New York City’s most taxed line is about to get a sizable cash infusion. Of the $210 million that developer SL Green Realty has budgeted for improving Grand Central’s subway station for the green light to construct a 65-story office tower next door, more than 75% will go toward the Lexington Avenue line, Crain’s reports. Yesterday, a 63-page study was delivered to Manhattan’s Community Board 5 and to transportation advocates who have called for Midtown East’s rezoning to include improvements to transportation infrastructure to meet current demand as well as the influx of nearly 16,000 workers as new lines are drawn. So where exactly will the money go?
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Babilus is a collection of vases made by Tel Aviv designer Nir Meiri. The shapes of the vases were designed to resemble architecture found in ancient cities such as alters and temples, and the name Babilus is used in reference to the age-old city of Babylon. Each form is made from several layers of materials staked in various combinations. When viewed together, the collection simulates an antique city skyline, however each vase was also designed to stand alone with the intent of igniting the imagination.
Visitors to this past weekend’s 12th Annual Open House New York were treated to tours of Manhattan’s first fully robotic parking system, an African Burial Ground National Monument in Tribeca, and this 4,400-square-foot “superdesk” winding its way through the Chelsea offices of the Barbarian Group, a New York-based creative agency.
A study released yesterday revealed that the QueensWay– the High Line-esque linear park and cultural greenway proposed for a 3.5-mile stretch of abandoned railway in central Queens– will cost $120 million, give a boost to the local economy, and provide nearby residents with a safer place to walk and bike. But opponents of the project say central Queens already has an abundance of park land, there’s no plan in place to raise the needed funds, and the local community isn’t that into it. We want to hear what you think: Can the QueensWay follow in the footsteps of the High Line?
Rendering via WXY Studio Architecture + Urban Design and dlandstudio; Photo of current site via Andy Isaacson
- NYC Parks and the Battery Conservancy announced that the Fleurt Chair by Canadian designer Andrew Jones is the winner of the first-ever design competition to create a moveable, outdoor chair for a New York City park.
- Rego Park has a new “green” playground, complete with colorful murals, fitness stations, and an outdoor classroom, reports DNAinfo.
- Get rid of those disgusting, chewed up tennis balls. Odin (named after the designer’s Corgi) is a stylish, 3D-printed dog toy that is a treat-finding puzzle for your pooch. More on Co.Design.
- The Observer talks to fashion designer Nicole Miller about her eclectic Tribeca loft.
- Gensler is the 2014 American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York State Firm of the Year.
Images: Rendering of Fluert Chairs in Battery Park (L); Odin dog toy via Odin
According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), Manhattan boasts about 20 bridges that connect the Big Apple to neighboring areas—many of which have various degrees of landmark status, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the George Washington Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, the High Bridge, the University Heights Bridge and the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge. We often use these marvels without giving them much thought beyond the grandiose size and maybe their engineering, so to give you a little trivia to impress your friends with the next time you cross one these storied bridges, we’re offering up a handy primer on seven of the city’s most famous.
Firehouses, stables, factories – even churches – have long offered designers the opportunity to carve out unique living spaces from non-traditional structures. So it should come as no surprise that in a city as fashion conscious as New York, even department stores are fair game for residential conversion. When this co-op building in Soho was subdivided into loft apartments, each inherited some awkward and quirky features courtesy of its former life, but that didn’t stop Brooklyn-based designer Fabrica 718 from turning one of the apartments within into a different kind of showcase.
According to city records released today, Emmy Award-winning CNN news anchor Don Lemon has purchased a condo in Harlem‘s 2280FDB (2280 Frederick Douglas Blvd.) for $867,780. He already owns the neighboring unit, so this may be an expansion opportunity for the journalist. The newly acquired 859-square-foot, one-bedroom, contemporary unit comes complete with a spacious terrace, boasting impressive city views.
A rendering of the NYU expansion plan
The battle between New York University and local residents and community preservation groups just got a little fiercer, as just yesterday the appellate court overturned a previous decision by the New York Supreme Court that prohibited the university’s $6 billion, 1.9 million-square-foot expansion plan.
NYU now has the green light to move forward with their colossal project, which includes taking over “implied park land” that has been used by the public for years. Local community groups vow to appeal the decision. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan, Community Board 2, and local residents, filed the lawsuit against the school in 2012.
NYC supertalls all over town are weeping: 432 Park Avenue is officially the tallest residential building in the city as of today, topping out at 1,396 feet, and the second-tallest tower after One World Trade Center. Concrete on the highest floor of the Rafael Viñoly-designed building is being poured, probably as we speak, cementing (no pun intended) the residential tower’s place as not only the tallest in NYC, but in the entire western hemisphere. And though One WTC reaches 1,776 feet, 408 feet is accounted by its spire. So, when you only count its roof height, it’s actually 28 feet lower than 432 Park. The tower will open next year, and it’s already seeing groundbreaking sales, including that of the $95 million penthouse.
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