You Know I’d Bike 1,000 Miles: New York City celebrates milestone achievement in bike infrastructure

City Terrain, East, News, Transportation
Friday, September 25, 2015
Marking the 1,000th mile of bike lane on Clinton Street (Courtesy NYC DOT)

Marking the 1,000th mile on Clinton Street (Courtesy NYC DOT)

The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) announced this week that it has created 1,000 miles of bike lanes (map) across the five boroughs. The 1,000th mile, on which just opened along Clinton Street in Lower Manhattan, is one of twelve new miles planned for 2015.

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Moshe Safdie’s 64-story luxury condominium tower in Midtown revealed

Moshe Safdie and HFZ Capital's proposed West 30th Street condominium tower (Courtesy Safdie Architects)

Moshe Safdie and HFZ Capital’s proposed West 30th Street condominium tower (Courtesy Safdie Architects)

Moshe Safdie will design a 64 story, 800 foot tall—wait for it—luxury condo complex at 8–16 West 30th Street, between Broadway and Fifth Avenue. The three-story-tall boxy extrusions on the tower’s upper stories expand the interior space while shielding the south face from excessive sun exposure.

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New York’s art house cinema IFC Center expanding with help from Kliment-Halsband Architects

Architecture, East, Urbanism
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Rendering looking south on Cornelia Street. Courtesy of Kliment Halsband Architects

Rendering looking onto Cornelia Street. (Courtesy Kliment Halsband Architects)

Good news for film fans. New York City’s IFC Art House cinema on Sixth Avenue is set to expand, increasing the number of screens from 5 all the way up to 11. The expansion by Kliment-Halsband Architects is a refreshing change in the cinema world which has seen numerous theaters close down this year.

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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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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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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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Neighbors give mixed feedback on pedestrian plazas near Penn Station

Vornado Realty Trust's PLAZA33 features S-Man, 1987 by Keith Haring. (Courtesy NYCDOT)

Vornado Realty Trust’s PLAZA33 features S-Man, 1987 by Keith Haring. (Courtesy NYCDOT)

Community Board 5 is experimenting with a temporary pedestrian plaza and sidewalk expansion around Penn Station to manage foot traffic around one of the busiest rail stations in the world. A guiding vision behind these projects is to link Penn Station and Madison Square Garden to the more pleasant Herald Square and Greeley Square area.

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New York state unveils new pedestrian and cyclist bridge now under construction in Upper Manhattan

City Terrain, East, Transportation
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
The $24.4million proposal is under way. (Courtesy NYDOT)

The $24.4million proposal is under way. (Courtesy NYDOT)

New York State Department of Transportation (NYDOT) Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll has revealed a $24.4 million bicycle and pedestrian bridge at 151st Street in Manhattan. Crossing the Henry Hudson Parkway and the adjacent Amtrak line, the new bridge will connect West Harlem with the Hudson River Greenway.

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