surveying the wreckage
According to Senator Chuck Schumer, the federal government will soon begin the arduous task of returning floodwaters back to the Atlantic Ocean after Hurricane Sandy’s surge flooded key transportation arteries earlier this week.
“In the past hour, I have received an update from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the federal de-watering efforts happening in New York City,” Mr. Schumer said in a statement this afternoon.
“I was joking with my friends from Seattle on Sunday,” The Weather Channel’s SVP of Marketing and recent New York transplant Eric Hadley told The Observer. “They kept asking what the weather was like, and I said, ‘It’s like a January day in Seattle.’”
The former Bing executive had a busy evening. First, “a little party” at the Standard Hotel from 6:30-8:30. (“Most guests didn’t show up,” he remarked.) When the lights went out, everyone went home, but Mr. Hadley had work to do, taking crews out to survey the destruction, including that of artist Mark Seliger’s Charles St. studio, which had its front completely obliterated by Hurricane Sandy.
Even if you’re not Jewish, you probably know the song “Hava Nagilah.” It is up there in the canon with “If I Were a Rich Man” and “The Chanukah Song.” Just thinking those words, hava nagilah, you’ve probably already started humming to yourself, clapping your hands, maybe even grabbing the nearest chair and hoisting it over your head. The point is, it is a powerful, meaningful song, rivaling the Macarena.
It is this popularity, this ubiquity that inspired a new exhibition/installation at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Hava Nagila: A Song for the People. The show brings together the sights, sounds and spirit of the song, its rich temporal and psychic history, and fills them into a colorful, carpeted room at the museum designed by hot young Brooklyn designers Situ Studio and MTWTF.
When it comes to anything World Trade Center progress moves at a notoriously glacial pace. But the decision of what to do with Fritz Koenig’s Sphere—damaged and dented, but still intact after the WTC attacks— has been excruciatingly slow, even by World Trade Center standards.
Still, as of Thursday, a small bit of progress was made when Pat Foye, executive director of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said he believes the sphere should be made part of the World Trade Center memorial, The Wall Street Journal reported.
So the Battery Conservancy wants to move The Sphere, Fritz Koenig’s sculpture that survived the attacks and has called the park home for a decade. The conservancy defends the decision because it is holding up long-planned renovations to the park, which have taken place everywhere but on the site of The Sphere, the installation of which was always meant to be permanent.
The hope was the sculpture would be reinstalled at the World Trade Center site, but as that project has dragged on, and uncertainty continues, its fate is now uncertain. The sculpture moves to JFK this week, and will hopefully find a home at the site, possibly on a park planned for the space where the old Deutsche Bank Building used to stand.
Whose to blame here, though?
Ice Cream Social
Harry and Peter Poulalakos, noted Lower Manhattan restaurateurs, got the O.K. to build an oyster bar, complete with “outdoor seating, event venue and [a] visitor center” on Pier A from the Battery Park City Authority today.
The deal was no doubt helped by the generous amount of public space—30,000 square feet to be exact, not Read More
Tourists winding their way around Battery Park this afternoon were treated to an unusual sight among the seagulls pecking at garbage on the sidewalk and men in drag dressed up as the Statue of Liberty: Forty-odd stranded Iroquois lacrosse players, trailed by news crews as they waited to get cleared to travel to England for Read More
Voracious hotel developer Sam Chang has acquired yet another piece of Manhattan.
City records show that Mr. Chang’s Great Neck, N.Y., company has paid $27 million for a building at 6-12 Water Street.
According to PropertyShark.com, the 21,000-square-foot building includes a two-story McDonald’s — quite appropriate for the McSam gang. Read More
Despite the hype about green roofs; despite the rampant branding of luxury residences with names like the Solaire and Tribeca Green; despite the cachet that once-repulsive ideas have now garnered (waterless urinals! recycled rainwater!), technologies that allow buildings to generate at least a portion of their own power in a clean, efficient way are having Read More
"Americans are frightened of density. Europe is not.”
Laurie Olin, one of the most noted landscape architects in the country, was holding forth in his firm’s library in central Philadelphia. He wants to help us get over our obsession with personal space.
So Mr. Olin took on the task of designing the Atlantic Yards project Read More