Darryl Zuk

Darryl was born in 1986 on the cusp of the New York Mets' second World Series title, minutes after Darryl Strawberry broke up Nolan Ryan's no hitter in Game 5 of the NLCS! Growing up, he loved to play sports, draw, and build things. Legos, K'Nex, and his grandfather's vintage Erectors served as his initial tools for design, but it wasn't until high school when he considered architecture as a career. Before that, he was definitely going to be a baseball player, or a fire fighter, or an astronaut. Darryl attended the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and graduated with highest honors. After spending too many years in the south, he was finally able to come home to New York to pursue a Master of Architecture at Columbia University. For school, he has worked on projects situated in exotic locales such as Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, Mars, and even Hoboken, NJ and lower Manhattan. Most recently, he has become interested in exploring how architecture can improve cities and the lives of the people who inhabit them. Darryl is a strong supporter of the Oxford comma, enjoys long walks at dinner, and candlelit beaches.
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Movement of People, American Migration


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A proposal by the city would bring stop signs, speed humps and crossings along six blocks between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, linking plazas and open-access lobbies.


Why People in Cities Walk Fast

Late last week our own Richard Florida wondered on Twitter whether pedestrian walking speeds might indicate a city’s economic activity — reflecting some sort of “urban metabolism,” as he put it. Turns out there’s a rather long history of research into the speed of walking in cities, and that the evidence reveals, among other things, a strong connection between fleetness of foot and fatness of wallet. Call it a sign of the Cantering Class.




Third Rail Fitness

Powering your workout.

Much of Manhattan is replete with gyms, however, the Lower East Side is not. Situated under Delancey Street, the best new gym in the city fixes that. The subway is a performance space… show off!


The subway is already a performance space. Musicians perform in stations, or wander from car to car. Break dancers and pole dancers entertain passengers, and even improvisational comedy groups take to the subway to amuse and engage riders. 

The gym also provides a forum for performance: the human body is on stage. Not only do you workout get become stronger and healthier, but also, you go to be looked at, and maybe even to ogle someone else.