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.

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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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