Financial District

Cool Listings, Financial District, Interiors

88 Greenwich Street, the Greenwich Club, private terrace

There’s an adorable unit available in the Greenwich Club for $1.095 million. This one-bedroom wins you over right from the start, simply by putting two closets at the entrance (An apartment after a New Yorker’s own heart.). Too bad we can’t take the spunky décor, but even bare, this place still boasts some highly desirable qualities.

More pics inside

Financial District, Major Developments, Starchitecture, Video

Back in October, we revealed renderings for Santiago Calatrava’s Ground Zero Church, which will overlook the 9/11 Memorial. Now we have a BBC video that features Calatrava explaining his vision for Saint Nicholas Church. ArchDaily, who spotted the feature, writes that “the building, which broke ground last year, has been described by Calatrava as a ‘tiny jewel’ for lower Manhattan.” Moreover, when completed, his creation will be the only non-secular building at Ground Zero. Watch the video above to find out what inspired his unique design, as well as the starchitect’s thoughts on creating a structure for a site with such historical and cultural significance.

[via Archdaily]

Financial District, Social Media, Technology

Selfie Kiosk, One World Trade Center, Downtown Alliance

It’s hard to get the perfect selfie when you’re worried about holding the phone at the right angle and pressing the button without dropping it. So a new Financial District photo kiosk will come as a welcome relief to architecture-loving selfie-takers. The bright red “selfie station,” sponsored by the Downtown Alliance, a lower Manhattan business improvement district, lets users take photos of themselves with One World Trade Center soaring in the background. Located at Albany Plaza at the corner of Greenwich and Albany Streets, the high-tech kiosk also lets visitors choose photo filters and email, tweet, or Facebook their selfie.

More details on the One WTC Selfie Kiosk

Construction Update, Financial District, Major Developments, Starchitecture, Transportation

World Trade Center Transportation Hub, Santiago Calatrava

Ironworkers attach the “Old Glory” flag to the final Oculus rafter piece before installation

Just weeks after One World Trade Center and the Fulton Center Subway Station opened their doors for business, the last of the 114 steel rafters was installed on Santiago Calatrava‘s long-overdue, majorly over-budget flying bird-looking transportation hub. This is just one of many steel components in the project; it’s made up of 618 steel pieces which weigh more than 12,000 tons. The rafters were supposed to be completed by August, but though they were three months behind schedule, the hub is still expected to open in late 2015.

Read more here

Celebrities, Financial District, Recent Sales

Lindsay Lohan Rents Financial District Apartment

By Annie Doge, Fri, November 14, 2014

123 Washington Street, W Downtown, Lindsay Lohan

LiLo is moving to FiDi. When she wraps up her run of “Speed the Plough” on London’s West End, Lindsay Lohan will cross the pond straight to the Financial District, where she’s inked a deal on a 700-square-foot apartment at the W New York Downtown at 123 Washington Street, according to the Daily News. The one-bedroom pad was originally listed for $2 million and then as a $5,000/month rental, though there’s no confirmed word on exactly what Lindsay, along with her sister Ali, will be paying. But the Lohan girls will have plenty of celeb neighbors, including Kate Upton and Bow Wow.

Take a look inside LiLo’s new home

Financial District, Major Developments, Transportation

Fulton Center, Fulton Center oculus, Grimshaw Architects, James Carpenter

Fulton Center via Grimshaw Architects

It’s a busy couple of weeks for the Financial District. On Monday, Condé Nast moved in to One World Trade Center, and this coming Monday, November 10th, at 5:00pm, the Fulton Center subway station will finally open.

The new station, which connects ten subway lines, was first conceived in 2002 as part of downtown revitalization efforts following 9/11, but also because the station had needed improvements for decades. It was initially supposed to open in 2007, but funding hurdles and escalating costs delayed the progress. More recently, Hurricane Sandy and systems testing problems pushed back the opening further. But the $1.4 billion transit hub is now ready to welcome commuters and dazzle them with its giant 120-foot-tall oculus.

Take an advance look inside Fulton Center

Financial District, Major Developments, Polls

POLL: Can One World Trade Center Get to 100% Occupancy?

By Dana Schulz, Wed, November 5, 2014

On Monday, anchor tenant Condé Nast moved into One World Trade Center. It was, of course, a significant day for many reasons, but it left a lot of people wondering if they would feel comfortable working in the 104-story tower. And since the building is currently only 58% leased, we want to know if you think One WTC will be able to find occupants for the remainder of its 1.2 million square feet.

Images: Via Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (L); Via gigi_nyc via photopin cc (R)

Art, Design, Events, Financial District

Despicable Hunger by Minions CanRise Perkins Eastman Harlem RBI, canstruction 2013, canstruction 2014, canstruction

Food drives and can collections are not uncommon as we approach the holidays. And with Thanksgiving right around the corner, Canstruction is back again for its 22nd year with a brand new exhibit that invites New Yorkers to not only think about food in a whole new way, but to take part in a good cause. This year’s event has invited 32 teams made up of NYC’s top architecture and engineering design firms to turn 100,000 cans of food into spectacular sculptures at Brookfield Place.

To give you a taste of what’s to come when the exhibit opens this Thursday, some of last year’s participants included big names like Skanska, Perkins Eastman, CetraRuddy, Ennead Architects, Arup, and Dattner Architects. Yes, these are more than just a bunch of stacked cans.

More on the new exhibit

Financial District, Major Developments, Starchitecture

One World Trade Center

More than nine years after ground broke at One World Trade Center, the tower’s first and largest tenant, Condé Nast, is moving in. Though the media company will not complete its move until January, the relocation actually began last weekend when 2,800 orange crates full of files, photos, and books were carted downtown from the media company’s Times Square office.

Today, 175 employees will start their days at One WTC, the first wave of the 3,400 employees at 18 magazines. And as the New York Times notes, the scene they’re encountering is much different than when construction began nearly a decade ago. As the number of financial institutions has declined, tech firms, advertising agencies, and media companies have made the Financial District their new home, along with a residential population of 61,000.

More on the big move here

Financial District, Major Developments, Starchitecture

One World Observatory

On Monday we learned that tourism is predicted to bring in one quarter, roughly $53 million, of the One World Trade Center’s annual revenue by 2019. And now the much-talked-about ticket price to visit the three-floor observation deck of the tower, known as One World Observatory, has been revealed. It will cost $32 for an adult to visit the observatory when it opens in the spring of 2015.

More details and renderings of the observatory ahead

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