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.

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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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Martinez + Johnson complete stunning restoration of Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre

The Kings Theatre.

The Kings Theatre.

Last fall, AN had the pleasure of touring the historic Kings Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn in the midst of it is meticulous restoration by the Washington, D.C.–based Martinez+Johnson. The grand theatre, with its ornate detailing and 2,000-pound chandeliers, opened in 1929 with all the flair and flourish of Versailles. For nearly 50 years, the theatre—the biggest in Brooklyn—hosted vaudeville acts and films inside a grand auditorium that could seat over 3,000.

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Pictorial> Take a walk along New York City’s starchitect-lined High Line

Looking north to Stern's Abington House and KPF's 10 Hudson Yards. (Henry Melcher / AN)

Looking north to Stern’s Abington House and KPF’s 10 Hudson Yards. (Henry Melcher / AN)

If you haven’t been up on the High Line recently, or perhaps ever–looking at you Mayor de Blasio–then you’ve been missing out on some big new projects from architecture’s biggest names–we’re talking about your Hadid’s, your Foster’s, your Piano’s, and your Kohn Pedersen Fox’s.

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Governor Cuomo proposes AirTrain to LaGuardia, but would it actually help?

East, News, Transportation, Urbanism
Friday, January 23, 2015
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Rendering of the LaGuardia AirTran. (Courtesy Cuomo Administration)

Rendering of the LaGuardia AirTran. (Courtesy Cuomo Administration)

Day One: New Yorkers rejoice as their governor,  Andrew Cuomo, announces his intent to bring AirTran service to LaGuardia Airport. Day Two: Well-respected transportation blog The Transport Politic digs into the $450 million plan and shreds apart some of its ambitious goals, namely the time savings it takes to get to the airport. Using the LaGuardia AirTran would actually be a less convenient way to get to the airport than the slow and unreliable options that currently exist.

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Could New York learn from these temporary affordable prefab homes in the Netherlands?

Courtesy Heijmans ONE

(Courtesy Heijmans ONE)

Affordable housing has been a critical part of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s agenda since taking office, promising to create or preserve 200,000 affordable units over the next decade. At a press conference last week, the mayor announced that his administration has made headway toward achieving this ambitious goal, financing over 17,300 affordable homes in the last year (whether his predecessor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, should have received some credit for this accomplishment has spurred debate).

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Letter to the Editor> Frick Director Responds to Expansion Critics

THE FRICK'S EXPANSION WOULD EXTEND THE SIX-STORY LIBRARY BUILDING THROUGH TO 70TH STREET AND FILL IN AN EXISTING GARDEN. (COURTESY DAVIS BRODY BOND)

THE FRICK’S EXPANSION WOULD EXTEND THE SIX-STORY LIBRARY BUILDING THROUGH TO 70TH STREET AND FILL IN AN EXISTING GARDEN. (COURTESY DAVIS BRODY BOND)

[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]

Regarding the article “Frick Fracas,” (AN_14_12.4.2014), while there has been much debate about the Frick’s proposed addition to address its longstanding space needs, much of it rests on mischaracterizations about the history and original purpose of the site where it will be located.

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Video> Norman Fosters lets a drone loose in the Hearst Tower

Foster inspecting this new-fangled drone thing. (Screengrab from Hearst video)

Foster inspecting this newfangled drone thing. (Screengrab from Hearst video)

To celebrate the upcoming 10th anniversary of New York City’s Hearst Tower topping off, Lord Norman Foster let a drone loose inside his iconic work. In a video produced by the tower’s namesake, the Hearst Corporation, Foster marvels at how drone technology opens up an entirely new perspective on the 46-story structure. Someone needs to introduce this guy to Martha Stewart.

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FIGMENT can’t decide, unveils two 2015 Governor’s Island pavilion winners

Organic Growth Pavilion. (Courtesy Izaskun Chinchilla Architect)

Organic Growth Pavilion. (Courtesy Izaskun Chinchilla Architect)

Thanks to an indecisive jury, FIGMENT’s annual City of Dreams Pavilion Competition will result in not one, but two—count ‘em, two—art installations at Governor’s Island this summer. Apparently, after four hours of deliberating the jurors couldn’t pick between between two finalists so they decided to just go with both.

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