The home of the Brant Foundation’s new East Coast gallery is in the old Con Ed transformer station, built in 1920–21. When it closed in 1980, it was bought by artist Walter De Maria and served as his home and studio until 2013. After it was purchased by art collector Peter Brant, it has been restored and converted into a public exhibition space by Gluckman Tang Architects. Beautifully detailed white exhibition walls act as counterpoints to the newly cleaned brick walls and sand-blasted machinery, like a still-operative 2,000-pound black iron hoist. The top floor exhibition space has a magical skylight sitting under a water fountain, which sends dappled light into the space and serves as a relaxing rooftop public space with a spectacular view looking north over the East Village. The architects have turned the narrow open spaces on the west and north sides of the building into elegant and peaceful landscaped parks that act as a breathing space for this dense part of the city and allow natural light into the galleries.The Brant Foundation Art Study Center 421 East 6th Street New York, New York 212-777-2297 Architect: Gluckman Tang Architects
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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