Even as the city pares its budget and prunes its payroll, we can’t just hunker down and hope for the best. We need to intensify our ambitions for the developments and public projects that will define the next iteration of New York. We still need Gateway or its equivalent (the new passenger-rail tunnel beneath the Hudson), a transformed Penn Station, a new Port Authority, and a less noxious version of the BQE. (Yes, tax revenue has tanked and federal funding may have to wait for a changing of the guard in Washington, but there’s plenty of planning to do in the meantime.) Sunnyside Yard still holds promise as an anti-Hudson Yards. The areas of Long Island City that Amazon walked away from in 2018 can still benefit from large-scale development. “I’m bullish on Queens,” says Mary Ann Gilmartin, one of the developers involved in a mixed-use project next to the ex–-Amazon site. “The problem is to get people to stop reacting and think ahead. Even … [Read more...] about For Blue-Sky Urban Ideas, It May Be Now or Never
Grabowski’s analysis revealed one variable in operation and design that afforded some protection from coronavirus: Intimate facilities fared far better than large ones. Fortunately, the country has a growing network of miniature nursing homes, certified by the Maryland organization the Green House Project. Typically, this is a cross between a graduate student house-share and a suburban development. Ten or 12 residents, each with a private room, share a sprawling ranch house. They take their meals together, at a long communal table, sharing their lives with a handful of staffers. “The kitchen is open, so you can see the food being prepared and smell it as it’s cooking,” says Green House’s senior director Susan Ryan. Daylight flows into the common areas and a few steps lead outdoors to a garden or patio. … [Read more...] about The American Nursing Home Is a Design Failure
At the moment, official policy on reopening schools is one of abject confusion. Mayor Bill de Blasio has said kids will return to classrooms in September because the city has conducted a survey and that’s what parents want. The teachers’ union says not so fast, and Governor Andrew Cuomo says, as usual, that the decision falls to him, not the mayor. The reopening of schools has three components: when, how, and where. The when should take precedence, and the answer should be, if at all possible, at the start of the academic year. The how involves a long list of cautions and procedures, many of which require a creative answer to where. A new report by Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health dispenses an array of recommendations — including widely spaced desks, touchless faucets, and upgraded filters in air-conditioning systems — that, for all their well-researched wisdom, are hard to put into practice in already overburdened and frequently shabby public … [Read more...] about This Fall, Classrooms Will Be Too Crowded. Theaters and Malls Will Be Empty. We See a Solution.
This condo is a serene oasis located within the Francisco Palms community. Hardwood flooring graces the light-filled unit located on the top floor. The residence frames views of a garden, the cityscape and Sutro Tower. All three bedrooms enjoy large closets and ample storage is found throughout. The structure received a seismic upgrade in 2015 and is not located in a liquefaction zone. The listing includes parking for one car and a private storage unit. … [Read more...] about Price Point: $1.549 million in the Marina District
Yamazaki entered the industry making animated TV series, and already directed three 3D animated features (“Friends Mononoke Island Naki,” “Stand By Me: Doraemon” and “Dragon Quest Your Story”), of which “Doraemon” broke B.O. records in Japan and China. Moreover, Yamazaki’s reputation was founded on his ability to concoct a rosy facade of bygone eras with cutting-edge CGI in live action blockbusters “Always: Sunset on Third Street” and “The Eternal Zero.” Setting this film in the early ’60s not only plays to his strengths, but also preserves the ambience of the original in architectural, vehicular and panoramic designs, emulating the intense and vibrant color schemes of post-war French-Belgian bandes dessinées. … [Read more...] about ‘Lupin III: The First’: Film Review