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Archive for November, 2006

The Almanac House – A Residence of Folk Revival Musicians, A Place that Matters

almanac house greenwich village new york cityIt is difficult to imagine that Greenwich Village – a neighborhood where rents approach what some might consider highway robbery – was once home to a group of residents who paid the rent by playing guitar in the basement for an audience paying 35c per head. But that is exactly what the Almanac Singers did when they occupied the place they dubbed “Almanac House” in its various locations in Greenwich Village during the early 1940s. Continue Reading>>

Macy’s Herald Square – Thanksgiving Day Parade for 80 Years, A Place that Matters

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The first parade, staged in 1924 and called “The Macy’s Christmas Parade,” featured live animals from the Central Park Zoo and was organized by Macy’s employees to celebrate their new American heritage. With the exception of World War II when the store ceremoniously deflated and donated its parade balloons to the war effort (generating 650 pounds of scrap rubber), the parade has been marching down the center of Manhattan almost every year since. Continue Reading>>

A Brooklyn Waterfront That Works

graving dock brooklyn sept 2007A Civil War-era graving dock, along with associated high-wage jobs, are threatened on Brooklyn’s waterfront if current plans for an Ikea store proceed. But alternative plans commissioned by the Municipal Art Society show that the new development can coexist with the historic structures and the working waterfront. In 2004, the MAS learned that five significant buildings and a ship-repair graving dock in Red Hook were in jeopardy. The National Register-eligible structures, some dating to 1866, were set for demolition to make way for the store’s parking lot. Continue Reading>>

MAS Supports Amendment to City & Suburban Homes First Ave. Estate

Testimony of the Municipal Art Society Before the New York Landmarks Commission on City and Suburban Homes Company, First Avenue Estate, 429 East 64th Street and 430 East 65th Street MAS strongly supports the amendment of the boundaries of the City and Suburban First Avenue Estate to include the 429 East 64th Street and 430 East 65th Street, which were removed from the original boundaries by the now-defunct Board of Estimates. Continue Reading>>

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Grotto, A Place that Matters

lady of mount carmel grotto new york cityTucked away on Amity Street, a small dead-end street in Rosebank, Staten Island, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Grotto has been receiving pilgrims and others who appreciate its beauty and serenity since 1938. The Grotto consists of a main shrine, smaller structures, and a central fountain, all situated in a small yard that a pilgrim once likened to a “jeweled city.” Continue Reading>>

Macy’s Department Store, A Place That Matters

macys department storeMacy’s opened in 1858 on Sixth Avenue between 13th -14th streets. The authors of Gotham write that Rowland H. Macy, “a close friend of P.T. Barnum, used his talent of publicity to draw clientele, producing thematic exhibits and fashioning elaborate Christmas extravaganzas that featured a store Santa and illuminated window displays, introduced in 1874.” The store opened in its current location in 1902. The Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1924, but a two-year hiatus during World War II makes this year’s the 80th parade. Continue Reading>>

The Battle Against Illegal Ads Continues

illegal advertising new york summit hotelThe advertising sign pictured to the left was illegal and it was removed. After protests from concerned New Yorkers like you and from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Doubletree Hotel (Lexington Avenue at East 51st Street) did the right thing. This fine example of international style modernism by Morris Lapidus is now free from an inappropriate advertising blanket. Continue Reading>>

PS64 / El Bohío, A Place That Matters

el bohio ps 64The former PS 64/El Bohío building at 605 E. 9th St. on the Lower East Side — adjacent to Tompkins Square, the landmarked home of jazz great Charlie Parker, and other important sites, such as the (threatened) St. Brigid’s Church. Continue Reading>>

Circle of Enterprise: Women Working and Winning for the World, A Place that Matters

circle of enterprise new york city retailIn a city increasingly full of chain stores and large scale retail, 4W Circle of Art and Enterprise is a unique and special Place that Matters. Operating in Fort Greene since its founding in 1991, 4W Circle of Art and Enterprise is a women’s collaborative store that features primarily African and African-inspired works by local designers and artists. Continue Reading>>