One of the dozens of cast-iron buildings in the SoHo historical district. Photo by Larissa Zimberoff for Untapped Cities
On a recent tour by the Center for Architecture Foundation (CAF), led by Catherine Teegarden, Director of Education, a group of history buffs learned to decode the signs at our feet and above our heads that tell the story of New York City in the 1800’s. The CAF tour, part of its “Reading the Streetscape,” series focused specifically on the intricate, yet simple, cast-iron architecture that SoHo is known for.
At Hotel Particulier on Grand Street in Soho, the writing on the window states, “Enter the cafe through the art gallery.” When you go inside, it’s unclear where one ends and the other begins. There’s no coffee counter or bar. Other than the tables and chairs, there’s no sign that this might be a cafe.
Hotel Particulier’s proprietor Frederique Thiollet told us that people who come in off the street aren’t sure if the space is public or private. Those who figure it out will quickly realize what a courteous host Thiollet is. She invites people to sit, make themselves at home, gives them the wifi password and takes their order off the menu, which is small but carefully curated. Hotel Particulier serves coffee, tea, juice and buns from a well-known bakery in Chinatown. People come here to relax, to work and even hold meetings. (more…)
The Center for Architecture has some great programming this month, including a reading of The Eternal Space, a play and exhibition about the demolition of Penn Station. On November 16th, they’re giving a tour of SoHo’s cast iron architecture as part of its “Reading the Streetscape” series. Led by Catherine Teegarden, the Center’s Director of Education, you’ll learn about the materials and building technologies that shaped SoHo in the 19th Century, how to identify cast iron buildings and understand the role their design and construction played in popularizing the building style and how they set the stage for the skyscrapers that followed.
This fun comparison comes via Richie King on Quartz, who mapped out the line for the new iPhone 5C and 5S at the SoHo Apple Store to the line for Cronuts just nearby at 9am Friday when the new Apple product launched. The lines seem pretty comparable, testifying to the staying power of Dominique Ansel’s famous pastries. In fact, perhaps a quick comparison of the two seemingly dissimilar items is necessary:
Finding the Ganesh Broom Street Temple in itself will seem like a little treasure hunt. Walking along the cobblestoned streets of Soho, most New Yorkers will be shopping or in a hurry to get somewhere. But for those on the search for this Hindu temple, you’ll have to spot a “blue door“ at the corner of Crosby and Broome Street and head up to the second floor.