Highly anticipated rezoning for East New York to be revealed next week

Development, East, News, Urbanism
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Proposed rezoning under the East New York Community Plan (Courtesy NYC Planning)

Proposed rezoning under the East New York Community Plan (Courtesy NYC Planning)

There are big changes planned for Brooklyn’s East New York. On Monday, September 21st, the Department of City Planning will unveil the full East New York Community Plan. The plan is part of Housing New York, Mayor de Blasio’s ten year plan to stabilize existing affordable housing supply and build 80,000 new units.  Read More

Mecanoo Announced As Winner of New York Public Library Redesign [Updated]

Architecture, Awards, East, News, Newsletter
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
The NYPL's Main Branch on Fifth Avenue (Courtesy Jeffrey Zeldman / Flickr)

The NYPL’s Main Branch on Fifth Avenue (Courtesy Jeffrey Zeldman / Flickr)

The New York Public Library‘s Board of Trustees unanimously selected the Dutch firm Mecanoo to lead the renovation of the NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (the main branch at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street), as well as the Mid-Manhattan Library at 455 5th Avenue. Mecanoo’s creative director and founding parter Francine Houben will lead the design team. New York’s Beyer Blinder Belle will be the architect of record. Construction begins in late 2017 and is expected to run through 2019.

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Groundbreaking at the hulking Divine Lorraine marks the end of blight at Philly’s towering landmark

Architecture, Development, East, News
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Outside the Lorraine. (Henry Melcher / AN)

Exterior of the Divine Lorraine (Henry Melcher / AN)

Groundbreaking on the Divine Lorraine, Philadelphia’s luxury hotel turned graffiti artist playground, begins this afternoon.

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Don’t miss the Designers & Books Fair in New York City this October

Architecture, Design, East
Wednesday, September 16, 2015


It’s one of the great joys of being an architect or designer in New York: the city has unique events that one finds in few other cities. The Designers & Books Fair—scheduled for October 2–4 at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)—is one of those events. It is the only book fair in the world focused on all aspects of design: architecture, experience design, fashion, graphic design, interior design, landscape architecture, product and industrial design, and urban design.

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Zaha Hadid tapped to design a supertall skyscraper, “vertical mall” on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue

Architecture, Development, East, Newsletter
Monday, September 14, 2015
Current Office block between 52nd and 53rd St. (Courtesy Google)

Current Office block between 52nd and 53rd St. (Courtesy Google)

Developers Steve Roth and Jared Kushner have reportedly tapped Zaha Hadid to expand an existing 41-story office block at 666 Fifth Avenue into a supertall stack of apartments, a hotel, and a “vertical mall.”

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Drone footage of BIG’s VIA 57 West strikes a chord with architecture fans

Communications firm Darkhorse deployed a drone with a camera to create a stunning video of VIA 57 West, Bjarke Ingels Group’s first New York City building. At 467 feet tall, the building has been dubbed a “courtscraper” for combining elements of a Manhattan high rise with a perimeter block program. The building is expected to be complete later this year.

Pictorial> Take a look inside Dattner’s 34th St-Hudson Yards subway station, now open to the public

(Patrick Cashin for MTA / Flickr)

(Patrick Cashin for MTA / Flickr)

On Sunday, September 13th, New York City got its first new subway station in 25 years. Located at 34th Street and Eleventh Avenue, the 34th St-Hudson Yards station extended the 7 train one and a half miles to serve Manhattan’s Far West Side.

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Jersey City implementing pioneering 2013 Housing Plan to spur affordability, dense development

Rendering of proposed market rate and affordable housing complex (Courtesy Jersey City Mayor's Office)

Rendering of proposed market rate and affordable housing complex (Courtesy Jersey City Mayor’s Office)

In 2016, Jersey City’s population is set to exceed Newark’s. With an influx of newcomers, city officials have pioneered a tax incentive plan that encourages new development while actively combating segregation by income. While these goals usually conflict, officials are confident that the program, Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT), will meet the needs of all stakeholders.

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Architects, preservationists come out in force against bill that would change historic preservation in New York City


Manhattan’s Stone Street, one of over 33,000 landmark properties in New York City. (Courtesy Wally Gobetz / Flickr)

New York City Council members Peter A. Koo and David Greenfield introduced a bill in April 2015 that would radically alter the way the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) considers sites for historic preservation. That measure, Intro 775, was debated yesterday in an epic public hearing that lasted more than six hours.  Read More

Pentagram and WXY team up for supersized aerial signage at Rockaway Beach’s new boardwalk

Aerial view of Rockaway Beach boardwalk (Albert Vecerka / Esto)

Aerial view of Rockaway Beach boardwalk. (Albert Vecerka / Esto)

The architecture studio WXY, engineering firm C2HM, and Pentagram have partnered to rebuild the boardwalk on Rockaway Beach. When it’s complete in 2017, the new boardwalk will be a five and a half mile long segmented cement walkway featuring graphic signage that can only be read from the air. Read More

Pictorial> Conservation work at New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral is finally (almost) complete

Cleaning the Cathedral's exterior (Courtesy Murphy Burnham & Buttrick)

Cleaning the Cathedral’s exterior (Courtesy Murphy Burnham & Buttrick)

Shrouded in scaffolding for three years, renovations on St. Patrick’s Cathedral are nearly complete. Initiated in 2006, renovations stalled due to the 2007 economic recession, but began again in earnest in 2012. Pope Francis’ upcoming New York visit advanced the project timeline.

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