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In a studio space carved out in the ground floor of the Battery Parking Garage—the first to be built by the city and the last building ever built by Robert Moses—singer Dashon Burton faces a camera. He looks natty in his suit, his long, hip-length locks tied back at the base of his neck. He sings the same line in his deep bass-baritone. “The world wants us to love it.” “Think about describing one of your...
Sam Schwartz meets me outside of the Barclays Center in the open air plaza he helped engineer. A native Brooklynite, he takes special pride in the arena. “This is where Walter O'Malley wanted to put the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1950s. He broke my heart when he moved them to Los Angeles.” One of the country’s leading transportation experts, Schwartz spent two decades as New York City’s Traffic Commissioner and its Department of Transportation’s Chief...
"How is it possible to feel nostalgia for a world I never knew?" Che Guevara, or at least the Gael Garcia Bernal incarnation, wonders when he visits Machu Picchu in The Motorcycle Diaries. "How can a civilization that built this"—the camera shows the ruins of the great mountain city—"be destroyed to build this?"—and it cuts to the urban sprawl of Lima. I've shared his dismay, or at least something similar, as I've pored over...
No. 10 Lakeside Center Prospect Park’s Long-Awaited Skating Rink New York’s imperious former parks commissioner Robert Moses didn’t care much about preserving history, so when he built an ice skating rink in Prospect Park in the early 60s—confusingly named Wollman, also the name of the skating rink in Central Park, with funds donated for both by the eponymous financier family—he built part of it right on top of Music Island. Park architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert...

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