Curbed
election 2021

In Conversation With Dianne Morales, the Tenants’ Candidate

“I’m not promising to take New York City back to normal. I’m promising something new.”
  1. My Favorite Design Book: Bruno Munari’s ‘A Flower With Love’ Fleurotica founder Robin Rose Hilleary goes back to this 1973 out-of-print volume again and again.
  2. Climate-Change-Related Lawsuit Nixes Huge California Development Not in my backyard, says Planet Earth, backed by a judge.
  3. MoMA’s ‘Reconstructions’ Show Changed My Relationship to Space and Cities Should Black designers revise a history that erased them? Or should they revolt?
  4. Harriet Tubman’s Lost Family Home Has Finally Been Found Archaeologists say they’ve discovered the site where the abolitionist’s family lived in the early 1800s.
  5. The Stylish Tailor Shops of Christopher Street Angel Ramos, Jake Mueser, and Frederick Castleberry are bespoke tailors and friends.
  6. The Complete Guide to Legal Weed in New York Where to smoke, how to buy, and more.
  7. A Tarantula Stool, a Molded ‘Dragon’ Chair, and Other Things I Liked This Week Plus ceramic relics that comment on plastic waste and Memphis-y wall hooks.
  8. Lincoln Center Wants You to Lie Down on Its Plaza How comfortable will that plastic grass really be?
  9. What the Museum of 2020 May Look Like Curators and archivists on the items they’ve acquired from our pandemic year.
  10. Does the Metaverse Need a Zoning Board? As new crypto investments flood online worlds, conflicts between virtual neighbors are on the rise.
  11. Overshareholders! Co-op Boards May Have to Disclose Why They’re Rejecting People They’re bracing for lawsuits.
  12. What It’s Like to Work in Chinatown Right Now “I get looked at a little differently. I feel the stares on me.”
  13. One More Thing Bernie Madoff Helped Ruin: The Mets Author Devin Gordon on Madoff’s effect on the Mets and their tortured fanbase.
  14. So Long to the Hotel Pennsylvania Once lovely, now dowdy, soon to be gone.
  15. What It Takes to Open a Bar in a Subway Station Multiple agency approvals, and unlocking a door that’s been sealed since the 1970s.
  16. Don’t Worry, the Cinerama Dome Won’t Get Demolished (Probably) But it might need a savior like Netflix to stay intact.
  17. No, 3-D Printing the Suburbs Is Not the Future of Housing But the process is certainly mesmerizing to watch.
  18. The Look Book Goes to the Rockaway YMCA Checking in with masked members at the gym.
  19. At Home in an Old Hotel in Nomad After 15 years, Julie Chartoff and Irene Glezos finally really renovated their apartment inside the historic Gilsey House.
  20. Mr. Cyclone Is Back in the Front Car At 5:30 this morning, the roller coaster’s first rider of the season arrived for his 15th opening day.
  21. A New Network of Little Free Libraries Stocks Exclusively BIPOC Authors “A lot of people don’t have exposure to Black authors; I didn’t.”
  22. One of the Best Furniture Stores in New York Is Run by a Staten Island Commune “The radical-honesty thing happening in the store was getting in the way of running a store.”
  23. ‘Chief Pencil Lady’ Caroline Weaver’s Week in Zillow Saves “My three strongest home fantasies are: buying an old Girl Scout or Boy Scout camp, a Usonian house, or a really, really, really old house in Italy.”
  24. A Brooklyn Building Is Screeching. We Asked an Acoustician Why. Wind is creating an effect like “when you blow over the top of an empty soda bottle.”
  25. The Brooklyn Bridge Finally Gets Its Own Bike Path! Except … It’s gonna be a little snug.
  26. A Hot New Restaurant Moved In. That Made Its Neighbors Nervous. A gentrification battle erupts in Ridgewood.
  27. Barbara Kavovit’s Plan for Rikers Sounds Uncomfortably Like an Internment Camp A colony for the homeless, isolated on an island in the East River.
  28. Volunteers Are Funding Open Streets Programs. Why Isn’t the City? Locals and donors are doing the day-to-day work of making it happen.
  29. The Bronx Bodega Founded by a Former Music Executive “You have to support the people who support you.”
  30. What If Compass Is Basically Just Like Every Other Real-Estate Brokerage? Except with a nicer logo and an over-leveraged IPO.
  31. A Pop-up Bookstore Honors a Man Who Intended to Give It All Away Tom Burgess’s immense library of books gets recirculated.
  32. Geffen Hall’s Renovation Will Be Finished Two Years Early The pandemic closure allowed Lincoln Center to fast-track the rebuilding of the Philharmonic’s main auditorium.
  33. Introducing Wyldlands: Surrealist Bunkers to Survive the Apocalypse Doug Meyer’s show imagines a fantastical escape from future pandemics and other threats.
  34. Immigrant Cleaners Are Tired of Working On Their Hands and Knees A new campaign by women day laborers is pushing for better working conditions, cleaning supplies, and PPE.
  35. MoMA’s First Show on Race in Architecture Chooses Lofty Ideas Over Pragmatism “Why settle for the probable when we could instead imagine what is possible?”
  36. A Carefully Crafted Mid-Century Time Capsule on the Concourse The two-bedroom apartment is packed with details inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, Joseph Eichler, and Eero Saarinen (among others).
  37. Whitney Hu’s Favorite Spots in Sunset Park Yemeni breakfast, unlimited hot pot, and the perfect parking lot for events.
  38. The Chinatown Block Watch, One Year Later Including local grandmothers and men in combat gear, this 40-member patrol watches for anti-Asian attacks in the neighborhood.
  39. The Best Housepainters in New York An architect favorite who has been likened to Jackson Pollock, a downtown go-to with a knack for color combinations, and more.
  40. How to (Legally) Smoke Marijuana in New York City What you can do now and what will happen over time.
  41. The Best Upholsterers in New York For restoring mid-century chairs, pattern-matching a couch, and more.
  42. The Best Therapists in New York We asked 31 notable New Yorkers about their therapists and are publishing their referrals in their own words.
  43. The Best Playgrounds in New York Giant geodesic climbing nets, ravines full of sprinklers, and a variety of slides.
  44. The Best Custom Woodworkers in New York Whether you want a Judd-like plywood bench, a full wall of bookshelves made of rift-cut oak, or just some simple, inexpensive cabinets.
  45. Smorgasburg Will Take Over the Former Hester Street Fair Space And it will now be called Hester Flea.
  46. The Best Toy Stores in New York A Harlem fixture owned by a former schoolteacher, the packed-to-the-gills shop in Cobble Hill, and more.
  47. The Best Homeware Stores in New York Affordable vintage furniture, Japanese gifts, Brimfield-quality quilts, and more.
  48. Is a Covid Vaccine Worth Schlepping to Staten Island For? (No offense to anyone who lives there.)
  49. A Double-Dome Home Built by a Juggler Each of the two domes has 30-foot wood ceilings, which are still in great original condition.
  50. The Best Exterminators in New York Including Chloë Sevigny’s pest guy.
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