When I was a child growing up in the United Arab Emirates, the local souk (Arabic for marketplace) was one of the places we frequented as a family—not only was it a great shopping destination, the souk was where we could see the best of Arabian culture and hospitality. So when I learnt that the French Institute Alliance Francaise in New York was setting up a Tunisian souk as part of their World Nomads Tunisia initiative, I was more than a little excited to see what they had to offer.
This week’s Untapped Cities Instagram “Pic” of the Week by @bhushanyc
Introducing the #untappedcities Instagram “Pic” of the Week. We’ll be pulling images from our Untapped Cities Photo Pool, which you can submit to simply by hashtagging #untappedcities in your Instagram and Twitter photos.
This week’s Untapped Cities “Pic” of the Week goes to this stunning shot of the Gehry Building in Downtown Manhattan. The photo, entitled “New York by Gehry” was submitted to us by @bhushanyc.
Untapped Cities writer, Sheila Marikar, gets the front page of The New York Times Style Section writing about a new sort of business lunch: full-on dance parties in night clubs like Marquee and Le Bain at The Standard. “Lunch Break” is sponsored by Flavorpill and Absolut Vodka, while alternatives include “Lunch Rocks” and “Lunch Beat.” According to Sheila, “Introduced last summer, it is the most raucous of a group of lunch-hour dance parties starting up in New York City and around the world. The goal: get the screen-addicted masses to move and groove, often with the lubrication of alcohol. But don’t get drunk: this is not the three-martini lunch of yore (or lore), ending with secretaries being chased around a desk. And please, leave the business cards at the office.”
Read more about the new wave of lunchtime dance parties on The New York Times.
The launch of architect Hugh Hardy’s new book, Theater of Architecture from Princeton Architectural Press, comes with a film trailer, which is fitting given Hardy’s work in civic architecture. He began his career under the celebrated scenic designer Jo Mielziener and has designed and restored celebrated New York City locations like The Lincoln Center Beaumont Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the cafe in Bryant Park, the New York Botanical Garden Visitor Center and Radio City. According to Hardy, architecture is itself a theatrical experience, a form of showmanship with which the audience can readily interact. Here are videos of his work that are featured in the book.
This now-famous glass Watertower by Tom Fruin will only be on the rooftop of 20 Jay Street at Brooklyn Bridge Park until June this year, and you can get up close and personal with a replica in Brooklyn Bridge Park this weekend. Those who can’t get to New York City can have a look through this Live Cam.
With a packed room full of eager onlookers, the Center for Architecture (CFA) kicked off the first of a series of conversations surrounding its newest exhibit Design(in) the New Heart of New York. The series, which is largely dedicated to the Related Companies’ Hudson Yards, began on Monday night with a roundtable conversation with some of New York’s most prominent real estate professionals introducing the public to the massive new development that will define what Related claims to be “The New West Side” of Manhattan.