at debuted its new retractable roof at Arthur-Ashe Stadium this year in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, but less was reported on the forthcoming demolition of Louis Armstrong Stadium. Like many others in New York City, Louis Armstrong Stadium will be lost to time, rendered obsolete and replaced by something shinier and new.

Here are 10 former sporting venus in New York City – some still standing, some lost to time.


Design concept by Pelli Clarke Pelli. Image via: The Port Authority of NY & NJ

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W. Eugene Smith, [Loft interior]. ©1981, 2015 The Heirs of W. Eugene Smith.

The beige building located on 821 6th Avenue in Chelsea’s Flower District doesn’t look like much. It is trumped in height by the skyscrapers surrounding it and partially covered by a green construction scaffold – a seemingly ever-present fixture in New York City. A handbag store, with an orange awning, currently sits on the bottom floor of the building. Without knowing its history beforehand, no one would ever guess that between 1957 and 1965, it was a jazz loft, where music legends like Thelonious Monk and Hall Overton once came together to play.


nypl-bronx_spuyten-duyvil-library_giorgio-cavaglieri_1971NYPL Spuyten Duyvil branch. All photos by Elizabeth Felicella.

The new exhibit, Reading Room: A Catalog of New York City’s Branch Librariesopened yesterday at the Center for Architecture, featuring photographs by Elizabeth Felicella of all 210 of the New York Public Library branches. The extensive collection totals over 2000 images, ranging from expansive architectural interior and exterior shots to details. The idea, writes the Center for Architecture, is to invite the viewer “to appreciate the intricacy, complexity, and vast scope of these vital and evolving public resources.” The project took a total of five years and the images are organized in the Center for Architecture exhibit by date of the library’s construction.