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Plywood Up at Soho House, Down at ‘Orchard Street Hell Building’

IMG_3613Two of the Lower East Side’s most controversial projects just entered new phases of construction. First up, the Ludlow Street outpost of Soho House, which faced considerable opposition from neighbors when it applied for a liquor license last year, has raised its sidewalk shed, obscuring the facade that had become a magnet for taggers and street artists while the building’s renovation seemed to sit in limbo.
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These Places Have Closed, But ‘Frozen Fantasies’ Are On the Way

IMG_3593Folks, a few closings to note. First off, a B+B reader who tried to go to the East Village location of DBA the other night found it shuttered. A Facebook message assures that, unlike the recent closing of its Williamsburg counterpart, this one won’t be permanent: “Don’t worry! We aren’t closed, we are just renovating…. new LOOS are on the way!”
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NYU Taps 9/11 Memorial Architects to Design Controversial New Building

University Hall. (Photo: NYU)

University Hall. (Photo: NYU)

With a lawsuit contesting the construction of NYU’s new Coles Sports Center up for appeal, the university has named the architects that will design the controversial building.

The school has tapped Davis Brody Bond and KieranTimberlake, writes Alison Leary, NYU’s Executive Vice President for Operations, in a letter sent to university students and employees such as myself.
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Death By Tire Swing in Tompkins Square Park Was a ‘Terrible Tragedy’

The suspect

The suspect in last week’s shooting.

The East Village’s commanding officer gave a gut-wrenching account last night of how a 39-year-old man was fatally hit by a tire swing in Tompkins Square Park.

“It’s a terrible tragedy” said Deputy Inspector Peter J. Venice at a monthly Community Council meeting, describing how the Harlem man was playing with his four-year-old niece and swinging the tire Monday afternoon. It had metal in it and struck him in the face.
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They’re Putting the ‘Art’ in Cartography and Taking Subway Maps to New Places

L train map by Lynch.

L train map by Andrew Lynch.

There are few useful maps that blur the lines between reality and fantasy as completely as a subway map. Curves are smoothed, the space between stations is adjusted and even geography itself is modified, all in the name of helping riders understand which train will take them where they need to go.

“It’s both form and function,” said Andrew Lynch, a New York City-based artist and cartographer. He’s part of a vibrant community of armchair urban planners who spend their spare time reinventing official transit maps. Their work, scattered across the blogosphere, is mostly functional but mixed with a healthy dose of creative license. Some maps add in entirely new subway lines where none exist in real life, citing ridership data that supports their presence. Others are unashamedly pop art, an abstract series of lines and circles representing routes and stations. The maps are making a big impact, though — both as art and as a source of ideas for actual improvements to transit systems.
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James Franco Screened a New Film, Held Forth About Teaching Among ‘Shitheads’

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

James Franco drew a line when he appeared at the Strand last week and is making headlines on Gawker today, but only a few dozen people filed into Village East Cinema last night for an under-the-radar q&a following a screening of his new film The Color of Time.
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Rostarr’s New Mural On the Roof Of The Standard Will Floor You

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Rostarr, the artist who did a mural for our pop-up newsroom a little over a year ago, has taken things to a whole new level — the rooftop level of The Standard, High Line, to be exact. On Friday, friends of Romon Kimin gathered in the hotel’s gift shop to raise their champagne glasses at his epic new work covering the ground of Le Bain, the hotel’s 18th-floor lounge.
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