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Van Alen Bookstore Closure Looms; Bill Cunningham Exhibit

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UPPER WEST SIDE—This spring, the New York Historical Society is hosting a special exhibition highlighting the creative intersection of fashion and architecture through the lens of photographer, Bill Cunningham. Facades, on view from March 14 through June 15, 2014, will explore the photographer's 1968-1976 photographic essay in which he paired models in period costumes with historic settings. On view, the project will offer a glimpse into the city's unique past of preservation and urban issues. [CurbedWire inbox]

FLATIRON—The Van Alen Bookstore, which opened to much critical acclaim from the architecture community in 2011, will be closing its doors in the spring, but not in vain. The space, which was inspired by the non-profit's most successful design intervention—the TKTS booth—will soon transform into another competition-winning design by Collective-LOK. Despite the deconstruction of the city's last bookstore dedicated solely to architecture, the move "signals yet another era in the long history of this admired institution." You can check out the space's new design here. [ArchNews; previously]