Milton Glaser’s Kips Bay office townhouse sells to New York Review of Books

first_imgMilton Glaser and 207 East 32nd Street (Getty, Google Maps)The Kips Bay office townhouse owned by legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser, who created the “I ❤️ NY” logo, finally sold.The 9,000-square-foot building at 207 East 32nd Street sold for $7.5 million, or $833 per square foot, according to Adelaide Polsinelli, a vice-chair at Compass. Polsinelli began marketing the property in 2019, and had hoped to sell it for $12 million before the pandemic struck.The buyer is the literary magazine The New York Review of Books, which currently occupies an office at 435 Hudson Street in Tribeca. The NYRB did not return a call for comment.The Beaux-Arts building dates back to 1902, and was designed by Robert L. Lyons as a clubhouse for members of the Tammany Hall Central Association. The leader of this division of Tammany Hall was ousted as the property was being completed, and it was soon leased to the city as a court. It features ornate exterior details, including a glass transom etched with “Art is Work” and stone lions that glare down from its mansard roof.Glaser bought the property in 1965, and it became home to New York magazine, which Glaser founded in 1968 with Clay Felker. After the magazine relocated in 1974, Glaser’s office remained.It was here he designed his most famous logo — for free, in an effort to bolster New York’s lagging reputation in the 1970s — as well an iconic Bob Dylan album cover, the logo for the Brooklyn Brewery and a gold bottle for Trump Vodka, along with many other works.Polsinelli said she targeted non-traditional users before identifying two that loved the property.Glaser, who was intimately involved in the sale until his death on June 26, was delighted that the buyer is also a leader in the literary arts, Polsinelli said.last_img read more

Cassowaries date with destiny against Tonga next month

first_imgRUGBY UNION BY JOHN PANGKATANA It doesn’t get any better than this. Particularly when you talk about promoting greater gender diversity in rugby union, the upcoming Oceania Rugby Women’s World Cup Qualifier set for February 29 in Port Moresby is a major opportunity to inspire the next generation of women rugby players, trainers, coaches, referees and administrators. The match is the outstanding one between the ANZ PNG Cassowaries (name change from Palais) and Tonga that was to be played last year at Lautoka, Fiji. The winner of this match will play Manu Samoa for the Rugby World Cup repechage. This is a golden opportunity to not only build the game on the home-front but to also field a full strength team for the first time with all players including the sevens and oversees based players being available. A squad of over 40 players was recently named to cater for the 2020 commitments, which includes overseas based players in Canada based Clare Akauma who missed the Fiji trip due to logistics, plus Australia based Marlugu Dixon, Melanie Kawa and Tracy Stanis who will make a huge difference if the Cassowaries can fly them in. Several others including Kokopo-based Nina Stein are also on top of the list if available. With the progress of players from the last two Oceania Rugby Championships, this is also a great opportunity to create role models and provide that inspiration for the next generation of players to aspire to be ANZ Cassowaries 15s player. PNGRU Interim Secretary Mike Uiari said they are fully committed to hosting the qualifier, as they see participation and inclusion as being more important than winning. “PNG has not beaten Tonga in 15s rugby, but who is to say with our current progress and availability of the full complement of players that the ANZ PNG Cassowaries won’t create some history. “Both Tonga and Samoa are at the forefront of growing their women’s 15s game and we need to keep pace with the rest of Oceania and the world. “It will cost PNGRU K150,000 to host the qualifier and it is hoped that support will be forthcoming from our business community.” Yesterday the Cassowaries came together under PNGRU strength and conditioning coordinator Cecil Davani, who will work closely with Cassowaries S&C Exodus Kima. All players recently named are being prepared for the longer term for the Oceania Championships later this year in November and for future engagements. However, to name a team to play Tonga, all players will be assessed over the next few weeks before a 23 man squad is finalised. This is also the first time the 15s squad is going through testing to prepare them to undergo the strength and conditioning programs conducted by the PNG High Performance Centre.last_img read more

Wind Tunnel’s Last Gasp

first_imgBy Andrea Woodhouse STAFF WRITER For the first time in a long while, the air was still inside the North American Trisonic Wind Tunnel. Not a single breeze passed through the 500-foot-long tunnel, which is capable of generating wind speeds faster than three times the speed of sound. The tunnel’s landlord, UCLA, has opted to close the facility, mostly citing environmental concerns over previous PCB spills, said Brad Erickson, UCLA’s director of campus service enterprises. Original owner Rockwell International, formerly North American Aviation, donated the property to UCLA in 1998 for use as a university research facility, which never really materialized, Erickson said. Since then, Triumph Aerospace Systems has continued to operate the plant, paying rent and sharing profits with UCLA, Hughes said. With a 49-square-foot test section allowing for larger test models and letting engineers actually stand up, the Trisonic is unusually large, considering most tunnels have a 16-square-foot test area, Hughes said. “Boeing, Douglas and Lockheed all built smallish tunnels, and North American built a tunnel nearly twice as big,” he said. “It remains to this day unique in the size and performance.” But the tunnel’s real claim to fame is its ability to perform tests at up to 31/2 times the speed of sound, making nearby Northrop Grumman’s tunnel that hits about 100 mph look like an oscillating fan. Sans wind, the slick tunnel would make a dream playground for children, or an awesome skateboarding venue. On the tunnel’s northern end, its smooth steel walls lead through a pitch-black corridor, ending at a 28-foot-tall screen, from which the forceful gusts pass and voices cast echoes. The other side of the tunnel leads to a cement hall and a giant, curved grate that catches any flying objects and lets air pass through a vent. Circular holes cut into the “colander,” as Triumph employees call it, filter light through and provide an excellent grip for little hands, making for a fine jungle gym. The tunnel routinely blows about 1,300 hours a year, and in January alone clocked 300 hours, Hughes said. Tests cost $3,500 an hour, he said. And though the tunnel has been all business for the past 50 years – testing planes, rockets and bombs for aerospace giants, as well as the government and private companies like Cessna – Triumph’s remaining half-dozen employees have invited Trisonic veterans for a nostalgia-fest Saturday. A crew will spiff up the tunnel this week, making it clean and safe for former employees, vendors and old friends to walk the spans one last time, Hughes said. In tears off and on for the last few days, the Playa del Rey resident sent an emotional invitation to old friends: “Those of us who have worked here in the final generation of staff and crew feel that it has been the job of a lifetime – an honor and a privilege to have been part of the Trisonic Wind Tunnel story,” Hughes wrote. The Trisonic is the latest casualty in what industry insiders have called a “wind-tunnel crisis,” as high-capability tunnels are frequently scrapped, forcing rocket and plane manufacturers to go overseas for testing. About five years ago, Lockheed Martin dismantled its tunnel near Santa Clarita and sent it to Asia. NASA has shut down several tunnels, and Douglas Aircraft shuttered its facility in El Segundo in the mid-1980s, Hughes said. “Some of our customers are extremely upset,” he said. “They can get the same capability if they go to Europe or Russia. But they don’t want to do that, especially if they have secure projects.” A trend of outsourcing testing has contributed to the tunnels’ disappearance, exacerbated by the explosion of computer technology, Hughes said. “Computer prediction is sexy,” he said. “Simulation is not as sexy.” But the accuracy from a wind tunnel cannot be beat, said longtime employee Gary Wilhelm. “Computers have not come close to this,” he said, adding that his 34 years working at the tunnel have been “more than fun.” UCLA has still not decided what to do with the land, Erickson said Friday. Environmental remediation is a must, but the university has been approached by the federal government for a possible sale and is open to salvaging materials, he said. As the South Bay says goodbye to the antique facility, a remaining nod to the area’s aerospace heyday of the 1950s, Triumph employees are busy looking for new jobs. But Hughes, a native of England, said Friday he didn’t have final plans yet, as he toured the facility with the look of a proud father in his deep blue eyes. “It’s just such neat stuff,” he said. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And the air was thick and heavy Friday – possibly from the stubborn late-summer heat, or maybe from sadness as the few lingering employees at the landmark El Segundo facility prepare to close up shop this month for good. “It’s very sad for anyone involved in this tunnel,” said Rick Hughes, the facility’s director of operations. “It’s just so unique. We love to show it off, but it’s in very sad shape right now.” Using the same technology and equipment as it did on its first run 50 years ago, the tunnel performed its 807th – and final – test Aug. 29, Hughes said. The past two weeks have been filled with writing final reports, last-minute archiving and impromptu visits from old employees nostalgic for one last look at a facility that through the years tested high-profile projects like the Apollo space program and XB-70 supersonic airplane. “This was the first generation of big, supersonic wind tunnels,” Hughes said. last_img read more