In the Maysel brother’s ground-breaking 1975 documentary “Grey Gardens”, Edith Bouvier Beales an American socialite, fashion model, cabaret performer and first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, complains of abandoning her bustling exciting NYC life to care for her ailing mother, that she would be happier in any New York rathole, “even on 10th Avenue.” Well, if only sweet Edie were alive to see what’s popping up on 10th Avenue now. High Line and Hudson Yards high-rise, retail and public space construction is moving ahead at a rapid pace and it seems that more spectacular developments are being announced every week. Here’s a development from the architects of the new World Trade Center tower that caught my eye with its accessible vertical outdoor spaces placed in a very unique way. As a long time resident of 10th Avenue for over 22 years, I’ve seen major changes in the neighborhood, mostly for the better and some not so good. This is getting interesting. Urban life is being re-imagined in NYC in innovative and exciting ways. I just hope that we don’t lose the heart and soul of our great neighborhoods rats and all. [Full Article] [Contact Me] [History of Hudson Yards]
“Grey Gardens” Parody with Bill Hader and Fred Armisen – Hysterical!!
The Hudson Yards Culture Shed, a yet-to-be-built arts and performance space at 10 Hudson Yards, just might wind up being the Batmobile of buildings. Dormant, it’s a glassy fortress. Animated, it will be able to extend its wings so-to-speak by sliding out a retractable exterior as a canopy.
The design is a window into the future of New York City construction — and the role technology will play. This isn’t to say that a fleet of moving buildings will invade New York anytime soon, but the projects of the future will be smarter, more adaptive and, of course, more awe-inspiring. [FULL ARTICLE – THE REAL DEAL NYC] [MY SOTHEBY’S PROFILE]
I’m obsessed with the stories of New York City and passionate about architecture, so there was no way I could avoid discovering Stanford White who transformed New York City in the Gilded Age. He was one of the most prominent architects of the 19th and 20th Century, larger than life, a genius, and quite eccentric … his story is a New York story. Dick Cavet hosts an episode of the marvelous WNET series “Treasures of New York” featuring the life and work of Stanford White. You won’t want to miss this. [Sotheby’s International Realty]