- The NYPL opens its outdoor reading rooms today, complete with retro tables and chairs, loungers, and artificial grass. The design is based on a famous 1970 photo. [Gothamist]
- Twenty of NYC’s top interior designers share their favorite apartments. [Refinery 29]
- Fun, interactive timeline shows all the things built while we waited 96 years for the Second Avenue Subway. [DNAinfo]
- New study says Mets fans are the worst spellers in baseball. [Mashable]
- Hooray! Gmail adds an official “undo send” button. [Mental Floss]
Second Avenue Subway
- The Feds say they’re confident the Second Avenue Subway will open in early 2017, sooner than the most recent February 2018 estimation. [NYDN]
- A photographer documents New York’s diversity through “No Parking” signs. [Animal]
- The city’s Circle Line boat tour celebrates its 70th birthday. Here’s a look back at its impressive history. [Mashable]
- Daredevil Tattoos on the LES is crowdfunding to open the Museum of Tattoo History. [Bowery Boogie]
- How would London’s new “sleeperie” cafe (like a coffee shop for naps) fare in NYC? [Dezeen]
- Mmuseumm, the quirky museum hidden in a Chinatown elevator shaft, is opening a second location this weekend in Tribeca, and it’s in a 20-square-foot storefront window. [NYT]
- Here’s 15 historic, opulent private clubs that still exist in NYC. [Refinery 29]
- The MTA has released the Second Avenue Subway Simulator to give New Yorkers a taste of riding the new line. [NY1]
- This 3D-printed sofa only weighs 5.5 pounds. [Contemporist]
- A Brooklyn couple made their 690-square-foot Williamsburg loft feel enormous. [Apartment Therapy]
- The first ice cream ad ever ran in May 1774 in the New-York Gazette. [Mental Floss]
Images: Mmuseumm in Chinatown (L); Second Avenue Subway construction (R)
If you have even the slightest interest in architecture, urban planning, and NYC history, you know Robert Moses. Unforgettably profiled as the “Power Broker” by Robert Caro, Moses was the “master builder” of mid-20th century New York and its environs. He was a larger-than-life character who had very set ways of approaching urban design. He advocated for highways over public transportation (he built 13 expressways through NYC), dense housing towers over low-scale neighborhoods, and communities segregated by race and class over organic, mixed-demographic areas. Of course, there are plenty of much-loved aspects of the city that also came from Moses–Jones Beach, the United Nations, and ten public swimming pools like the one in McCarren Park.
Regardless of your feelings on Robert Moses, though, we can all agree that the city would not be the same without him. But a lot has changed since he lost his post as director of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority in the mid 1960s and even more so since he passed away in 1981. So we can’t help but wonder what he would think of our fair city in 2015. To have a little fun, we planned a present-day tour for the ghost of Robert Moses.
When we last wrote about the Second Avenue Subway back in February, word was that Phase I was about 79 percent complete and still on track for its December 2016 opening. Earlier this week community members and MTA officials gathered once again to go over progress, with MTA Capital Construction President Dr. Michael Horodniceanu toting a slew of new photos and renderings of the line. While the new images certainly give us a better look at some of the exciting architecture taking shape deep below our streets—in fact, the southern section is now 82 percent complete, Horodniceanu relayed—several photos also reveal some fun updates to the NYC subway’s famous lettering.
Image: MTA Capital Construction / Rehema Trimiew
It seems to be taking forever for the Second Avenue Subway (SAS) to be finished, but alas, never say never. Yesterday evening, community members and MTA Capital Construction officials gathered at Temple Israel for the SAS eighth quarterly workshop to discuss the line’s construction updates, future plans and to take any comments or concerns from citizens. In his opening statement, MTA Capital Construction President Dr. Michael Horodniceanu reported that Phase I is now 78.7 percent complete (as of February 1, 2015). The number seemed to please many, but in light of the MTA’s budget crisis, the top question on everyone’s mind was still: “Is this thing on schedule to be completed in December 2016?” Dr. Horodniceanu reassured everyone, “We’ve been having these workshops for four years, and the date has stayed the same.”