Link About It: This Week’s Picks

An ancient mystery solved, architectural advancements, photographing natural wonders, and inspiration aplenty in our look around the web

Quentin Blake’s Cheerful Rainbow E-Cards Legendary artist Sir Quentin Blake has created 10 new artworks, featuring watercolor rainbows and a cast of characters, that can each be sent as e-cards free of charge. The 86-year-old illustrator drew the pictures in order to share a little humor and bolster optimism, saying “It seems like a time when a few straightforward jokes might not come amiss, so …

Studio Gang’s Brooklyn Firehouse + Training Facility

When thinking about architectural advancements in a city, a firehouse might be an unlikely consideration; it’s a utilitarian structure often defined by historic attributes, not innovative ones. That’s part of what makes Studio Gang’s FDNY Rescue Company 2 in Brownsville so compelling. Architect Jeanne Gang designed the beautiful facade (accented with fire-engine-red terra-cotta tiles) and thoughtful, dynamic interiors for the needs of firefighters today: from …

Seven Towers Transforming NYC’s Skyline

Cataloging the contributions of these eye-popping additions to the city

From windows inside—or out of—the five boroughs, and in the uncanny stillness of the present day, one might be able to see (and ruminate upon the fact) that NYC‘s skyline has changed dramatically in recent years. Away from the mega-projects of Hudson Yards, the Williamsburg waterfront and the World Trade Center, jagged teeth have risen among the historic structures that have long lent their power …