The gateway to SOHO.

the gateway to SOHO by Forrest Myers

I was happy to hear that “the gateway to SOHO” has triumphed due to a compromise. Something we don’t hear of in this american life under George Bush.

I was going to design school in nyc when this work was installed. I walked by it many times on my way to wander through galleries, shop at Pearl Paints on Canal Street, and scavage the dumpsers outside the small manufacturing that still existed in SOHO at the time. It was always wonderful to see this piece. I’m glad to know that I will get to see it again.

IN THE NEWS:

On Oct. 17 the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously in favor of protecting The Wall, a 1974 work by Forrest Myers located on the north face of 599 Broadway at Houston Street in SoHo [see “Front Page,” Jan. `98]. The familiar work is based on an existing set of 42 metal braces in a grid of seven down, six across, which were installed to secure the brick wall when an adjacent building was torn down decades ago to widen Houston. Myers attached a projecting 4-foot-long aluminum girder to each brace, and then painted the whole lavender and turquoise. Jennifer J. Raab, chairman of the Landmarks Commission, who champions the work, expressed the widely held sentiment that the work is the “gateway to SoHo.” Others who actively strove to protect the wall are City Council member Kathryn Freed, State Senator Thomas Duane, New Museum director Lisa Phillips, and artists John Chamberlain, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra and Frank Stella. Read the full story here.

Morning Edition, March 15, 2005 · An acclaimed eight-story sculpture in New York City is at the center of a dispute headed to court today. The sculpture was made some 30 years ago and is attached to the outside wall of a condominium. The artwork is known as “the Gateway to SoHo” or simply, “The Wall.” Now, the owners of the building want to take it down and use the space as a revenue-generating billboard. you can listen to the broadcast here.

The original owner of 599 Broadway, Charles Tannenbaum, commissioned Mr. Myers’s work as a way of disguising an eyesore — naked joists that once were attached to a neighboring building that had been torn down. As its reputation grew, it became known as “The Gateway to SoHo.” New York Times article here.

The Moleskine City Notebook

Yesterday my pal Peter came back from the Antiquarian Bookshow in NYC. He brought back a number of interesting catalogs and refrained from any BIG expenditures on the amazing books available. But that is another story.

This post is about an exciting an affordable new Moleskine book. The city notebook. These books have all kinds of cool stuff for travelers. It’s got blank pages fro writing notes, a slew of pages of maps, street index, (a little too small to be readable for those whose age is on the higer side of 40) tabs, stickers to mark pages, and best of all reusable clear overlays to annotate the maps. They are even reusable. For erasing I suggest a Mars White plastic.

So, now I can make a travel book along with maps for some of my favorite cities.

That brings up the next point. My home city isn’t included in the published books or the planned releases for 2007. This is a bummer. Geeze Philadelphia is a huge visitor city. We get tons of tourists and have a slew of historical places to visit… great restaurants, museums… what’s the deal with us as a market. I want to note all the cool hidden places I find… note where I took images for mapping to my flickr site. I’ll be writing them an email after I post this.

I figure if I just visit the cities with books currently available it will be a good start.

available now:

Amsterdam
Barcelona
Madrid
Milan
Dublin
Lisbon
London
Paris
Prague
Rome
Wien

coming soon:

Boston
New York
San Francisco
Washington
Chicago
Los Angeles
Montreal

Oh, They also have started a blog and you can find out more here.

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