The roof at the Metropolitan Museum is that perfect union of creative process and capitalism. It has an unparalleled view of Central Park, a cocktail bar and rotating interactive art installations. The latest is Doug + Mike Starn's bamboo structure, Big BambÃƒ º, that has been a work in process since Spring. It's final size is 100 feet long, 50 feet wide, and 50 feet high and needed a team of rock climbers to build it.
The nondescript facade of the Village East Theater conceals one of New York City's great hidden gems. The theater began as the Yiddish Art Theater, designed by Louis Jaffe and could seat 1,265 persons. Charlie Chaplin, George Gershwin and Albert Einstein have passed through its doors. The interior is in the Moorish Revival style with gilded ceilings, etched stonework, vibrant blue and red paints, and an elaborate chandelier. The lobby has a row of vintage decorative entranceways, a double staircase and gilded coffered ceilings.
Did you know that Trinity Church is one of the largest landowners in New York City? Its been converting the Hudson Square/Tribeca area since the 1920s.
My great, great grandmother, Mary, was a Ziegfeld Girl with the Ziegfeld Follies. She was sixteen when she left her Boston suburb and headed to New York City with dreams of being a dancer. By the time she was eighteen she was officially a Ziegfeld Girl; it was 1909.
Did you know that a building can be landmarked on the interior but not on the exterior? A talk at the Merchant's House Museum in the East Village of NYC.
People love photographing the High Line during the day. The first page of results on a Google image search for "High Line" yields only 8 night images out of 448. But the High Line is open at night (until 10pm) and runs amidst one of New York City's most popular party districts. And it goes literally underneath the Standard Hotel and hovers above the road. This is a good thing because it helps you avoid the denizens of the Meatpacking District.
The hype may swarm around the tents at Fashion Week, but an equal number of designers actually showcased outside the official venue this year. We shadowed designer Janet Kim of Graey during the preparations for her Spring/Summer 2011 show and got to ask a few questions.
One of the few original details remaining in the 66th Street Lincoln Center subway stop are the plaster rosettes and molding on the ceiling. The station was constructed in 1904 and renovated in 2004, when vintage looking tiles were added to the walls. Despite the recent renovation, water damage has caused much of the plaster detailing to deteriorate.
After a hot summer almost entirely dominated by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, signs of Autumn are in sight: The mornings are cool and dry (at least until 9am), and oyster season has begun.
Did you know that in 1930, 1,800 trolleys served Brooklyn alone? Photographer Christoffer Delsinger (who discovered the double rainbow Bushwick airplane!) went to check out the abandoned trolleys in Red Hook, a remnant of a more recent past than you might imagine.