Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Window Treatments

The residents of the new dormdos (dorm + condo) around 14th Street and 3rd Avenue have so much trouble finding curtains to cover their massive, exposing, floor to ceiling windows.

Back in 2007, the residents of 110 Third tried this method (Curbed called it "One Ten Third World"):



Now the residents of the new 123 Third, right across the avenue from 110 Third (hard to tell them apart, I know), struggle with the same challenge.

One tries covering the windows with polka-dotted bedsheets:



Another opts for a really big piece of butcher paper. Sadly, the Scotch tape doesn't hold:



But this one wins for originality and diversity--a collection of canvases placed side by side, backs facing the street...



...paired with a bunch of different colored paper all taped together to fill in the gaps. The paper, some of it ripped from sketchbooks, has drawings on it. Are the little child-like houses reminders of home? At least artists are still moving to the East Village. Right?

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Artists? Hahahhaha, pampered students
who chart where they live by the price at nearby beer halls. What was torn down for one of those buildings?
The Variety Photoplays Theater.

Cheers, Skol, L'Chaim, Nazdrovye, Prost, Cin cin. Next round is yours.

EV Grieve said...

Still, I bet those sheets have a very nice thread count.

BabyDave said...

RE: dorm + condo
How about condorms?

James Taylor said...

If they walked two blocks south they could get blinds from Surprise, Surprise...

esquared said...

been to one of those dormduh, and it really gets hot in there even with the ac on. don't know what these people were thinking, renting/buying here. must be the electrolytes...

Anonymous said...

What dumbasses.

Jeremiah Moss said...

condorms. i like it.

electrolytes! they should work that into their marketing. "123 Third: It's got electrolytes."

Marty Wombacher said...

Interesting how if there's art on those canvases they're placed so the artwork is only visible from inside the condorms. Speaks volumes.

Anonymous said...

how neighborly for them to treat us to the backs of canvases! - BN

Anonymous said...

WHERE is Martha Stewart when she's needed? BTW, maybe these window challenged could use a little contact paper! Remember that? It would stick to those windows.

Jill said...

I can't believe you posted this. One of my (many) plans for a blog post this week was to go around photographing all the covered up windows in the various new glass buildings. I noticed it first on the A Building on 13th Street - all the windows on the entire building covered with curtains. (Honestly I probably wouldn't have gotten around to it, being too damn hot to carry around a camera that makes my neck sweat.)

I've never been inside one of these glass monstrosities, but it appears that these windows take up an entire wall and even if the curtains are nice, inside it must look like a wall of curtains instead of a place to hang paintings or build book cases. It is confounding, just confounding that anybody would give up wall space for curtains.

Cray Eddie said...

As you have elegantly pointed out in your blog, isn’t Patrick Bateman their role model? If so, who needs curtains, venetian blinds or shades. Why don’t they be true to the Yunnie DBs template that they are? In the words of Max Bialystock: "That's it, baby, when you've got it, flaunt it, flaunt it!".

Jeremiah Moss said...

Jill, good point. wall space is so valuable! i'd be miserable in a fishtank, personally.

true about Bateman. of course, all we would see if we could see inside would be people sitting in front of big-screen TVs while texting on their little screens.