Brooklyn Bridge Park’s overly bouncy pedestrian bridge remains overly bouncy, off limits

Squibb Park Bridge pre-Pierhouse development. (Branden Klayko / AN)

Squibb Park Bridge pre-Pierhouse development. (Branden Klayko / AN)

When it opened in 2013, the Squibb Park Bridge that zigzagged between Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Bridge Park instantly became one of the most thrilling pieces of the waterfront retreat. The HNTB-designed pedestrian bridge was designed to have some bounce in it, so getting to the park was more than a typical pedestrian experience, it was a fun little adventure. At least for the humans voyaging across it—dogs hated it. The petrified, why-are-you-doing-this-to-me looks on their faces as the wood structure ebbed and flowed were haunting.

And perhaps offered more-than-a-little foreshadowing.

Come celebrate NYCxDesign with The Architect’s Newspaper at these great Design Week events

Architecture, Art, Design
Monday, May 4, 2015
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(Courtesy NYCXDESIGN)

(Courtesy NYCXDESIGN)

AN is participating in some great events during the upcoming NYCxDesign—the city’s annual celebration of all things design. If you live in New York, or are in town from May 8–19, here are some key happenings to keep on your radar.

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Brooklyn’s Art Deco Pavilion Theater to become luxury housing designed by Morris Adjmi

Original Sanders Theatre (Courtesy Brooklynpix.com)

Original Sanders Theatre (Courtesy Brooklynpix.com)

Speculation about the future of Park Slope’s local cinema, the Pavilion Theater, is finally giving way to more concrete plans. The Real Deal reported that Hidrock Realty, who bought the Prospect Park West property in 2006 for $16 million, will likely overhaul the neighborhood movie theater and turn it into 24 residential units including 8,000 square feet of commercial space. The developer also owns the adjacent vacant lot.

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New York City to install 90 curbside bioswales to help clean Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal

Bioswale. (Courtesy NYC DEP)

Bioswale. (Courtesy NYC DEP)

As new apartment buildings continue to rise in Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced plans to install 90 bioswales nearby in hopes of cleaning the neighborhood’s eponymous—and oh-so-polluted—canal.

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Thomas Balsley’s geometric pedestrian plaza reclaims roadway for neighbors in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

The new Putnam Triangle Plaza. (Courtesy Thomas Balsley Associates via Fulton Area Businesses)

The new Putnam Triangle Plaza. (Courtesy Thomas Balsley Associates via Fulton Area Businesses)

After years of planning and workshops, Brooklyn‘s Community Board 2 recently approved a redesign of Putnam Triangle Plaza in Clinton Hill. The $3.75 million project, led by Thomas Balsley Associates, will significantly upgrade and expand the existing plaza that opened in 2011.

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Gensler and HWKN team up to bring a ziggurat-shaped office building to Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The Williamsburg Generator by Gensler and HWKN. (Courtesy lifang)

The Williamsburg Generator by Gensler and HWKN. (Courtesy lifang)

If approved, this terraced building will rise in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, bringing the neighborhood new office space for tech and creative companies—and momentarily interrupting its unceasing march of bland and boxy new apartments. The “Williamsburg Generator,” as it has been dubbed, would be the neighborhood’s first ground-up speculative office building in four decades—but it is not a done deal just yet because the Gensler and HWKN–designed building sits within an area zoned for manufacturing.

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Gowanus developers shoot down ziggurat-themed proposal from ODA

ODA's proposal is a castle in the sky, according to the site's developers. (ODA)

ODA’s proposal is a castle in the sky, according to the site’s developers. (ODA)

Last week, ODA: Architecture unveiled a dramatic rendering of a megaproject for Gowanus, Brooklyn, featuring a cluster of semi-transparent stepped pyramids. But almost as soon as the design was released, the site’s owners stepped in as buzzkills, disavowing any connection with the ODA proposal.

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Above Average pokes fun at kale-fueled gentrification with “Settlers of Brooklyn”

Development, East, Urbanism
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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    In "Settlers of Brooklyn," players compete to "colonize" the outer boroughs. (Above Average)

In “Settlers of Brooklyn,” players compete to “colonize” the outer boroughs. (Above Average)

The comedy geniuses at digital network Above Average have released a glorious sendup of gentrification in New York City’s outer boroughs. “Settlers of Brooklyn” (pronounced Brook-LAWN) promises hours of good old-fashioned board-game fun for the next generation of power brokers: millennials.

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ODA’s jewel-like facade in DUMBO clears Landmarks hurdle on second try

10 Jay round one

The original design. (Courtesy ODA)

 

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has given its blessing to ODA‘s jewel-like faceted facade for a factory-to-condo conversion on the Dumbo waterfront. The firm first presented its plans for 10 Jay Street last month, and while it was well received, commissioners didn’t think the dramatic, glassy design was a perfect fit for the historic neighborhood.

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ODA unveils amenity-packed zigzagging rental building in Bushwick

(Courtesy ODA)

(Courtesy ODA)

ODA has unveiled renderings for a massive new residential complex in Bushwick, Brooklyn—and it certainly reminds us of Bjarke Ingels’ 8 House in Copenhagen with its doughnut-like shape and landscaped roof that dips toward the street. At nearly 400,000 square feet, ODA’s 10 Montieth Street will become a major piece in the redevelopment of the Rheingold Brewery site.

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Brooklyn Building Defects: Building boom leads to building problems

Architecture, Development, East
Friday, March 20, 2015
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500 4th Avenue in Brooklyn. (Courtesy Google)

500 4th Avenue in Brooklyn. (Courtesy Google)

Many of the new condominiums erected in Brooklyn during the last building boom are not aging well. The New York Times reported that “[w]hen the housing market collapsed in 2007 and coffers ran dry, many developers were left scrambling to complete projects. Some cut corners or abandoned developments, leaving others to finish the work.” This led to poorly constructed buildings and angry residents who are stuck dealing with mold, cracking balconies, and flooding. One such building even saw part of its facade fall off. Now many of the developers behind the shoddy buildings are breaking ground on new projects, hopefully with more attention to quality.

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