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SKYHOUSE: One more oneiric playground penthouse for who can afford it.

SkyHouse is residence constructed within a previously unoccupied penthouse structure at the summit of one of the earliest surviving skyscrapers in New York City.

With its steep hipped roof of projecting dormers and chimneys set over a base of enormous arched windows, the exterior of the penthouse gives the impression of an ornate Beaux-Art mansion suspended midway within the iconic vertical cityscape of Lower Manhattan. But this exterior shell was essentially an ornament for the skyline; inside was a raw space with only the original riveted steel structure -among the earliest steel frame of any surviving tower in New York- providing evidence of the late 19th century when the building was built.

The enormous angel caryatids at the corners of the four-story penthouse which crowns this building serve to advertise its original role the headquarters of the American Tract Society, a publisher of religious literature which constructed this early skyscraper in 1895.

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Vojtěch Fröhlich climbing thru the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague without touching the ground

Perhaps following his architecture-climbing predecessors, this is Vojtěch Fröhlich’s site-specific installation and performance climbing thru the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague without touching the ground.

Vojtěch Fröhlich, 2011. Academy of Fine Arts in Prague

Matthew Barney, 2006. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Gordon Matta-Clark, 1973. Clocktower Building in Manhattan

Johnny Weissmuller, 1942. Tarzan’s New York Adventure

Charles Laughton, 1938. The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Vojtěch Fröhlich


Money is in the Eye of the Beholder

A recent thread on the urban parenting site asked a simple pair of questions: What is your household income, and how rich do you feel? The resulting contradictions of income and perceived wealth drew widespread remark—and some scorn. One commenter, from New York City’s Upper East Side, makes $350,000 per year and feels “so, so, so poor.” Another earns $1.2 million and feels upper-middle class, while a third, with an income in the $180,000 range in the D.C. suburbs, feels rich.

How is this all possible? Everyone knows the old platitude “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” A recent psychological study indicates that wealth is just the same. A new paper, published in the January issue of Psychological Science by Princeton researcher Abigail Sussman, demonstrates that total net worth is not the only thing that influences perceptions of wealth, whether for ourselves or others.

Photo courtesy of flickr user AMagill. Posted by Joseph Stromberg at the Smithsonian. Continue HERE