- Photo series “Doorway Galleries” documents the spray-painted, stenciled, and stickered doorways of NYC buildings. [BK Mag]
- Active uses, street furniture, and first-floor windows–are these the three traits shared by the city’s most walkable streets? [CityLab]
- A mysterious building on West 31st Street is the last remnant of the original Penn Station. [Scouting NY]
- This device for cell phone addicts locks your phone away during the most valuable times of day. [Yanko Design]
- Have a look at “Trump Force One,” Donald Trump‘s private jet. [Business Insider]
Original Penn Station
At Monday’s MCNY symposium “Redefining Preservation for the 21st Century,” starchitect Robert A.M. Stern lamented about 2 Columbus Circle and its renovation that rendered it completely unrecognizable. What Stern saw as a modernist architectural wonder, notable for its esthetics, cultural importance (it was built to challenge MoMA and the prevailing architectural style at the time), and history (the building originally served as a museum for the art collection of Huntington Hartford), others saw as a hulking grey slab. Despite the efforts of Stern and others to have the building landmarked, it was ultimately altered completely.
This story is not unique; there are plenty of worthy historic buildings in New York City that have been heavily changed, let to fall into disrepair, or altogether demolished. And in many of these cases, the general public realized their significance only after they were destroyed. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the NYC landmarks law, we’ve rounded up some of the most cringe-worthy crimes committed against architecture.