Features : Archive for Design And Architecture
Sunday, June 03, 2012
The Space Shuttle Enterprise will travel up the Hudson River from Jersey City on Wednesday. It will pass the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center before being hoisted by crane onto the flight deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. The Enterprise's original move-in date was Tuesday but organizers announced Monday that bad weather had delayed preparation work.
Friday, February 10, 2012
In 1961, when John F. Kennedy became president, his wife Jacqueline redecorated the White House and made it a museum. Her dramatic makeover moved us to ask William G. Allman, the chief curator of the White House, to give us his favorite pieces of furniture, decorative objects and works of art that became part of the White House in the past 50 years.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
The National September 11 Memorial admitted its one millionth visitor this week. The memorial plaza and its two fountains opened to the public on Sept. 12.
Monday, September 12, 2011
On Tuesday, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission is expected to vote to approve the Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District, which would give landmark status to 21 downtown Brooklyn buildings.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Out-of-towners in Downtown Brooklyn can now use 78 new directional signs to keep from getting lost in the borough. The signs are complete with colorful maps, points of interest and quotes paying homage to Brooklyn residents. The last one was installed a few weeks ago.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
An air conditioning unit has lately been the hottest -- or coolest -- commodity around town. But to the dismay of many overheated residents looking to buy or replace a broken AC unit, they've all but sold out in area retail stores.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The Mars Bar closed its doors on Tuesday due to New York City health code violations. But even if it cleans up its act, the watering hole will not re-open on the block any time soon due to a developer's plans to demolish the existing structure and rebuild it as an apartment building.
Monday, May 09, 2011
This weekend, Parsons The New School for Design kicked off its inaugural "Parson's Festival," which showcases the work of its burgeoning student designers, filmmakers, architects, and other dedicated creative types who have graced the school's hallowed hallways for two weeks.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Times Square isn’t known for its subtlety, so it’s no surprise that even an illuminated sign gets a red carpet welcome.
Friday, December 10, 2010
If you're waiting on the M train platform any Sunday this month, you might be transported back to the 1930s. That's because the M.T.A. is once again running its vintage steel subway cars along the M line from Manhattan's Second Avenue stop to Queens Plaza.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Soon, museum visitors may be walking through construction to check out the Met's 130,000 plus works. The museum is spending $10 million to beautify the plaza below the stairs and fix its dormant fountains.
Friday, October 29, 2010
The Morgan Library Museum in Manhattan reopens to the public on Saturday after a $4.5 million restoration of its ornate interior.
Friday, October 29, 2010
But Rubie's Costume Company isn't what you expect. Check out WNYC's audio slideshow here.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
You could say it’s in the air: Uptown, the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is hosting its fifth annual National Design Week and honoring National Design Award recipients. Downtown, Tribeca is hosting its first annual Architecture and Design Film Festival, through Sunday.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Eight artists are vying for the opportunity to transform New York City's eyesores into artwork.
Friday, July 09, 2010
Pedestrians in Times Square stopped to watch this morning as workers sprayed bright blue paint across the streets. It's the beginning of a public art project in the five pedestrian plazas on Broadway between 42nd and 47th streets.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
It's about time we give our cities a makeover.
With 60% of the world's population projected to live in urban areas by the year 2030, city officials and urban planners the world over are talking about how to redesign for a more crowded future.
Changing the way we get around is the key, according to the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), an organization that promotes sustainable transportation solutions for the world's burgeoning cities. The ITDP is sponsoring a project called Our Cities Ourselves, which pairs ten world cities with ten leading architects. Each has come up with a redesign of a public space, hand-tailored to the challenges presented by each city. These designs will be presented at an exhibition, opening on June 24, at New York City's Center for Architecture.
Last week, WNYC reported on Michael Sorkin's plan for New York, drawing impassioned responses from commenters. The proposal calls for tearing down the FDR interchange that connects the highway to the Brooklyn Bridge, freeing the waterfront to be developed into a riverside park, and discouraging vehicle traffic downtown.
The plans presented in Our Cities Ourselves focus on designs that reduce reliance on cars while encouraging bicycle use and public transportation. Many of the designs include provisions for Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT in urban planner parlance, high-speed bus lines with dedicated lanes and train-like stations for getting on and off. BRT has been a hailed as a success in developing cities such as Bogota and Quito, where it is prohibitively expensive to build subway systems.
Below, take a look at the designs.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
In the last five years, New York has added hundreds of miles of bike lanes and closed parts of Broadway to cars, a re-allocation of street space that has caused no small measure of controversy. But those plans? Child's play, compared to what a group of international planners wants the city to do: tear down the lower part of the FDR drive.
Friday, June 04, 2010
If art exhibits, outdoor music or car-free bike-riding aren’t enough of a draw, consider visiting Governors Island for a peek at a massive urban redevelopment project.
Monday, May 03, 2010
The shows never stopped on Broadway. The tourists still love the city. And what will become of that Times Square design contest? Find out more.