Saturday, November 16, 2013
New York, New England, New Marlborough
ONE of the many great things about New York City is that it's easy to get from New York to many great places. We tend to head northeast to New England.
The Berkshire mountains in Western Massachusetts are distinctly not in New York, even though many New Yorkers visit the Berkshires. There are many beautiful ways to drive there, none of which require getting on an interstate highway. You can make the trip in 2 hours, or you can make it take all day. There are also trains to Dutchess County, New York, and people are working on a reviving the old rail line, which still has daily freight trains.I've been to old Marlborough in olde England, too. It's in our new Street Design book.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Arc et Senans
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Quote of the Day
This book could change the way people see the streets in their towns and cities. And it could help those towns and cities make streets for people, rather than their cars.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
New York, New York: The East Side's Up & The Battery's Down
WHEN THE East Side IRT is running well, you can skip the number 6 downtown that pulls in just as you go through the turnstiles at 86th Street and go downstairs for a 4 or 5. Go to the back of the train, so you'll get a seat, and walk two cars down when you get out at Union Square.
When all is well, the number 6 that left before the one you passed up will pull in as you reach your boarding point,and when you get out at Bleecker Street or Astor Place your will be directly opposite the exit, with no steps wasted and no time lost waiting.
And when you thnk like this, you know you're a New Yorker.PS: On weekends, when the service is cr*p, you can now go upstais at Union Square and get a Citibike. Recommended this month. Ride to the bike station next to Lafayette and get a redeye ice coffee and a madeleine.
PPS: This app tells you where you want to be when you get off the subway.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Sometimes It's Good To Get Out Of The City(continued) I don't need to leave NYC, but I love the Berkshires. One of the great things is that it's convenient to NYC, but definitely New England rather than New York. And, unlike the Hamptons, the Jersey Shore or Rhode Island, there are many great ways to drive there (including leaving a car at Dover Plains, or picking up a Zipcar in White Plains).
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Norman Foster: Paris does not need skyscrapers.
The most beautiful cities of the future will be inspired by today's most sustainable cities. And it does not mean that build up. Paris, London and Copenhagen are these cities. Of course, Manhattan is a shining example in terms of energy consumed, the presence of high buildings is beneficial. Many people go to work on foot, others use public transport. Few people own a car. But Copenhagen, Paris, Munich and Berlin are all cities in which to walk, they are durable and offer a high quality of urban life. You need a good mix of uses and buildings. Consider Copenhagen and Detroit, with a population and a similar climate: the second is three times higher population density than the other and yet it consumes ten times more energy, mainly because of gasoline. Under these conditions, I do not see how Paris would need skyscrapers.
Monday, March 25, 2013
British Bus Shelter
The bus shelter is the small stone building on the left. You can see it in Google Street View or after the jump.