Their Heart Will Go On (in Times Square)

East Coast, Other
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
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A rendering of the 10-foot-high heart, Gage/Clemenceaus Valentine to the city. (Courtesy Rubenstein Communications)

A rendering of the 10-foot-high heart, Gage/Clemenceau's Valentine to the city. (Courtesy Rubenstein Communications)

Correction: Apparently, we can’t keep our Marc/ks straight. In a previous version of this post, quotes attributed to Bailly were incorrectly attributed to Gage. Apologies all around.

UPDATE: We’ve added some shop photos Mark (not Marc) kindly sent over.

While not quite a standalone building, digitally-driven firm (and 2006 New Practices winners) Gage/Clemceau Architects will celebrate its coming out on February 11, when Marc Clemenceau Bailly and Mark Foster Gage deliver their “Valentine to Times Square.” As Bailly told AN, “This is our first big thing that we’ve built, outside of a few exhition pieces and some interiors work.” Read More

Ciao, Bryant Park

East Coast, Other
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
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Fashion Week is abandoning Bryant Park for Diller Scofidio + Renfros newly redesigned Lincoln Center, specifically Damrosch Park, which can be seen in the upper lefthand corner. (Courtesy Playbill)

Fashion Week is abandoning Bryant Park for Diller Scofidio + Renfro's newly redesigned Lincoln Center, specifically Damrosch Park, which can be seen in the upper left hand corner. (Courtesy Playbill)

The AP first reported last night, and the mayor confirmed it earlier today: Fashion Week is departing Bryant Park for Lincoln Center. But not just any Lincoln Center. The new-and-improved, Diller Scofidio + Renfro-approved Lincoln Center. According to Bloomberg–in this case, we mean both the mayor and his eponymous news service, via the latter link above–the festivities will take place at the center’s Damrosch Park. Read More

Legoland, NY

East Coast, Other
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
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(Courtesy NYTimes.com)

(Courtesy NYTimes.com

For those of you who haven’t already seen Christoph Niemann’s great blog for the Times, “Abstract City”–the expat illustrator renders the city we love in terms of its subway lines and coffee stains–today’s post proves to be his best work yet. Read More

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Keep Your Eye on the Oculus (UPDATE)

East Coast, Other
Thursday, January 29, 2009
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Should I stay or should I go now? That remains to be seen.

Should I stay or should I go now? That remains to be seen.

Even before the recession hobbled the MTA, the fate of the Fulton Street Transit Center was much in doubt. There had been talk of simply capping the site with a park, or building Grimshaw’s pavillion but without Jamie Carpenter’s signature oculus.

But according to a report this morning on WNYC, the MTA has decided to go forward with an above-ground building, though it could be sans oculus. And, for better or worse, there will be more retail opportunities (read: a mall), which, given Richard Ravitch’s contention that the MTA lacks a consistent, reliable funding stream, might not be such a bad idea. Read More

Astroland, Gone But Not Forgotten

Other
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
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Down but not out, the Astroland rocket will someday return to Coney Island. (Barry Yanowitz/Flickr)

Down but not out, the Astroland rocket will someday return to Coney Island. (Barry Yanowitz/Flickr)

Astroland may be gone, and much of Coney Island with it, but it least its most iconic symbol will be saved. (No, not the Tilt-a-Whirl.) As per a press release we just received, Carol Hill Albert, a co-owner of Astroland, has donated the amusement park’s namesake rocket, which once rested atop Gregory & Paul’s hot dog stand (an AN favorite). Read More

The Skyway’s the Limit

Other
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
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Thats not just any glass house. Its a converted skyway. (Courtesy City Desk Studio)

That's not just any glass house. It's a converted skyway. (Courtesy City Desk Studio)

As architects struggle to find work, a good place to turn has been the “green” market, especially adaptive re-use (“weatherizing,” as the president likes to call it). Well, here’s an extreme case: On Friday, Curbed noticed a proposal by Minneapolis firm City Desk Studio to transform a skyway into, among other things, a lakeside retreat. Better yet, it was being offered on Craigslist. For $79,500. Our jaws firmly dropped, we decided to call the firm up to find out more. Read More

Atlantic Yards Gets Contextual

Other
Monday, January 26, 2009
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Ratner Gehry Atlantic Yards Brownstone Brooklyn

The Post has put a design to Marty Markowtiz's "proposal" for Atlantic Yards. (Rendering by the New York Post/Original Aerial Photograph by Jonathan Barkey/Courtesy the Post)

The Atlantic Yards has been through a number of iterations, including one by the Post entitled Atlantic Lots, which was developed with the MAS. But today’s rendering by the paper is perhaps its slyest yet, taking a proclamation by “biggest cheeleader” Borough President Marty Markowitz, who called for the project to be clad in brownstone as a cost-saving measure. Read More

He Sure Knew How To Say Goodbye

Other
Thursday, January 22, 2009
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The final work by Future Systems founder Jan Kaplicky is a concert hall in his home country of the Czech Republic. (Courtesy AJ)

The final work by Future Systems founder Jan Kaplicky is a concert hall in his home country of the Czech Republic. (Courtesy AJ)

When Jan Kaplicky passed away last week, we couldn’t help but think that there was some odd symmetry to what it seemed would be his final work, an Oscar Mayer-inspired London Routemaster. After all, it was to England that Kaplicky fled when he left Communist Czechoslavakia, and he practice there all his life. But AJ reports today that Kaplicky’s real, final, realized work, will be in his nation of origin. Read More

Permission to Come Aboard

Other
Friday, January 16, 2009
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Instead of a marketplace, the Great Hall at the Battery Maritime Building will now become an arts and events space. (Courtesy Downtown Express)

Instead of a marketplace, the Great Hall at the Battery Maritime Building will now become an arts and events space. (Courtesy Downtown Express)

 
In addition to the news about further delays at the World Trade Center site, this week’s issue of Downtown Express also reported on a deal brokered by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer that guaranteed public access to the “Great Hall” on the second floor of the Battery Maritime Building, and thus Stringer’s ULURP blessing. That this was billed as a victory took me by surprise, because, from what I remember about the project when I was writing about its review and subsequent passage by the LPC, this had always been the plan. Read More

A Picture Worth 1,000 World Trade Centers

Other
Friday, January 16, 2009
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Wed say more, but whats left to say?

We'd say more, but what's left to say? (Courtesy Curbed)

Downtown Express has a lengthy and informative interview with PA executive director Chris Ward about the pace of development at Ground Zero, which, unsurprisingly, may be delayed in some capacity by the current recession. The interview is worth a gander, but really, Curbed says it all with one of its signature red arrow-laden graphics.

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R.I.P. Z Train

Other
Thursday, January 15, 2009
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The Straphangers Campaign even brought a special train to lay to rest the Z-Train this morning (Courtesy Straphangers Campaign)

The Straphangers even brought a special train to lay to rest the Z-Train this morning (Courtesy Straphangers Campaign)

As if last night’s hearing about the MTA’s “austerity budget” wasn’t scary enough, the Straphangers Campaign held a mock funeral today for the Z Train to drive the point home, complete with a memorial wreath and a bagpiper playing taps below Fulton Street in Lower Manhattan. The transit advocacy group chose the line especially because it meant many commuters on the J Line would see their commutes rise upwards of an hour. Read More

Showdown at the Coney Corral

Other
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
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(Courtesy DCP)

(Courtesy DCP)

(Courtesy DCP)

(Courtesy MAS)

So it comes to this. Later tonight–6:30 to be exact–the Municipal Art Society will hold its final meeting on Coney Island, where it will take comments from the community, present the work of its charrette team, and, finally, present their recommendations to the city, a copy of which AN has received. The group’s timing couldn’t be better because we have also learned that the city is to certify its own long-simmering plans for Coney on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the entire neighborhood has gone (further) to pot. Read More

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