From the opening of an exhibition about the Landmarks Law in New York City to a documentary screening about the World’s Fair Pavilion in Flushing Meadows, this week is jam packed with events for architecture buffs.
Monday at 5:30pm will be an exciting symposium to mark the new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks. Speaking at the event will be Michael Kimmelman, New York Times Architecture Critic; Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA, Partner, SHoP Architects and Professor Columbia University; Steven Spinola, President, Real Estate Board of New York; Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Former President and CEO of the American Academy in Rome.
Introductory remarks will be given by Alicia Glen, NYC Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development; Meenakshi Srinivasan, Chair and Commissioner of the Landmarks Preservation Commission; Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York.
Although the physical event is sold out, there will be a live stream of the symposium on the Saving Place event page on Monday.
The Manhattan Bridge under construction by Eric Rosner
You might recognize Eric Rosner‘s illustrated work from his street art on the walls of New York City. Using ink marker, Rosner has a sketch style that brings a vitality to New York City’s architecture–the buildings seem to emerge and flow upwards from the activity that one imagines was in the streets during the Gilded Age. Our knowledge of that time period, of which Rosner has a penchant for, comes from the staid, black and white vintage photography so oft-circulated. While those images are beautiful, they don’t always capture the hustle and bustle that characterized this particular era–the first skyscrapers, technological advancement, and the rise and fall of great fortunes.
First off, who knew there was a census for trees? The tree census takes place every ten years, with the last census in 2005 and the next one occurring this year. Jill Hubley, a web developer from Brooklyn, has put together a beautiful interactive map of New York City’s tree distribution, based on the 2005 census. She also filed a FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) request for the 1995 tree census, and will have the results at the end of this month. This means she’ll be able to compare the tree cover evolution in New York City over time, accounting for the city’s Million Trees Initiative, and later add this year’s results.
Gutted interior of the Vitagraph studio in Midwood, Brooklyn. Photo by Dave Miller and Mike Wright via Save the Vitagraph Smokestack
Yet another piece of cultural history is being demolished in New York City. The old Vitagraph studio of Midwood, in south-central Brooklyn, which then became an NBC studio, is being ripped up as we speak. This studio was built by J. Stuart Blackton, a former partner of Thomas Edison, in 1906 and was once the largest producer of motion pictures in the United States. It was later sold to Warner Brothers in 1925. The facility housed two sound stages, as well as a pool.
Among the acclaimed works filmed here were “Peter Pan” (with Mary Martin) and the musical show “Sing Along With Mitch,” starring Mitch Miller. It’s been said that Leon Trotsky and Rudolph Valentino been worked there as extras before they became famous. Early recorded sound to film experiments were worked on here as well, as the facility included a laboratory.
Photo by Hiram Maristany, from Anchor
On display at the Hunter College Art Galleries in East Harlem are over fifty years of photographs of the El Barrio neighborhood by resident and photographer Hiram Maristany. The exhibit, located within Silberman School of Social Work, depicts the everyday life Maristany observed while growing up with eight siblings on East 111th Street. His chance encounter with the Magnum photographer Robert Henriques opened the door to his love of photography and Henriques, seeing that spark of creativity in this young boy, gave him his first camera – a Leica IIIg.
NYC’s Slave Market was located at what is now Wall Street and Pearl Street. Image via Flickr by bradhoc
Before stocks were traded on Wall Street, and not long after Wall Street was an actual wall to keep out British and Native American marauders, there was a slave market at the intersection of Pearl Street. As reported yesterday by WNYC, New York City government will acknowledge for the first time in history that the slave market existed, and add a historical marker to join the other 38 important sites downtown. The slave market was active between the years of 1711 and 1762 at the corner of Wall Street and Pearl Street.