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Foster + Partners revises Melbourne Apple store
The 27,000-square-foot Target is a smaller, “urban” offshoot at the base of the Beyer Blinder Belle-designed luxury EVGB (“East Village’s Greatest Building”) tower at the intersection of 14th Street and Avenue A. The kiosks around EVGB’s base were all throwbacks to the neighborhood’s punk 1970s past and included a wrapping reminiscent of the tenement buildings that existed before Extell developed EVGB. The online responses were, predictably, divided. Preservationists viewed the stunt akin to a facadectomy and accused Target of appropriating the area’s past to promote a gentrifying store. On the other side, most of the visitors this weekend seemed happy to snag free swag the “TRGT”, fake pizza places, and “palm readers”.
THIS #davidstarkdesign team for the win this morning at a CBGB's inspired throwback -- part of the perfect, #Target East Village "block," created to celebrate the opening of their new store on 14th Street between Avenues A and B. We are ALWAYS honored to be part of the @Target team! A special call out to our "battle of the bands" winners: @allisansalazar @dartwodeetwo @lrusso92 @sarahrylei @msusiem and Lesley (who's not on instagram!). You guys rock. Literally. . . #davidstark #event #events #eventdesign #eventdesigner #eventplanner #eventplanning #design #decor #transformation #eventprofs #eventprof
No no no no. 😭😭😭😭 What corporate dunce came up with this obscenity ??!!! Wrong wrong wrong! Joey Ramone is rolling in his grave (and not in a cool way). https://t.co/aBG75NudiI https://t.co/aBG75NudiI— cindy scaife (@cindybscaife) July 23, 2018
Jeremiah Moss of Vanishing New York was particularly scathing in his assessment, calling it a “Potemkin Village from Hell” and decrying the commodification of his formative experiences. Still, this kind of thing happens regularly, as facades and nods to an area’s past are frequently appropriated in the marketing for whatever comes next, whether it be an addition or wholesale replacement.
before you get mad at Target, remember that CBGB's rebranded itself as a fashion brand in 2006 after the location closed. you dont see ABC No Rio doing anything of the sort in the midst of rebuilding— 🐊Eric Nelson 🐊 (@waityourarobot) July 23, 2018
Call the Mirror Universe
LinkNYC brings never-built megaprojects to the streets of New York
Bending it Like Beckham, Again
David Beckham's billion-dollar soccer park reveals renderings ahead of vote
Won't You Ride My Bicycle?
Dockless bike-sharing is coming to NYC this summer
As the name suggests, dockless bike-sharing does not require a permanent docking station for bikers to return their rentals to. Instead, riders use an app to find and unlock a bike nearby; once the ride is finished, the rider leaves the bike on a sidewalk, and a fee is charged according to the amount of time spent riding. While each company has a different pricing structure, the DOT estimates that a 30-minute ride will only cost $2. Misplacement of the bikes—and having streets end up as 'bike graveyard' where abandoned bikes litter streets—is a concern that other cities are grappling with. Other regulatory issues surrounding ridesharing and similar transportation alternatives have plagued cities, from Uber to autonomous vehicles to e-scooters. However, it appears that concerns will be assessed during the pilot, as the DOT will “carefully evaluate companies’ compliance with requirements around data accessibility and user privacy” as well as look at the “safety, availability and durability” of the bikes themselves. The DOT’s announcement comes at a time when ride-hailing companies are changing the transportation landscape. In an interview earlier this year, Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi claimed that he wanted Uber to be the “Amazon of transportation,” expanding the range of first-and-last mile solutions. Two of these dockless bike share companies are now owned by major ride-hailing companies—JUMP is owned by Uber and more recently, Motivate (parent company to CitiBike) was bought by Lyft. It’s unclear how dockless bike share will fit within New York’s transportation system and regulations, but DOT will be evaluating the sustainability of the dockless program before moving forward with a permanent program.
#BikeShare pilot details: Mid-July: Rockaways: @pacebikeshare & @limebike Mid-to-late July: Central Bronx/Fordham area: @jumpbikes & @ofo_bicycle Mid-to-late July: North Shore #onStatenIsland: @jumpbikes & @limebike Later this year: Coney Island: @motivate_co & potential TBC pic.twitter.com/IZ53L6ppBI— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) July 3, 2018