Thursday: Speed Dating and Spadominiums!

  • Any event called “architecture’s version of speed dating” sounds like a surefire bad idea. But if it’s official name is Pecha Kucha–and if it started in Tokyo before coming to Queens–you cannot go wrong. Especially if you like consuming 20 images of future condos (or artsy sculptures) every 400 seconds. Plus, there’s beer. (Architectural Record)
  • The Sun has a fascinating expose of the correct nomenclature and precise boundaries of Nolita. Apparently, “the arbiters of trendy” (and also the “real estate lobby”) get to define neighborhoods as they see fit. (Sun)
  • The Post‘s ‘Hood of the Week is Alphabet City (“Alphabet Superb”). Why? Because “wretched slums” and “needle parks” have given way to “fresh air” and “luxe rentals.” Plus, the Far East is “hipster-friendly”! (NY Post)
  • Welcome to 515 East 72nd Street, the city’s very first “inspired living residence.” This high-rise condo will treat you to its spa and wellness programming (thus we must use the title “spadominium.”) Yet isn’t Zen luxury a wee bit 1993? (NY Times)
  • - Max Abelson