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Spuyten Duyvil sits high above the Hudson River, separated from Manhattan by a meandering tidal estuary connecting the Hudson and Harlem Rivers. Dutch settlers first recorded the name Spuyten Duyvil in 1647. It is thought to refer either the turbulent watercourse itself (which the natives called Muscoota), or to a bubbling freshwater spring at the base of Inwood Hill.


The architect who designed Lever House and Manhattan House, two of New York’s most highly regarded mid-twentieth century buildings, also designed the lesser-known Sedgwick Houses, a public housing project in the Bronx. The Sedgwick Houses development is also an example of innovative Modernist architecture, but as with Lever House and Manhattan House, it proved difficult to replicate successfully.

Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore Owings & Merrill designed Lever House, at 390 Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, one of New York’s first International Style glass curtain wall “slab” office buildings with a public plaza. It was completed in 1952 and is credited with being one of the key catalysts for ushering in a new era of commercial architecture.


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St. Patrick’s Cathedral is one of the landmarks of Midtown Manhattan. Its Neo-Gothic aesthetic contrasts starkly with the Art Deco Rockefeller Center, thereby ensuring that no one walking on Fifth Avenue will miss its grandeur. The main part of the Cathedral was completed in 1878 and designed by architect James Renwick. St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which served as the sear of the Archdiocese of New York, has recently undergone a thorough renovation and appears to be sparkling like new. The next time you find yourself in Midtown, stop by St. Patrick’s and be impressed by these 10 facts about one of the City’s most famous Cathedrals.


In these, the dog days of summer, it’s rare to see a pair of trousers extended to their full length. Plenty of people even wear a special garment called “shorts.” This article of clothing has been subjected to a truly absurd amount of debate, especially on the topic of whether or not it’s appropriate for a man to wear them. This is ridiculous. Wear whatever you want, your masculinity can withstand showing a little knee. While I’m not an enemy of shorts in general, regardless of the gender of the person wearing them, I prefer not to put them on myself. If you, like me, insist on not wearing shorts, there are two ways to send a breeze around your ankles in long pants—cuff them or roll them up (versatile!), or get the more clean-cut look of pants cut a few inches above the anklebone.


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Almost two years after Banksy left his mark on the streets and walls of New York City with his 31 Day Residency, he’s taken on another large-scale project in his home country. On the site of an abandoned resort on the coast of England at Weston-super-Mare, Banksy has created Dismaland: Bemusement Park, with the appropriately depressing tagline: The UK’s Most Disappointing New Visitor Attraction.” It opened today to locals only, and thereafter tickets can be purchased online up to 10 days in advance (if the website isn’t down), with some limited tickets available each day at the door.


Storefront for Art and Architecture at 97 Kenmare Street

Even if you haven’t been to an exhibit at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in Nolita, you’ll recognize its unique deconstructed facade of windows that open and close. Some visitors don’t even know which opening is the official front door and people have been known to climb in through the windows, Storefront tells us. Founded in 1982 and dedicated to presenting innovative and provocative work at the intersection of art and architecture, the Storefront for Art and Architecture has an impressive archival collection of material that includes original artwork and wild conceptual designs, from some of today’s leading architects like Diller + Scofidio, Steven Holl and Lebbeus Woods.

Led by curator Chialin Chou, who began work on the archives two years ago, the Storefront for Art and Architecture archives will officially open next Thursday in Industry City. We’re excited to offer this sneak peek of the space as well as announce an new partnership with Storefront to show readers materials from the archive, as a new primary source for our column The New York City That Never Was.