- Most major cities don’t keep comprehensive data about assaults against passengers in either Uber cars or taxis. [Atlantic]
- Forget manspreading, let’s talk about dreadspreading on the subway. [Gothamist]
- Sorry London, NYC is the world’s most economically powerful city. [CityLab]
- Why Is Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center PATH station covered in rust? [NYO]
- Manhattan has only eight spots left to grab a papaya drink and cheap hot dog, but what’s the real reason? [Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY]
Back in October, we revealed renderings for Santiago Calatrava’s Ground Zero Church, which will overlook the 9/11 Memorial. Now we have a BBC video that features Calatrava explaining his vision for Saint Nicholas Church. ArchDaily, who spotted the feature, writes that “the building, which broke ground last year, has been described by Calatrava as a ‘tiny jewel’ for lower Manhattan.” Moreover, when completed, his creation will be the only non-secular building at Ground Zero. Watch the video above to find out what inspired his unique design, as well as the starchitect’s thoughts on creating a structure for a site with such historical and cultural significance.
Ironworkers attach the “Old Glory” flag to the final Oculus rafter piece before installation
Just weeks after One World Trade Center and the Fulton Center Subway Station opened their doors for business, the last of the 114 steel rafters was installed on Santiago Calatrava‘s long-overdue, majorly over-budget flying bird-looking transportation hub. This is just one of many steel components in the project; it’s made up of 618 steel pieces which weigh more than 12,000 tons. The rafters were supposed to be completed by August, but though they were three months behind schedule, the hub is still expected to open in late 2015.
Ahead of the groundbreaking this weekend, a new video and renderings have been revealed for Santiago Calatrava‘s church near Ground Zero, which will overlook the 9/11 Memorial. The new St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church will be constructed of white Vermont marble, inspired by a mosaic of the Madonna and Child Enthroned at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
Real Estate Wire: Inside The Shops at Hudson Yards; Park Avenue Pad Sells for Record-Breaking $71.3M, Thu, September 4, 2014
- A 740 Park Avenue pad just traded hands for $71.3M, making it the most expensive NYC co-op ever sold. The apartment was originally listed for $48M. [Curbed]
- Forest City Ratner wants to take over producing the modular units for the stalled B2 tower at Pacific Park next to the Barclays Center. The developer is currently embroiled in a legal dispute with the contracting company, Skanska USA. [Crain’s]
- New renderings of ‘The Shops’, the Hudson Yard’s planned one million square feet of retail space. [NY YIMBY]
- When (and if?) completed, the WTC transit hub designed by Santiago Calatrava will have cost between $3.7 and $4 billion—way over its $2 billion budget. [WSJ]
The Shops (left); 740 Park Avenue (right)
As many of you architecture buffs know, One WTC now rises a symbolic 1,776 feet, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third tallest in the entire world. Designed by renowned architect David Childs of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, it also has a LEED Gold certification and is the most environmentally sustainable project of its size. After a temporary real estate slump, the 104-story, glass and steel building is now 56% leased, with big-time tenants like Conde Naste, Morgan Stanley, Legends Hospitality, and BMB Group. Eight years after construction began, One World Trade is at an exciting juncture with its tenants expected to move in by the end of the year, already beginning to build out their office spaces. The original crew of 10,000 has been reduced to 600, and we’re checking in on what these remaining workers are up to.
It’s unfortunate that Santiago Calatrava‘s original design for the WTC Transportation Hub got scrapped for a shrunken, more watered-down version. But the cost saving measures that transformed his beautiful “bird” into what some critics have dubbed as a “rack of lamb” didn’t completely destroy the majestic spirit of the original design.
Construction images recently released by the Port Authority of NY & NJ reveal that the Oculus is finally taking shape, emerging from its WTC site as something that could very well be quite iconic.