Is there a clear-cut line between southern Chelsea and the Meatpacking District now that both are no longer gritty?
Not really, says a committee that is trying to launch a new Business Improvement District called Meatpacking Area BID that would treat the two areas as one in order to provide maintenance, development and promotional services.
Can We Get a Whit-Ness?
Last fall it was reported that the great Tom Krens was off the Guggenheim’s Abu Dhabi project, which seemed like big news because Mr. Krens was the creative mind and promoter of the project, but what’s even more strange is that we haven’t heard boo from the art world’s consummate museum showman since.
The Whitney Museum broke ground last week. Buried by all the fanfare was the fact that the august institution still has a good deal of money to raise before it finishes its Renzo Piano-designed museum in 2015, about $200 million, a little under one-third the cost of the new building. Any deals it can Read More
From the Paper
It seems high time that the Whitney and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, well, met.
The Whitney approved a $680 million expansion plan into the meatpacking district last spring, after years cramped in an overhanging Brutalist beast of a building on 75th Street. But there was a catch: Cosmetics heir Leonard Lauder apparently has a Read More
Last Wednesday, Danny Meyer, maybe the city’s most successful restaurateur, quietly opened a new 40-seat eatery, Untitled, in the Whitney Museum’s basement–that is, if the bright, soaring space tucked beneath the Madison Avenue monolith by architect Marcel Breuer can rightly be called a basement. “This was the case of the context driving the idea, or Read More
Edward Hopper is the quintessential painter of American loneliness. Would Hopper’s characters ever have Facebook pages? What if they were checking their Twitter feed in the night cafe? Of course, it is absurd to ask these questions. His subjects seem not just like people naturally inclined to isolation but as though they were operating during Read More
With the Whitney really, truly, finally for sure moving downtown – into a Vader-like new building, no less — its old ominous digs will soon be forlorn and vacant. The Met has expressed interest in moving in in some capacity, but New York architecture critic Justin Davidson and design doyen Robert Read More
project. The latter had some additional details about the design and, more importantly, some blurring pics and video of a fly-through of the museum.
The biggest news is the striking, as yet unseen western facade, with its huge, Hudson-facing windows. Perhaps Piano meant them as an homage to Marcel Breur’s unusual openings at Read More
What lies in store for the Whitney’s eight historic brownstones, which were recently sold to New Jersey entrepeneur Daniel Straus? Perhaps a look back at the museum’s past, since its founding in 1931 to the succession of successful and failed expansion plans that followed, can help answer that question.
SLIDESHOW: The Read More