Few can probably name many historically important American landscape architects outside of AJ Downing and Frederick Law Olmsted. Maybe it’s because landscape designs are often intended to be natural and inconspicuous, often leaving their creators under-recognized for their work.
Whatever the reasons, it means those who are reading this and know who Jens Jensen is will likely be in a minority. Yet Jensen is among America’s most historically important landscape architects. Born in 1860, he grew...Read More
This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections.
New York City blackouts come with their own lore: There was the “Bronx is burning,” Son-of-Sam summer, and the looting of July 1977. Then there was the shadow of terrorism that hung about the darkened streets in August 2003, when suddenly the grid seemed vulnerable to sabotage, and the transit system shutdown was far too close to memories of 9/11/2001. But first, there was...Read More
This post is by Nina Nazionale, Director of Library Operations
The architectural profile of the Brooklyn waterfront, especially in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, has changed radically in the last ten years. Amidst the new, high-rise towers, stands a massive, stately low-rise. Originally known as the Austin, Nichols & Co., Inc. warehouse and now a luxury apartment building, it is a visual reminder of the waterfront’s commercial and industrial past.
The building was distinctive from the day it opened,...Read More
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