The Eldridge Street Synagogue was built in 1887 in New York’s Lower East Side. By the 1950’s, the sanctuary had fallen into disrepair and was cordoned off, with the congregation then using the basement area. In 1986, a non-profit foundation started to restore it. It is now a museum, with some occasional religious services in … Continue reading Eldridge Street Museum
Johan Figueroa-González performs as a living statue at the arch in Washington Square.
Ai Weiwei has created a public art project throughout New York City, with the fences serving as reminders of the barriers between populations and the associated human injustices. One of the largest installations is Gilded Cage, on the south-east corner of Central Park. It’s 24 feet high, and you can walk inside it. Another huge … Continue reading Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
The Essex Street Market, on New York’s Lower East Side, was created in 1940 under Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia. The goal was for a indoor place for street merchants, to make the city streets less crowded with vendors. It was a merchant cooperative until 1986, then was run by a private developer, and then in … Continue reading Essex Street Market
The first building on this site was constructed in 1699, as New York’s second city hall. The original Congress, after the Revolutionary War, met here from 1785 until 1789. In 1788, the building was remodeled by Pierre L’Enfant, and was the first building in the Federal style. After the Federal government moved to Philadelphia, the building … Continue reading Federal Hall
Bullet Space, at 292 E 3rd St. NY, is in a narrow five-story building originally constructed in 1920 and used as a tenement during that period. It eventually became decrepit and was taken over by the city after the owner failed to pay taxes. It was occupied as an artists’ squat starting in 1985 and … Continue reading Bullet Space
The Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House is at the tip of Manhattan, at One Bowling Green. It was built by the Federal Government in 1907 in the Beaux Arts style. These photos show the Collector’s Office, which was open on Oct. 14th during NYC’s Open House weekend.
The Cunard Building is at 25 Broadway. Designed in the Italian Renaissance style, it opened in 1921. I saw it on October 14th during NYC’s Open House weekend.
The library of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, at 20 W 44th St. NYC, was open during NY’s Open House weekend. The architecture of the library is great, but even more amazing is the collection of antique locks in glass cases on a balcony overlooking the library.
29Rooms is a three-day exhibit by Refinery 29 in an empty warehouse in Brooklyn, featuring 29 installations by artists and brands.