One World Trade Center

Daily Link Fix

One World Trade Center
  • A new book recounts what life was like as a squatter in the ’90s. [Bedford + Bowery]
  • We know it’s going to cost $32 to visit One World Observatory, but you’ll have to pay the admission fee even if you just want to dine at one of the top-floor restaurants. [NYP]
  • The Whitney museum will throw an opening weekend block party with dance performance, live music, local artists, and more. [DNAinfo]
  • Are New York’s eccentric street characters being pushed out? This web series aims to save the street culture. [Huck Magazine]
  • Some never-realized plans for the future of Times Square, and some that still have hope. [NY Mag]
  • If your subway conductor revealed his/her true feelings, it might sound something like this. [Gothamist]

Images: One WTC (L); Shot from “The MTA Is Not Apologizing” by Above Average (R)

Financial District, Major Developments, Polls

It was big news yesterday that One World Observatory will open to the public on Friday, May 29th. But we can’t help but wonder if New Yorkers are feeling compelled to buy a $32 ticket to go to the viewing platform at 1,250 feet. Maybe it’s your fear of heights or the hefty admission fee that’s keeping you away. Or maybe you fall on the side that feels this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience bestowed upon us city dwellers. Either way, we want to know what you think.

Financial District, Major Developments

One World Observatory Opens on Friday, May 29th!

By Dana Schulz, Tue, April 7, 2015

one world trade center, lower manhattan, skidmore ownings and merrill

Yesterday, an insider over at Curbed noticed entrance signage for One World Trade Center’s observatory. And now, just a day later, it’s been officially announced that One World Observatory will open on Friday, May 29. The press release also shares that tickets, which will cost $32 for an adult, will go on sale tomorrow at 10am. The three-floor observation deck will sit 1,250 feet above ground on floors 100, 101, and 102 and cover 125,000 square feet.

More details here

Daily Link Fix

One World Trade Center
  • Visiting a hidden shoe repair shop in Grand Central. [Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY]
  • Climb all 180 flights of stairs of One World Trade Center to support the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and Captain Billy Burke Foundation, charities that help the families of 9/11 first responders and military veterans. [amNY]
  • Astoria residents mourn the city’s decision to cut down a massive, century-old tree. [DNAinfo]
  • A moving sidewalk, a skyscraper megachurch with an underground swimming pool — check out these forgotten plans for NYC. [NYmag]
  • The 7 train extension opening is delayed again. [Curbed]
  • Every hour, hundreds of thousands of tiny plastic pieces — each one roughly the size of fine glitter — pour out of the Hudson River, into the ocean and the fish we eat. Yum. [WNYC]

Images: One World Trade Center (L); Alfred Speer’s proposed moving sidewalk (R)

Daily Link Fix

Loew's Kings Theatre, Loew's Wonder Theatres
  • This video by the Office of NYCMedia takes us inside the city’s five Loew’s Wonder Theatres. [Untapped]
  • Get your kicks this summer at the Brooklyn Museum with a new “Sneaker Culture” exhibit. [DNAinfo]
  • Here’s the oldest film showing NYC being destroyed by a monster. [Gothamist]
  • Check out this video about the inspirational art inside One World Trade Center‘s lobby. [CBS]
  • Hear from one New Yorker who’s on a quest to Instagram the city’s best building numbers. [Curbed]
  • The children who defied the rules to play in the snow on Capitol Hill. [Atlantic]

Images: Loew’s Kings Theatre © Matt Lambros for After the Final Curtain (L); Building numbers © Will Sharon (R)

New Developments, real estate trends

The U.S. Trails Behind in the Global Skyscraper Race

By Diane Pham, Mon, February 23, 2015

tallest buildings in manhattan

New York is most certainly experiencing a skyscraper boom, but you may be surprised to find out that the number of supertalls going up in the city account for only a small percentage of what’s going up globally. According to CBS News, just 20 percent of the world’s towers are being built stateside, and of all the tall buildings completed last year, we had only four in the top 20 (One World Trade Center topped the list). So if we aren’t number one in this race, then where is this new crop of towers creeping up?

Find out here

Art, City Living, Video

Bob Mankoff New Yorker Cartoons 5

Condé Nast’s move into One World Trade Center means more than just the offices of Vogue settling in downtown, but also some other 3,000-odd editors, writers and advertising folks that make up the publishing giant’s empire. Amongst these magazines is, of course, The New Yorker. In this week’s installment of the magazine’s “Cartoon Lounge,” cartoon editor and cartoonist Bob Mankoff takes a moment to commemorate the magazine’s move into the supertall icon by musing over the skyscrapers that have appeared in The New Yorker since the city’s 1920s building boom. From his office on the 38th floor of One World Trade, watch as he shares his favorite cartoons and his own experience of seeing the New York City skyline as a kid in Queens. This video is sure to make you smile!

Watch the video here

Real Estate Wire

WXY Studio Architecture + Urban Design, dlandstudio, QueensWay, Friends of the QueensWay
  • The QueensWay gets a major endorsement. [NYT]
  • Trinity Church has filed demolition permits for 68-74 Trinity Place, where they plan to erect a 46-story residential building designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli. [CO]
  • The Port Authority is considering selling off its real estate, including One World Trade Center, to fund the agency’s overhaul. [WSJ]
  • Collegiate School, the country’s oldest independent school, will build a new ten-story building as part of Extell’s Riverside South site. [TRD]

Images: QueensWay rendering (L); One World Trade Center (R)

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

Architecture, Green Design, Major Developments

One World Trade Center

Since the opening of One World Trade Center just a few weeks ago, the world has been in an uproar over the design and the incredible cost of making New York’s tallest tower a reality. But one feature that we all seemed to have forgotten was the promise that the tower would be the greenest building in America. A recent City Lab article looks at what went wrong, and why, in a race to meet contractual obligations to its anchor tenant, Condé Nast, the development dumped a major part of its plans to go green, currently leaving the building in a state of noncompliance.

Find out more here


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