It’s been ever so long, but another Design Diversion is on the horizon. For those who aren’t at the beach or the lake, here’s a chance to get out of the city nonetheless. Untermyer Gardens is an undiscovered gem in NYC, the wild ruins of Samuel Untermyer’s ambitious Greystone estate and Beaux-Arts gardens, originally 150 acres on the Hudson. Now a Yonkers public park, the eclectic mix of garden designs and pavilions is slowly undergoing restoration. Unlike previous diversions, this is unscripted and ideal for kids of all ages. No tours, just time to explore and be social. Please bring a blanket and picnic if you’re so inclined. We’ll meet around 1p; exact location TBD. There is public transit, but we’ll try to organise a few carpools as well.
Date: Saturday, July 16, 1p
Address: 945 North Broadway, Yonkers, NY (Metro-North to Greystone or Yonkers)
credit: Jonathan Wallen
Our next diversion is up in the Bronx. Once a thriving industrial hub (and the center of piano manufacturing in the late 19th century), Port Morris went into decline in the mid-20th century. A 2006 designation as an IBZ (Industrial Business Zone) brought businesses back to the area, among them, Globus Cork. Located off of Willow Avenue, home to a number of historic factory buildings, Globus is the only cork tile manufacturer in the U.S. We will see firsthand the process of taking the wonderful sustainable material that is raw cork bark and turning it into tile or any number of the custom products they make. Afterwards, we’ll walk less than a block east to the Bronx Brewery, which just completed a new brewhouse and tasting room.
Date: Friday, February 27, 3-5.00p
Address: 741 E 136th Street, Bronx (6 to Cypress Ave)
credit: Globus Cork
Our next diversion is to Sims Sunset Park MRF. After learning more about the Selldorf Architects-designed project from partner Lisa Green, I had to set up a visit. The Sunset Park Facility was chosen by New York City to process the majority of its recyclables and was completed less than a year ago. The 11-acre Brooklyn waterfront site is unique for its design, sustainable features and educational component. Come see it firsthand!
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 5.30-6.45p
Address: 472 Second Avenue, Brooklyn (D/N/R to 36th St)
credit: Selldorf Architects
Our next diversion is to Mana Contemporary, an art center for the 21st century. We will visit the Richard Meier Model Museum and also see the Mana space itself, which includes studios, galleries (Picasso and Judy Chicago currently on view), foundry, etc. We’ll meet at bookdummypress, a bookshop specializing in artists’ books, from 2.30p.
Date: Friday, May 16, 2.30-5p
Address: 888 Newark Avenue Jersey City, NJ (PATH train to Journal Square)
credit: Fred Conrad, The New York Times