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Central Park South, Cool Listings, Midtown West

Photo courtesy of Evan Joseph for The Corcoran Group

A condo in one of the first supertalls to rise on Billionaires’ Row is available. Asking $12,200,000, the three-bedroom on the 41st floor of One57 seemingly hovers over Central Park, with the home’s floor-to-ceiling windows in the 39-foot-long living room providing a near-perfect view of the iconic greenspace. In addition to sweeping panoramas, the building also offers residents five-star services from the Park Hyatt Hotel, including daily housekeeping, laundry, and in-residence dining.

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Construction Update, Design, Midtown West, Transportation

MTA selects design team for Penn Station renovation

By Aaron Ginsburg, Thu, September 22, 2022

Photo by Danazar on Wikimedia

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has selected a group of architects and engineers for the $7 billion redesign of Penn Station, with the agency’s board voting to approve the contract on Wednesday. The agency tapped FXCollaborative Architects and WSP USA to bring their Penn Station Master Plan to life, with further assistance from London-based John McAslan + Partners as collaborative architects. According to Gov. Kathy Hochul, work will begin “in the coming months.”

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Design, Features, Interviews, Midtown West

All photos courtesy of Alejandro Ramos

An over-the-top dining experience bursting at the seams with color, patterns, and nostalgia opened in Times Square this summer. Peachy Keen is a sprawling restaurant with exaggerated 1970s-inspired interiors, decked out in a vibrant color scheme of coral, turquoise, orange, and pink with design elements like white ceramic tiles with pink grout and neon signs. The team behind the delightfully retro restaurant’s design is Wid Chapman Architects, the hospitality experts who designed New York City hot spots like Dhamaka and the restaurant inside 70 Pine Street. Serving up inventive comfort food and funky cocktails, the all-day eatery is massive with a little over 140 seats, but pockets of tucked-away seating and banquettes provide space for private moments, too. Ahead, hear from architect Wid Chapman on how Peachy Keen’s colorful menu inspired the restaurant’s technicolor vibe, as well as the firm’s design process and his favorite thing to order from the new restaurant.

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City Living, Events, Midtown West

Photo courtesy of Jason Greenspan

A new theater opening in Midtown next month adds a modern twist to a classic New York City experience. Opening on September 21 at Brookfield Properties’ mixed-use development Manhattan West, Midnight Theatre is a 160-seat performance venue that flaunts an Art Deco-inspired interior coupled with state-of-the-art technology. The theater includes a 270-degree immersive projection system that can alter the appearance of the venue’s interior and can “transport visitors anywhere as part of a performance’s narrative or needs.” Conceptualized by creative director Warren Adcock, the venue will be a hotspot for music, theatre, performance art, and magic.

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Midtown, Transportation

All renderings courtesy of Foster + Partners

Plans to replace the dingy Port Authority bus terminal are rolling forward. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Friday announced the selection of two architecture firms to lead the project: Norman Foster’s Foster + Partners and Chicago-based engineering and design firm Epstein. Roughly 10 years in the making, the plan involves demolishing the existing station and building a new world-class facility that can better meet passenger demand. The $10 billion project will also help get idling buses off the streets and create new green spaces.

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Midtown West, Policy

Photo by Danazar on Wikimedia

Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams announced Monday that they have reached an agreement on who will pick up the tab for the planned reconstruction and expansion of Penn Station and the redevelopment of the surrounding area. The financial agreement between city and state assures that a consistent level of property tax revenue is maintained and underscores a commitment to not raising taxes or transit fares by using funds from privately financed development to help pay for the project.

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Art, Midtown West

“Windy” by Meriem Bennani, co-commissioned by High Line Art and Audemars Piguet Contemporary. Image courtesy of the artist, High Line and Audemars Piguet

New York City-based artist Meriem Bennani last week debuted her first public sculpture, a captivating kinetic structure that kicked off the summer season of the High Lines Art’s program. Windy, co-commissioned by High Line Art and Audemars Piguet Contemporary, is a 9-foot-tall spinning structure comprised of approximately 200 black foam discs that spin at different speeds and in unique sequences. Located on the High Line at 24th Street, Bennani’s piece will stay on view to the public until May 2023.

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Architecture, Design, Midtown West, Policy

All renderings courtesy of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Office

The plan to modernize Penn Station has officially entered the design phase. Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced the state is now requesting proposals from architecture and engineering firms to redevelop the dark and crowded Midtown transit hub into a light-filled train station “worthy of being the epicenter of the most vibrant city on the planet,” according to the governor. Proposals are due July 28 and a winning bid could be selected by late summer or early fall.

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Central Park South, Cool Listings

All photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

On the 12th floor of the iconic copper-topped Hampshire House co-op at 150 Central Park South, this 2,640-square-foot residence has a parkside seat and the views to match. Asking $5,995,000, the three-bedroom (or two bedrooms and a dreamy den) classic seven is a combination of two units for an unusually spacious layout, rooms to spare, and an alternate floor plan in case you need ideas on what to do with all of them. Pre-war bones, a private south-facing balcony, and warm-toned herringbone floors tie it all together.

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Midtown West, Policy

Photo of Manhattan West © Jakob Dahlin

A mixed-use development in Midtown this month announced a new initiative that aims to create a campus-wide sustainable food system. Manhattan West will become the first-ever “Rethink Certified Campus,” requiring every food establishment at the development to donate their excess food and prepare free meals for New York City families facing food insecurities, developer Brookfield Properties and nonprofit Rethink Food announced. Funded with a $250,000 donation by Brookfield, the project is expected to collect five tons of excess food and provide 50,000 meals to families in need.

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