Tuesday, March 20, 2007

New York's a-building boom

Looking across to Queens (with Solow lots at 40th and First spanning three blocks)
Last night was about the Arts in New York. Over at Roseland, The Roundabout Theatre Company held its annual Spring Gala “Beyond The Velvet Rope “ marking the 30th anniversary of Studio 54. Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall created an original musical revue featuring some of Broadway hottest stars including Mario Cantone, Michael Cerveris, Kristin Chenowith, Raul Esparza, Brian D’Arcy James, Jane Krakowski, Marc Kudisch, Audra McDonald, Michael McElroy, Kelli O’Hara, Brooke Shields and many more. A gourmet dinner and incredible performances revisiting the music and glamour of those legendary Studio 54 nights. Lois Robbins-Zaro and Steven Schroko chaired.

While down at the Rainbow Room Guild Hall held its 22nd Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards honoring sculptor John Chamberlain, architecture critic Paul Goldberger, businessman Roy Furman and Mercedes Ruehl.  The evening’s Gala Co-Chairs: Maureen Bluedorn, Nina Gillman, Susan and Morris Mark, Ruth Mueller, Pamela and Edward Pantzer, Joan and Michael Steinberg, Judith and Berton Steir, Rebecca Cooper and Michael Waldman. Renee Steinberg was Journal Chair, and emcee was Marshall Brickman.

Over at the Chinese Porcelain Company on Park Avenue and 58th Street, the directors hosted an opening of “Contemporary Trends in Chinese Ink Painting of Liu Dan and Lee Chun-yi.” Chinese art is all the rage right now, if you didn’t know. Receptions for the art have a distinctive quality about them that makes them different for other art receptions. Quieter. More serene. The art has an elegance about it.  
From Contemporary Trends in Chinese Ink Painting of Liu Dan and Lee Chun-yi.
Victor Shafferman and Princess Mimi Romanoff
Patterns match ...
... and abound
Changing times, changing destinations. One thing that is distinctive about New York these days is the incredible array of construction sites all over town. JH, out with his digital one day, remarked about it and we decided to spend a day exploring for these new sites. By the time we were finished on one Saturday afternoon we had seen more than 50 sites in various states of construction – some of them just holes in the ground; big ones like the three block wide project over by the UN on the East River. Many apartment houses (condos), many commercial buildings. Has it ever been as active as it is today? I’m not sure.

In my neighborhood, on the Upper East Side, they’ve taken down a third to a half of entire city blocks, wiping out the old neighborhoods with one fell swoop.
14th between 8th and 9th.
16th between 8th and 9th.
34th and the East River.
17th and 8th Avenue.
19th between 7th and 8th Avenue.
16th and 8th Avenue.
28th between 6th and 7th Avenue.
28th between 6th and 7th Avenue.
79th Street and Lexington Avenue.
28th between 6th and 7th Avenue.
28th and 6th Avenue.
110th and Broadway.
28th and 8th Avenue.
25th between 9th and 10th Avenue.
69th and West End Avenue.
87th and East End Avenue.
79th Street and Second Avenue.
59th and 11th Avenue.
99th and Broadway.
99th and Broadway.
49th and 11th Avenue.
59th and West End (two sites).
53rd and 10th Avenue.
42nd and 11th Avenue.
53rd between 9th and 10th Avenue.
42nd Street and the Hudson River.
31st and Tenth Avenue.
72nd between Broadway and Amsterdam.
24th and Sixth Avenue.
10 Avenue between 27th and 28th.
Sixth Avenue between 25th and 26th.
25th and Madison Avenue.
16th and Tenth Avenue.
Park Avenue South and 18th Street.
23rd Street and Third Avenue.
18th and 7th Avenue (building and lot).
Third Avenue between 27th and 28th.
29th and Madison Avenue.
18th and Sixth Avenue.
20/21st and Sixth Avenue.
25th Street between Madison and Fifth.
First Avenue between 71st and 72nd.
86th Street and Third Avenue.
86th Street and Lexington Avenue.
29th between Madison and Park Avenue.