Daily digest: Juneteenth is now a federal holiday, Google opens its first physical store, and more

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Daily digest: Juneteenth is now a federal holiday, Google opens its first physical store, and more

Inside Google’s new store at the base of the company’s Chelsea headquarters (Courtesy Google/Photo by Paul Warchol)

Welcome back to another Friday, and now, the day before the United States’ newest federal holiday.

Here’s what you need to know:

Juneteenth is the newest federal holiday

Mark your calendars (which are sure to be updated next year); Juneteenth is now a federally recognized holiday after President Biden signed the legislation into law yesterday. From this year on, the holiday, marking the end of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865, will now be recognized on a federal level; the event had previously been commemorated on a state-by-state basis but not uniformly. (For instance, Texas enshrined the date as a holiday in 1980.) Though June 19 falls on a Saturday this year, public schools and federal agencies all shut down on June 18 at last-minute notice.

Google’s first brick-and-mortar store opens in a Reddymade-designed space

Google’s first foray into Apple or Microsoft-style retail is finally here. After the tech behemoth first announced in May that they would open a brick-and-mortar shop at the base of their New York City headquarters in Chelsea, it’s now open. Designed by the New York-based Reddymade, the LEED Platinum-certified store eschews Apple’s space-age aesthetic for a warmer palette primarily composed of cork and wood, while a twirling metal loop runs the length of the space to provide a sense of whimsy and movement.

The Boring Company wants to expand into freight shipping

Although Elon Musk’s The Boring Company has only recently completed its first full venture, the 1.7-mile Las Vegas loop, the company is reportedly looking into building expanded tunnels for freight shipping. While the Las Vegas Convention Center loop may only be able to, as of right now, transport about 1,200 passengers per hour according to planning files from The Boring Company as a result of the tunnel’s 12-foot-wide narrowness (constraining it to single lane traffic each way), they’re now pitching potential investors on 21-foot-wide tunnels that would be used to carry freight. As The Verge notes, that’s wide enough to fit two shipping containers side-by-side.

H/t to The Verge

Snøhetta and Stonehill Taylor complete Roosevelt Island’s first hotel

A hotel with metal panels and bridge in the background
Tall panels and windows were used to lend the Graduate Hotel a sense of greater verticality. (Steve Freihorn)

The Cornell Tech campus on New York City’s Roosevelt Island is still expanding, and the latest addition just opened. The Graduate Hotel was designed by Snøhetta with Stonehill Taylor as the architect of record and lobby designer, and brings an 18-story, 244-room hotel to the island, the first project of its type to be built there. The building, which denotes the entrance to the Cornell campus, juts forward with a “prow” and is accentuated by vertical metal panels.

Hauser & Wirth is opening yet another gallery, this time in Monaco

International contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth is continuing its massive expansion, hot off of the announcement just last week of a new gallery in West Hollywood. The latest addition to its portfolio is a space in Monaco which will open tomorrow, June 19, with a solo show of Louise Bourgeois’ massive metal spiders. With travel restrictions easing, will international art tourists return to the French Riviera?

H/t to Artnet News

Flint, Michigan, is turning its old police training academy into a marijuana growing facility

After a contentious 5-4 vote by the Flint City Council, the Michigan city has agreed to sell its former Flint Police Training Academy to Evergrow LLC, which plans to convert the building into a marijuana growing facility. The 4.4-acre site was sold for $500,000, but opponents of the move claim that the city never properly offered other buyers the chance to bid and that the company wasn’t clear with what it had planned for the property. Evergrow is reportedly hoping to begin construction on the growing facility soon, but it still has plenty of regulatory hurdles to jump through before such a project can break ground.

H/t to M Live