As a gentleman of three score plus years I came late to the frequent wearing of formal attire. The fact is there is a lot to like about tuxedo events. The inherent order and defined rules are comforting considering the contrast between the chaos outside and the order inside where mysterious canapés are being served on silver trays by cyborgs. This is from a guy whose choice of pants in the morning is dictated by the pair that already has the belt on.
For a long while preservationists kept their gaze mostly west of Lexington Avenue, but with development pressures rocking Second Avenue, they are making up for lost time. Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, a steward of Upper East Side preservation for over thirty years, is moving its mission to Yorkville.
Our slice of Manhattan is icon central, from the Chrysler Building to Grand Central’s clock to Iris Apfel. And so it was no surprise — but gratifying nonetheless — to learn that the James Beard Foundation has just given an East Side restaurant, the Grand Central Oyster Bar, its Design Icon Award for 2017.
(Photo above is of the Oyster Bar and its famous tiled ceiling.)
Visiting the Metropolitan Museum on a sunny weekday afternoon is not a recommended activity for agoraphobes. And on a sunny weekend afternoon? Don’t even try if crowds make you apprehensive/annoyed/unhappy.
With its graceful Art Deco spire and mighty eagle hood ornaments, the Chrysler Building has long outshone the taller Empire State Building in aesthetic allure. Designed by William Van Alen and nearing completion in 1930, the Chrysler stood neck-and-neck with its rival, the Manhattan Company Building, for tallest in the world.
(Photo is of photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White atop the Chrysler Building. c. 1930)
Thank you, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, for alerting us to City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s new audit of the city’s POPs — and also for explaining what Privately Owned Public Spaces are.
The photo above of 200 E. 64th Street well illustrates the games building owners play. That area behind the planters is supposed to be open to the public. The developer received over 25,000 square feet of additional floor space in return.
It took a special kind of mind to design the Central Park Entire app. That mind belongs to artist Ken Chaya, an obsessive who, working with tree expert Edward Sibley Barnard, has identified nearly 20,000(!) trees in Central Park.
The fruit of their labor can be found in an amazing smartphone app called Central Park Entire.