NYC DOT’s “Great Streets” vision for Atlantic Avenue lacks any bicycle infrastructure

New medians proposed for Atlantic Avenue. (Courtesy NYC DOT)

New medians proposed for Atlantic Avenue. (Courtesy NYC DOT)

As part of Mayor de Blasio’s mission to eliminate traffic deaths in New York City, his administration has committed $250 million toward its “Great Streets” initiative to redesign four of the city’s most dangerous arterial roadways: 4th Avenue in Brooklyn, Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn and Queens, Queens Boulevard, and  Grand Concourse in the Bronx.

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Marvel Architects’ controversial library and condo development moves forward in Brooklyn

(Courtesy Marvel Architects)

(Courtesy Marvel Architects)

A controversial plan to boost the coffers of the financially-strapped Brooklyn Public Library system with the revenue from a new condo tower is moving forward.

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ODA bucks a shortlist of 14 firms to design pair of controversial Brooklyn Bridge Park towers

Pier 6 towers. (Courtesy ODA Archtiecture)

Pier 6 towers. (Courtesy ODA Architecture)

Last August, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (BBPC) unveiled 14 proposed designs for a pair of controversial towers it planned to build near the park’s southern-most pier. Under a Bloomberg-era development plan, sites along the park would be leased to private developers to finance the upkeep of Michael Van Valkenburgh‘s 85-acre green space. These two towers near Pier 6 represented the last piece of the development puzzle.

But now there’s been a change.

Thomas Balsley unveils design for 8-acre green space at Pacific Park Brooklyn

Thomas Balsley's Pacific Park. ( COURTESY  VUW STUDIOS)

Thomas Balsley’s Pacific Park. ( COURTESY VUW STUDIOS)

After countless delays, plenty of controversy, and a few lawsuits, Brooklyn’s Pacific Park mega-development (formerly Atlantic Yards) is starting to take shape. The Barclays Center’s green roof is showing progress, SHoP’s long-delayed modular tower is rising again next door, and a pair of COOKFOX-designed residential buildings are underway at the development’s eastern edge. And now, the project’s new namesake, the 8-acre Pacific Park, has finally been unveiled.

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No longer endangered: Greenpoint’s Sgt. William Dougherty Playground will be revamped after facing threat of closure

(Courtesy NYS Department of Transportation)

(Courtesy NYS Department of Transportation)

Space-starved Greenpoint is about to receive a welcome overhaul of its Sgt. William Dougherty Playground, a compact park at the corner of Cherry Street and Vandervoort Avenue. Once threatened with a four-year closure to facilitate completion of the Kosciuszko Bridge in 2013, the park will now receive some extra real estate—with a modest expansion from 0.76 to 0.83 acres—and a perimeter fringed with trees.

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Take a trip up onto the Barclays Center’s green roof, where sedum installation is over half complete

The Barclays Center. (Chris Ryan / AN)

The Barclays Center. (Chris Ryan / AN)

When The Architect’s Newspaper first visited the Barclays Center’s green roof, installation had just begun and there was only one strip of sedum running up the arena. Now, six weeks later, sedum covers more than 50 percent of the roof, and, without being too hyperbolic about things, it’s looking like a verdant hillside up there.

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ODA reveals Eliot Spitzer–developed stack of boxes in Williamsburg inspired by icebergs

(Courtesy ODA)

(Courtesy ODA)

Stacked boxes are all the architectural rage these days—from Bjarke Ingels’ Two World Trade, to ODA’s Midtown skyscraper, to ODA’s Financial District skyscraper, to ODA’s Bushwick residential project, to ODA’s Williamsburg condos, to ODA’s other boxy buildings in Long Island City, Harlem, and the Lower East Side. It should surprise nobody, then, that ODA‘s latest project will stay true to the firm’s trademark form.

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Bernheimer and Dattner start work on BAM building as construction in Brooklyn’s art district kicks up a notch

(Courtesy Dattner Architects & Bernheimer Architecture)

(Courtesy Dattner Architects & Bernheimer Architecture)

As Downtown Brooklyn‘s skyline grows taller, denser, and a bit more interesting, construction is whirring along in the BAM Cultural District just across Flatbush Avenue. The latest project to break ground within the area is bringing the borough new cultural institutions, affordable housing, and well, architecture.

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Degradation by design: artist Sam Falls explores how materials change with the passage of time

City Terrain, Design, East
Monday, June 1, 2015
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(Courtesy James Ewing/Public Art Fund NY)

(Courtesy James Ewing/Public Art Fund NY)

Time and its degenerating aspect came under scrutiny in a public installation by Los Angeles–based artist Sam Falls. Light Over Time casts everyday outdoor objects such as benches, scales, and seesaws in an experiment of the long-term effects of sunlight, rain, and temperature on diverse materials including painted aluminum, heat-sensitive tiles, and colored glass.

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East Williamsburg will soon have its own multi-use co-working space for creatives

Architecture, East, News, Unveiled
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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Photo credit undefined

As multi-use, coworking-type spaces continue to be all the rage, East Williamsburg is hopping on the bandwagon with a tentatively named ‘Morgantown’ creative community.

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AN Video> Take an exclusive tour of the Barclays Center’s under-construction green roof

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It is not surprising that the Barclays Center has been a polarizing building. It was born out of one of New York’s most controversial development schemes, it draws big crowds to the heart of Brownstone Brooklyn, and, of course, has a bold architectural form and facade that people tend to really love or really hate.

Go inside—and on top of—the Barclays Center after the jump.

Bureau V’s experimental music venue with a high-tech vibe set to open in a former Williamsburg sawmill

National Sawdust by Bureau V

National Sawdust by Bureau V

Brooklyn designers Bureau V have completed National Sawdust, an experimental performance venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that will be home to the Original Music Workshop (OMW). The name of the venue comes from the existing building’s history as a sawmill. OMW is a nonprofit led by composer Paola Prestini, whose advisory board includes heavy-hitters such as James Murphy, Laurie Anderson, Suzanne Vega, and Philip Glass.

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