Posts tagged manhattan
Posts tagged manhattan
A Conservative Addition to The High Line (by thelexiphane)
Cary Tamarkin’s 10-story 15-unit condo building at 508 W24th Street is filling out just an arm’s reach from The High Line. The ribbon bands of casement windows and concrete spandrel panels are reminiscent of early 20th century modernist warehouses like the Starrett-Lehigh Building to the northwest on 26th Street. The design pedigree may be almost a century old, but it’s a welcome change from the pervasive sense of arbitrary nouveau on display at buildings like HL23 (in the background) and 245 Tenth Avenue (invisible behind this shot, but I can almost hear its irregularly paneled facade shouting for attention over my shoulder). The smallest apartment in 508 W24th is reportedly a 3BR priced at $4.15M, privacy curtains not included.
A TBT shot from 2010. Shooting the Christmas decorations at Rockefeller Center with ten thousand other people. One of my first Girl With the Canon 7D photos. Great times.
Scotchy Scotch Scotch!
After donning your finest polyester and dousing yourself in Sex Panther cologne, there is no faster way to impress the ladies than approaching the bar and ordering a glass of Ron Burgundy Blended Scotch Whiskey. The bottle indicates that it is a Scotchy Scotch Scotch released under the banner of “Great Odin’s Raven” Special Reserve.
A bottle has been cracked behind the horseshoe bar at 7B in the East Village, and bartender Becka reports that the taste is “like Dewars with something artificially sweet.” The bar may not be serving it, but Becka shares that the public can pick up a bottle for themselves at Warehouse Wines & Spirits on Broadway north of 8th Street. We bet that unlike milk on a hot afternoon, Ron Burgundy Scotch Whiskey is a choice you’ll never regret, until tomorrow.
No Bridge Too Far (by thelexiphane)
Can’t wait ‘til Sunday’s NYC Marathon to cover 26.2 miles? Saturday is the Great Manhattan Bridge Walk, in which participants traverse all 16 pedestrian-accessible spans that connect the island of Manhattan to surrounding land masses. The urban hike begins at 9a at the Port Authority bus terminal across from the George Washington Bridge (178th & Broadway) and finishes at City Hall across from the Brooklyn Bridge. The duration is usually 10-11 hours.
I’ll be tagging my tweets #GMBW13
One Year Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy
Above are photos of the East River overflowing its banks the night that Sandy struck New York. This portion of Manhattan features relatively steep slopes and was spared the devastating flooding that other parts of the city suffered, but it was still strange to see all lanes of the FDR drive submerged under saltwater. [Picture 1: looking north with the apartment houses of Roosevelt Island across the East River. Picture 2: Looking south towards the 59th Street Bridge from Manhattan. Picture 3: looking north up the FDR Drive from pedestrian overpass at East 63rd St.] Here is a throwback post from a year ago:
Is the Bloomberg Tower introducing an animated lighting scheme? This past year has seen the HVAC crown on top of the Bloomberg Tower at 59th Street and Lexington Avenue introduce colored lightings for certain events: rainbow for Pride Week; pink for breast cancer awareness; different patterns of red, white, and blue for the 4th of July and Bastille Day, respectively. This evening the north-facing side of the crown was lit up with an animated pattern that appeared to represent a waving American flag. The animation was very rough from just a few blocks away—like a heavily pixellated gif image file—but one could definitely make out the stars and stripes in motion. Is buttoned-down midtown ready for a dose of Times Square-style animation at the edge of Lenox Hill?
Park Avenue Holdout (by thelexiphane)
The Racquet & Tennis Club sits directly across Park Avenue from the icon of Modernism, the Seagram Building. In fact, the Italian Renaissance style palazzzo designed by McKim, Mead & White is surrounded by modern office towers that replaced most of its similar neighbors in the mid-20th century. The 95-year-old building remains firmly planted in a different era, however, and somehow still clings to its men-only members policy, making the club a physical and behavioral holdout against modern New York.
Directly to the west of the Racquet and Tennis Club, between 52nd & 53rd Streets, stands the Park Avenue Plaza tower, which seems to sprout from the roof of the club when viewed from Park Avenue. Ironically, the club managed to squeeze $5 million out of the developers of the modern glass tower (Fisher Brothers), by publicly speculating about constructing a 38-story hotel above the Italian Renaissance building, which would have largely blocked tenants’ views from the mid-block tower immediately behind it. Fisher Brothers capitulated and purchased the air rights from the sports club to keep their views unobstructed.
A 1997 article from The NY Times contains more details.
Your Neighborhood’s Politics
Community access network MNN has a great section on its site called Race2Represent. It’s devoted to the upcoming NYC municipal elections, with each city council district in Manhattan getting its own page. Council pages include a short video outlining the characteristics of the area and political issues that are important to the people who live there, and a video of the debate the network hosted between council candidates.
Above is the video describing District 5 on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, which stretches from Sutton Place to the slope of Carnegie Hill above 86th Street. Political hot button issues include disruptions caused by the construction of the Second Avenue Subway, the current installation of a waste transfer station on the East River at 93rd Street, and sidewalk obstructions.
The whole Race2Represent section makes for interesting reading/watching, and marks a real achievement in using the Internet to make local electoral politics a more accessible and transparent affair.
Before the Flatiron Building went up on the same lot, New York City
Smoke on The Water (by thelexiphane)
Black smoke dissipates over lower Manhattan Saturday (10/5) afternoon. There was a significant fire in the Battery Park area today, sending plumes of black smoke rising above the downtown skyline. It seemed like the fire was near the Castle Clinton national monument inside the park, although I haven’t seen any news accounts of what happened. Could be a regular car fire, although that would be unusual inside the park. I believe that Castle Clinton is closed this week because of the government shutdown.