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Greetings from the Big Apple: NYC Architecture


We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.
- Winston Churchill


Dearest Readers,

It is such a delight when you realize that a love of architecture and design has spread throughout the family and each generation discusses those things for themselves. I love seeing New York through Tiger's eyes since she has been led to see so much through the filter of our ideas. I hope you enjoy her architecture tour of New York's Lower East Side.

Love,
Sherry



Tiger Darrow: Style Scout
Style Scout -Tiger Darrow


Hi Friends,

One thing I've always admired about my grandfather, Cole Smith, is his attention to detail. I remember coming to New York City for the first time with my grandparents and having it take 30 minutes at least to get down the block. Not because anyone needed to be helped down the street-both my grandparents are in incredible health-but because Cole wanted to inspect every piece of architecture and appreciate all of the details in the designs, particularly in the ironwork surrounding some of the older buildings. For a 14-year-old girl visiting the city for the first time, one can imagine this would be incredibly tedious when you've got things like Times Square, the Empire State Building, and shopping in Soho on your mind.

I'm 21 now. I've lived here for three years, and I finally walked home today with my head up. Despite the cold, drizzly rain pelting my eyeballs like needles, I strolled through East Village, looking up at all of the buildings. Cole has the right idea.

What strikes me about New York City is the preservation of historic architecture. One of NYU's residence halls is nestled behind this:

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A church? Maybe if you're walking west on 12th street as you come upon it. Walk just past it, and you get this:

 

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The front was historic and beautiful, so why not keep it? We can just build around it right? This church facade belongs to what used be the St. Ann's church. The church was first established in 1852 and built on 8th Street. By 1870, the church needed more space and wanted to establish a school, so they bought space on East 12th Street (pictured above). This new sanctuary was built in 1847. It served as a Baptist Church until 1854, when it was re appropriated as the synagogue of the Congregation Emanu-El from 1854 until 1867 when the Congregation moved to Fifth Avenue. At this point, St. Ann's demolished everything but the facade of the sanctuary, and was renovated in 1870 so that it could seat 1600 people and extended to 11th Street so that a school could be built. So how did it become the facade for an NYU dorm? In 2003, the church closed its doors permanently. Preservationists and parishioners petitioned for landmark status, but the Preservation Commission denied the petition. The building was purchased in 2005 by a developer for NYU, and the church was demolished except for its facade. A nice effort, though the AIA Guide to New York City describes it as "a majestic elk, shot and stuffed."

Silly NYU!

I love this hilarious if biased opinion by the architectural cognoscenti and I agree with Tiger's take. - Sherry

That's what's so interesting about the East Village. Sure, you get a ton of historic architecture in midtown, but everyone knows about all of that. Those are the tourist attractions. That's where all the historic pictures of New York were taken. We've seen that. Many people still think of the East Village and Alphabet City in its former drug-trade glory. But today, I realized how gorgeous this neighborhood is. Nestled between and above renovated apartment buildings and froyo shops are gorgeous examples of Neoclassical architecture and historic facades that go relatively unnoticed because people are too busy hustling and bustling with their heads down in the daytime, or are too drunk to focus on anything other than "left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot" at night. Many of these buildings have serious historical significance, but no one really seems to give any of them a second thought. Or second look, even.

Here's another example:

 

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This library was built when my area was still called "Dutchtown" in 1883. In the 1850s, 800,000 Germans passed through New York, and by 1855, New York had the third largest German population of any city in the world. At that time, Tompkins Square Park was called Weisse Garten, and there were beer gardens, sport clubs, libraries, choirs, shooting clubs (well I'D NEVAH), German theatres, schools, churches, and synagogues. However, near the end of the 19th century, German-Americans began resettling in Brooklyn, specifically Williamsburg (those trendsetters) and on the East Side of Manhattan. The Freie Bibliothek ind Lesehalle ("Free Library and Reading Hall" for those of you who aren't fluent in German like I am just kidding I'm not fluent but I can count to ten) remains here on 2nd ave wedged between a Verizon Wireless store and a meat market. It is now the Ottendorfer Branch of the New York Public Library.

Or how about this building:

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This gorgeous building is just down the street from the St. Ann's facade. This building seems to be a historical mystery except that it was built in the 1890s and there's a FourSquare page online that seems to think it's a speakeasy, though all other signs lead to "apartment building" or rather: "apartment building I will most likely NEVER be able to afford to live in, so stop dreaming, Tiger."


Continue working hard, Tiger - you'll be able to achieve this and more! - Sherry


 Another favorite quirk about NYC buildings is how lovely churches, synagogues, and places of worship are wedged between buildings. There are about places of worship/block on 7th St alone, and their juxtaposition is fascinating to me. Like this:

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Or this massive German number, who isn't especially wedged, but he is a bit out of place among the bodegas that surround him.

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I'm glad NYC is so eco-friendly in this sort of "recycling architecture" (though, I was genuinely thrilled to come back to New York after winter break to find recycling bins next to every trash can on every block for the first time-go us!!). But I feel like it's such a shame that more people don't appreciate the fact that though the insides of the buildings are renovated, the outside remains untouched. How cool are these dragons above these windows??

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I read recently that tenements had words or names carved above their entrances to "distinguish it from the pack." Sometimes the word would be a street name, sometimes it would be a popular politician, or maybe the family who owned the building. At any rate, say hello to St. Marie and her BFF Bonsall. Way better names than what I would have called them, seeing as I named my first car "Bessie."

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Meet McKinley!!


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And here's there poor old buddy "No Name." I'm sorry your owner didn't get around to naming you, guy. I'm gonna call you.... Herb.


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I'm also a sucker for ridiculous juxtaposition. Like a 7-Eleven as the first floor of what was probably a lovely building in the early 1900s...


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Aaaaaand this isn't really an example of what I've been talking about at all, but aren't the textures of these different buildings and their colors all next to each other so cool?


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And admit it, this part of the St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery is very pretty. (By the way, the church was built in 1660 by the Stuyvesant family.)


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Oh and here's more "modernity meshes with antiquity" for you. An HSBC under this lovely building. Parking for cars or carriages?


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This isn't really an example of what I've been talking about, but I love this building. Where did the other half of his head go?! I'm gonna name him "Randle McMurphy Post- Lobotomy."

I also thought this building above Shima was very nice.


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Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest street of all? 7th Street. 7th Street is fairest.


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It's a shame that we don't see the buildings, but the buildings see us.


I have to remember this as I love this observation and believe it is profoundly true. - Sherry


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I wish I knew what they saw before my generation. And even before THAT.

 



Until next time,

T

 



What I'm Listening To: The Times They Are A-Changin' 


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