After a two-year restoration, the New York Public Library’s historic Rose Main Reading Room and Bill Blass Public Catalog Room will reopen to the public on Wednesday, October 5th. Source: PHOTOS: After two-year renovation, NYPL’s historic Rose Main Reading Room will reopen on October 5th | 6sqft The $12 million...Read more
In the 15 years since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Lower Manhattan has undergone an immense transformation. What was once a neighborhood predominantly defined by finance workers which basically shuttered at night and at weekends is now — thanks to a lot of government subsidies — booming with residential development,...Read more
As the 15th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, check in on the progress at the World Trade Center site, the centerpiece of a booming Lower Manhattan. Against all odds, there is a World Trade Center again, and while it’s not quite finished—and some parts are still up in the air—it’s getting...Read more
WTC, Brain Rose’s latest effort, is a photographic history of sorts of the World Trade Center complex, particularly the twin towers when they were still present, and the evolution of the site in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. I had no intention of shooting the Twin Towers, but...Read more
Life for commuters on New York’s subway system is set to get a little more comfortable, with the announcement that both its trains and stations are set for a revamp. The new subway cars will boast bigger doors for easier access, more standing space, Wi-Fi and USB charging ports. In...Read more
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli talks up resurgence of neighborhood, but role of government subsidies unclear The number of residents and new apartments in lower Manhattan has skyrocketed since 2000, while the number of jobs remains below pre-9/11 levels, according to a report Tuesday. The report, released by state Comptroller Thomas...Read more
“It is an ugly thing to live in a timeless place” “That is the ultimate tragedy of Admiral’s Row—that those buildings got knocked down for parking. In 2016, we are knocking down 150-year-old buildings for a parking lot,” says Simeon Bankoff, the Executive Director of the Historic Districts Council. “It...Read more
The hotel in the Financial District's stunning, landmarked Temple Court officially opened for business today. The restoration is top quality and is worth seeing if you have any interest at all in fantastic workmanship.
There is a rich fountain of Art Nouveau architecture and decoration throughout Manhattan - but you have to be able to spot it.
You can hang out in the historic lobby for free, and we’d highly recommend it. There are chandeliers, massive vases filled with flowers, a grand piano, and detailing you only really see in old architecture—Conrand Hilton, who lived here when in NYC, called it, “a fine hotel with grand spaces.”...Read more
Manhattan apartment lobbies were once grand. Of course, there were very few coops then, and no condos at all, so most of the lobbies that follow were in rental buildings around 1910. Gothamist has compiled a lovely retrospective of apartment lobbies from photos in the collection of the Museum of...Read more
“Discovering Columbus” is one of the most ambitious art projects the city has seen in some time. I’ll never know how the Japanese artist, Tatzu Nishi got the necessary city permits and approvals. The whole idea of creating a living room to surround the sculpture was brilliant. Here’s the summary...Read more
The high line boosted the rental prices nearby. Apartment rentals in Chelsea skyrocketed close to the high line. Will the LowLine do the same for the Lower East Side?
Queens is the most ethnically diverse 115 square miles on earth. The 7 subway line, the “International Express” travels straight from Manhattan into Little India.
Inside President Barack Obama’s Former NYC Manhattan no fee apartment. By Krisanne Alcantara Long before President Barack Obama lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, he lived in a beat-up two-bedroom walkup no fee rental apartment in NY, on the third floor of an Upper West Side walk-up. Like many struggling, cash-strapped...Read more
On July 14, 2012 Frank Bruni, Op-Ed columnist for the NY Times wrote an article that adds depth to an observation that I have had in many posts on this blog. In various places, I have commented that New York City is looking much greener than in the past. I...Read more
Mayor Wagner made predictions for what NYC would be like 50 years in the future, in 2012. My, how time flies when you're having fun in Fun City! Oh, that was a different mayor.
Back when Manhattan rental apartments were $20 a month, you could be sure that they didn't come with air conditioning. Keeping cool was a constant worry
Your best friends from college think it's cool that you have an apartment in NY and they want to drive by and spend some time with their old best bud. What do you do? You...