Monday: Criminal Architects

  • Ten criminal Starchitects. For example, “From ground level the sense of Pei’s work is more like accidental totalitarianism.” (Place Performance via Archinect)
  • The landlord group Community Housing Improvement Program lead a session for building owners on how to evict uncooperative tenants, especially those hooked on rent control. (New York)
  • Of course it makes sense. We can order sushi, dance in the Meatpacking District and do our laundry at all hours of the night. Now we can buy real estate too. What would the world do without Michael Shvo–relax? (The New York Times)
  • What happened to last year’s glory developments? People actually bought a place in Times Square? (New York Post)
  • Dr. Michael P. Gulizio, a prosthodontist who is “very social,” bought an 1,100-square-foot condo with a 300-square-foot terrace on Fifth Avenue–his bachelor pad. And through The New York Times, Michael is looking to both “meet a future wife” and entertain a Bunny. “He is currently trying to figure out if he can fit a hot tub for the terrace through his front door.”
  • Columbia University students take out their aggression on neighborhood sidewalks and bars. Downtown students just go to rehab. (Gothamist)
  • Not only will Whole Foods Brooklyn be larger, it won’t require more land. Whole Foods is like a magical clown car, and those people are still standing on food lines outside of Trader Joe’s like we’re in Soviet Russia. (Crain’s)
  • People like having their neighborhood designated a historic district to preserve its authenticity and prevent any big bad business from coming in. But the title also brings with it more regulations. People don’t like that so much. (The New York Times)
  • Last week, we posted about people moving to Yonkers. Yonkers! Now, The New York Times ventures into East New York, where construction is on the rise.
  • First Eliot Spitzer went after big business. Next, it’s the Freedom Tower. Yup, it’s logical. (NY1)
  • Young professionals may choose to live in New Jersey to save money on rent. But a new luxury high rise has opened its doors in Newark, and soon the exurbs will house hipsters. (The New York Times)
  • It might just be perfect timing. The Katonah Museum of Art–decidedly north of Manhattan–is exhibting “I Heart the Burbs,” which includes theories, facts and photographs. Lee Stoetzel builds McMansions from McDonald’s food and packaging. (The New York Times)
  • The city’s “underbelly” is essential for the release of inhibitions, like those of Jude Law. (The Observer UK)
  • Slate critic concludes: “Today, celebrity architects build commercial projects, shoe stores, subway stations. What are the very rich to do? The ugly apartment buildings of Palm Beach suggest one curious solution: embrace bad taste.”

    – Riva Froymovich

  • Monday: Criminal Architects