A Colonial House Recovery on 64th Street; I Smell a Holiday Movie Franchise…

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Riddle me this, Batman (assuming that you’re Batman, of course): what happens if the building — in this case in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico — you’re converting into a bar is cataloged as a Historic Monument by the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico, which doesn’t allow ANY modification of the property? Well, you’re limited to only being able to recover the existing architectural elements (in this case, iron and wood) and design the project with complete and absolute fidelity to the original building. Re-purposing and rehabilitating a historic structure can be complicated enough, but the Nauzet Rodríguez team pulled it off real well. Continue reading “A Colonial House Recovery on 64th Street; I Smell a Holiday Movie Franchise…”

BOOS Beach Club Restaurant, the Best Old House & Japanese Origami-Inspired Bar & Grill in Luxembourg

Yup, that title pretty much tells it; there’s more to discuss, though. There now exists a modern and contemporary building with a new and iconic design, replacing the rather older BOOS Beach Club bar and restaurant. The newsest part of the building resembles folded sheets of paper– as it was influenced by Japanese origami art — is actually integrated around the existing triangular-shaped home to exist with the old and open to the local suroundings. Continue reading “BOOS Beach Club Restaurant, the Best Old House & Japanese Origami-Inspired Bar & Grill in Luxembourg”

You Can Play Some 1-on-1 at NBA Legend Walter “Clyde” Frazier’s Restaurant in NYC

What would you do after retiring form an epic, decorated and legendary career in the National Basketball Association?  How about getting inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987, become a color commentator for the NBA’s New York Knicks, and then get into the restaurant business?  That’s exactly what Walt “Clyde” Frazier did, now with the opening of his restaurant, Fraizer’s Wine and Dine in New York City, designed by Morphosis Architects.  Frazier, now 67, famous in his day not only as an athlete, but as a flamboyant dresser, earned the nickname “Clyde” after the snazzy-dressed protagonist of the 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde (a personal favorite film of mine), and the restaurant seems to really fit his style.  It even has a  foul-shooting basketball court at one end of the bar.  I was immediately sold!

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I Love this Chocolate/Carbonite-Frozen Han Solo Bar; it says "I know."

I LOVE ThinkGeek; their catalog has all sorts of awesome shirts, electronics, toys, and other various knick-knacks that celebrate the interests of nerds, geeks, and those who just enjoy any variation of random things.  One of their new items for sale is the official Carbonite-Frozen Han Solo Chocolate Bar, a 4.5-ounce dark chocolate bar measuring at 6″ in length for $12. Say what you want … Continue reading I Love this Chocolate/Carbonite-Frozen Han Solo Bar; it says "I know."

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