With public shootings on the rise, Americas malls are doubling down on security measures: Upgrading their security cameras, beefing up their guard presence and keeping an ever watchful eye on shoppers visiting their stores. But, as I reported in The New York Times today, all these safety measures take a toll on civil liberties. After all, malls have become our de facto city centers.
I am thrilled to announce that I am now the Ask Real Estate columnist for the New York Times. Beginning next month, I will be your go-to girl for all those vexing questions: How can you make your neighbor stop banging on the walls at midnight? Is it possible to get your landlord to fix anything, ever? Or, for you suburbanites: Can you get your neighbor to stop sunbathing in the nude?
In the meantime, fire your questions off to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll find you the answer.
SoHo, the home of the low-rise loft, is about to get a shiny, glassy new neighbor. And it’s going to be a tall one. Construction started this fall for One Vandam, a 14-story luxury condo that will tower above its neighbors, as I reported in the New York Times.
And like everything in New York, this latest luxury enclave has no shortage of critics. Neighborhood purists and historic preservationists think it will kill SoHo’s quaint aesthetic.
Welcome Dashlocker, the online service for dirty garments that one day might dispense with the neighborhood dry cleaner, as I reported in the New York Times . Just as Netflix bid farewell to the neighborhood video store, Dashlocker could do the same for the Laundromat. And won’t we all miss watching the dry cleaner affix little yellow stickers to our spaghetti stains? What about the hotty that you fawn over as he diligently fold his at the laundromat? Rachel and Ross from Friends first kissed at a laundromat! Remember?
“What is it doing to our neighborhoods when we don’t have the great, good places anymore, the places where people came together and could meet?” asked Sherry Turkle, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of “Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other” (Basic Books, 2012).
But when it really comes down to it, does anyone actually like going to the laundromat? Don’t we just check our iPhones the whole time anyway?
The story of the Eero Saarinen-designed Bell Labs is one that will continue for years. For Architectural Record this month, I asked how can a masterpiece can be re-invented for a new era? As architects begin the gargantuan task for rehabilitating this mid-century wonder, they will begin to answer that question, one piece at a time.