In the News: “The Destruction of Lower Manhattan”

••• Always nice to see a local business expand: Zucker’s is opening its fourth location, in the Flatiron District. —New York Times

••• In 1966, “with funding from the The New York State Council on the Arts, [photographer Danny Lyons] set out with a view camera, slipping in and out of demolition sites from the East River to the Hudson. In a project he titled ‘The Destruction of Lower Manhattan,’ he photographed the folks leaving buildings and those tearing them down, and, in so doing, documented the social dismantling that buzzes under every project billed as urban renewal.” They’re wonderful photos, and I recommend his book. There’s also a show opening this weekend at the Cleveland Museum of Art. (You can—and absolutely should—see 67 of the “Destruction” photos on Magnum’s site.) —The New Yorker

••• “After a brief bout of renovations, Soho’s Arlo Hotel has reopened its rooftop as Arlo Roof Top—with a new menu from the chef at the downstairs restaurant, Harold Moore and cocktails from an Employees Only bartender. The roof space was previously called the Good Story and once housed Moore’s ‘surf shack’ pop-up, but the hotel flipped its decor and name, switching to the nickname A.R.T. and declaring the change permanent.” I wonder how permanent Moore’s involvement will be. I’ve been hearing that Harold’s Meat & Three is on the ropes. —Eater

3 Comments

  1. Re: Harold’s meat & three… Given what you say about “being on the ropes” am not understanding why they don’t allow pick up/take out (i.e. not delivery) – would certainly help move the needle quite a bit in our neighborhood.

    Really strange as they used to do this when they first opened but stopped doing this after just a few months…

  2. Danny Lyons’ photographs constitute a valuable archive to say the very least. To place the photo and stand yourself on that corner gave me pause, especially the corners that don’t actually exist anymore. It’s interesting to realize that these streets went through a cycle of vibrancy, then dereliction, demolition and or restoration and re-building on their way to the current state. It’s an important reminder that nothing ever stays the same.

  3. The Destruction of Lower Manhattan is a great book, a historical document of pre-Tribeca lower Manhattan, and a reminder of what NYC looked like in the mid century before lofts & urban living became chic. Copies of the original edition used to sell for hundreds of dollars (and likely still do), although it was reissued in 2005 with additional images, but that one too I believe has gone out of print. Luckily years ago I was able to score an original copy decommissioned from a library somewhere. Definitely worth getting one if you can find/afford one.

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