MP Pool Party, Year 3

Just launched: the video documenting the 3rd year of summer installations dubbed MP Pool Party around a pool on Roosevelt Island. Located as part of the Manhattan Park residential community, the pool has become a key piece of the K&Co and Pliskin Architecture ongoing renovations to the 880-unit rental complex. The 2017 installation features an 8,000sf mural by Gregg V. Emery titled Waves off Roosevelt Island. The video was created by Patrick Mandeville of Divided Line Productions, and captures the transition from last year’s minimalist mural by Andrew Faris to Gregg’s layered interpretation of the over sized canvas, and through to the community’s embrace of the pool, the painting and the furnishing curated by K&Co’s Aaron Levy. The video features the music of Secret Creatures, drone footage by Amy Shell, and additional video footage by Andrea Fuma.

This year’s installation, labeled one of New York City’s most instagrammable summer locations, has been featured in TimeOut New Yorkthe New York PostDNAuntappedcitiescurbed, and PureWow.

MP Pool Party year 2 Video

With only two weeks left to enjoy the pool season at Manhattan Park, we’ve added another way to enjoy this year’s installment of K&Co and Pliskin Architecture’s summer art series, featuring the 2016 mural by Andrew Faris titled Block Party. The video above, by Patrick Mandeville of Divided Line Productions, captures the transition from last year’s mural by HOTTEA to Andrew’s interpretation of the 8,000sf canvas on Roosevelt Island, and through to the placement of the lounge chairs, hammocks, and sun-brellas curated by K&Co’s Aaron Levy.
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The video, which includes drone footage by Amy Shell (pictured above with Patrick, working through one of the sequences), was shot over the course of 3 weeks during the lead up to the opening in May of 2016. The video has been featured in the Architect’s Newspaper coverage of MP Pool Party year 2.

Manhattan Park Pool, Year 2

Block Party

The summer installations by K&Co and Pliskin Architecture at the Manhattan Park Pool have entered their 2nd year, with the 2016 being launched this past Memorial Day. Like last year, the new installation features an 8,000sf mural with a bright color palette, and will accompany the pools other design elements, ranging from lounge chairs, hammocks, sun-brellas, and more. This year’s mural is by Andrew Faris and is titled Block Party – it uses bright colors that are similar to those in last year’s installation, but re-imagines the pool in Andrew’s unique vocabulary. The mural and the pool have garnered the attention of local blogs and media outlets, including Curbed, Gothamist, Timeout New York, Architectural Digest, and The Architect’s Newspaper.

(Good Times)


MP Pool Party, the summer pop up at the Manhattan Park Pool Club on Roosevelt Island, was used as one of the shooting locations for Jamie XX‘s latest video ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’. The song, which features Young Thug and Popcaan, and was directed by Rollo Jackson, was shot over the summer in various locations in NYC and Jamaica. The scenes at the pool, which was designed by K&Co and Pliskin Architecture, heavily features the mural commissioned by the designers for the space, which was painted on the pool deck by street artist HOT TEA.

MP Pool Party Time Lapse


As we prepare to (sadly) bid summer farewell, here’s a look back at the making of MP Pool Party – the summer pop up pool for Manhattan Park in Roosevelt Island. With Design by K&Co and Pliskin Architecture, and a massive mural by HOT TEA, the pool was a huge success, drawing in curious people from all over the city. The project, a temporary installation in an old pool facility on Roosevelt Island in New York City, was completed in time for Memorial Day weekend and the start of the 2015 pool season.

The video , shot over the course of 10 days, documents the work by street artist HOT TEA, with help from the K&Co team, transforming the broken concrete pavement into a festive rainbow mural. The furniture includes simple chaise lounges, colorful Acapulco chairs, colorful hammocks, and bright yellow sunbrellas, was selected to work with the painted deck to complete a playful scene overlooking the Upper East Side just across the East River.

The design for the pool also received a wide range of media interest, from Curbed in NYC, through Wallpaper* in London, to The Iconist in Berlin. Additionally, the client, Roosevelt Island Associates, together with the design team, is currently working on a larger remodel of the outdoor pool area and other public amenities at the 8.5 acre waterfront rental community located on Roosevelt Island, which we hope will continue to make waves in the local real estate market.

MP Pool in the Approval Matrix

Few things mark the pulse of New York culture like New York Magazine’s Approval Matrix. Having work featured in it marks relevance or at the very least momentary recognition, floating temporarily above some of the noise. So when our joint work with K&Co and HOTTEA on Roosevelt Island was featured on the Matrix, we were noticeably giddy with excitement. Furthermore – MP Pool Party landed on the matrix in the LowBrow /Brilliant quadrant, which, well, is kind of awesome altogether…
Approval Matrix

MP Pool Party Lands in the Approval Matrix

Culminating an 8-week design/procurement/execution phase, the revitalized pool opened on Memorial day, and was quick to get noticed. Both social media and local blogs picked up the installation at a quick pace (first posts surfaced before the pool had even been filled), and curious pool goers and art enthusiasts had started frequenting the pool. Open both through seasonal memberships and day passes, the Manhattan Park pool was happy to welcome the new crowds, and this season marked a spike in pool membership, reaffirming the client’s commitment to the overall revitalization of this Roosevelt Island Rental Community.

Curbed Features MP Pool Party

Pliskin Architecture’s latest collaboration with K&Co was recently covered on Curbed, a New York based real estate and architecture blog. The project, a temporary installation in an old pool facility on Roosevelt Island in New York City, was completed in time for Memorial Day weekend and the start of the pool season.

Curbed Feature

This Curbed feature covers one piece of a larger phased project. The client, Roosevelt Island Associates, together with of K&Co and Pliskin Architecture, is planning a larger remodel of the outdoor pool area at Manhattan Park, an 8.5 acre waterfront rental community, as well as new designs for the lobbies, hallways, and rental units. In the interim, the design team proposed a temporary, whimsical design installation called “pop-up pool party” that would last for the 2015 pool season. The pop-up pool club will feature new loungers, hammocks, beach-style lifeguard chairs, and other deck furniture, as well as other upgrades – all with an iconic, pop-art feel. Most notably, the redesigned space will feature a pool deck mural by noted street artist and “yarn bomber” HOTTEA. The design team consisted of Krista Ninivaggi, Aaron Levy, Carly Berger, Micah McKelvey, and Barak Pliskin.