In the 31st-floor offices of SWW Creative, the walls are beige, the carpet is gray and the cabinets are standard-issue wood-grain. There’s no Eames armchair, no runway stills splashed across the walls, not even a lucite coffee table with a copy of Grace Coddington’s memoir. There’s not a flower in sight.
While fashion professionals are known to obsess over the color of their pens, SWW Creative’s offices are about as splashy as an insurance agency’s. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff is not concerned.
Square dancing brings a lot of things to mind; the Empire State building just isn’t one of them. Yet, there it was, all aglow in its red and blue, standing over a crowd of do-si-doing New Yorkers—hipster toddlers in mini-knits and European grandmothers, tangled in an unapologetic mess . We had heard about it, but when we took a peek this Monday, we weren’t expecting to stumble upon the sea of cowboy hats that stretched before us in Bryant park, and neither were our neighboring spectators. But such is the surprise of the city.
One of our fellow passersby could hardly contain her excitement.
“Oh my god, I love New York.”
And this is the reaction the Bryant Park Corporation was looking for. Bryant Park Square Dance is new to the roster of park activities this year, part of the 20th Anniversary series.
Green space in New York is at a premium. Graveyards have it in spades. It was only a matter of time before some enterprising cemetery started offering itself as an event venue. The New York Marble Cemetery in the East Village has already hosted weddings, a Stella McCartney show and a Vogue fashion shoot, reports The New York Times.
Above the gentle hum of conversation and the less gentle hum of traffic rumbling past on Fifth Avenue, one could hear the chirping of birds and the clanking of metal as a small group of New Yorkers took turns thwacking each other with swords.
Bryant Park, which decades ago was one of the most notorious Read More
While it might not be as, uh, edgy as the Torre Verre, Hines unveiled another new Manhattan project today, one with a location even more enticing than next to MoMA. The Houston-based developer will construct a 28-story office tower at the corner of Sixth Avenue and 40th Street, across from Bryant Park.
Notwithstanding the seemingly thousands of pigeons that have occupied Bryant Park, Manhattan is getting its first wild bird sanctuary.
The Wild Bird Fund will be an 800-square-foot roost for all manner of feathered friend at 565 Columbus Avenue, between 87th and 88th streets.
“This will be a great location for them,” Winick Realty’s Brian Read More
As malls across the United States suffer diminishing sales, and storefront rents across New York City fall, markets of the more old-fashioned variety are growing increasingly more popular among retailers.
“[T]his year we are witnessing about a 20 percent increase in demand,” said Sar Inbar, one of three partners Read More
It’s Broadway in Bryant Park baby! And Off-Broadway too! Musicals will once again be performed at the midtown green spot this summer for the 106.7 Lite FM-sponsored "Broadway in Bryant Park" series. You can catch short performances and previews of upcoming and currently staged shows on Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. on the Read More
Finally, tourists will have a place to stay in Manhattan.
Developers filed plans on Friday for the View at Bryant Park, a good year after the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved designs for a 31-story cloud-buster at 20 West 40th Street. The site has since had to go through ULURP, the city’s land-use review.
John Read More
On Wednesday, we wrote about a Real Estate Weekly report about how plans to relocate Fashion Week to the Port Authority were on hold because of issues over whether the bus terminal could accommodate additional traffic.
According to the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Port Authority is one of many possible Read More