Quad Cinema

Monday, June 24, 2019

This trip has turned into a mini-tour of Pentagram design. Their work for QUAD Cinema pushes so many good buttons.

Thor and I caught the Before Stonewall documentary because our hike of The High Line was cut off by construction closures. So we enjoyed some relevant history in air conditioned comfort and I finally got to see this case study of design come to life.

Vessel

It’s just Vessel. There is no article, like iPhone.

16 stories.
2,500 steps.
80 landings.

I have no idea what the structure means, but it was incredibly fun to explore the Escher-esque steps of this new landmark in Hudson Yards. It also activated a little bit of acrophobia… Going up 12 stories was more than enough for me, but every view was a treat, even with shaky knees.

Also a solid backdrop for selfies.

Looking up at Vessel upon entry.

A view of The Shed, a cultural and performing arts center next to the Vessel. It has a retractable shell that moves the enclosure to open up the space to the outdoors. It reminds me of the of the Sandcrawler from Star Wars with huge wheels along the base.

This photo isn’t that interesting, but just imagine how different this entire area will look in another few years. It has already transformed so very much.

Folsom Street East

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Super proud to work on the identity for Folsom Street East and enjoy the festival. It’s always a thrill to see work come to life. Extra wags for the pup that popped in this photo.

I did take more photos, they’re a bit risqué.

Subway murals

Saturday, June 22, 2019

There is A LOT of art cropping up in the subways of New York.

This particular mosaic by Vik Muniz features my friends Thor & Patrick. I’m sure they’ve lost count how many times they’ve recreated the pose in front of it for visitors, but I caught them in a particularly playful moment.

From the MTA description for this body of work:

Vik Muniz photographed more than three dozen “characters” who represent the unique and quirky kinds of people one encounters on the subway. These photographs have been recreated in mosaic and installed throughout the mezzanine and entrance areas, populating the station with colorful New Yorkers of all stripes. With the generous expanse of the mezzanine concourse, the figures humanize the space and provide bursts of color and visual interest, providing an opportunity for playful discovery while moving through the station.

I quite liked this mural/mosiac by Chuck Close to boot:

Into the city

Checked out of the 60’s and back into reality, well, New York City that is. Where the bustle feels like it was turned up a notch since my last visit. But all the temptations remain. Namely for me? Pizza and ice cream. I’m doing my best to minimize, but not entirely avoid, both.

This will prove to be difficult, but not insurmountable. (This is also a place where you can walk in and order “keto bowl” off the regular menu.)

Classic NYC is still present though.

TWA Hotel, day 2

Friday, June 21, 2019

On day two, Patrick and Thor came in to spend the night and celebrate their anniversary. The thing about this hotel? There are endless things to discover tucked away in every corner—none of which are 90°.

More photos here, same link as before.

The TWA Hotel, day 1

Thursday, June 20, 2019

I remember the articles, when JetBlue was going to turn the old TWA terminal into part of their check-in area, and later? A hotel!. That proclamation was four years ago, and even though some of the players have changed, it actually happened and opened last month.

I had some things to do in the city of cities so I designed my trip to start at this very point.

And oh how beautiful it is. The details are delightful, down to the dress of the staff, music playing throughout the public areas and the appointments inside the rooms housed in two new wings. The incredibly exhaustive use of a single typeface helped too.

There are more photos from my stay here, but for the sake of maintaining continuity, here are a few more favorites from day one:

Talulah

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Whenever I see this cat, it means I’m doing something responsible: handling an estate, due diligence, channeling mom’s perspective, understanding the state’s requirements and mitigating the possibilities.

I’ve learned many things over the past eight months, but one major lesson is that all of us need to address the inevitable.

Everyone in our lives deserves to know how we want things to play out–the more detail, the better—and get a human involved! Even if you create a Will and Testament online, schedule a review with a real-life attorney.

My family is lucky that mom had things pretty well handled, but naturally there are details I’d love to ask her more about.

Then again, I’d love to ask her lots of things about all sorts of topics.

Which gets to the other big lessons that have emerged, but were always there:

Make plans.
Put down the device.
Do the things with the people you care about.
Go to the places.
Have the conversations.
Wonder together.