The 21-story co-op building at 1080 Fifth Avenue once had over 70 units, Stribling broker Marcy Pedas Sigler recently told The Observer. Today, due to combinations, it has a mere 45, one of which—the entire ninth floor—recently sold for $15 million, according to city records.
“This building has coveted views,” Ms. Sigler, who herself lives on the 16th floor, said. “It’s where you come if you want to see the sun, moon and stars. The astronaut Scott Carpenter used to say these were the best views he’d ever seen. And he’d orbited the earth several times.” In her apartment at 1080 Fifth, Ms. Sigler introduced Mr. Carpenter, who died earlier this month, to his fourth wife Patty Barrett Carpenter, who had been a client. Though she was not responsible for the matchmaking involved in the ninth-floor unit, which was not listed publicly.
For Frank Lloyd Wright acolytes, appreciating the architect’s masterpieces has long involved pilgrimages to far-flung locations. There’s always the Guggenheim, of course, but more importantly, there’s Falling Water, the Robie House, Taliesin and Taliesin West. Until recently, even looking at the architect’s papers involved a journey to the latter two locations, in Spring Green, Wis., and Scottsdale, Ariz.
But now Wright’s papers, which have been stored at the two Taliesins since his death in 1959, are moving to New York, in what The New York Times terms an unusual joint partnership between Columbia University’s Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library and the Museum of Modern Art.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission may have no taste buds, but the Guggenheim has no taste at all.
The museum had proposed marring its singular Frank Lloyd Wright building by adding a hot dog stand to the entryway of the structure. The argument was that it was more sightly than the hot dog vendor who has Read More
Damn that Frank Lloyd Wright. That thought flitted through my head as I left the civic dedication of the newly renovated and expanded Morgan Library. Wright had nothing to do with it, of course: The ambitious and accomplished Italian architect Renzo Piano is the one responsible for reconfiguring the beloved institution, which has been much Read More
The phone in Ada Louise Huxtable’s study rang, and she let the machine pick it up. It was someone asking for a time when she could meet as part of a jury for an architecture award. “I resigned!” she barked back at the machine. She collected herself. “I am tired of having to teach these Read More
Does anyone remember when the subways were able to run even in the event of rain? Could it possibly be, like the Jake Gyllenhaal movie warned us, that the weather is getting worse, or are we just remembering the past through rose-tinted goggles, like when a latte cost less than $4, we Read More
The sculpture of Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957), currently the subject of a somewhat truncated exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, has long been regarded as one of the glories of the modern era. Owing to this distinction, it has also, alas, attracted a good deal of misdirected criticism and fanciful interpretation. Some of this derives Read More
Times Tough at Guggenheim,
But Sidewalk Isn’t for Sale
The Guggenheim Museum may be in the middle of some serious belt-tightening, but that doesn’t mean they’ve gone so far as to rent out ad space on their landmark Frank Lloyd Wright façade or-more to the point-on the sidewalk in front of the building. At Read More
There are certain figures in late 19th- and early 20th-century American art whose names are better-known than their work, and Arthur Wesley Dow (1857-1922)-currently the subject of a large exhibition at the Spanierman Gallery-is one of them. To the extent that his name is remembered today, it is probably owing to the fact that Georgia Read More
My joy in the revolutionary work of the Québécois genius, Robert Lepage, is no secret. I love him even when he goes wrong. Because he takes big, imaginative risks, because even when he falters, there’s always something that blows your mind.
There’s no one quite like him-and how I wish there were! His happy marriage Read More