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. […]
Bjarke Ingels. If that name doesn’t mean anything to you, it should. If you do know why he’s such a big deal in the world of architecture, then you probably know what it means to live inside a building he’s designed. New Yorkers are about to get that chance – again. The Danish architect and […]
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
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.