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

 

HARD HAT TOUR OF ELLIS ISLAND - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

From 1892 to 1954, over 12 million immigrants entered the USA through the portal of Ellis Island in New York Harbor

Sign up at: http://www.saveellisisland.org/education/tour-ellis-island/

Everybody knows of the Great Hall/Registry Room:

However the remaining 20+ unrestored buildings offer a glimpse into the history of the New York City. These structures include general hospitals, isolation and psychiatric facilities for immigrants needing treatment or isolation:

Donate or sign up for a tour at: http://www.saveellisisland.org/visit/

From saveellisisland.org website:

Covered corridors connected the main hospital building to infectious disease wards, kitchens, laundries and recreation facilities for patients and staff. As of today, 29 buildings are currently closed waiting to be restored and re-opened. These buildings – the empty wards, the subdued operating rooms, the quiet staff housing and the eerie morgue of the largest United States Public Health Service Hospital at the time – stand empty, awaiting restoration and new purpose. After nearly 60 years the hospital complex has been opened for special tours. Join a guided 90 minute tour that will take you through different areas of the 750 bed Ellis Island hospital.

Views from an Ellis Island hard hat tour brought to you by Matthew Jenkins.

 

MYSTERY LADY ON LADIES MILE

I noticed this keystone figurehead while strolling the Ladies Mile portion of Sixth Avenue.  She resides at 675, the historic Adams & Co. Building, now home to Trader Joe’s.  Like most of the showiest ornamentation along this stretch of buildings, she is perched near the top of the second floor, intended to impress the passengers of the elevated train that once ran along this avenue around the turn of the last century.

Over ten years ago I stumbled upon the same visage, albeit a bit smaller, in the trash room of my apartment building in Brooklyn. My husband and I lugged the new treasure up to our living room. She moved with us to New Jersey and now emerges from the garage each spring to nestle among the hostas around our patio.

Although her gaze differs between the two, her headpiece is nearly identical and very distinctive. Could someone please shed some light on the identity of this mystery lady?

Views of a Ladies Mile mystery lady by Laura Lande. 

 

IT'S A BIRD, IT'S A PLANE, IT'S TEH OCULUS!

There’s plenty of construction continuing in Downtown Manhattan near the 9/11 Memorial, but a layer of it has been lifted. Unveiled earlier this month, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub was opened to the public.

Here is an unobstructed view of the Oculus, without the clutter of the lifts and cranes looming over. 

View of the Oculus brought to you by Katie Renner.

 

A TRUE SURVIVOR

Christ Church in Cobble Hill is a symbol of endurance. It’s a landmark that was built in 1842, reborn after a fire, and hit by a lightning strike 4 years ago. The building has slowly decayed but shows strength within its walls.

After seeing its stones laying before it in the ground, I hope that one day those spires will rise up again, giving back its home to its petrous owners, high above, closer to the clouds.

Archival photo via the client; views of the surviving stones via Laura Blanco.

 

REFLECTIONS UPON A CLASSROOM

I was given the opportunity to reflect on my school days recently while giving a mid term exam to my 3rd year undergraduate architecture students.

I recalled that more than 20 years ago, I sat in a similar room with my (now) business partner as my professor while I struggled on an exam that I could now ace handily. I felt nostalgic and a little envious toward the students; at the simplicity of their lives and at the luxury of higher education. What an adventure college is and I think that while we are in the midst of it, we are too wrapped up in our all nighters and impending jury reviews to take a step back and appreciate that there is a time in our lives when our job is to do what we love, without any cares other than Architecture.

View of the next generation of architects brought to you by Christa E. Waring.