04/08/14 10:00am

This year on the Park Avenue Mall is Alice Aycock’s ‘Park Avenue Paper Chase’

There are more then daffodils popping up in our parks and public spaces.  Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite public art pieces so far this season that we think you should check out this month!

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03/21/14 10:00am

432 Park Ave Manhattan skyline Rafael Vinoly ArchitectsImage © DBOX via 432parkavenue.com

If you’ve been following the news about the crop of supertall slender skyscrapers rising up in Manhattan but want to learn more, you might want to head down to the Skyscraper Museum. The current exhibit, Sky High & the Logic of Luxury presents a careful study of New York City skyscrapers in the past, present and future. There, in the small museum at 39 Battery Place in Battery Park City, you can see photographs, zoning maps, renderings, architectural models, and interactive materials that provide a wealth of knowledge about the city’s skinniest skyscrapers.

Carol Willis, the museum’s founder, director and curator, suggested that the development of super slender towers is not a fad, but a “new type in the history of the skyscraper that is characteristic of the special 21st-century conditions in Manhattan.” As she explained at a lecture by Rafael Viñoly that the museum organized, architects and engineers today have the tools and the technology to build taller, thinner towers than ever before.  (more…)

03/18/14 10:00am

In honor of the warm weather (hopefully) dawning on the city soon, we thought we’d share a list of New York’s most notable swimming pools–from historically significant ones now in ruins to a floating public pool to ones crowning five star hotels. What follows is a list of notable pools around the city.

1. Woolworth Building Pool

The Woolworth Building‘s Pompeii inspired pool (photo via New-York Historical Society)

In the depths of the the Woolworth Building, one of New York’s most iconic buildings, rests the remnants of a Pompeii inspired pool . Covered extensively in our The New York City That Never Was column, the pool was designed by Woolworth architect Cass Gilbert and used until 1999 as part of the Jack Lalane health club. Today it sits awaiting possible renovation as the Woolworth Building gets partially converted into condos. Note our upcoming tour of the building!

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02/05/14 10:00am

EvanBindelglass_UntappedCities_BlacksmithCentralPark06Blacksmith Larry Hagberg and his forge

There is a man working for the NYC Parks Department in Central Park whose profession many think has gone the way of the telegram. His name is Larry Hagberg. He’s a 61-year-old native of Queens and he has been a blacksmith since 1976.

Hagberg was kind enough to recently welcome us to his shop, which is part of the Parks Department’s larger 86th Street Shops.  (more…)

01/23/14 10:00am

Last week we presented you with five beautiful New York murder scenes. This week, get ready for five more–and no, we’re still not including the Dakota.

1. Doyers Street, Chinatown – Gang Wars Unlimited

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01/17/14 10:00am

Adam Yauch Park-Brooklyn Heights-Beastie Boys-NYCPhoto via Flickr by anne dunne

On Tuesday night, after 90 minutes of debating with the CB3 community board, LeRoy McCarthy – who in October 2013 tried to have a street in Brooklyn renamed in honor of The Notorious B.I.G – did not receive approval from the board to rename the intersection of Ludlow and Rivington to “Beastie Boy Square.” The reasoning for this decision was that the group – which photographed the intersection for the cover of their classic 1989 album cover – did not fit the guidelines required for co-naming, which includes community involvement and volunteering.

Nonetheless, New York City has a history of renaming streets, parks and playgrounds after famous musicians. Today we share some places located around NYC which has paid honored to some of the artists who helped shaped the identity of the city.

1. Adam Yauch Park – Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn

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