Environment

Interim

I react a certain degree of skepticism when I see that a piece of built environment in New York is labelled as “interim.” There are many reasons for this, with the best example being that the Guastavino dome over the crossing at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, constructed in 1909 as a temporary …

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What If The Lifecycle Doesn’t End?

That’s the recently-rebranded and renovated Frederick Hotel in Tribeca. Its previous incarnation was known as the Cosmopolitan Hotel, and that name was painted on the West Broadway facade, so I expect I’ll be think of it under that name for quite some time to come. It fits in well with the general Tribeca aesthetic – …

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Not What It Sounds Like

Since the Dutch colonists here, in a misguided attempt to make New Amsterdam more like Amsterdam, dug some small canals in lower Manhattan, a lot of people assume that’s where the name “Canal Street” comes from. There’s a pretty simple way to disprove that: during the Dutch period of our history, the town never extended …

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A Form Of Park

The photo above: spring has sprung on Park Avenue! After the trains were converted from coal to electric and put underground, Park Avenue was developed with high-end apartment houses and hotels from 46th Street (north of the Grand Central train shed) to 96th street (where the trains exit the tunnel and run on a viaduct). …

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