The Eight-Day Week
The Museum of the City of New York’s Winter Ball is like a social mixtape mash-up of the Social Register, The Hampton’s Blue Book and Palm Beach’s Shiny Sheet. The Belgian Shoe set comes out in diamond-dripping droves for this fancy affair, which is sponsored by Carolina Herrera, an icon who has probably dressed every Read More
dreams and visions
For New Yorkers interested in getting closer, but not too close to Staten Island, the Museum of the City of New York and the Working Harbor Committee is hosting a boat tour to compliment the museum’s current exhibit: “From Farm to City: Staten Island 1661-2012.″
The tour, which circumnavigates the Island, will look at the past, present and future of the waterfront and its relationship to the city’s marine history. It also provides a nice chance for New Yorkers keen to learn more about the forgotten borough, but wary of setting foot on Staten Island soil (or the nautically inclined).
What's Old Is New Again
If you can craft the hottest park ever from a mile of old rail track, imagine what you could do with a park that spans more than 60 East River blocks.
Right now the esplanade that reaches from 60th to 125th Streets is a bland stretch of pot-holed concrete wedged between the river and the FDR. But what if there were gondolas? And inland canals integrating the Upper East Side and East Harlem? Or a web of boardwalks stretching out into the water? Bridges over the FDR? Kayaking through Hell’s Gate?
We doubt that the city will adopt any of the eight fantastical winners that emerged from the “Reimagining the Waterfront” design competition sponsored by the civic group Civitas, but it would be awesome if they did.
It’s not like Melanie Malkin ever pictured herself living on the Upper East Side, a neighborhood that has, over the past 50 years, all but disappeared from the dreams of the young and the hip.
“I mean, when I first moved up here, I didn’t want to move up here. Never, never, never,” Ms. Malkin said, who grudgingly took a cheap sublet in the neighborhood seven years ago when she was 23 years old and working for MoMA. “Nobody wants to move here. When I tell people I live here, they’re, like, eww.”
But loath as Ms. Malkin was to leave her first apartment on 29th Street, she wasn’t making a lot of money working in the museum world and she found a rent-stabilized one-bedroom on 87th Street between Lexington and Third Avenue that cost $775 a month (it’s now $938 a month). In the early days, she kept telling herself that it was convenient and cheap, but then something unexpected happened.
She started to love the Upper East Side.
The “great families” and cultural icons of New York have been enumerated, and celebrated, from the time of George Washington through Edith Wharton’s Gilded Age and well into the postwar era, when New York became the capital of the art world. This month, museums and other institutions salute the city’s power brokers, artistic pioneers and Read More
Intellectuals, unite. This fall, the ideas and ideologies will be flying at New York museums. Here’s a look at some of the more important, or interesting, lectures and readings coming up.
The Morgan Library & Museum
Reading Mark Twain
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
$30 for non-members
The Museum of the City of New York has decided to quietly dispose of its Rockefeller Rooms to make way for a modernisation of its Fifth Avenue building, The Art Newspaper reports. For 70 years, the two period rooms from the Manhattan townhouse of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller have been the museum’s Read More
The Real Estate is going for a Robert Moses trifecta this morning. This item’s about one of his newer critics, Bronx community organizer Majora Carter, who dared criticize Mayor Bloomberg’s development policies and who received a warm response from the media at the Feb. 1 opening of the Moses exhibit at the Read More
Ina Caro, the wife, research assistant, typist and confidant of Moses biographer Robert Caro writes in an e-mail:
I have been scolded for not letting some of you know that Bob was speaking at the Museum of the City of New York last Sunday
the speech “Reflections on Read More
Thursday night’s panel on “Lessons of Robert Moses” at the Museum of the City of New York opened with the patina that the man did, at least, get things done–and that we have figured out how to do so without breaking as many eggs as Mr. Moses did.
But this Bloombergian consensus Read More