- NYC will get talking buses to warn pedestrians in their path. [Next City]
- Next time you’re waiting for a train in the hot, smelly depths of Penn Station, you can thank the desperate executives of the Pennsylvania Railroad. [NYT]
- It’s the 80th birthday of the First Houses, the city’s first foray into public housing. [Bedford + Bowery]
- Don’t know what to do with all those dusty old sepia-toned photos? Upload them to this new website that shares vintage images from around the world. [SepiaTown]
- This West Village couple “with little money and a lot of vision” transformed a 500-square-foot apartment into their dream home. [Domino]
If there’s one thing that all New Yorkers can agree on it’s that Penn Station is pretty awful. And if we’re ever going to get a new home for NJ Transit, Amtrak, and the LIRR, Madison Square Garden will have to move (just don’t tell any die-hard Rangers fans that).
The Alliance for a New Penn Station, a coalition of the Municipal Art Society and the Regional Plan Association, is proposing in a new report (revealed at this morning’s MAS Summit) that the world-famous venue take up residency in the Morgan Post Office and Annex, occupying the block bound by 9th and 10th avenues and 28th and 30th streets. The mail sorting facility site is large enough to accommodate a new state-of-the-art arena and is just a quick walk to Penn Station. The coalition told Capital New York: “Relocating the Garden to this site will provide the city with a new arena and allow for the reconstruction and expansion of Penn Station, each of which can be designed to vastly improve the conditions of the district.”
- Is the Fred French Building the most beautiful Art Deco architecture on 5th Avenue? You be the judge after reading this post on Gothamist.
- Let’s face it–Penn Station is terrible. But instead of just complaining about it (like the rest of us), architect David Lewis leads a walking tour of the station to explore how it got so horrible. More on the AWL.
- Calling all members of the Brooklyn board game community (yes, it exists); Rivals board game café is now open in East Williamsburg, according to Bedford + Bowery.
- These attractive, eco-friendly acoustic tiles, showcased on Freshome, are made from molded luffa. Yup, the same material you scrub with in the shower.
- West Side Rag reports that City Council members are proposing a complete car ban for Central Park next summer.
Images: Fred French Building, via Newyorkitecture (L); Penn Station, via Wiki Commons (R)
- Plans to convert the James A. Farley Post Office on Eighth Avenue into an elegant annex for Penn Station are finally moving ahead. [NYT]
- The Sunshine Hotel, one of the last operational Bowery flophouses, is downsizing one-third to make way for commercial lofts. [Bowery Boogie]
- Why Manhattan and Brooklyn apartment sellers have been cutting prices this month. [DNA Info]
- Elliman’s Michael Graves makes a record-breaking sale with his own Williamsburg apartment. The condo at The Residences at The Williamsburg at 135 North 11th Street sold for $1.75M or $1,906 per square foot. [Brownstoner]
The James A. Farley Post Office (left); A reduced two-bedroomat 2255 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. (right)