Rem Koolhaas is the latest starchitect to join the High Line scene

Rem Koolhaas.

Rem Koolhaas.

It was always a question of when—not if—Rem Koolhaas would join the starchitect party alongside New York City’s High Line. With the third phase of the popular park open, and multiple splashy projects rising alongside it, the New York Post is reporting that Koolhaas’ time has come: he has been hired by The Related Companies to design a building on West 18th Street.

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Pictorial> Facade rising at Bjarke Ingels’ Manhattan “courtscraper”

(Courtesy Field Condition)

(Courtesy Field Condition)

One of the most interesting buildings to ever rise in New York City is getting closer and closer to the finish line. We are of course talking about W57Bjarke Ingels‘ pyramid, or rather, “courtscraper,” on Manhattan‘s Far West Side.

Take a look at construction progress after the jump.

Letter to the Editor> A Bright Future for the Frick

RUSSELL PAGE'S GARDEN AT THE FRICK COLLECTION. (WALLY GOBETZ / FLICKR)

RUSSELL PAGE’S GARDEN AT THE FRICK COLLECTION. (WALLY GOBETZ / FLICKR)

[Editor’s Note: Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper. AN welcomes reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please email editor@archpaper.com]

I am delighted with the recent Crit’s praise for the beautifully renovated Cooper Hewitt (AN 01_01.14.2015), but I am puzzled by the inconsistency with regard to the Frick Collection’s expansion plans.

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Video> New York City gets very first “Drone Film Festival,” and here are some of our favorites

East, Media, Technology
Friday, February 6, 2015
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(Courtesy New York City Drone Film Festival)

(Courtesy New York City Drone Film Festival)

As we’ve mentioned before, you can’t open a new tab on your browser these days without coming across a mesmerizing aerial drone video. With so many out there, we can’t say we were surprised to learn that the New York City Drone Film Festival is something that exists now. Welcome to 2015!

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Save the date! Here’s your first sneak peek of NYCxDESIGN 2015

Design, East, News
Friday, February 6, 2015
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WantedDesign Brooklyn will take place in Industry City, in Sunset Park.  (Courtesy NYCxDESIGN)

WantedDesign Brooklyn will take place in Industry City, in Sunset Park. (Courtesy NYCxDESIGN)

We might be in the thick of winter, but planning is already underway for the third annual NYCxDESIGN coming up in the Spring. On Thursday morning, organizers—NYC & Company and the NYC Economic Development Corporation—invited members of the design community, fittingly, to the newly opened and revamped Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum to kick off the week-long, citywide design festivities taking place May 8–19.

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Eavesdrop> Portzamparc’s splashy record-breaking penthouse

(Dennis / Flickr)

(Dennis / Flickr)

One57, the Christian de Portzamparc–designed 90-story skyscraper on Manhattan‘s 57th Street, has just closed its third blockbuster sale.

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Eavesdrop> Taking A Name in Vain: Petition launched to stop 5Pointz trademark

Art, Development, East, Eavesdroplet, Skyscrapers
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
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(Thomas Hawk / Flickr)

(Thomas Hawk / Flickr)

5 Pointz, the Long Island City, Queens graffiti mecca, might not have been lucrative enough for developer G&M Realty to keep on its property, but it sure makes for a nifty marketing ploy to attract potential renters to its soon-to-be constructed pair of residential towers. Jerry and David Wolkoff, the father-and-son owners of G&M, filed an application last spring to trademark the street art name for the new development.

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De Blasio administration unveils East New York rezoning to promote affordable housing

Development, East, News, Urbanism
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
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A portion of East New York to be rezoned. (Courtesy Bing)

A portion of East New York to be rezoned. (Courtesy Bing)

The de Blasio Administration has unveiled new details for one of the most significant pieces of its ambitious affordable housing plan: the rezoning of Brooklyn’s East New York neighborhood.

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In second State of the City address, Mayor de Blasio focuses on New York City housing

Development, East, Media
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
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Mayor de Blasio delivering his second State of the City address. (NYC MAYOR'S OFFICE)

Mayor de Blasio delivering his second State of the City address. (NYC MAYOR’S OFFICE)

Last year, in his first State of the City address, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would use every tool at his disposal to address economic inequality. He twice repeated a campaign refrain that New York had become a “Tale of Two Cities” where the wealthy do extraordinarily well and everyone else struggles to get by. To change that, the new mayor laid out a host of legislative priorities including an ambitious affordable housing plan that would build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next decade. One year later, we have an update.

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Video> James Carpenter’s glassy Meatpacking office tower on the High Line gets newly rendered

860 Washington. (Courtesy James Carpenter Design Associates)

860 Washington. (Courtesy James Carpenter Design Associates)

Last week, AN took a walk along the High Line to check in on all the new development happening right alongside New York City’s popular park. One of the structures we saw steadily rising was 860 Washington Street, a 10-story glass office building by James Carpenter Design Associates.

Watch the video after the jump.

Calatrava on the state of NYC architecture & his own controversial World Trade projects

The World Trade Center site. (Courtesy Port Authority)

The World Trade Center site. (Courtesy Port Authority)

The Real Deal recently scored an interview with Santiago Calatrava, the so-called “symphonist of steel” behind the upcoming (and wildly over budget) World Trade Center Transit Hub, and the nearby Saint Nicholas Church. In the interview, Calatrava explained how New York City’s building code impacted the two projects’ designs, offers his thoughts on the World Trade Center master plan, and comments on the construction quality of the Transit Hub. Overall, the controversial architect lavishes praise on just about everyone—from Daniel Libeskind to Larry Silverstein to the Port Authority.

In first year of Vision Zero, NYPD steps up traffic enforcement

An NYPD officer telling a cab driver about New York City's new speed limit. (Courtesy NYC DOT)

An NYPD officer telling a cab driver about New York City’s new speed limit. (Courtesy NYC DOT)

Given the current state of relations between the NYPD and Mayor Bill de Blasio (spoiler: terrible, horrible, no good, very bad), the mayor has been quick to thank the police force for its strong support of Vision Zero—the mayor’s plan to entirely eliminate traffic fatalities in New York City. The effort is obviously an ambitious one, but a year after it went into effect, de Blasio is able to tout some big successes.

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