The New Yorker Hotel was designed in the Art Deco style by the architectural firm Sugarman & Berger. While the hotel was constructed between 1929 and 1930, the height of the Art Deco period, the exterior doesn’t exude the tell-tale, showy Art Deco ornamentation and details. Instead, it follows the buttoned up, yet still decisively Art Deco Style. (more…)
On a visit to the cathedral of St. John the Divine, you’ll see the exhibit Phoenix by Xu-Bing hanging in the nave of the epic cathedral, one of the largest in the world. The two birds that make up the Phoenix by artist Xu-Bing are each 90 to 100 feet long and weigh 12 tons. They’re made of waste from the many construction sites across Beijing, symbols of a rapidly changing urban landscape. In order to support the structures, metal wires are looped up through the “weep holes” (which drain water) and through the Guastavino tiled vaults.
Museum of the City of New York hosts the tour of St. John the Divine, “Hidden Genius: Rafael Guastavino at St. John the Divine” in conjunction with their Palaces for the People exhibit. This tour is sold out but you can join our vertical tour of St. John the Divine Saturday August 23rd at 12pm for an adventurous behind-the-scenes look climb to the top of one of the world’s largest cathedrals.
It would be nearly impossible to visualize the songs that reference and are inspired by New York City – until now. Real estate developer Constantine Valhouli (whose past exploits include a Facebook hoax centered around fake memorial plaques) took it upon himself to comb Wikipedia’s list of songs referencing New York City, and has created an interactive map which puts a pin on the location mentioned in each song. (more…)