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The 84-block trip south to Times Square is surprisingly speedy. But when I transfer to the 7 for the journey to Flushing–Main Street, its final stop, time slows. The train becomes elevated after entering Queens, rattling over a low-rise sprawl of dirt lots, gas stations, big-box stores, and midrise mid-century apartment blocks, and mile after mile of graffitied rooftops. It’s an interminable yet hypnotic transit the passengers endure with a very un–New York–like stoicism.
February 14, 2011
The tall vegetation surrounding Carrie Grassi, Freshkills Park land-use and outreach manager, grows atop what was formerly the world’s largest landfill: 150 tons of (mostly) garbage, accumulated over more than half a century.

Staten Island

While my appreciation of New York’s 24-7 public transit system remains immeasurable, I am pleased, as day two begins, to catch a ride in a Parks Department Jeep to Staten Island. Within an hour, I am standing atop South Mound with Carrie Grassi, Freshkills Park land-use and outreach manager, looking at what will be—following a 30-year build-out based on landscape architect James Corner’s master plan—New York’s next great park.
February 14, 2011
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Twenty-nine years after Robert Moses’s death, the mixed legacy of New York’s über–urban planner remains inescapable. I feel it acutely when, after a long ride on the F that loops me into Brooklyn and a stroll past the magisterial 40-foot-deep front lawns of Carroll Gardens, I cross a footbridge over the six-lane trench of Moses’s notorious Brooklyn-Queens Expressway—which, in addition to bringing noise and pollution, cast Red Hook, on the expressway’s other side, into isolation. Indeed, when I descend from the bridge, the milieu changes markedly: There are houses interspersed with weedy lots and light industry, signs warning of rat poison.
February 14, 2011
Valentines Day

A Journo Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day to all you Dwell readers. It's a day for chocolates and candies, kisses and kindred hearts—and also for a bit of humor.
February 14, 2011
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Butterfly Roof Meditation Hut

Illinois resident Mary Kalanzis rises every morning with a view worthy of the next world. "I wake up to the vision of the hut everyday," she says. "There's something about the proportions that make it appear heavenly." The hut is the butterfly-roof-adorned tea and meditation structure perched above a pond on their 14 acres in Champaign, Illinois.
February 11, 2011
Architect Thomas Phifer in his west SoHo office and studio

Thomas Phifer: Light on the Subject

Don’t be fooled by his mellow, self-effacing demeanor: Architect Thomas Phifer is a master of his craft, designing daylit, minimalist buildings that meld the ideals of classic modernism with 21st-century innovations.
February 9, 2011
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Friday Finds 2.04.11

Have a look at some on the most interestiing things we here at Dwell saw this week. Scroll down to see kinetic sculptures, a Werner Herzog-narrated film, and snowy images of the "monster storm" battering the U.S.
February 4, 2011
Robert Venturi Print Collection

Robert Venturi Print Collection

Ever since reading Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown's seminal text Learning from Las Vegas as an undergraduate architecture student, I've developed a deep love of the dynamism of streetscapes and, of course, the decorated shed, epitomized by Long Island's Big Duck. One of the highlights of attending Las Vegas Market late January was visiting the special exhibitions installed for the show. Among them were selections from the Robert Venturi Print Collection, on loan from the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. Here are a few of my favorites.
February 2, 2011
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Maison & Objet: Part 3

Welcome to my third and final installment of highlights from Maison & Objet 2011. You can find the first two here and here. This one is a chunky, motley assortment of LED lights, furnishings, and a fleet of sexy chairs. Enjoy!
January 31, 2011