Milton 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.
RUGBY 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.
By 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 3