Think you know New York City neighborhoods inside and out? Prove it this month at a trivia night about preservation and NYC history hosted by the Historic Districts Council. The free event takes place on Wednesday, August 21 at 6 p.m. and invites preservation buffs to enjoy a night of educational fun. Plus there will be prizes!
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“Asian fusion” is undoubtedly one of the most popular categories on Seamless, but for restauranteurs Lawrence and Ayako Elliott, it wasn’t about following the trends. “When we went out to dinner, we ate mostly [East] Asian food… so we wanted to create a menu that we would find interesting,” Lawrence told 6sqft. And this is exactly what they did at their Metropolitan Avenue restaurant Monarch Theater, which opened in February. Not only is the food influenced by traditional East Asian cuisine, but the design of the two-story restaurant–which the Elliots worked on themselves–was inspired by the former theater that occupied the site. Ahead, take a look around and learn more about this new Williamsburg gem.
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If you’re hitting the road this Memorial Day Weekend, best not to leave the city between 4:45 and 6:45pm on Thursday, as AAA predicts that car traffic in NYC will be twice as heavy during this time. If you’re depending on the LIRR or Metro-North, the MTA will be adding extra trains, and there will be free Q70 bus service to/from LaGuardia until Friday evening. As an extra treat, most weekend subway disruptions will extend into Monday, but the good news is that there are no additional changes on the 1, 7, A, C, G, F, M, and W lines.
Following Thursday’s news of the death of 102-year-old Pritzker Prize-winning Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei, the spotlight has been focused on his many contributions throughout the world. His firm, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, has had a hand in dozens of projects throughout New York City, though Pei himself was the principal designer for only a rare few. Below is a roundup of I.M. Pei’s NYC buildings, from a pedestrian plaza “superblock” in residential Brooklyn to the iconic Four Seasons Hotel, to the JFK Aiport Sundrome that was sadly demolished in 2011, and a never-realized futuristic 1956 Hyperboloid design that was to be a replacement for Grand Central Terminal
Did you spend months decorating your apartment? Is your home historic or quirky? If you live in a unique or just plain beautiful space, 6sqft wants to see it! We’ll send a reporter out to your residence for a photo shoot and short interview and then feature your abode in all its glory for our Mysqft series!
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Win tickets to hear Rafael Viñoly, José Andrés, and more speak at the 92Y’s ‘City of Tomorrow’ summit, Thu, February 28, 2019
Rendering of “Big Bend” via Oiio Studio
Some of the leading voices in architecture, real estate, city planning, and design will meet next month for a two-day symposium full of panel discussions and interactive workshops. Presented by the 92nd Street Y and Hundred Stories PR, the City of Tomorrow: Real Estate, Architecture & Design Summit features conversations with renowned architects like Rafael Viñoly and Annabelle Selldorf, restaurateurs José Andrés and Missy Robbins, developer Steven Witkoff, and dozens more. 6sqft has partnered with the organizers to offer two lucky readers a pair of tickets to the March 15 and 16 conference.
- After being closed for nearly two years for renovations, Webster Hall will reopen on May 1st with a show from Patti Smith. [Gothamist]
- Check out the progress of the glassy office tower rising about Downtown Brooklyn’s Macy’s. [Brownstoner]
- A bill introduced in the Senate wants to make baseball New York state’s official sport. [amNY]
- These 10 historic Gowanus buildings could be lost without landmark protections, but a newly formed group wants to save them. [Untapped Cities]
- Shake Shack now has catering trucks. [Grub Street]
- The Universal Hip Hop Museum at Bronx Point is expected to break ground in December. [Welcome2TheBronx]
- 105-year-old smoked fish mainstay Russ & Daughters has opened a huge new factory in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. [Eater]
- Tomorrow, City Bakery expects to sell 1,000 cups of its “Love Potion” hot chocolate at its Union Square location. [Crain’s]
- New York spent $1.5 million to keep the Statue of Liberty open during the government shutdown and $52,000 to hold Cuomo’s inauguration on Ellis Island. [WSJ]
- This summer’s Shakespear in the Park will include Disney’s Hercules. [Metro]
- Mapping all of NYC’s Passive House projects. [CityRealty]
Ideas for redeveloping the Chrysler Building; Why do these Upper West Siders want to save a Starbucks?, Fri, February 1, 2019
Chrysler Building via Pixabay (L); Google Street View of the Starbucks at 76th and Columbus
- In East New York, the city is looking for artists to beautify Broadway Junction. [BK Reader]
- While most neighborhoods are fighting to save their small businesses, a group of Upper West Siders is petitioning against the closure of their Starbucks. [New Yorker]
- Artist James Turrell has asked MoMA PS1 to close his installation “Meeting” since construction at the former 5 Pointz site is obscuring its sky views. [NYT]
- Experts weigh in on what should be done with the Chrysler Building. [Curbed]
- Con Ed wants to raise gas and electric rates in New York City and Westchester County. [WSJ]
- Did you know Staten Island has a Booze History Museum? [NYT]