Saturday, June 28, 2014
After 20 years, the Antiques Garage is closing. Sunday, June 29th will be the last day before the space begins its transformation into a 270,000 square foot hotel tower.
Many of the vendors, like Janet West, below, who's managed to offer cool stuff there for 17 years, will migrate to the outdoor lot at 25th St. between Sixth Ave. and Broadway. I guess it might start to feel like the old Chelsea parking lot fleas. Which will be nice, but also means that it's just a matter of time ...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Last weekend the wait was about 40 minutes on a line that stretched for blocks, so plan accordingly. Also check the Creative Time website for exact hours. I see they've just extended Saturday and Sunday viewing to 7 pm.
The space reverberates with the haunted past of the sugar industry and the damage—human, environmental, political, and otherwise—it has inflicted in satisfying our collective sweet tooth. The Domino factory, which during the 19th century refined more than half of the sugar in the U.S. will soon be erased by development, but the history will not.
You can read more here, here, and here, but this mother speaks for herself. And she’s gotten the walls to talk too.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Kandinsky paintings, 1910
As a family of naturalists, the Criddles were responsible for considerable collection and documentation of natural specimens, and with invaluable long term record-keeping of flora, fauna, bird migrations and weather.
So much for art school.
Norman Criddle in his lab.
Source: Sabu-Sabu Natural Lifestyle
Norman Criddle with two of his pet crows.
Photo by Dr. R. D. Bird
Source: Sipiweske Museum
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
(click to enlarge)Williamsburg taqueria La Superior, is a casual low-key kind of place that serves phenomenal tacos and margaritas. For the World Cup tournament they’ve installed a couple of TVs and a custom scoreboard. The festive elimination diagram, designed by a friend of the restaurant, consists of Vasarely-like clusters silkscreened onto plexiglass.
Notice for a filming of Girls this week.
Monday, June 9, 2014
A 2002 plan to convert Newburgh, NY's Kreisel's Furniture building to the Sunset nightclub never materialized.
The largest employers are usually healthcare and social services. And you don’t have to look very far to find a dialysis center and a furniture rental.
Smaller cities such as Lewiston, Maine (36,000), and Gloversville, NY have managed to attract enough post-college 20 and 30-somethings, to support a food coop and arts events. Larger cities like Utica, New York, whose population has shrunk down to 62,000 from a high of 102,000 in 1930, feel beyond hope. Almost everything about them, from the “Job Fair” banners to the obesity rate of the population is heartbreakingly sad.
What these cities lack in economic health, they make up for in typographic abundance. Having missed out on the transformative development more tech-oriented metro centers experienced, these cities now stand as urban palimpsests. The remains of multi-era commercial signage record their every stage of deindustrialization and decline.
The wrecking ball will swing one day, no doubt, so make that detour to a D-CONE near you. Take photos, have a meal at a local eatery, and try to buy something. You might even be inspired to invest in some cheap real estate.
The cities plotted above, and pictured below, are here simply because I happened to pass through them during the last few years. The chart's six cities with no state designation are in New York. I’ve included Bethesda and Detroit as reference points for the extremes on the spectrum of employment and income.
Gloversville, New York
Utica, New York
Yonkers, New York
Newburgh, New York
Albany, New York
I'm so curious about this calligraphic signage. I might have to go back to Albany and investigate.
Poughkeepsie, New York
Newark, New Jersey
"Letters From Newark" ran in 2013
All photos by L. Eckstein, with occasional street view images from Google.