Well! As you may have heard by now, it's happening! This summer... through October.
And this is what it will look like.
Oh. And here's part of the official news release that we received:
Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, and Jim O'Donnell, President and CEO, BMW North America, LLC, announced today that the BMW Guggenheim Lab will launch in New York City from August 3 to October 16. Following New York, the BMW Guggenheim Lab will travel to Berlin in spring/summer 2012, and to a city in Asia to be announced later this year. Conceived as an urban think tank and mobile laboratory, the BMW Guggenheim Lab will explore issues confronting contemporary cities and provide a public place and online forum for sharing ideas and practical solutions. The BMW Guggenheim Lab and all of its programming will be free to the public. The new website and online communities will create and extend the opportunity to participate in this multidisciplinary urban experiment worldwide.
Anyway, there has been some work taking place in the last six weeks or so.
And workers have had some success in thinning the rat population, as you can see from this one found in the street of front of the lot.
Unfortunately, a resident who lives adjacent to the lot wrote me to say:
Just to let you know the Guggenheim project next door to my place plans to chop down a 60-foot tree [this] morning. Such destruction for a temporary art installation! That tree has been there for what must be 30 or 40 years!
A small price to pay for some forward-thinking ideas and designs for urban life?
UPDATED: A reader asks —
If I want to conduct work around a City tree, do I need a special permit? Excerpts from the City's Parks & Recreation Department website:
"Any person wishing to plant a tree on city property or do work on or around street or park trees must first obtain a permit from Parks.
"Removing a tree without a permit and damaging trees are very serious offenses, punishable by a fine of up to $15,000 and/or imprisonment for up to one year."
What I don't know is if the tree is a city tree or not.
Previously on EV Grieve:
The Guggenheim wants our rat-infested First Street lot
Residents pitching in to help refurbish First Street garden