New York Movie Moments

Long before I lived in New York, I longed to live in New York, and I blame my geographical preoccupation on my pop-cultural ones. In particular, I attribute my long-tended New York love affair to the movies. 

See, everything seems more iconic when it’s in a movie, and no city is more iconic than New York. Combining the two, then, is like an ouroboros of iconography from which there is no escape, and no moment in film better cements this feeling than the beginning of Woody Allen’s Manhattan

Sure, the combination of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Gordon Willis’s black-and-white cinematography is so transformative it makes neon parking signs romantic, but one of the things I’ve only come to appreciate in my years since I’ve worked at CTA is how much architecture plays a role in New York City’s iconographic stature. And not just in Manhattan, but in every New York movie.

The Empire State Building isn’t just an art deco prop to be climbed by King Kong or blown up by aliens in Independence Day. It’s the culminating efforts of architectural design. When you think about it like that, you realize that every one of the buildings that stretches up from the streets and dots the skyline is the product of architectural vision, and while the movies might make the images, architects are the unspoken artists that have made these indelible images that bring so many of us to New York City possible.

"New York Movie Moments" -by Ben Horner


Serving the Community

Citymeals is a not-for-profit organization serving elderly and homebound New Yorkers by providing residents with cooked meals and shelf stable emergency food packages. The Warehouse Renovation project allowed Citymeals to greatly expand their storage space, and assisted in enabling this organization to serve the ever-growing needs of our community. 







Food is our common ground, a universal experience.
— James Beard

-brought to you by Amanda Mullen


Holiday in Japan

Even architects go on vacation sometimes, but we can’t escape construction. A recent visit to the Buddhist Temple Kiyomizu-Dera in Kyoto, Japan, found the main hall under timber scaffolding. Remarkably, the building was still open to visitors.

Restoration work was finished in some places, even if it doesn’t look like it. The unrestored portions are left to show what the previous condition looked like. The technique is an opportunity to appreciate both the restoration work and the kind of age that a building only shows through dirt and faded paint. 


- brought to you by Adam Poole


Mental Chill

grey sky.

water tank silhouettes on distant roof tops. 

a cold bite in the air.

cold ears.

a runny nose.

and fresh snow sitting there,

     waiting for the children to play. 

"Mental Chill" by Tim Jagisch

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Haven Plaza!


The weather held out today (!!) as Politicians and Press joined us on site for the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the new Haven Plaza Resiliency Building.  Thank you to The Haven Plaza Square LLC Board of Directors, Institute for Human Development, Association of NY Catholic Homes, and Wavecrest Management for helping to kick-off this exciting project. This new Storm-resilient Infrastructure Building developed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy begins a new chapter at Haven Plaza for future storm resiliency!

A big Thank You to all the wonderful speakers and distinguished guests that joined us for this special day. President of the Haven Plaza Square Board of Directors Msgr. Kevin Nelan, U.S. Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, New York City Assembly District Leader Carlina Rivera., Deputy Borough President Matthew Washington, Director of Resiliency Planning HPD Deborah Morris, CTA Architects Dan Allen, and Executive Director of Catholic Charities of NY Msgr. Kevin Sullivan inspired us with stories of community action and the influence that everyday people have on the neighborhoods we live in.

We are thrilled that so many made it out and look forward to getting started!

"Groundbreaking Ceremony for Haven Plaza" brought to you by Tamera Talbert


UES Art World

There are many art galleries on UES, and their interiors are hard to imagine behind the traditional limestone townhouse facades.

"UES Art World" brought to you by Takushi Yoshida