Manhattan Neighborhoods

Still a gem.

I have a feeling that Alexander Cheek’s stunning map of Manhattan’s many neighborhoods has made the rounds on the net before, but this is the first time that I’ve seen it. I’m really enjoying his subtle use of color and typography. Who doesn’t love Gotham?

Props @alexander.cheek hat tip to @adampolselli

Herzon Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron – 56 Leonard Street, NY

In the design by Herzog & de Meuron for 560 Leonard Street the load-bearing structure is strategically absent in the façade. The round columns are placed where Le Corbusier put them: just off the wall. The effect is not so much that of weightlessness – the building still has a distinct, ‘heavy’ mass that firmly stands on the ground. No, combined with the hip displacement of the upper floors, the effect is that of the stack. A stack of 56 stories, to be precise.

Improved Subway Map

Next month, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will unveil a resized, recolored and simplified edition of the well-known map, its first overhaul in more than a decade.

The new subway map makes Manhattan even bigger, reduces Staten Island and continues to buck the trend of the angular maps once used here and still preferred in many other major cities.

Detailed information on bus connections that was added in 1998 has been considerably shortened. The subway lines now have shadows that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says will make the lines stand out. City Island, missing on some recent maps, has reappeared.

Hat tip @NYTimes

200 Park Avenue

Don’t know how exactly to describe this building, except that I love it, clean, not bottom heavy, perched above the city, complex. It’s the keystone of Park Avenue, as others have said before, but its also the Anchor of the East Side of Manhattan. A shame that the heliport was closed.

Outdoor Advertising

Global similarities in creative is hardily surprising, therefore don’t be surprised that tactics for one country often cross over rather nicely. File under similarities [Paris/New York ].

The image on the left is from a NYC bus shelter ad and the one on the right is from a Parisian bus shelter ad. Its interesting to note how global ad culture really is evolving as one. Despite the differences in products and possibly advertising companies, the tactics are relatively similar. Advertising spans all cultures as the dissemination industry no capitalist nation can do without and is thus more or less a global product.

Via publicadcampaign


In the late fifties, Maharam sensed new opportunity and began supplying textiles for commercial interiors, helping pioneer the concept of contract textiles. Over the following three decades, the company flourished through a commitment to performance, value and service.

The fourth generation of the Maharam family has brought new definition and direction to the company, focusing on design and technology, and marrying past and present with textiles drawn from the archives of the twentieth century’s greatest creative talents, rich natural fiber textures, and next generation synthetics influenced by the latest runway trends.

Maharam has a relationship with A4studio based on a commitment to highly personal approach that breaks the computer generated aesthetic. Well respect designers have collaborated with Maharam over the years including Charles and Ray Eames, Paul Smith, Bruce Mau and Andree Putman. Maharam live in the same building as Ensequnce @ 251 Park Ave South, New York.

Richard Meier models

First covered by NYTimes in 2008 but again reposting given the timeless nature of the subject matter. Jullian, fancy heading down one Friday?

Rather than offloading architectural models or letting them swamp the office shelves, Richard Meier stashes hundreds of them in a Long Island City warehouse. “I don’t throw a lot away,” he told The New York Times in an interview last spring, when he’d just started allowing the public in to poke around. “To have all this and have no one see it is kind of crazy.” On May 2, he’ll reopen the 3,600-sq. ft. space for the season. Visitors can stroll around miniatures of his built work spanning from the ’60s (boxy houses in Connecticut and on Long Island) to the ’90s (a Dutch paper mill, his masterpiece Getty Center). Also on display are furniture and product prototypes plus sculptures collaged from chunks of steel and wax.

45-minute self-guided tours available on Fridays only, call 212-967-6060 to reserve a spot

New York Cheat Sheets

NY Times ran an amusing series of illustrations from Christoph Niemann

All New Yorkers develop tricks that allow them to stay ahead of the pack in daily life. These are generally tightly guarded secrets, but now that I don’t live in New York, I have generously decided to share some of mine. What follows are a few handy charts that will, I hope, help readers to improve their lives.

Sunnys Bar

Sunny's Bar Red Hook

Sunny’s last of the longshoreman’s bars in Red Hook, Brooklyn. They are only open a few nights per week, the only visible sign of life is a sign stating the not-so-obvious status as a ‘bar’. Know for poetry readings, stage occasional plays and music gigs.

Roof gardens in NYC

Rooftop beauties from Manhattan, including Mariah’s penthouse.

Amazing private roof decks, speechless! This one BELOW includes Mariah’s penthouse. I can say with 90% certainty that it is indeed Mariah’s rooftop. The curve of the window matches what we saw in MTV cribs, and she always mentions a hot tub on the roof: is that dark red patch near the front corner of the roof a hot tub cover? And the brickwork looks to match.

All credit to jwilly for photographing a brilliant set of ostentatious roof gardens in New York City.


Tea and Sympathy

Drinking Tea

It was once said that nothing can’t be solved by a cup of afternoon tea

The best way to show your gratitude is with a tea cup, a saucer and some fine tasting tea and cakes. Afternoon tea honors those with delectable taste for the finer things in life. Notably bringing calm to a world that needs more peace.

Remembering a time when tea competed with playing football. Now tea competes with coffee and the occasional run around Prospect Park.