For the past 21 years, I’ve stared at this building, patiently waiting for it to open its doors. Waiting for it to become something, and wondering why it was all boarded up while everything around it seemed to grow and grow like an infinite game of jenga that no one dared take the pieces out of.
Sure, you can turn it into an awesome condo that will ultimately be only 20% occupied, milking its history to entice the few people who can afford to pay too much to live in something that’s already rich. But who cares about those kind of riches? We live in a city where it’s apparently difficult to landmark a landmark… the damage is not irreparable, but it seems as if our drive to want more is.
Look around you, everything you want is already there.
Here’s Chris Kellberg’s facebook group dedicated to saving the RKO theatre.
Fog, march 2011.
sometimes even the light-up top vanishes into the fog and the empire state building is reduced to a stump that’s slightly taller than all of the other stumps
Hell Gate Bridge construction, 1915. Courtesy Robert Singleton. Images of America: Long Island City, 2004.
“With all the opulence and splendor of this city, there is very little good breeding to be found. We have been treated with an assiduous respect but I have not seen one real gentleman, one well-bred man, since I came to town. At their entertainments there is no conversation that is agreeable; there is no modesty, no attention to one another. They talk very loud, very fast and altogether. If they ask you a question, before you can utter three words of your answer they will break out upon you again and talk away.”
– In a diary entry dated August 23, 1774, Massachusetts statesman and eventual U.S. president John Adams grumbles about the rudeness of New Yorkers (via curiositycounts)
The Beauteous Bike Lanes of New York City – this new poster from Pop Chart Lab is only the best thing ever.
in addition to that katsu video, here’s a little treat
taken a bunch of weeks ago. uploaded a bunch of minutes ago.
Explore New York where all the abstract expressionist artists used to live. Fascinating:
Willem de Kooning used to live directly next to the W21st street building of SVA. I read about it while on my way to class there. I have no clue as to whether or not this map covers it but I’ll find out after I click reblog…