In 1946, William Zeckendorf proposed a plan to build a floating airport on the Hudson River. While the 144-block-long transportation hub would have saved New Yorkers countless overpriced cab rides to JFK, it never panned out, and the idea was eventually relegated to the burgeoning graveyard of might-have-beens. Such projects are the focus of Never Built New York, a new book that presents the plans and stories of over 200 New York structures that were designed but never built, including alternate versions of Central Park, Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center, MoMA, the United Nations, Grand Central Terminal, the World Trade Center, and more. On Wednesday, December 14, co-authors Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell will discuss the book at the AIA New York Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Pl., nr. Bleecker St.; 212-683-0023). The discussion begins at 6 p.m., and tickets are $10.
In the Navy (Yard)
The Brooklyn Navy Yard has been around New York long enough to have hosted both Revolutionary War–era British prison ships and tech start-ups. The Yard’s storied past and forward-thinking present will be explored in an industry tour on Friday, December 9, which will begin at BLDG 92 (63 Flushing Ave., nr. Carlton Ave.; 718-907-5992) and will offer attendees a look at some of the more than 330 businesses that call the Yard home. The tour will focus on the New Lab, an interdisciplinary space where entrepreneurs concentrating on emerging technologies develop their work. The tour begins at 9:30 a.m., and tickets are $20.
Amid the smorgasbord of designer pop-up shops that have emerged this month, Young & Able’s 3rd annual holiday pop-up shop (2 Rivington St., nr. Bowery) sets itself apart. The shop features products exclusively from women designers — 35 of them, to be exact. Avandi Studio, Beroep Tech, Brooklyn Shoe Space, Malka Dina, How Could You?, and Risa Nishimori are among the designers whose products will be available, and Young & Able will also be hosting events throughout December, including workshops on leatherwork, painting, and wreath-making. Best of all, the space is open through the 24th, for those who plan to leave holiday shopping to the last possible minute.