12 Warren Street starts to reveal its final form

Architecture, Development, East
Monday, October 19, 2015
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(Jason Sayer / AN)

(Jason Sayer / AN)

Tribeca’s 12 Warren Street is finally stripping down with the public now getting a glimpse of the building’s distinguished facade. Development and design firm DDG is bucking the trend of the usual glass luxury building that are commonplace all over Manhattan, instead opting for the naturalistic texture of rough stone.

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Archtober Building of the Day> Goethe-Institut New York by KARO Architects

Architecture, East
Friday, October 16, 2015
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(Julia Christie)

(Julia Christie)

Christoph Bartmann, director of the Goethe-Institut New York, began today’s Archtober tour with a history of its time in the city. After many years on the Upper East Side, the organization had to relocate to a temporary space in Soho to comply with German fire safety regulations. After viewing dozens of potential spaces throughout Lower Manhattan, it found its new home on Irving Place. The 3,000 square foot 1st floor, formerly occupied by a mystical religious community, was in bad shape when the new tenants first arrived—it was truly bare-bones.

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Introducing the World’s Tallest Holiday Inn

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Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District at dusk (Ralph D'Angelo)

Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District at dusk (Ralph D’Angelo)

The 467 foot tower is organized around the clean lines of a 4 mm thick aluminum composite material (ACM) panel system.

Tourists in Manhattan might now be overheard saying something to the effect of:

“Did you go to the observation deck at the Empire State building!?”

“No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn.”

Rightfully so, as there is a new way to experience the Big Apple: 50 stories in the air, in a bed, at the “world’s tallest” Holiday Inn just three blocks south of the World Trade Center.
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Archtober Building of the Day 15> Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor

Architecture, East
Thursday, October 15, 2015
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(Julia Cohen)

(Julia Cohen)

Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor
1000 Richmond Terrace, Snug Harbor Campus, Building A Staten Island
Gluckman Tang Architects

The recently reopened Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, housed in a former dormitory for aged and decrepit sailors, has a renewed vitality in a historic setting. “When restoring historic buildings, make interventions as quietly as you can,” Richard Gluckman told Archtober enthusiasts gathered at the museum today.

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Lunch at a Landmark: Norman Foster explains the creative process behind his iconic structures

The Millennium Bridge in London

The Millennium Bridge in London. (Dark Dwarf)

On October 7, the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation hosted its annual “Lunch at a Landmark” at the top of the Hearst Tower. Guests, New York’s elite architectural, design, and preservation cognoscenti, were offered a rare insight into the building—one from Norman Foster himself.

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Archtober Building of the Day 14> Daniel Burnham’s Flatiron Building

Architecture, East, Skyscrapers
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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(Morgan Watson)

(Morgan Watson)

Flatiron Building
175 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
D. H. Burnham & Co. (1902)

A fantastic crowd of Archtober enthusiasts joined us for the outdoor history lesson from Alice Sparberg Alexiou—not only the author of The Flatiron: The New York Landmark and the Incomparable City that Arose With It—but also a descendant of a post-war Transylvanian real estate developer who owned, along with Harry Helmsley and another investor, the Flatiron Building for fifty years.

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New York City launches interactive maps that reveal the minutia of neighborhood-level data

East, News, Technology
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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(Courtesy City of New York)

(Courtesy City of New York)

Busybodies and neighborhood know-it-alls rejoice: today, New York City, in partnership with civic data managers Vizalytics, launched a beta version of neighborhood.nyc, a new website that maps street-level information derived from 311 calls and city agencies.

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Please be Seated: New York City expands its CityBench program and grows ‘Street Seat’ parklets in Brooklyn

Design, East, Transportation, Urbanism
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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NYC DOT and other local stakeholders marked the installation of the 1,500th CityBench at M.S, 22 with a ribbon cutting. (Courtesy NYC DOT)

NYC DOT and other local stakeholders marked the installation of the 1,500th CityBench at Jordan L. Mott Middle School 22 in the Bronx with a ribbon cutting. Six new CityBenches were recently installed as part of a community beautification project at the school. (Courtesy NYC DOT)

If there’s one thing New Yorker’s won’t stand for, it’s a lack of benches. After unveiling the 1,500th addition to its CityBench program, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) has revealed that a federal award package of $1.5 million will be used to develop the CityBench scheme further. In addition to this The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership has initiated a colorful “Street Seats” program as seating projects gain popularity in the city.

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Surveying the 2015 Architecture & Design Film Festival, going on now in New York City

Architecture, East, Newsletter, On View
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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Architecture & Design Film Festival
New York
Through October 18, 2015

It’s that time of year again. The Architecture & Design Film Festival is back with a roundup of films on architecture, design, and the built environment. It’s a great way of taking the pulse of what’s going on here and abroad, and how work is being represented to a wider public.

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Archtober Building of the Day 13> Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Architecture, East, Interiors
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
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(Catherine Teegarden)

(Catherine Teegarden)

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street, Manhattan
Babb, Cook & Willard (1902)
Gluckman Mayner Architects with Beyer Blinder Belle (2014)

Part a historic house tour and part a lesson on material culture and curatorial practices, today’s Archtober lunchtime session packed a ton of information into 60 minutes. Brooke Hodge, deputy director of the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, showed us around one of the finest mansions of Manhattan.

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Manhattan’s newest luxury building, 252 East 57th Street, almost complete

Architecture, East, News, Skyscrapers
Monday, October 12, 2015
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Looking up at 252 East 57th Street (Courtesy

Looking up at 252 East 57th Street (Courtesy SOM)

What’s tall, glassy, and grows all over? Manhattan luxury residential buildings, the latest of which is almost complete.

On October 9th, developers presided over the topping off ceremony of 252 East 57th Street, a new luxury tower on the Upper East Side by SOM and interior architect Daniel Romualdez.

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Archtober Building of the Day 12> LTL Architects’ Brown Institute for Media Innovation

Architecture, East, Interiors
Monday, October 12, 2015
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(Camila Schaulsohn)

(Camila Schaulsohn)

The David & Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation is a busy hub of technology housed within a building from McKim, Mead & White’s late 19th-century campus plan for Columbia University. In subsequent years, the space, which occupies part of the eastern wing of the Pulitzer Building, was broken up into small offices.

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