Justin Davidson

New York Magazine

Justin Davidson writes on classical music and architecture for New York Magazine.

Justin Davidson appears in the following:

The Whitney's New Home

Monday, April 20, 2015

New York Magazine critics Jerry Saltz and Justin Davidson preview the new home of the Whitney Museum in Manhattan's meatpacking district.

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In John Adams’ Klinghoffer Opera, the Drama Is Offstage

Friday, October 24, 2014

An opera that has been dogged by claims of anti-Semitism opened to protests in New York this week. A critic explains how the opera’s flaws make it vulnerable to the charge.

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When Gentrification Works

Thursday, February 06, 2014

"Gentrification doesn't need to be something one group inflicts on another," argues New York Magazine architecture critic Justin Davidson. He talks about how NYC neighborhoods like Inwood and Bed-Stuy have managed to change as neighborhoods while not fully displacing long-time residents, and whether gentrification deserves its bad reputation.


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The Culture Shed: Arts Community Friend or Foe?

Thursday, August 01, 2013

The mayor's capital budget allotted an unusually large sum of money to a project that doesn't even exist yet.  The Culture Shed at Hudson Yards received a $50 million cultural capital grant, and it hasn't even established a construction budget or hired any employees.

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On the Waterfront

Friday, June 28, 2013

Justin Davidson, New York magazine’s architecture and classical music critic, discusses the New York City waterfront and Mayor Bloomberg’s resiliency plan. He The looks at the history of the city’s relationship to the waterfront, and argues that we should double down on developing it rather than retreat. Davidson's article "Liquid City" is in the July 1 issue of New York.

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The Future of New York's Waterfront

Thursday, November 15, 2012

We take a look at the future of New York’s waterfront post-Sandy and discuss some innovative ways to protect the harbor and city. Guests include: Justin Davidson, classical music and architecture critic at New York magazine; Eric Sanderson, author of Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City and a Senior Conservation Ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society;Catherine Seavitt Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York and co-author of On The Water: Palisade Bay.

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Urban Development in the Bloomberg Years

Monday, October 15, 2012

Justin DavidsonNew York magazine’s architecture critic, looks at the ways development has changed the city’s character during the Bloomberg years. We’ll take calls on how neighborhoods have changed through new zoning, historic districts, and new construction in the last decade. 

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Focus Group: What Do You Want to Hear?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What type of program would get you to come to see an orchestra at Carnegie Hall - or any venue, for that matter? New York Magazine music critic Justin Davidson joins us for this focus group-like approach to programming classical music - and filling concert halls.

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Critics' Picks: Classical Music

Friday, October 21, 2011

New York Magazine arts critic, Justin Davidson, shares what classical music he's looking forward to this fall.

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Global Design Ideas

Monday, October 10, 2011

Wendy Goodman, New York Magazine's design editor and Justin Davidson, architecture critic for New York Magazine, look for ideas for New York City in other world cities.

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Please Explain: Apartments

Friday, April 08, 2011

Apartments are a hallmark of city living, and on today’s Please Explain, we’ll take a look at how they’ve evolved. New York Magazine architecture critic Justin Davidson and architect and writer James Sanders talk about the variety of New York apartments—from co-ops and condos to tenements and railroad flats to lofts and the classic six—and about how rent control and co-op boards function.

We want to hear your apartment stories! Tell us about the kinds of apartments you’ve lived in, and what you think the pros and cons of apartment living are!  

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Justin Davidson of New York Magazine talks about the NY Phil's CONTACT! series.


City Opera's Refurbished Home

Friday, November 06, 2009

City Opera opened its season last night in a refurbished David H. Koch Theater. Justin Davidson of New York magazine tells us how it sounded.


Alice Tully Hall: Test Drive

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

New York magazine classical music and architecture critic Justin Davidson likened Alice Tully Hall original design to "a highbrow speakeasy, as if there were something furtive about all that chamber music going on inside." Davidson joins us to review the design and acoustics of Lincoln Center's overhauled concert venue.

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Glass, Concrete, and Stone

Thursday, December 25, 2008

New York Magazine architecture critic Justin Davidson takes a building-by-building look at New York's architecture boom.

What recent building do you love or hate? Comment below!

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Glass, Concrete, and Stone

Thursday, September 18, 2008

New York Magazine architecture critic Justin Davidson takes a building-by-building look at New York's architecture boom.

What recent building do you love or hate? Comment below!

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Taste-ful Education

Friday, August 22, 2008

Justin Davidson, classical music and architecture critic at New York Magazine, wonders if it's possible to teach his son to have a "taste" for good music.

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Philharmonic Picks New Music Director

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Alan Gilbert will be the next music director of the New York Philharmonic. The 40-year-old son of two Philharmonic musicians, Gilbert is a native New Yorker, a rarity in the position during the orchestra's 165-year history. We talk about the decision with Justin Davidson, classical music and architecture critic for ...