25 New York Design Hot Spots: #1-5 Public Spaces
Deborah Wilk -- Interior Design, 9/1/2012 4:16:00 PM
1. Sunken Garden
Artist: Isamu Noguchi
Location: 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza, Manhattan
|"It's a perfect idea made tangible: simple materials, clarity of vision,
the variety of perspectives-public vs. private, up vs. down, wet vs.
dry. It is one of the most beautiful public art projects anywhere-the
opposite of the city hum that surrounds it, but it in perfect harmony
with the rhythm of activity."|
-Amy Yoes, artist
2. Port Authority Bus Terminal
Location: 625 8th Avenue, Manhattan
"It needs an overhaul, but it could be New York's Centre Georges Pompidou - especially across the street from Renzo Piano's New York Times building."
3. Glass canopy
Designer: Preston Scott Cohen
Location: North End Way, a pedestrian alley in Battery Park City, Manhattan
"It showcases the clever design transformation of an existing urban structure into compelling, useful and, beautiful public space."
4. Abandoned City Hall Subway Station
Designer: Rafael Guastavino Moreno for Heins & LaFarge
Location: Park Row and City Hall Park, Manhattan
|"The station, decommissioned in 1945, takes us back to a time when
everything was thoughtfully designed and painstakingly detailed; even
the most utilitarian spaces. It is a great example of the rich history
that surrounds us in New York and can be seen as a metaphor for the
depth of urban experience-without knowing the stories or having someone
point sites like this out to you, a lot of what makes New York such a
great city often remains hidden or obscured."|
-Cory Brugger, Morphosis Architects
|"Hands down, Radio City Music Hall is a must-see for everyone. It's a
magical experience from the moment you step through the doors. The lobby
is a vast cocoon of the best of New York Art Deco and it's the perfect
pre-show to the auditorium-which is almost unfathomable in scale. It
really is another world." |
-David Rockwell, principal, Rockwell Group
"Built in the 1930's it is as relevant today as it was 80 years ago. Every detail is integrated to support the overall design experience. Whenever I see something there, I am instantly taken to a different place . . . no longer in the hustle of NYC but in some magical place where anything is possible."
-Michael Kostow, principal, Kostow Greenwood Architects
Photography from top: Courtesy of The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York; Roger Rowlett/Wikimedia Commons; confidential; James Maher; MSG Entertainment
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