Out with the old…

by Robert A. Ripps on January 25, 2016

As I am wont to do around the start of a new year, I look back at pictures I shot the previous year, and look to see which ones may have fallen through the proverbial cracks, or not fit neatly into a blog post. With that, I give you 10 random images that I like from 2015.

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Form follows function follows no rules….

by Robert A. Ripps on December 28, 2015

Yesterday I went up to Cooper Hewitt Museum, which has just undergone a major overhaul of its building, with impressive results, and plenty of high tech flourishes including your own (loaned) e-pen.

However, the highlight, and the reason for my visit, as it is closing in the next week, was the fascinating Provocations: The Architecture And Design Of Heatherwick Studio. Models, photographs, prototypes, process videos and more illustrate some of the major and intriguing projects from the studio, including their design for Pier.55, a “floating” park island planned for the Hudson River, just west of the meatpacking district.

The resulting work is like Leonardo da Vinci meets Rube Goldberg meets Jony Ives, a place where art and architecture, design and engineering all come together in news and amazing ways.

If you can get over there, I highly recommend you do, as the exhibit ends on January 3, 2016.

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A tree grows in…a lot of places

December 7, 2015

From spring to summer…  

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To preserve & protect IX

October 7, 2015

Love it or hate it, New York Dolls is another business employing many…people, and has been a neighborhood fixture for many years. If you want to help the cause, and add your name to the list of those who oppose the destruction of Tribeca as we know it, you can sign the Tribeca Trust petition. […]

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To preserve & protect VIII

October 6, 2015

The colorful and playful décor at Saleya is like an adult version of the Tribeca Pediatrics office around the corner, which is not surprising, since both are owned and decorated by Dr. Michel Cohen. But the shots are better here. The crack staff keeps things humming along- hard to imagine each and every one of them […]

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To preserve & protect VII

October 5, 2015

Cricketeers Arms chef and co-owner Paul Loftus works in the kitchen prepping lunch and taking stock of supplies to order. Eclectic details and furnishings make you feel like you are inside a cross between 12 year old English prep school boys bedroom, and his mums kitchen.

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To preserve & protect VI

October 1, 2015

On the corner of West Broadway and Murray is Palermo Pizza, a warm and popular neighborhood lunch spot that stays open late into the evening as well. It also doubles a shrine to Italian soccer, with numerous trophies and memorabilia proudly displayed on the walls.

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To preserve & protect V

September 30, 2015

Around the corner from West Broadway on Warren Street is the famous, or maybe infamous, Raccoon Lodge, a classic dive bar for a third of a century. Although the collection of hard hats proudly proclaims its blue collar roots, it likely has the most diverse crowd in all of the neighborhood, ranging from people in […]

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