drum major institute

adaptive reuse, Design, Urban Design

Rikers Island, Rikers, Melissa Mark-Viverito, FXFOWLE, Magnusson Architecture, Curtis + Ginsberg, ReThinkNYC, WXY Architecture, Andrew Cuomo, Closing Rikers

Curtis + Ginsberg Architects’ “city blocks”

The 413-acre plot of city-owned land, most of it landfill, that makes up Rikers Island is known more for its impenetrable prison than its waterfront property and breathtaking city views. Recently City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito called for the closing of the jail complex, reports Crains, calling it an “ineffective, inefficient,” symbol of outdated policies and approach to criminal justice. An independent commission headed by Jonathan Lippman, the state’s former top judge, is creating a blueprint for accomplishing the prison’s closing. There is significant opposition to the idea, though others, from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to the New York Times editorial board are behind it.

Find out what could replace the jail

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTERS

Thank you, your sign-up request was successful!
This email address is already subscribed, thank you!
Please provide a valid email address.
Please complete the CAPTCHA.
Oops. Something went wrong. Please try again later.