Staten Island is one of New York’s five boroughs, but it seems like another world. Nobody goes there except for tourists who want to ride the free ferry and residents commuting home. The cool kids across the river have long laughed at the perennially unhip borough, treating it—if they ever think about it at all—like some loud, embarrassing cousin who you pray doesn’t show up at your birthday party and hit on your Warby Parker-wearing friends. The stereotypes can be ruthless: Mob Wives, tanning, SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!, hair gel. Three members of the Jersey Shore cast were actually Staten Islanders. But here’s the thing: how many smug New Yorkers who mock that land on the other side of the ferry have actually spent any time there? What if Staten Island secretly has the potential to be…kind of cool?
There are easily thousands of bars in New York City. And while there are maps of historic watering holes, and lists of the city’s best new bars, there has yet to exist a savvy map of the new drinking staples in town. Luckily, Pop Chart Lab’s latest print, The Distinguished Drinkeries of New York City, is a handy compendium of New York’s most refined places to go when you want to get a buzz on.
New Yorkers could see a free-floating public pool pilot that filters water from the East River as early as 2016.
Two blockbuster Kickstarter campaigns and more than $300,000 later, +Pool is testing the waters for a real 2016 launch. Its creators have gained the support of key political figures, donors, community groups, environmental watchdogs, and even Jay-Z (via tweet). This week, at a meeting held at Kickstarter’s East River waterfront headquarters, +Pool announced the next phase of its development, as well as a new feature: A partnership with Google.
Despite all the hype surrounding drones (rumors that Amazon will be unleashing a drone delivery service among them), “drones are not what they seem to people who haven’t played around with them,” Slavin says. “They’re just remote controlled quadcopters.”
SHoP Architects, a young New York firm, has grand designs. The firm’s seven partners say they won’t be content to merely leave a mark on America’s most important skyline; they also want to transform the business of creating buildings. “Sometimes we joke,” says one partner, Vishaan Chakrabarti, “that the nearest precedent is McKim, Mead & White.”
It’s a nervy comparison for a New York architect to make, even in jest—a little like a pop group invoking Mozart—but SHoP has begun to back its ambitions with big commissions. Over the past few years, the firm has become the city’s go-to designer for complex, civically important projects. In November, when the owner of a controversial Manhattan waterfront scheme unveiled plans for a 50-story hotel and marina, SHoP was his architect. When Michael Bloomberg, the city’s previous mayor, announced a $1.1 billion mixed-income housing development, SHoP partners were at his side. There’s also an ultra-luxury midtown condo tower, 100 feet taller than the Empire State Building; a dockyard redevelopment around an old Brooklyn sugar factory; and even an outlet mall in blue-collar Staten Island, to be adjoined by the world’s tallest Ferris wheel.
While fashion week wraps up at Lincoln Center, next year’s trends are being created on the streets. Brooklyn-based photographer Ruddy Roye has been capturing the street style innovators walking the asphalt runways of New York’s five boroughs and spilling out of the “tents” during Fashion Week—and sharing it all via our Instagram feed.
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Q: How did you get to be the face of the Venmo campaign?
A: Mostly luck; I was just in the right place at the right time. Iqram, one of our cofounders, spotted me making coffee for myself in the morning after an uninspiring meeting with an ad agency and had one of those moments of clarity. Apparently “Lucas uses Venmo” has a good cadence.
Q: Do you regret your facial hair choice?
A: I didn’t have a choice. We shot the ads during Movember.
Superheroes and window washers aside, most New Yorkers don’t spend much time leaning off rooftops 50 stories above the ground. But the view straight down is fairly spectacular.
It’s a side of the city most people never see in quite this way, which is one of the reasons Navid Baraty’s series of photos ended up on the walls of the Bowling Green subway station as part of the MTA’s Arts for Transit program.
Could a former law firm or accounting office be the perfect place to send out of town guests for a night? The architecture collective Pink Cloud thinks so, and is on a quest to transform vacant skyscrapers into pop-up hotels.