Tag Archives: New York City

Amazon’s Bricks and Mortar

Blowhard, Esq. writes: After laying waste to meatspace retail book sellers, Amazon has bizarrely decided to get into the game. Their first NYC store opened over the Memorial Day weekend so I headed down there to check it out. My overall … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: “The Glory of Commerce,” completed in 1914, the sculpture that tops the southern façade of Grand Central Terminal. Mercury, representing commerce, is flanked by Hercules, who represents physical labor, and Minerva, who represents intellectual labor. The grouping was … Continue reading

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Handmade Hipsterism v. Glass-and-Steel Globalism

Blowhard, Esq. writes: I was wandering in the East 40s yesterday when I came across a hipster coffee joint. As I looked at the wooden sign in the window advertising their goods, I had to suppress a snicker: an unfinished wooden … Continue reading

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“The First Monday in May” (2016)

Blowhard, Esq. writes: I semi-enjoyed this new documentary about the annual exhibition and fundraising gala for the Metropolitan Museum’s fashion wing. Every spring The Costume Institute mounts a major exhibit that opens on May 1st with a lavish party attended by … Continue reading

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Public Masturbation–EXPOSED!

Fenster writes: As a blogger I am obliged to take the side of the pajama-clad reporters against the evil mainstream media.  Why, I happen to be in my pajamas at the moment, too, as I write this.  For the most … Continue reading

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Crap Space 2

Paleo Retiree writes: A return to my ongoing project of documenting what I think of as architectural “crap space” — bits (as well as sometimes, alas, huge stretches) of our designed-and-built environment that have zero life whatsoever. First off, I’d like to admit that … Continue reading

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Architects and the “Vision” Thing

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Via Wired, architects Vishaan Chakrabarti and Gregg Pasquarelli discuss how they would improve New York City: I agree with a couple of their suggestions: more crosstown connections (particularly a crosstown subway) would be nice and fewer cars would be appreciated … Continue reading

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