Bicycling magazine may have named New York City the nationâ€™s best city for cyclingâ€”surprising many from calmer townsâ€”but even more stunning is their selection of the worst place to pedal: nearby Suffolk county. Donâ€™t worry Suf-folks, itâ€™s not strictly personal. Youâ€™re way of life is symbolic of our national transportation imbalance. â€œReally, right now, the worst city is in the suburbs,â€ said Bicyclingâ€™s editor in chief Bill Strickland. â€œWe picked Suffolk to be Â emblematic of that.â€ And urbanists wonder why they get tagged as elitists.
Brooklyn Bridge Park is one of New Yorkâ€™s most loved and successful new public spacesâ€”just be careful how you get there! The spindly Squibb Park Bridge, which connects Columbia Heights to the park, has been temporarily closed â€œdue to construction,â€ according to the parkâ€™s website. But some say that design flaws are the real culprit. One reader toldÂ us the bridgeâ€™s wooden planks are visibly warped, while others have saidÂ the bouncy structure is, well, just too bouncy. No word yet when the span will reopen.
A proposal for a dense forest along the Rockaways shoreline in New York City could boost storm resiliency in the area. Local Office Landscape and Urban Design, led byÂ Walter Meyer and Jennifer Bolstad, has proposed the forest along the Robert Moses roadway in Rockaway, Queens. The so-calledÂ â€œRockaway East Resiliency Preserveâ€ wouldÂ turn the storm-weary Rockaways into a blooming, natural location.
Earlier this week, AN went up to the 67thÂ floor of the recently-opened 4 World Trade Center to get a progress report on the 16-acre redevelopment taking shape below. Inside theÂ wide-open and raw space, Larry Silverstein, the siteâ€™s developer, told reporters that his vision for a new World Trade Center had finally become a reality. â€œIâ€™ve gotten a bit of a reputation as a wild-eyed optimist,â€ he said in front of a wall of windows. â€œBut even I have to admit that I didnâ€™t see all this coming.â€ Noting that it had been 13 years since the attacks, he went on to refer to the anniversary as theÂ siteâ€™s â€œbar mitzvah.â€
Beyond the Supersquare: Art and Architecture in Latin America After Modernism at the Bronx Museum is the most exciting and challenging architecture and urbanism exhibit in New York at the moment. The focus of the exhibit is the influence modern architecture and architectural thought has had on contemporary art in the Caribbean and Latin America. But while it features the work of artists and not primarily architects, all the works selected by Bronx Museum Executive Director Holly Block and Independent Curator MarÃa InÃ©s Rodriguez were chosen for their insights into architecture and the immediate challenges of the region’s exploding urbanism.
Frank Gehry has offered up another design forÂ hisÂ remarkably controversial Eisenhower Memorial in Washington D.C.Â The revised approach comes a few months after the National Capital Planning Commission shot down Team Gehryâ€™s last design which included massive metal tapestries and columns that obstructed views of the capitol dome.
Times Square 1984: The Postmodern Moment
The Skyscraper Museum
39 Battery Place,Â New York
Through January 18, 2015
Times Square is one of the most renowned cultural hubs in the entire world. It is commonly heralded as the perfect tourist attraction: full of bright lights at night, giant LED billboard signs, and men in furry costumes of Elmo and the Cookie Monster. Times Square 1984: The Postmodern Moment, currently on view at The Skyscraper Museum, enlightens visitors with the recent history of Times Square and how it became what it is today.
One of Manhattanâ€™s most historic streets could soon become one of its most pedestrian-friendly. That is, if a plan for a revamped Orchard Street from the Lower East Sideâ€™s Business Improvement District (BID)Â isÂ approved by the city. The plan, which was unveiled at a community board meeting last week, calls for curb extensions, bike corals, planters, tree beds, and benches along a six-block stretch of the street. The plan also calls for a pedestrian plaza on adjacent Broome Street.
Earlier today, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter cut the ribbon on Dilworth Parkâ€”aÂ new 120,000-square-foot public space next to City Hall. OLINÂ led the $55 million renovation of the site which now includes an expansive lawn, a cafÃ©, new trees and seating, and a nearly 12,000-square-foot fountain that converts into an ice skating rink in the winter.
[ Editor's Note: The following letter was left in the comments section of archpaper.com in response toÂ Alan G. Brakeâ€™s editorial â€œThe Seaport Adriftâ€Â (AN 09_07.23.2014), which argued for more programming at Manhattanâ€™s South Street Seaport, such as housing.Â Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper.Â ANÂ welcomesÂ reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please emailÂ email@example.com.Â ]
How would adding housing help connect the building to its surroundings? The seaport is inherently a destination for most of the people who use it. The pop-up food market was perhaps the best-suited program for the site.