Of late, pundits have alternatively lamented and celebrated diminishing funding and student enthusiasm for the arts and humanities at the nation’s schools. If only the Chinese-born artist Wen-Ying Tsai, who died in January, were here to advise these two camps—which often seem at intractable odds—as to the entirely possible marriage of their views.
Mr. Tsai, who trained in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan, later applied his technical skills to creating motorized, ultra-modern sculptures, which showed at the Museum of Modern Art and Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. He also helped to establish the Tsai Art and Science Foundation, which promotes artists and scientists whose work illustrates the intersection and interdependence of the two disciplines. Now Mr. Tsai’s longtime home at 7 East 19th Street has passed from his family’s hands, according to city records—for the tidy sum of $12 million. Perhaps some portion of the proceeds will go toward mediation for those warring factions?
Joshua Bell lives out of his suitcase 250 days a year. The 45-year-old violinist travels from country to country, spreading his music around the world. So when he comes home to his spacious apartment in the Flatiron District, which he designed with the renowned architect Charles Rose, he likes to be comfortable. And he likes to entertain. Read More
The popular Union Square eatery The Coffee Shop has renewed its retail lease at its long time home at 27 Union Square West and also office space it has upstairs in the building.
The deal totals about 20,000 square feet and stretches for ten-years, according to Eric Gural, an executive at the real estate services firm Newmark Knight Frank who oversees leasing at the property and whose family owns the nearly 50,000-square-foot box-shaped, boutique building.
To seasoned retail brokers, the very concept of the next big neighborhood in a city that has been developed several times over is, well, naïve. Still, as The Commercial Observer recently learned, most are still looking for a reason to believe.
The much-watched Canadian retailer that recently landed on Fifth Avenue with a splash of red and white, is opening its second New York City location, multiple sources told The Observer.
Joe Fresh, a Gap-lite clothing line most commonly found in Canadian grocery stores, is moving into the former Esprit space at 110 Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron district. The roughly 15,000-square-foot space Read More
If you’ve ever dusted off your Motley Crüe cassettes and wondered, “Are they still alive?,” we have news for you. The marketing gurus for your favorite `80s hair band have landed some sweet Flatiron digs.
Tenth Street Entertainment has helped revive many a flatlining career, including that of the Crüe, Blondie, Steven Tyler, Royal Underground and even Duke Ellington (who, Read More
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National Reprographics, a large print and imaging firm, renewed its 33,250-square-foot space in the Flatiron.
“It is great to see a company like National Reprographics, which has strong historical roots in New York City’s business sector, remain profitable and strong in this market,” said Read More
Sheesan Hotel LLC, an affiliate of economy hotel tycoon Sam Chang, has sold the new Holiday Inn Manhattan Hotel in Chelsea for $66 million to a Rhode Island-based hospitality group, according to records uploaded on Friday to a city Web site.
The buyer, MMG-26 LLC, affiliated with Magna Hospitality Group, closed on the 23-story, 226-room Read More
Watch out, Equinox! New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter is partnering with the international 24-Hour Fitness chain to open three new “classy” sports clubs in Manhattan this year.
What, you were expecting a Roger Clemens-run juice bar?
The first will be a 28,000-square-foot facility on Fifth Avenue, conveniently Read More
The proprietors of the Old Town Bar & Restaurant are usually pretty accurate when it comes to advertising.
So the bar’s brand-new 2008 calendar magnets gave us pause:
Did Carrie really meet Mr. Big at the Old Town?
Let’s go to the tape–er, complete DVD set:
In the Read More