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Architecture

Second and Seventh

Construction site at Seventh St & Second Ave

Stumbled across this really interesting construction site in the East Village. Looks like the corner site was a low-rise tenement-style building but I’m curious as to what happened with the church.

Construction site at Seventh St & Second Ave

My guess (hope) is that they’re keeping the church’s facade to incorporate into whatever is coming next, probably some luxury housing.

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Architecture Design Transit Urban Planning

Moynihan Train Hall

The main waiting hall.

The new Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station opened to the public yesterday. It’s a project that was decades in the making.

I’ve been following the saga of the Farley Building redevelopment ever since I was an urban planning grad student in the late 90s and it’s a real thrill to finally see it in person. Frankly, I wasn’t sure it was going to happen in my lifetime.

Replacing Penn Station with Farley was a dream that had a perfectly poetic arc: Penn Station died so that Grand Central Terminal could be saved, then was reincarnated decades later in Farley, the adjacent McKim, Mead, and White palace that was spared Penn’s fate. All credit to Senator Moynihan, the project’s longtime sponsor and advocate.

No, the Moynihan Train Hall isn’t quite the full-on transformation of Penn Station that many urbanists had hoped for, But it’s a very good first step towards the goal of truly modernizing the infrastructure and operations at Penn.

Love seeing stairs from the platform that open into this huge space. It’s very OG Penn Station.

The location west of Eighth Avenue feels a bit lopsided today, but it points to the future of the Midtown CBD: westward expansion to Hudson Yards. In a decade or two, it’ll feel more central as the inevitable development happens around it.

I visited the site in 2017 before construction started but haven’t been back since. I only had 30 minutes today to check it out and was very pleasantly surprised at what I saw.

This is a nice clock and surprisingly subtle.
I really like these benches, which are a nod to the past without feeling overly retro. I just wish there were in the hall itself, not just the restricted waiting areas.
A nice transition to the West End Concourse and Eighth Avenue. I hope it ages well.
I think this is good v1 digital signage, but I’m hoping the designers will push further in later iterations. These are big, bright screens with lots of potential.
It’s easy to miss the mid-block arcade unless you’re headed to points west of the station but I’m glad the space doesn’t feel like an afterthought.

The 32 Street mid-block entrance is very nice. I love the artwork.

I’m looking to coming back and exploring more soon.

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Architecture Instagram

Woodside Garages

The detached garages of Woodside.

(Skillman Av, Woodside, Queens)

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Architecture

Bloomberg Tower

I’ve liked 731 Lexington Avenue since it went up almost ten years ago. But until this week, all I’ve ever seen of the interior is the subterranean Home Depot on the Third Avenue side of the complex.

So this week I felt especially lucky to visit the building twice, getting to see both the space-age Bloomberg LP offices and Le Cirque Cafe. Unsurprisingly, the building is even nicer on the inside.

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Architecture

Baggage Claim

If you gotta wait for your bags, the JetBlue Terminal at JFK is not a terrible place to do it. Sleek and efficient.

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Architecture Movies

Cinema (Houston)

Somewhere on Westheimer, a mostly empty but way cinematic strip mall. I’d love to shoot something here.

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Architecture Eating

Arlington Diner

Just across the street from Stewart’s, the mighty Arlington Diner has dominated its corner for as long as I can remember.

I haven’t been here since I was a kid so I can’t vouch for the food these days. But the exterior is delicious.

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Architecture

Daily News Building: The Globe

Growing up, I always wanted a really nice globe but the only one we could afford was a cheap metal version that had a big raised seam at the equator. The seam was so big it looked like the Earth had a Saturn-like ring.

I was a little embarrassed that our globe was not as nice as the ones some of my friends owned, and certainly not as nice as the ones in school.

I wish I’d seen the Daily News Globe when I was a kid.

I would have realized that the best globe in the world is free for everyone to enjoy — and it can’t be bought by anyone.

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Architecture

Columbus Circle

It’s hard to describe how much better Columbus Circle is today compared to just about any time in living memory. It’s actually a place you’d want to visit and even linger instead of just pass through as quickly as possible.

Prior to the Time Warner Center and the 2005 renovation of the circle, the best thing I could say about the place was that I saw Nirvana play an earth-shattering set at the New York Coliseum in 1993.

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Architecture

Kips Bay Towers

I think Brutalist architecture is growing on me partly because I’m getting sick of all the mostly-pleasing but energy-guzzling steel-and-glass clichés that have defined early twenty-first century architecture.

So here’s a shout-out to I.M. Pei’s Kips Bay Towers. I suspect your fan base will only grow as the years go on.

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Architecture Scenic Lookouts Transit

Grand Central Uplift

Grand Central Terminal is beautiful from every angle, even the ones you didn’t know existed. You can catch this view for free from the Apple Store.

I feel really lucky that I get to walk through GCT on my way to work each day. The beauty and bustle of the place lifts me up on even the toughest of days. The endless supply of good things to eat there doesn’t hurt either.

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Architecture City Life

St. Vincent’s Hospital

It’s very sobering to pass by St. Vincent’s during its demolition. You can’t help but think about all the human experiences that must have taken place there. They’re ghosts now, and the building is following them.

I don’t know nearly enough about the situation to say whether it’s good or bad that St. Vincent’s Hospital is being replaced with (very pricey) housing. But I can say I have a definite emotional reaction every time I pass by this site.

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Architecture City Life

King Tower

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Architecture City Life

A Winter Night in the Projects

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(NYCHA Martin Luther King Houses, 115 St, Manhattan)

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Architecture City Life

Lot B LGA

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(LaGuardia Airport, Terminal B Parking, Queens)

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Architecture City Life

Switchback

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(Bed Bath & Beyond, Broadway & 65 St, Manhattan)

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Architecture Movies

Deep River Apartments

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Blue Velvet fans know that the best way to get past the doorman in this building is by wearing an exterminator’s uniform.

(Carolina Apartments, Market St, Wilmington, NC)

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Architecture Tech

Undone: The Apple Store Song

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If you’ve heard how excited we Apple fanboys can get over unboxings, you can only imagine our excitement at the unwrapping of a whole frickin’ store.

(Apple Store Upper West Side, Broadway & 67 St, Manhattan)

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Architecture Eating Signs

In Rainbowz

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(Rainbow Drive In, Honolulu, HI)

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Architecture

Vertigo Suite

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From the 30th floor Hospitality Suite at HIFF.

(Sheraton Waikiki, Honolulu, HI)

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Architecture Movies

NYFF @ ATH

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(Alice Tully Hall, Broadway & 65 St, Manhattan)

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Architecture City Life

Future HL Part 4

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My parting shot from the unfinished phase 2, looking north from near 23 Street. Looking forward to taking the “after” version of this photo when this section of the line opens next year.

(High Line, Manhattan)

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Architecture City Life

Future HL Part 3

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Looking south down what I think is Phase 2 of the project, opening next year. Too bad the surface isn’t smooth enough for a killer bike/skate park before the green stuff and benches come in.

(High Line, Manhattan)

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Architecture City Life

Future HL Part 2

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This is from the south side of the rail yards, looking east.That pointy building in the distance looks kind of familiar. The building on the right is one of those filing cabinets for widows and young professionals that Manhattan is especially good at manufacturing lately.

(High Line, Manhattan)

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Architecture City Life

Future HL Part 1

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The first phase of the High Line is open and it’s a smash. If you haven’t visited yet, you need to.

Today I was lucky to go on a tour of the parts not yet open to the public.

This photo is of the section that loops around the West Side Yards, just south of the Javits Center. We’re looking to the southeast here.

(High Line, Manhattan)

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Architecture

In The Court of Beacon

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Bloomberg Tower has a really cool mid-block space, but it’s too bad there’s not more to entice the public to come in. Hard to believe that beneath this uber-urban block development lies a (rather nice) Home Depot.

(Bloomberg Tower, 58 St & Lexington Av, Manhattan)

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Architecture City Life Eating

Empirical Eating

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(Empire Diner, 22 St & 10 Av, Manhattan)

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Architecture City Life

NYPL, Thursday Afternoon

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(New York Public Library, 5 Av & 41 St, Manhattan)

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Architecture City Life

Architectural Salvation?

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First heroin, then gentrification, now Skynet. The East Village is a magnet for bad things.

(The Cooper Union, Manhattan)

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Architecture City Life

No Pocky For Lever House

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(Lever House, 52 St & Park Av, Manhattan)

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Architecture

Stairway To Juilliard

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The world’s best performing arts school just got even swankier with a dramatic new stair and waiting area on 65 Street. Check it out with your own butt and feel the artistry.

(Juilliard School, Manhattan)

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Architecture

This Is Not An Improvement

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This is not an improvement over the previous facade.

This looks like a cheap PC case.

This looks like a refrigeration unit.

This looks like a Bose Acoustic Wave.

This is a facade that won’t grow on anyone, gay or straight.

This is an improvement that won’t be missed by anyone when it gets its own improvement twenty years from now.

(Museum of Arts and Design, Columbus Circle, Manhattan)

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Architecture City Life Scenic Lookouts

DUMBO

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(John St, Brooklyn)

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Architecture Transit Urban Planning

Pixelated

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Although it looks like my iPhone’s resolution just dipped south of a PXL’s, the truth is I shot this scene of Ground Zero through a fence.

(WTC PATH Station, Manhattan)

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Architecture City Life

Color Full

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(Long Island City, Queens)

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Architecture

Building Boom

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Look carefully: those are doors, dude.

(42 St & 6 Av, Manhattan)

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Architecture Movies

I Always Wanted To Be A Tenenbaum

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(Convent Av & 144 St, Manhattan)

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Architecture

The Apex

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(Atlantic Av & Van Sinderen St, Brooklyn)

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Architecture City Life Transit

Be Very Afraid

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Now that NYC has been the safest large city in the U.S. for several years running, it’s getting harder and harder to find truly scary places within the five boroughs.

The East New York Station on the LIRR Atlantic Branch is one of those places. The station itself lies underneath the Atlantic Avenue viaduct and even in broad daylight looks like mole person territory.

But the forlorn platforms are nothing compared to the crypt-like pedestrian underpass that connects them. On a recent ride around Brooklyn, I used the underpass to get across Atlantic Avenue. It was deserted and and full of blind corners, and frankly, I was scared shitless and wondering what I was doing in that maze with a Bike Friday, an iPhone, and no weapons of any kind (except my razor wit, of course).

As it turns out, the Chinese geek with the funny bike was the scariest — and only — thing in that tunnel while I was down there. Other than my imagination. I memorialized the moment with my iPhone and got the heck out of there.

(LIRR East New York Station, Brooklyn)

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Architecture Movies

This Ain’t New York

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A theatre created by folks that love movies and food? Alamo Drafthouse, where have you been all my life? You make me want to cheat big time on my beloved Gotham.

(Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, South Lamar, Austin, TX)

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Architecture

Graybar Passage

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(Grand Central Terminal, Manhattan)

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Architecture

NYPL

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Just passing by the Humanities and Social Sciences Library makes me feel learned, even if the first thing I think of is Ghostbusters.

(New York Public Library, Manhattan)

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Architecture

Yankee Stadium: New

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(Yankee Stadium, The Bronx)

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Architecture City Life

Pit Stop

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Anyone who’s ever received a toy Hess truck for Christmas will undountedly have a soft spot for this giant oil company. Talk about nefarious marketing!

(44 St & 10 Av, Manhattan)

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Architecture

Stonehenge On Canal St

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Little is known about the civilization that built this stone beast at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge.

(Canal St & Bowery, Manhattan)

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Architecture Stores Tech

Boxing Day

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Who put the X in Boxing Day? Is it the same person that put the X in OS X (even though that’s really a ten, and these Xs at the new Apple Store?

(Apple Store, 14 St & 9 Av, Manhattan)

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Architecture

Times New HQ

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I’m a Times addict. I look at the site at least a dozen times on an average day, a figure that’s only gotten larger now that I’ve gone iPhone. Their new headquarters looks awesome, and I hope someday to go inside and check it out.

(40 St & 8 Av, Manhattan)