When walking along the street, we hardly ever take note of the unobtrusive stoplights that grace the corner of nearly every street in New York. But unlike today’s posts (along with the bike lane lights that have been appearing over the past few years), the traffic tower, a 23-foot structure that kept traffic flowing in the 1920s, used to be very inconveniently situated in the middle of the road. Soon after they were placed along Fifth Avenue, they were deemed an obstacle to traffic and were removed by 1929. (more…)
Yesterday we rounded up Boardwalk Empire‘s filming locations in Brooklyn, where much of the series has been filmed. Today we’re showing you some of the places in Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island that served as the backdrop for the show’s action.
According to the New York Post, this East Village restaurant was Joe the Boss and Lucky’s meeting place in the 7th episode of the current season. It was also turned into Whiting’s Pharmacy for a day this June. Aside from serving as the set of Boardwalk Empire, John’s of 12th Street is a popular Italian Restaurant. It converted its top floors into a speakeasy during Prohibition, serving alcohol in espresso cups. Patrons are said to have included some of the characters depicted on Boardwalk Empire. In fact, the restaurant attracted a lot of mob types. Perhaps it was the appeal of the original tile floors (which remain intact today) or the immense wax candelabra at the back of the restaurant. (more…)
Art Deco buildings in New York City stand out against the curtains of glass and pillars of steel that have dominated the skyline in recent years. The Fred French Building stands 38 stories tall in Midtown.
The architectural firm of H. Douglas Ives designed the first Art Deco skyscraper for the real estate developer Fred French. French, who also developed Tudor City and Knickerbocker Village, originally intended his name-sake building to be housing for “junior Wall Street executives”. (more…)
Inside an unassuming storefront on Chambers street in Tribeca, a whole world of posters awaits. According to owner Philip Williams, his namesake shop boasts the largest collection of vintage posters in the world. It’s not hard to believe, judging by the piles of posters stacked on tables throughout the store, which takes up the entire block between Chambers Street and Warren Street. Posters decorate every inch of the walls and are rolled up on shelves too. (more…)
Scandinavian folklore holds that trolls once lurked under bridges, demanding payment from all who crossed and attacking those who refused. In New York, we have the Port Authority to collect our tolls, and New Yorkers stay away from bridge underpasses for altogether different reasons. There are almost 700 miles of elevated road and rail lines snaking through the city, and in many cases the space underneath them is dark, litter-strewn, or just plain scary.
So in the last few months, the nonprofit Design Trust for Public Space has been soliciting ideas from residents across the city for ways to reprogram the forgotten space. The project, called Under the Elevated, will culminate in a publication outlining design and policy recommendations for enlivening some of the city’s trickiest real estate. (more…)
We’ve seen quite a few quirky vending machines, like the Gold ATM on 57th Street, the Kate Spade touchscreen pop-up shop and the baguette ATM in Paris, but this is the first time we’ve seen an automatic makeup distributor in New York City. Called the “L’Oréal Paris Intelligent Color Experience,” the machine asks you to stand still as it detects the colors in your outfit and then recommends products to match, which you can buy on the spot. The machine sells eye shadow, mascara, nail polish, lipstick and gloss in a wide variety of shades. Products start at $5.99. (more…)