Brooklyn Tech, as it’s known, has some great stone work on its facade, with inspiring machine age iconography. The building was built from 1930-33, at the exact time as Rockefeller Center, and its exterior iconography is of the same post-crash, WPA vintage and spirit, calling people to work hard and to excel in sciences, technology, industry and American innovation. We seriously need a big ass booster shot of that stuff in this country. Read more on wikipedia… and marvel at the facilities originally housed inside for educating young New Yorkers in real trades.
Am I late to the party here? I just noticed today that McNally Jackson on Spring St has a mega gizmo in store that prints high quality paperbacks on demand in minutes. Can be anything from the public domain. Or your own work– and they’ve got a design team ready to help with everything from cover art to typesetting. Um– whoa!?! How cool is that? Well, that’s one way to fight the Kindle. Read more…
Ron Gabriel’s 2011 design thesis from SVA focuses on the three parties involved in the war that is the streets of NYC: pedestrians, cyclists and automobiles. His work focused on one intersection in particular and in a fascinating video he highlights the turbulence and near misses of how the three parties use and abuse traffic laws. Personally, I’m pleased to see someone take an examined and seemingly unbiased eye to all involved parties and suggest that it is not just cyclists that need change, but pedestrians and drivers. I look forward to digging further into his work and conclusions. But take a look at this video for sure….
This lovely entrance to a townhouse on Bleecker has beautiful, gothic cast iron grills attached to the insides of the door’s two glass panels. Excellent pattern. I like how the orientation of the longer elements contributes to verticality of the entire doorway’s composition.
I’m presently working on a children’s space, so I appreciated some of the details on this climbing set in Washington Market Park at Greenwich and Reade. I particularly like the use of heavy gauge chicken wire for the fencing to maintain safety and visibility. I also like the water tower. Nice touch for NYC. And cute kid!
One of the things I love most about my friend Jeremy Zilar is that when we need to get together to talk, I get to go have lunch at the New York Times Building. I love that building. I really respect the work of Renzo Piano. It’s a joy to get to go up into all that elegant and mechanical steel. The man knows his connections.
My wife and I take the Bruckner Expressway a lot to and from her parents’ house and for years we’ve been admiring (at brief 60mph intervals) the redevelopment of a vast, old brick building in Hunts Point, Bronx, highlighted by yellow fire escapes and a big red smokestack. The Bank Note Building is so called for “The American Bank Note Company, a firm founded in 1795 to print currency, postage stamps, war bonds and stock certificates.” The firm relocated in 1985. The redevelopment of The Bank Note Building is nicely done, and I was recently happy to take on a new client with offices there. Check out the building’s site for more info and history.
Mother Jones has this incredible story in the May/June issue about a real estate agent who randomly bought a box of negatives at a yard sale or something and discovered Vivian Maier, a previously unknown amateur photographer whom I assure you will become known as one of the great and most prolific street photographers of mid-century America. She was allegedly well travelled as well, carrying her Rolleiflex with her everywhere. Can not wait for a show and monograph! There incredible examples in the Mother Jones article. There is also a blog run by John Maloof, the man who discovered her work posthumously, and seems to have dedicated his life to shining as much light onto her as he can. It’s an amazing story and my jaw is still on the floor at the notion that someone so profoundly gifted went totally unknown. She may be new favorite photographer. Sorry to even suggest it, Roy.
Everyday at 5pm, taxi cabs starts lining up headed East on Houston and North on Lafayette to refill and switch drivers at the gas station on Houston and Lafayette. (Used to be Gaseteria, now BP.) It’s a pretty crazy scene on the street, but this was the first time I ever saw the yellow procession from above.