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February 24, 2015

100 sites, 5 boroughs, and countless female builders

The Brooklyn Bridge, whose lead engineers received significant support from Emily Warren Roebling. Photgraphed by Libby Farley.

Engineers of the Brooklyn Bridge were guided in many ways by Emily Warren Roebling. Photgraphed by Libby Farley.

This past December, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) announced the winners of its inaugural Built by Women New York City (BxW NYC) competition, which aims to bring greater visibility to the role of women in our city’s built environment. Through this competition, a jury selected 100 outstanding structures and environments that were crafted by teams led by women in architecture, landscape, engineering, and construction. Read more

February 5, 2015

Gliding through winter: Exploring the boroughs by skate

The rink at Manhattan's Riverbank State Park stays open through March.

The rink at Manhattan’s Riverbank State Park stays open through March.

The spate of recent snowfalls reminds us that winter is far from over. Sometimes, treacherous footing at almost every corner can be a strong disincentive to be out and about, but skating can be the antidote to this seasonal inactivity! We can step into a world where the sudden loss of friction due to ice is … exhilarating. Here, we describe some of the boroughs’ skating options – wonderful and adaptable public spaces – where we can stay outside while being socially and physically active. Read more

October 30, 2014

Listen up: See art and architecture in dialogue this fall

“City Pillars,” by Dean Monogenis, is located on the southwest shore of Randall’s Island and is on view until November 15, 2014.

As the weather cools, New York City’s public spaces set the stage for crisp new forms of recreation. In particular, this November will offer some delightful opportunities to experience public art in parks, plazas, even quasi-public courtyards. The journey can be one of discovery, too – not necessarily in plotting a direct course to Lincoln Center, but when ranging further afield. As a public nexus of creative expression, our city provides us with rich and spontaneous access to everything from the ephemeral to the permanent, the highly rational to the delightfully wild. Read more

December 16, 2014

A Staircase with a View

While New York City's staircases range in styles and surroundings, each one provides chances for observation.

While New York City’s staircases range in styles and surroundings, each one provides chances for observation.

So many of the stairways we traverse in our travels throughout the five boroughs aren’t memorable – fire stairs to avoid waiting for an elevator or subway stairs hurriedly taken as the train is arriving. A few are iconic. The notion of visiting Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or Columbia University conjures a sense of gracious public space. Some of NYC’s great stairs are more hidden, or new, making it helpful to be reminded of their charm. Read more

September 25, 2014

Flushing Meadow-Corona Park: An incubator of innovation

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The Unisphere, with the New York State Pavilion in the background. Photographed by Gerry Ende.

Flushing Meadow-Corona Park is world renowned from a variety of World’s Fair images from 50 years ago. The Unisphere, as a key example, remains instantly recognizable but rarely visited by the majority of today’s New Yorkers. As the park becomes more visible, and as interest in Queens’ many diverse neighborhoods grows, that trend seems to be changing. Read more