Yesterday, workers were putting the finishing touches on the new series of sculptures by artist Alice Aycock on the Park Avenue Mall between 52nd Street and 57th Street. Entitled Park Avenue Paper Chase, the monumental pieces really play on the whimsicality of paper objects and the materiality of aluminum and fiberglass.
Sen. Kennedy addresses a crowd in New York, 1960. Image via achievement.org.
Fifty years ago today, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated. Most people travel to Massachusetts or Texas to remember President Kennedy. Despite not having a direct link to the President, New York City possesses a number of sites associated with and memorials to JFK and we explore some of them below.
Did you know that a McKim, Mead, and White apartment building that was once located at 277 Park Avenue housed John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1957? John and Bobby Kennedy used two floors as 1960 Presidential Campaign offices, part of a large Park Avenue Election Headquarters. Joseph Kennedy, the family patriarch and unofficial financier of the campaign, held a suite at the nearby Waldorf Astoria while other soon-to-be cabinet members were in and out of suites at the Biltmore Hotel just to the south.
In April of 2013, Frank Lloyd Wright’s auto showroom on 430 Park Avenue quietly disappeared and will soon be replaced by a TD Bank. The Hoffman Auto Showroom was home to the latest and greatest imported cars for nearly sixty years, but even more importantly, was one of the three remaining Wright design commissions in New York City (the other two being the Guggenheim Museum and Cass House on Staten Island).
“Voice Tunnel”, Image courtesy of Rafael Lozano- Hammer, via Designboom.
This Saturday, August 3rd, Park Avenue and Lafayette St. will once more fill up with thousands of cyclists, joggers and city lovers. Summer Streets, an ambitious production by the NYC Department of Transportation will open nearly seven miles of car-free streets in Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park.
Aside from its usual offerings such as the popular 165-feet long zip line, a 25-foot-tall rock climbing wall and City Picnic area, the event will feature few new attractions such as the “Voice Tunnel,” an interactive art installation by a much acclaimed Mexican artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and a self-guided architectural tour by cultureNOW. The event, inspired by similar events around the world such as Ciclovía in Bogotá, Colombia or the Paris Plages in Paris, France, is going through its sixth iteration in New York City.