- There are 62 lampposts that are designated city landmarks. Who knew?? [GVSHP]
- Local artists design markers for the South Bronx Culture Trail. [DNAinfo]
- Ever wonder where the nickname Gotham came from? Turns out, it might have started as an insult. [Ephemeral NY]
- NYC is America’s snobbiest city. We politely disagree. [Fortune]
- On the one-year anniversary of the whitewashing of 5Pointz, a new documentary chronicles the artists’ efforts to save the graffiti mecca. [Brownstoner Queens]
- We bring you our second installment of ‘Living in the Sky’, a round up of all the residential skyscrapers, supertalls, and highrises set to change our skyline.
- From the 1930s to ’50s Automats were a New York City dining staple for a hard-working lunch crowd, a modernist icon for a boundless machine-age future. We take a look back at the famed automats of Horn and Hardart.
- Looks like Lauren Bacall’s Dakota apartment will go for a jaw-dropping $26 million.
- We knew Woodstock was home to a lot of creative types, but we didn’t know it was this creative. You’ve got to see artist Katwise’s psychedelic, rainbow-colored home.
- The developers of Long Island City graffiti mecca 5Pointz want to trademark the 5Pointz name and use it for their new residential towers at the site. Needless to say, the artists are NOT happy.
The whitewashing and subsequent demolition of Long Island City graffiti mecca 5Pointz was painful enough for the arts community, but now G&M Realty, the developer responsible for the loss, wants to trademark the 5Pointz name and use it for their new residential towers at the site. And artists are not happy, saying the developer is trying to bank off their name.
G&M is planning two towers for the site, at 41 and 47 stories, that together will hold 1,000 rental units. The developer submitted an application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office in March to trademark “5Pointz,” but it was initially rejected in June for being too similar to another registrant. G&M now has six months to respond to the decision.
We were pretty bummed over the summer when we heard that Long Island City graffiti mecca 5Pointz was being torn down and replaced with condos. But now that the site has officially been razed, a group of architects are taking this crime against architecture and using it to fuel their mission of preserving the city’s unofficial artistic and cultural landmarks.
Arianna Armelli, Ishaan Kumar, David Sepulveda, and Wagdy Moussa created DEFACED as a group that “values artistic freedom and expression, protecting the cultural relics of New York City refusing to witness the complete disregard for the history of New York.” As their first order of business, they’ve created a proposal to buy back the 5Pointz site from developers and build a creative oasis that includes an urban rooftop with rainwater collection system, artist gallery, and recycling center.
Real Estate Wire: Dedicated Graffiti Space on the Condos Replacing 5Pointz; New Brooklyn Bridge Park Towers Get the Go Ahead, Thu, August 7, 2014
- 14 new proposals were unveiled for Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park yesterday, and despite local outrage over the development’s inclusion of affordable housing, the project will move ahead. [Curbed]
- 5Pointz site owners Jerry Wolkoff and his son David have released images of the space they’ve reserved for graffiti art. But will artists abide to the limitations? [NYDN]
- Architect Gene Kaufman has designed a black “boutique stylist hotel” temporarily called ‘Prime Hotel’ for 17 West 24th Street. [CO]
- A Goldman Sach’s investment banking chief sells off his Park Avenue pad for $17.45M [NYO]
- Greenland, of Greenland Forest City Ratner, plans to invest as much as $8 billion in new projects overseas this year, and it’s eyeing large projects in U.S. cities. [TRD]
- Bethany Frankel is apartment hunting in Chelsea. [TRD]
The 5Pointz replacement walls (left); BIG’s proposal for Brooklyn Bridge Park (right)
If you loved 5Pointz, grab a box of tissues because you aren’t going to be happy with what’s planned for the soon to be demolished building. NY YIMBY has gotten his hands on new renderings of what will replace the former art mecca, and unsurprisingly, the towers are as ho hum residential as they come. The new design is the work of New York-based HTO Architect, and once complete, will hold 1,000 apartments within two towers of 41 and 47 stories each.