The oldest river crossing in New York City is now the newest. The 1848 High Bridge that spans the Harlem River and links upper Manhattan to The Bronx has recently emerged from a multi-year, $61.8 million renovation. It re-opened to the public on June 9th. Whether the initial enthusiasm of using this restored public space can reenergize a neighborhood will take years to find out, however, for the moment this project is bringing tourists and residents to an area that was previously known only to locals and intrepid urban explorers. Will it spur new economic activity to an ungentrified area? Is that indeed what is wanted or needed? Questions to be answered later. [Read more…] about The High Line? No, The High Bridge!
Arts & Culture
Sometimes overnight sensations take a long time. As with chanteuses, so it is with city neighborhoods. Belleville, Paris, is the perfect example. Located in the 20th arrondissement, Belleville was once a sleepy working-class backwater dotted with Chinese, North African and Jewish enclaves. Artists have been gradually moving into the cheap housing and former factories on its steep-sloped streets that provide extraordinary Parisian panoramas. Sharing the fate of other artist frontiers, this neighborhood has now been “discovered” and integrated into mainstream Paris. [Read more…] about The Portes Ouvertes of Belleville
In 1811, planners of a booming Manhattan were tasked with preparing New York City for the future by designing how it would grow. [Read more…] about Exhibit Looks at Grid at the Center of Manhattan’s Master Plan
The July 27th post by Jerri Holan was an impassioned plea for preservation advocates to become even more resolved in the face of adversity, an appeal which clearly struck a chord with the author panel. Tucked in her piece was mention of Rem Koolhaas’s allegation of “historical amnesia” for what historic preservationists have wrought. [Read more…] about The Cronocaos Exhibit at the New Museum: Rem Koolhaas Says Make No Little Plans.