After years of contention, we learned yesterday that opponents of the controversial NYU expansion plan would receive their final day in court to try to block the massive redevelopment. While Villagers have long been known as preservation pioneers (Jane Jacobs’ successful fight against Robert Moses’ destructive plans for the area is probably the best-known example), NYU has become one of the most powerful landholders in the city. So, we want to know what you think the outcome of the fierce debate will be.
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Park renderings via Hayes Davidson
In 2011, Rudin Management inked a controversial deal to convert part of St. Vincent’s Hospital into luxury condos, now known as The Greenwich Lane. Part of the deal was that the developer would build a public park on an adjacent piece of triangular land that would include the city’s first major AIDS memorial, a feature that garnered tons of press thanks to a much-talked-about design competition.
Now, the Wall Street Journal reports that Rudin has broken ground on the new 16,000-square-foot West Village green space, located on Seventh Avenue between Greenwich Avenue and West 12th Street. And along with this news comes renderings from M. Paul Friedberg & Partners, the architecture firm that designed the Greenwich Lane and is also designing the park, which show winding walkways, curving benches, plenty of trees, play areas, a lawn, and water jets.
Let’s take a trip to the quiet, tree-lined streets of Victorian Flatbush where a 111-year-old home in the Fiske Terrace-Midwood Park landmarked historic district awaits, asking $2.275 million. This quarter-acre lot is large enough for a pool and a guesthouse or your own little secret garden. And while the curb appeal sets the bar high, the inside takes it to a new level, blending old-world charm with modern updates.
Image via LICtalk.com
Long Island City‘s most recognizable tenant is about to sell a prime piece of property in the heart of the neighborhood. According to the New York Times, the financial giant is putting up a one-acre development site, bound by 44th Road, 23rd Street and 44th Drive in Court Square, and it could fetch up to $150 million. Court Square’s proximity to Manhattan and plentiful transit has made the enclave one of Queens’ most sought-after areas for residential development. Mayor de Blasio is all for the sale and has plans of his own to rezone LIC to spur even more construction.
It’s easy to see why this gorgeous townhouse at 175 Eckford Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn was recently featured in a global design magazine. Rustic features like painted white beams, splashes of exposed brick and antique wide-plank floors effortlessly coexist with more modern touches reflected in concrete block walls, Caesarstone countertops, sleek poured radiant heated concrete floors, and a curtain wall of glass that looks out to a pastoral backyard.
- The Times has created a map of the hardest places to live in the U.S. by county. A taste of their findings: Manhattan is ranked 365 out of 3,135 with a life expectancy of about 81.7 years, while the Bronx is struggling, coming in at 2,324 with a life expectancy of 78.1 years. The map also considers unemployment, median income, obesity and more. [NYT]
- A “performance architect”? Learn how to renovate without actually renovating, for free. Warning: Things will get emotional. [BrickUnderground]
- Inside an adorable family home on Pomander Walk. [Curbed]
- Have Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis moved from the Meatpacking District to Clinton Hill? [NYP]
- Cindy Gallop cuts the price of her infamous “Black Apartment” in Chelsea by $1 million. [CityRealty]
Images: A map of disparity via NYT (L); A perfomance architect Alex Schwedervia Brick Underground (R)
A rendering of the expansion plan
In October, the appellate court overturned a previous decision by the New York Supreme Court that prohibited NYU’s $6 billion, 1.9 million-square-foot Greenwich Village expansion plan, but community groups vowed to appeal the decision. And they most certainly kept their word.
In a press release sent today by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP), we’ve learned that the New York State Court of Appeals agreed to hear an appeal by GVSHP, Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan, Community Board 2, actor Mark Ruffalo, and other local concerned parties.
Bridge House by Gluck+ rethinks the typical country retreat, which is oftentimes just a nondescript, run-of-the-mill house built in a remote area. Located in the hamlet of Olivebridge, this unusual design combines three centuries of American country architecture in one home. Its unique assemblage consists of various volumes, each with a different style and material, joined by long and lean bridges, a gesture from which the home gets its name.
A 1776 map that shows Peter Stuyvesant’s farm in the present-day East Village
Cartographers and history buffs will have a field day with this online tool known as NYC Time Machine. Using public data from the New York Public Library, the resource allows users to “navigate perfectly-overlaid maps of NYC from 1660 to present day.” The site is part of Vestiges of New York, which overlays historic photos and current images.
- Here’s a map of 13 of the shortest, cutest, and most historic little streets in New York. [Curbed]
- Get through the polar vortex by thinking of warm days on the waterfront and ramen burgers; Smorgasburg will reopen on April 4th. [Gothamist]
- Two famous, historic sailing ships could dock at the South Street Seaport this summer. [Tribeca Trib]
- Looks like those MTA courtesy campaigns aren’t working. A lack of basic manners getting in and out of cars is contributing to a spike in delays. [NY Post]
- “Snow Circles” crop up mysteriously in Riverside Park. [West Side Rag]
- Take a look inside the Victorian Tribeca loft of James Ramsey, a principal of the design studio Raad, and Jennifer Blumin, the founder of Skylight, which does adaptive reuse of historic spaces. [NY Times]
Images: Gay Street via Wiki Commons (L); subway crowding (R)