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May 15th, 2006, 11:47 AM
Does anyone have any new info on the on-going legal dispute between the owner of the building situated on the SW corner of Broadway / Houston (599 Broadway) and the artist Forrest Myers who in 1973 installed the site-specific sculpture "The Wall" on the north side of the building?

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© SoHo Journal 2005

Info from last year: http://www.thevillager.com/villager_99/hardtoreadthewriting.html

Below is latest [URL="http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/downloads/pdf/calendar/05_16_06.pdf"]info (http://www.sohojournal.com/index.cfm) (pdf) from Landmark's website, referencing a "legal settlement" in this matter to be discussed at LPC tomorrow, May 16 in "Executive Session" ...

August 20th, 2007, 09:29 AM
'The Wall' Will Rise Again in Soho

CURBED (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/04/23/the_wall_will_rise_again_in_soho.php)
Monday, April 23, 2007
by Lockhart


The Wall—the iconic minimalist scuplture (right) installed by artist Frosty Myers at 599 Broadway on the corner of Houston and Broadway back in the early 1970's, but removed for structural reasons in 2002—will rise again on the same wall. Per The Villager, 30 additional feet of wall space will be added so the beams that form the structure can rise higher, allowing for the installation of (you see this coming, right?) street-level billboards. 'The Wall' will also be lit at night for the first time.

An odd compromise, to be sure, but an oddly pleasing one nonetheless.

· High, Bright, 'The Wall' Will Return to Soho Wall (http://thevillager.com/villager_207/highbrightthewall.html) [The Villager via Miss Representation (http://www.missrepresentation.com/archives/2007/04/another_brick_i.html)]
· Soho's 'The Wall': Going, Going... Already Gone (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2005/05/23/sohos_the_wall_going_going_uh_already_gone.php) [Curbed]

September 20th, 2007, 11:13 PM
Soho's 'The Wall' is Blue on Blue (Again)

CURBED (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/09/04/sohos_the_wall_is_blue_on_blue_again.php)
September 4, 2007
by ROK88


Just in case you haven't had enough of the color blue (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/09/04/critic_pens_love_letter_to_blue_really.php) today, we've got more
courtesy of sculptor Frosty Myers -- who clearly ain't singing the blues. His
iconic sculpture, The Wall, which rose above the intersection of Broadway
and Houston and greeted travelers to Soho for 30+ years is making a long (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/04/23/the_wall_will_rise_again_in_soho.php)
awaited comeback. The Wall was taken down in 2002. What followed was
an endless (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2005/03/03/sohos_the_wall_in_judges_hands.php) and expensive legal battle (http://curbed.com/archives/2005/05/23/sohos_the_wall_going_going_uh_already_gone.php). And, miracle of miracles, both sides
recently reached an amicable resolution, which allows for Myers to rebuild
his Wall.

The north wall of 599 Broadway at Houston Street.

New brickwork on the north facade of 599 Broadway has been on-going all
summer. Last week, workers covered it with various shades of blue. Painted
metal beams extending from the wall should be going up before too long.
And then, The Wall will be reborn. Downtowners will soon have the original
blue (no fancy Blue showers (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/08/30/blue_update_now_with_sizzling_outdoor_shower.php) here) to celebrate.

The way The Wall used to look (left) and the new configuration.

· 'The Wall' Will Rise Again in Soho (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/04/23/the_wall_will_rise_again_in_soho.php) [Curbed]
· Soho's The Wall in Judge's Hands (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2005/03/03/sohos_the_wall_in_judges_hands.php) [Curbed]
· Soho's The Wall: Going, Going... Uh, Already Gone (http://curbed.com/archives/2005/05/23/sohos_the_wall_going_going_uh_already_gone.php) [Curbed]

September 20th, 2007, 11:18 PM
... sculptor Frosty Myers ...

His iconic sculpture, The Wall, which rose above the intersection of Broadway and Houston and
greeted travelers to Soho for 30+ years is making a long (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/04/23/the_wall_will_rise_again_in_soho.php) awaited comeback.

Frosty, meet Pablo ...



October 6th, 2007, 11:16 PM
Forrest Myers' "The Wall" has been fully re-installed ...








October 7th, 2007, 02:05 AM
good news. looks great.

October 7th, 2007, 09:18 AM
Looks even better in person -- the periwinkle color of the wall plays off the turquoise color of the beams. Right now the colors are very vibrant. I suggest trying to see it soon -- as vehicular traffic along the Houston / Broadway corridors will no doubt soon deposit ample amounts of grit & grime on the surface of The Wall to significantly diminish the visual impact.

October 9th, 2007, 10:26 PM
I saw it today. It looks fantastic AND that centuries old scaffolding is finally coming down.

October 10th, 2007, 11:08 AM
It really does make a huge difference. If only all those awful blank walls along Houston could be as artistic.

November 19th, 2013, 10:27 PM
The LPC, apparently in the doldrums of lame duckitude, approved this slab of glass today, set to rise across Broadway from The Wall in the SoHo Cast Iron Historic District (bad decision, but not all that surprising -- seeing as how the Commissioners recently declared that "Glass is the New Cast Iron") ...

Big Glass Triangle Gets Less Glassy, Approved By Landmarks (http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/11/19/big_glass_triangle_gets_less_glassy_approved_by_la ndmarks.php)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
by Jeremiah Budin

http://ny.curbed.com/uploads/19ehoustonrender-thumb.jpg (http://ny.curbed.com/uploads/19ehoustonrender.jpg)

Earlier designs for a triangular building at 19 East Houston Street drew the ire of the both the community and the Landmarks Commission (http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/09/18/big_glass_triangle_faces_publics_wrath_at_landmark s_hearing.php), so Perkins Eastman made significant changes before bringing the plans back this morning. While the original design had called for a primarily glass facade, the new one features a contextual brick facade at Crosby Street and a completely separate facade of staggered glass and recessed metal panels at East Houston, addressing commissioners' concerns that the building would appear thin and flimsy.

Another concern was the amount of signage that would visible through the glass. The architects took away the option of introducing a huge LED billboard by removing the large, open space where it would have gone and also limited the retail signage by having the ground level appear to be single-height, although it will remain double-height on the interior. All of the commissioners found the new plans approvable except for commissioner Michael Devonshire, who took issue with the windows Crosby Street facade, and commissioner Michael Goldblum, who said that the "overall impression is still one of a flat building" and that the design was "not taking cognizance of the special space in which it finds itself." In the end, though, it was approved with only one opposed.

· 19 East Houston Street coverage (http://ny.curbed.com/tags/19-east-houston-street) [Curbed]