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Fred Bernstein
Fred Bernstein has degrees in law (from NYU) and architecture (from Princeton) and writes about both subjects. He has contributed hundreds of articles to the New York Times.

Entries by Fred Bernstein

Caitlyn and the Court -- Why Not All Couples Are Same-Sex or Opposite-Sex

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 12:38 AM

There are 50 states where I could marry Caitlyn Jenner.  But only 37 states where I could marry Bruce.

That's because, right now, 13 states prohibit same-sex marriage.  (Of course I don't know whether Caitlyn Jenner is legally male or female -- it depends on whether she has filed a "gender...

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An Open Letter to David Chipperfield

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 12:54 PM


The Museo delle Culture by David Chipperfield

Dear David:

I know you really care about floors. I know because I've been to your Neues Museum in Berlin and your Saint Louis Art Museum extension, and both have exceptional floors.

And I know...

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Why Is New York So Ugly?

(2) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 5:21 PM

There are parts of New York that are beautiful; my favorites include the art-deco oasis that is Rockefeller Center and the brilliantly designed Brooklyn Bridge Park. But too much of the city is grimy, gray and grim. Even after years of economic growth, and despite efforts of well-funded and well-meaning...

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Empire State Building: Still Top of the Heap?

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 4:48 PM

In September 2001, just a few days after the World Trade Center was destroyed, I found myself outside a Broadway theater, looking up at what was, once again, the tallest building in New York. But it was a foggy night, and for a split second, part of the Empire State...

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Election a Boost for Smithsonian's Latino Museum?

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 6:28 PM

The effects of last night's election will be felt all over Washington -- including, possibly, a site favored by supporters of the National Museum of the American Latino, adjacent to the Capitol.

For years, they have been trying to secure political support for the museum, which would...

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America's Mega-Mansions and Micro-Cribs Grow Farther Apart

(95) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 9:47 AM

Michael Maltzan, the Los Angeles architect, has had a very good couple of years. He recently completed a home for Michael Ovitz that, at 28,000 square feet, is the size of a small museum. At the same time, Maltzan has been winning design awards for the New Carver Apartments, a...

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