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Bourbon development a total facade

Opinion by JOHN MOYLE The second attempt to get a development application passed on the Bourbon block in Kings Cross is a great exercise in façadism designed to obfuscate the brutal reality. Behind developer Iris Capital and designers Tonkin Zulaikha Greer’s submission is another facade of a design deeply flawed and one that will impact […]

The killing of Darlinghurst Road

Opinion by JOHN MOYLE Not since the Green Bans and the Victoria Street wars of the ‘70s has Kings Cross faced such a powerful and existential threat to its existence. Under the cover of COVID on Friday 11th of September Iris Capital for developer Sam Arnaout lodged its second Development Application with the City of […]

Kings Cross faces uncertain future

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE Kings Cross is under attack. Its eccentricity is threatened by the very thing that keeps it alive: a living breathing critical mass and ribbon of funky people and things who don't mind being deliberately different. It's defending itself from volleys of large development applications that, if approved, would erode its individuality, […]

Kings Cross to get intensive care

By JOHN MOYLE News of the death of Kings Cross may be premature but it is certainly on life support and urgently in need of a recent City of Sydney-backed grant. On January 14 this year, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the winding back of the lockout laws, almost six years to the day when […]

Murder mystery may soon be solved

By ANDREW WOODHOUSE Heiress Juanita Joan Nielsen was a Kings Cross-based owner of the newspaper, “NOW” and a writer who became notable for her activism for urban conservation and community issues, particularly anti-development campaigns. She was vociferously against Sydney Council projects to “up-grade” Oxford Street, a monorail for Darlinghurst Road and the demolition of both […]

Sam plays it again

Opinion by JOHN MOYLE A new development plan for 18-32A Darlinghurst Road – including The Bourbon and the Empire Hotel - has emerged under the cover of COVID-19. Titled “Darlinghurst Road Potts Point,” the proposal is the work of award winning architectural firm Tonkinzulaikhagreeer Architects (TZG) for their client Piccadilly Hotel Operation Trust Pty Ltd, […]

Cross-cultural solutions avoid the virus

by JOHN MOYLE That Sydney’s Kings Cross is resilient is something of an understatement when considering that in recent memory it has survived the eighties’ heroin epidemic and since 2014 has been under the harshest lockout laws in Australia. In spite of all of this the area built and maintained a reputation for some of […]

THE NAKED CITY – A GHOST TOUR OF KINGS CROSS

It was a midweek night in King Cross, over three decades ago in what were the buoyant and often permissive 1980s. Live music echoed from a whole variety of venues scattered around the area, often continuing well into the wee small hours. At the Piccadilly Hotel in Victoria Street, Lubricated Goat were hosting one of […]

REVIEW: Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas features two new Australian plays by award-winning playwrights Katy Warner and Gretel Vella. The first play, Good People by Katy Warner, has an all-female cast playing long-term friends on a holiday in  a foreign country who  have had to  leave their hotel abruptly and are stuck at the airport. They are waiting and have […]

THE NAKED CITY – SUBURBAN ROULETTE

Sydney, since its very beginning, has always been an ever-changing landscape. Nowhere has this been more evident than in the way certain suburbs fall in and out of favour. Back in the early 80s one of the daily papers conducted a survey of all metropolitan suburbs according to their desirability as a place to live […]