Humour me. This week's H&H gets all funny with itself, and it is truly interesting to watch how much this section changes week to week. In a way, it's a good thing. It is a little unpredictable... like fashion. Especially when the lead story is written by Lockhart Steele of Curbed. The barbarians are at the gate!
Biggest news is that Cooperative Village, the housing project on the Lower East Side (at Grand St.) has become a hip new residence. These were not available on the open market until 2000. Over the past few years, more and more young, design-oriented folk have been snapping up apartments here, stripping them down and making them modern beauties. Prices have ranged from $290,000 for a two-bedroom in 2002 to $$230,000 for a studio last year.
Currents: The new Icebar in Milan is a trip (everything is made of ice, including the cups) and the War Bowl is sad/cool/funny.
Horrifying is the new roof garden at the MoMA, which is being designed by Ken Smith. The 17,000 square foot territory - on two roofs - will be entirely made up of plastic box ferns, rubber mulch and fake rocks.
Funny and poignant is Charles Grodin's new play. "The Right Kind Of People" is about the antics and predjudices of a Manhattan co-op board.
People, People: Louis Nichole buys a country club in Connecticut, and furnishes it with his extended Italian family of 200... then develops it for reality television.
Personal Shopper: Gives us a good run down on the now open MoMA design store and others on 54th street