Monday: I Spy Jessica Coen

  • New Scientist asks the passé question, “If terrorists exploded a nuke in the heart of a big city, how would we cope with the epidemic of radiation sickness that would inevitably follow?”
  • The East Village Maritime Hotel is experiencing setbacks. The current height allowance is for a college dorm, which the hotel is not. The developers may have to saw off the top. (New York)
  • Gawker’s new office will have glass walls so people can watch the bloggers like the zoo animals they are. I guess no more pajamas at work. (Though we here it’s mostly business-side people; bloggers need not attend.) (New York)
  • The Soto-Michigan Jewish Community Center, “the focal point of Jewish social and political communal life in Boyle Heights from the 1920s to the late 1950s,” was leased by the United States government to build a Social Security office and demolished almost overnight. (The Jewish Journal via Archinect)
  • In Berlin, a Protestant parish is trying to raise money to save its church, but is finding it difficult because of the interior’s Nazi symbols. (Spiegel)
  • A New York-based architect has created an affordable housing alternative for hurricane victims called the Katrina Cottage. (Architectural Record)
  • A detailed look at Rego Park. Rego what?(Forgotten NY)
  • The Preliminary Mayor’s Management Report: “For all of the numbers and data that do come out of the mayor’s office, much of the most important information is not available, making it difficult for New Yorkers to assess how well the government is doing its job, and the direction it is setting for the future.” (Gotham Gazette)
  • The Drawing Center in New York City is looking for a new home after withdrawing from the World Trade Center site last year under pressure. It envisions a site that mixes passersby, artists and even tourist shoppers. (Metropolis)
  • Pre-war apartments have lost their luster in the face of shiny new glass constructions like Sculpture for Living. (The New York Times)
  • New high-rises in Hell’s Kitchen are turning the once notorious neighborhood into a zone of gentrification. (The New York Times)
  • Planners battle presevationists, and win this round for Brooklyn Bridge Park. But what city landmarks are lost in the transition? (The New York Times)
  • 101 Warren Street is the new Time Warner Center. Louise Sunshine is at the helm yet again. (The New York Times)
  • Will the City Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings force co-ops boards to disclose why they reject potential buyers? (The New York Times)
  • Who else is tired of reading about market crashes and landings? What would really make the real estate market implode? SARS, anyone? (Forbes)
  • Institute Without Boundaries invites applicants to create a “sustaining, universal and healthy human dwelling.” Something not like New York. (IWB)
  • - Riva Froymovich