AN Video> Take an exclusive look inside The Beekman, one of the world’s first skyscrapers

5 Beekman. (The Architect's Newspaper)

5 Beekman. (The Architect’s Newspaper)

A few blocks south of City Hall in Manhattan is 5 Beekman—one of New York City’s most intriguing historic landmarks. Behind the building’s brick facade is an ornate, nine-story, glass-pyramid-topped atrium that has been off limits for more than a decade. The Architect’s Newspaper took a behind-the-scenes tour of the building with the architect who is bringing it back to life as a boutique hotel.

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Pictorial> Here’s your first glimpse inside Renzo Piano’s new Whitney Museum

Catwalks on the building's east side offer views of the museum and the surrounding city. (Branden Klayko / AN)

Catwalks on the building’s east side offer views of the museum and the surrounding city. (Branden Klayko / AN)

On May 1, the southern terminus of the High Line will have a true anchor tenant. Renzo Piano‘s towering new Whitney Museum for American Art will throw open its glass doors—or at least unlock the revolving ones—as tourists and eager New Yorkers alike throng in for a look around the highly anticipated gallery spaces. Until then, here’s a peek at the the museum, inside and out, from a press junket on Thursday.

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On View> Moto Bello: Two dozen classic Italian motorcycles roll into New York City

Art, Design, East, On View, Transportation
Friday, April 24, 2015
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(Courtesy Stuart Parr Collection)

(Courtesy Stuart Parr Collection)

What do you do if you have an array of 26 show-worthy Italian motorcycles? Hopefully what designer, artist manager, and film producer Stuart Parr did. He paired up with real estate magnate Aby Rosen—no stranger to art and relatively fresh off his kerfuffle with the Picasso tapestry, L’Affaire Tricorne. Together they are using an empty space—the ground floor at 285 Madison Avenue—to display the high-design bikes publicly.

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Meet Elmar, the giant pedestrian pasted onto a New York City pedestrian plaza by artist JR

Art, City Terrain, East, Media
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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(Courtesy New York Times Magazine)

(Courtesy New York Times Magazine)

The artist JR described his latest gargantuan artwork best in a Tweet sent out this morning, “People walked on him all day without noticing him…now he is on the cover and everyone else is in the shadow.” That cover is the new special issue of The New York Times Magazine, which features the larger-than-life pedestrian completely filling up the Flatiron pedestrian plaza next to Madison Square Park.

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Separated at birth: A reader spots the Whitney’s carbon copy predecessor

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This “separated at birth” image came to us via architect Ken Saylor who noticed a quirky doppelganger for Renzo Piano‘s about-to-open Whitney Museum. Anyone have other Whitney comparisons? Leave them in the comments below.

Video> Michael Adlerstein & John Gering on retrofitting the United Nations Secretariat Building

The United Nations Headquarters site in Manhattan (seen here in 1985) covers approximately sixteen acres from 42nd to 48th Streets between First Avenue and the East River. Among the buildings on the premises are the marble-framed 39-storey Secretariat (to the left); the General Assembly building topped with a shallow dome; the Dag Hammarskjöld Library (to the left of the Secretariat); and the building housing the Council Chambers and Conference Rooms which lies on the river's edge. (UN Photo/Yutaka Nagata.)

The United Nations Headquarters site in Manhattan (seen here in 1985) covers approximately sixteen acres from 42nd to 48th Streets between First Avenue and the East River. (UN Photo/Yutaka Nagata.)

In addition to being AN‘s Midwest Editor, I was the special media correspondent for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in 2014, interviewing tall building designers, developers, and other experts at the skyscraper think tank’s Shanghai conference, and its annual CTBUH Awards ceremony in Chicago.

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DXA Studio designed this Lower East Side tower with a copper facade that changes over time

(Courtesy DXA Studio)

(Courtesy DXA Studio)

As this angular copper facade ages, its reddish brown skin will settle into a weathered green. It’s a sort of physical embodiment of the changes playing out in Manhattan’s Lower East Side and Chinatown as the city’s voracious luxury residence market continually searches for a new frontier.

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In just a few years, this tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill will be the tallest residential building on Planet Earth

(Courtesy Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill)

(Courtesy Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill)

The tallest of Manhattan’s rising supertall towers has been revealed—and believe it or not, the building that will make New York’s current crop of skyscrapers look like walkups is very, very glassy.

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On View> This might be your only chance to see this rare Le Corbusier tapestry commissioned by Jørn Utzon

Art, East
Monday, April 20, 2015
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(Courtesy Bruun Rasmussen)

(Courtesy Bruun Rasmussen)

In mid May, New York City will be over run with fairs, exhibitions, and trade shows dedicated to design and art. The big events are the International Contract Furniture Fair (ICFF) and the Frieze Art Fair, but there will be literally scores of smaller spin-off events taking place that will be of interest to the architecture community.

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You’ll want to stop by the Dia in New York City to see LaMonte Young’s “truly immersive” Dream House

Art, East, On View
Friday, April 17, 2015
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(Courtesy Dia Art Foundation)

(Courtesy Dia Art Foundation)

In New York in the 1960s and ’70s, a movement against pictorial, illusionistic, or fictive art began to favor more direct and literal figurations. This movement—now called Minimalism by many—was often spatial in nature as it was drawn on flat surfaces, sculpted, and displayed in white box galleries.

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Did Norman Foster design this New York City skyscraper?

The possible Norman Foster-designed tower in the NYC skyline. (Bauhaus Group via NYPress)

The possible Norman Foster-designed tower in the NYC skyline. (Bauhaus Group via NYPress)

A 900-foot tower is coming to Manhattan’s high-end Sutton Place and it looks like Norman Foster is the architect behind the geometric tower punctuated by inset terraces and gardens.

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Here’s a sneak peek inside Bjarke Ingels’ Manhattan “courtscraper”

W 57. (Courtesy Field Condition)

W 57. (Courtesy Field Condition)

The construction-watching site Field Condition recently got to step inside New York City’s most anticipated new building. Yes, of course we are talking about Bjarke Ingels‘ pyramid-like W57 that is scheduled to open next year. As we have written recently, the structure has topped out and its enclosure is well on its way, but we’re just now getting a sense of what things will look like inside.

Take a look inside the building after the jump.

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