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  • A rendering of 2 Sutton Place North

    A rendering of 2 Sutton Place North

    The name Sutton Place no longer charms the ear as it did in the immediate aftermath of WWII. To people of a certain age, it still holds the magic of an incantation, but these days the rest of the beau monde is looking to the Meatpacking District and Brooklyn.

    Within this context, two new towers — one complete, the other recently topped out — might seem like a perfect fit. Though they lack the prewar charm of 2 Sutton Place South, a prewar co-op building designed by Emery Roth, their modernist vocabulary, as designed by the firm of Davis Brody Bond, recalls a time when the architectural language of mainstream modernism seemed positively pregnant with global consequence. [more]

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    A view of the portico at the Frick Collection
    The Frick Collection may well be the stodgiest and most stalwart institution in Manhattan — and I mean that as a compliment. But change does come to this doughty museum, as is evident in the opening, two weeks ago, of its new portico gallery, dedicated to sculpture and the decorative arts.

    Strictly speaking, this is not a new structure, but rather the reapplication — one might almost say the resurrection — of a pre-existing structure. For nearly a century now, New Yorkers walking along Fifth Avenue and 71st Street have seen a long, colonnaded portico stretching from the recessed main building right up to the avenue. But no one ever entered it, and the museum never made any use of it. This is the narrow space that has now been developed into a lovely, glazed gallery that feels fully in keeping with the luxurious style of the rest of the building. … [more]

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  • Progress underway at Sept. 11 museum

    August 11, 2010 04:00PM

    Significant progress has been made at the 120,000-square-foot National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum at Ground Zero, according to the Wall Street Journal. Yesterday, members of the media took a tour of the site of the museum, which is slated to open Sept. 11, 2012. The museum will be located beneath an eight-acre memorial plaza, which will open a year earlier, on Sept. 11, 2011. The entire project will cost about $610 million. In contrast with museums where viewing the building exterior is part of the experience, the memorial museum will be underground and unseen from the surface, said Steven Davis, the museum’s architect and partner of Davis Brody Bond. Artifacts and photographs will be used to personalize the nearly 3,000 people who died Sept. 11, 2001. Exhibits will include wedding rings, the base of the antenna that topped the north tower and elevator motors from the towers, according to Alice Greenwald, the museum’s director. Museum officials haven’t decided yet if they will charge for admission, but it will be free for the family members of victims. [WSJ]

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  • Several anonymous authors have seen fit to comment on my pieces in this
    space and they have taken me to task, in terms that are hardly benign, for
    not being nicer to new developments. Especially in these dark days for
    the New York real estate market, it behooves us all, they suggest, to
    emphasize the positive.
    To that end, I have decided to write about the Veneto,
    also known as 250 East 53rd Street. True, I will not be any kinder than
    usual to the condominium building in question — for it is, as architecture goes, a very poor piece of work. But I choose to write about a relatively new condo, in order to draw attention to its far worthier neighbor, 310 East 53rd Street, directly across the street. … [more]

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