A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from May 28, 2006
Miss Brooklyn (proposed Brooklyn skyscraper)
"Miss Brooklyn" is the proposed Frank Gehry-designed 60-story skyscraper on the Atlantic Yards site. The nickname comes from Gehry himself.

Gehry lightly tweaks Ratner's 'Yards' plan, says boro wedding inspired tallest tower

By Gersh Kuntzman
The Brooklyn Papers

The "bride" will wear aluminum.

Architect Frank Gehry unveiled slightly slimmed down towers and an update on the classic Brooklyn stoop, in fresh renderings for Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards mega-development revealed Thursday. He also told how he came up with the design for the project's most controversial building — the 62-story "Miss Brooklyn Tower" — likening it to a bride.

Opponents of the 22-acre, $3.5-billion project were unimpressed.

"It's a Frank Gehry sheen on repudiated, 1960s-style urban renewal," said Daniel Goldstein of Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn.

Prospect Heights resident Patti Hagan quipped, "I guess this is the 'Ratner/Gehry Diet,'" calling the slimdown miniscule compared to the weight the project put on in since its initial unveiling in 2002.

Discussing "Miss Brooklyn," which would sit at the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues, Gehry said, "When we were studying Brooklyn, we happened upon a wedding, a real Brooklyn wedding. And we decided that 'Miss Brooklyn' was a bride."

May 11, 2006
Gehry Redesigns the Atlantic Yards
At a press conference today, Frank Gehry revealed new designs for Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards development in downtown Brooklyn, and The Real Estate has lots of images and quotes from the event. Such as how Gehry named the tallest building the "Miss Brooklyn" after a bride he saw while walking in Brooklyn, saying "She's a bride with her flowing bridal veil -- I really overdid it. If you had seen the bride you would--I fell in love with her." And much will be made about Gehry's general comments about Brooklyn: "We're trying to understand what is Brooklyn, what is the body language of Brooklyn and trying to emulate it without copying it. Copying it would trivialize it." Wait a minute - doesn't a massive development literally trivialize other parts of Brooklyn?

Associated Press
Revised Brooklyn Nets Arena Plans Revealed
By DAVID B. CARUSO , 05.11.2006, 08:11 PM

By 2009, the Nets could be playing home games beneath the billowing glass skirts of a 60-story skyscraper nicknamed Miss Brooklyn.

Noted architect Frank Gehry unveiled revised drawings and models of the planned arena on Thursday, revealing a more refined version of the mini-city that will also include apartment towers, office buildings, stores and a hotel.

The new renderings include substantial changes, but none of the reductions in size or scope demanded by opponents who say it is simply too huge for low-rise Brooklyn.
The 77-year-old architect said the complex's most prominent tower was inspired by a bride he glimpsed on one of several tours he made through the borough in an attempt to glean its character.

Brooklyn is better known for its tough guys, but "if you had seen that bride, you would have fallen in love with her. I did," Gehry said.

In some ways, the skyscraper and its undulating panels looks more like a massive white ship - a square-rigged brig with its prow formed by Atlantic and Flatbush avenues.

Posted by Barry Popik
Buildings/Housing/Parks • (0) Comments • Sunday, May 28, 2006 • Permalink