Magnusson Architecture and Planning

affordable housing, housing lotteries, Williamsburg

Rendering of 695 Grand Street courtesy of St. Nicks Alliance & NYHC

Located just steps away from Williamsburg‘s bustling Metropolitan Avenue, a mixed-use building at 695 Grand Street is now accepting applications for 38 affordable units. Developed by St. Nicks Alliance and designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP), the eight-story rental features sustainable design elements like a landscaped terrace and rooftop, as well as a vertical green wall planted trellis on its facade. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 30, 50, 60 and 130 percent of the area median income can apply for units ranging from $670/month studios to $2,056/month three-bedrooms.

Find out if you qualify

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called for the closing of the jail complex, reports Crains, calling it an “ineffective, inefficient,” symbol of outdated policies and approach to criminal justice.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

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