The New York skyline is one familiar to us all, but away from the tourist landmarks some of the best architectural discoveries can be found by walking the streets and simply looking up. For those who love 20th century architecture there’s a towering treat around every corner. Here are five of my favourite finds:
National Maritime Union Headquarters, 36 Seventh Avenue (built 1963)
The National Maritime Union Headquarters, named after its founder and president Joseph Curran, was built by New Orleans architect Albert C. Ledner in 1963 – its white scalloped façade, rooftop ‘smokestack’ elevator and glass brick base designed to represent a sea voyage in the heart of the city.
In 1973 the building was bought by Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center, located across the street, and renamed the Edward and Theresa O’Toole Medical Services Building. Greenwich Villagers nearly lost the Modernist marvel in 2008 when the Landmarks Preservation Commission granted St. Vincent’s application to replace the building with a hospital tower, but the hospital closed in 2010 before work could begin.
Fortunately for fans of the Midcentury ‘Marmite’ building, Ledner’s Seventh Avenue ship has since been anchored and restored by the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System for use as an emergency room and medical centre.Read the full story »
Designer Rachel Skinner describes her new Cocktail Hour collection as a “love letter to 1950s fashion – channeling the spirit of the era of killer outfits and strong drinks” and the headpieces certainly have the right mix of classic glamour and modern sophistication.
Never ones to do things by halves, entrepreneuring craft duo Super+Super have released not one but two craft books as their publishing debut. And the girls have agreed to let us publish our two favourite tutorials.
Ditch the horror movies for some real life spooks this Halloween with Preston Manor’s ghost tours and haunted house experiences. Named “the most haunted house in Brighton” by Living TV’s Most Haunted!
Wolf & Gypsy is hosting a Halloween promotion on Instagram throughout October, inviting customers to upload a photo wearing W&G threads with the hashtag #wearwolfandgypsyvintage to receive 20% off a purchase in November.