The non-stop rain is reminiscent of August of 2003 when similar meteorological circumstances prevailed in New York City’s East Village.
Today, on 7th Street between A and B, and then on past St. Brigid’s, more rain was imminent from the early evening sky with its swirling gray clouds that might have made Coleridge’s Mariner take notice. The winds were strong, but invigorating with the warmer temperatures. Later, once the rain burst through though, slightly cooler spring weather had returned.
Recently, the new Cooper Union building removed it’s Third Avenue scaffolding to reveal its shiny, curvy (The Times says “sexy”) facade. It is pretty incredible – and much more appealing than the Cooper Square Hotel next door or the NYU-inspired Bowery Hotel down the street.
One can question whether the building designed by Thom Mayne of Morphosis belongs in the East Village in comparison to some of the architecture from the early 1900s, or the Ukranian church right next door. But, I like it. It’s a bit crazy, funky, a definite statement – kinda like the East Village is or was.
As part of their program set to run at their 74A East 4th Street location, La Mama is collaborating with NYU dance students past and present – many of whom are on the edge of launching their dance careers.
Fortunately, Scott Vandervoort and his new elevator shaft design company, Lift newyork, provide an exciting alternative solution for the pulsing mechanical core of many New York City buildings.
EVP viewed Lift’s recently-completed shaft at 30 Bond Street, a classic, “old school” building especially when comparing it to Ian Schrager’s Herzog & de Meuron-designed, 40 Bond building next door. Who knew such a radical elevator core was lying within?
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The shaft’s seven-story painting offers artists (and potentially advertisers, too, says Scott) new site-specific opportunities within the construct of elevator design as tight space, movement and community are re-considered.
On Lift newyork’s team for the 30 Bond shaft were artists David Ellis & Doze Green who painted the long walls in July of 2007 and published the results of their elevator shaft artwork last April in a book titled “Shaft.” Fluid lines mingle with birds and beasts, and iconography that let’s you know, “Hey, this is the 3rd floor… we gotta get off.”
Scott designed the vator’s brushed metal car from North American Elevator with glass windows to reveal the painting on one wall and and the soaring, steel mechanics on another. The result is an elevator which becomes a building’s proud, common jewel as well as a location for the next cocktail party.
Despite the current real estate climate and U.S. economy, Scott still sees opportunity as the cost of revamping an elevator shaft is inexpensive compared to larger renovations that co-ops, corporate structures and even public housing might undertake. And, a re-designed shaft is something that the building’s inhabitants can share and enjoy everyday.
The next project is already underway for Lift newyork as artist Kenji Hirata is creating the mural for the a redesigned elevator shaft at the Chelsea Day School in New York City.