Born in Argentina, César Pelli came to the United States in 1952 and quickly rose up the ranks of the architecture world. He made a name for himself as a partner at Gruen Associates where he designed the initial building at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood and the United States Embassy in Tokyo. […]
I’d like to start this article with a little piece of historical curio. In 1922, the Iceland ice-skating company built an 80-by-200-foot ice rink at 239 West 52nd Street in Manhattan for $800,000. Ten years later, the company went out of business but the ice rink lived on. In the 1950s, new owner Louis Brecker […]
In 2013, St. John’s University sold the building at 101 Murray Street in Tribeca to a trio of developers: Steven Witkoff, Howard Lorber, and Fisher Brothers. With a price of $223 million, plans to recreate the block as a luxury residential tower put it among the highest amount developers had ever paid for buildable land in downtown Manhattan. Continue reading
If we had to nominate Manhattan’s most athletic neighborhood, Chelsea would win in every category, because it hosts the largest sports complex in the city: Chelsea Piers. The complex includes three grandiose piers and a marina for mooring private boats, and contains a huge skating rink (equally suitable for figure skating and hockey), basketball courts, soccer fields, multi-story golf driving ranges, batting cages, dance studios, a wall for rock climbing and a huge gymnastics hall.