For the past few months, all eyes have been on the new Whitney. From architecture reviews of Renzo Piano’s modern museum to insider looks at the galleries, New Yorkers can’t stop talking about the design of this game-changing structure. It wasn’t all sunshine and roses for the building, though. In 2012, halfway through construction, Hurricane Sandy flooded the museum with more than five million gallons of water, causing the architects to rethink the site.
The Whitney now boasts a custom flood-mitigation system that was “designed like a submarine,” according to engineer Kevin Schorn, one of Piano’s assistants. As The Atlantic reports, the system has a 15,500-pound water-tight door that was designed by engineers who work on the U.S. Navy’s Destroyers and can protect against a flood level of 16.5 feet (seven feet higher than the waters during Sandy) and withstand an impact from 6,750 pounds of debris. But what’s just as amazing as these figures is the fact that this huge system is invisible to the average person.
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- The exact reason why the subways are so gross and dirty. [Business Insider]
- The Met has finally decided what to do with the old Whitney building. [Vulture]
- New Yorkers want the feeling of the suburbs without having to move out to the Hamptons. [Huffington Post]
- Relax in these 10 happiness-inducing indoor hammocks. [Remodelista]
- The Spotted Pig grew wings and will be opening a location in FiDi. [NY Post]
Photos: Indoor hammock via The Aestate (L); Flood Residue of Court st. Station by Jonathan Lopez via Flickr
The Whitney Bag via Max Mara (L); The new Whitney Museum via 6sqft (R)
The architecture world has been pretty “meh” on Renzo Piano‘s new $422 million Whitney Museum, neither loving nor hating the patchwork of shapes and angles. But if the starchitect is hoping for a more glowing design review, he still has a chance with the fashion world. Piano has designed the Whitney bag, “directly inspired by the pure design and sophisticated materials of the new Whitney Museum of American Art,” for Italian fashion house Max Mara.
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Images: New Whitney via 6sqft (L); Stilettos via PixGood (R)
May 1st will mark a new era for the Whitney when its brand new home along the High Line swings its doors open to the public for the first time. A project that has been decades in the making, the $422 million structure designed by Renzo Piano is a game changer for a museum that had long outgrown its Upper East Side space. Boasting a whopping 220,000 square feet of column-free spaces, this glass and steel behemoth is a dynamic assemblage of shapes and angles, and perfectly outfitted to host the Whitney Museum’s 22,000 works and then some. Though the museum won’t officially open for another few days, this morning 6sqft joined a trove of celebrants at the pre-opening preview of the new High Line-hugging masterpiece. Take an exclusive photo tour with us inside ahead.
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- To help cover increased costs at their new $422 million Renzo Piano-designed home, the Whitney Museum will raise ticket prices from $20 to $22. [NYT]
- Katie Holmes had a secret underground entrance to the Whole Foods at the Chelsea Mercantile building. [Gawker]
- New Keith Haring exhibit at TBD Gallery on Allen Street goes back to the artist’s roots. [Bowery Boogie]
- Is your ‘hood sudsy or dry? Mapping NYC’s neighborhood laundromats. [BU]
- Ten things you didn’t know about Central Park. [HuffPo]
- Frank Sinatra’s recording studio has been recreated at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts. [Untapped]
Images: New Whitney Museum (L); Laundromat via Mother Speed via photopin (license)(R)
Rendering of 860 Washington Street, via James Carpenter Design Associates
We tend to think of the Meatpacking District as more of an after-hours or weekend destination for cocktails and shopping, but a piece in the Times today looks at the “influx of office space and more” moving into the neighborhood.
In addition to the much-anticipated opening on May 1st of Renzo Piano’s new Whitney Museum along the High Line, a James Carpenter-designed 10-story glass commercial tower and Samsung’s six-story flagship building are taking shape across from the Standard Hotel. And let’s not forget about Pier 55, the $130 million futuristic floating park that is expected to break ground in 2016 off West 14th Street. With all of these new cultural attractions that will undoubtedly attract tourists, coupled with big-name companies joining the likes of Google in the area, is the Meatpacking District the new Midtown?
The Gansevoort Pumping Station in 1935 with “High Pressure Fire Service” engraved over the entrance, via MCNY
As we all await the opening of the new building of the Whitney Museum for American Art in May, it might be interesting to see what’s underneath it—or was.
There’s an old saying, “To create, you must first destroy,” and so long as it doesn’t specify how much of one and how good the other, the statement generally slips by without challenge. So it was with the Whitney’s new site along the High Line in the Meatpacking District. There wasn’t a lot that needed to be destroyed. There was, however, this little building, the Gansevoort Pumping Station, a small, classically inspired edifice with arches separated by pilasters. It was designed by Michael and Mitchell Bernstein, brothers who were widely known for turn of the twentieth-century tenements. Designed in 1906 and completed in 1908, it was built as a pumphouse for high-pressure fire service by the City of New York and later served as one of the area’s quintessential meat markets.
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Gansevoort Market in 1905, via MCNY
Why is it called the Meatpacking District when there are only six meat packers there, down from about 250? Inertia, most likely. The area has seen so many different uses over time, and they’re so often mercantile ones that Gansevoort Market would probably be a better name for it.
Located on the shore of the Hudson River, it’s a relatively small district in Manhattan stretching from Gansevoort Street at the foot of the High Line north to and including West 14th Street and from the river three blocks east to Hudson Street. Until its recent life as a go-to high fashion mecca, it was for almost 150 years a working market: dirty, gritty, and blood-stained.
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