Kicked by the Curb

East, East Coast
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
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Curbed calls Calatravas 80 South Street the biggest disappointment of the decade.

Curbed calls Calatrava's 80 South Street the biggest disappointment of the decade.

The recent building boom has proven to be as much about what got built—40s Bond and Mercer, One Bryant Park, the High Line—as what hasn’t—our Gehry Guggenheim, ample affordable housing, so much of the World Trade Center, not to mention Dubai. Our good pals at Curbed New York, so often trafficking in our real estate dreams and nightmares, have put together a run-down of their top 10 projects that never got built.

What about that other Seaport project, SHoPs, which just might be our vote for biggest bummer.

What about that other Seaport project, SHoP's, which just might be our vote for biggest bummer.

Starting with Harlem Park, the would be flashy headquarters of the MLB Network and one-time anchor of the 125th Street rezoning, the list concludes with Santiago Calatrava’s 80 South Street, those wild townhouses in the sky just left of the Brooklyn Bridge. What’s interesting about the list is how much many of the big name architects—Piano, Mayne, Herzog and de Meuron, Gehry—still managed to build in the city, which is to say one out of two ain’t bad. Even Calatrava may make out if they ever finish the PATH station. That said, Curbed LA and SF are absent lists, unlike when all three sites ran their best of, so if you do have any suggestions, by all means make them below.

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