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 […]
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.
I’m passionate about the entire island of Manhattan, and I love all its neighborhoods – each one has its unique beauty, and if I were to start to describing to you all those things that I admire in each one, this storytelling session may last a while.