In an effort to enhance the accessibility and the appearance of the New York Stock Exchange district, a new proposal is calling for curbless streets, enhanced lighting, multi-functional seating and simplified security structures. The Alliance for Downtown New York released on Monday a study that details ways to improve the historic area to make it more appealing and easier to navigate. While the corner of Wall and Broad Street has witnessed more than 400 years of Lower Manhattan history, starting when Dutch settlers built a wall as the city’s northern border, the area is not living up to its potential as one of New York City’s crown jewels, according to Jessica Lappin, the president of the Alliance.
The study is the result of a nine-month process, with the Alliance working in tandem with local stakeholders, community members and design partners, WXY Architecture + Urban Design. “This report lays out a roadmap,” Lappin said in a press release. “It is a grand yet achievable vision that could turn the Stock Exchange District into the jewel it should be.” The group estimates the overhaul project will cost roughly $30 million.
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Rendering of the canopy at the graveyard via Trinity Wall Street
The Trinity Church, whose history in New York City dates back 300 years, will partially close beginning Monday for a two-year, $98.6 million renovation of its nave, the main part of the church. As its first major revitalization in over 70 years, the landmarked church’s project will restore parts of the original 1846 Gothic Revival style designed by Richard Upjohn. This includes rebuilding the chancel to its original size, increasing capacity by 140 seats and painting the interior walls and ceilings to reflect the original stone design. The reconstruction will move services and events at the Episcopal parish to nearby St. Paul’s Chapel, but the Chapel of All Saints and the churchyard, where Alexander Hamilton is buried, will remain open throughout the project.
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Behind all the banks, tall towers and tourists filling up FiDi is a dark past most of us know nothing about. Back in the 1700s, a corner of Wall Street at Pearl Street played host to the city’s official slave market. Though no real recognition has been given to those that suffered in the construction of Manhattan in its earliest days—rather, the area’s sordid past has for the better part been swept under the rug—WNYC reports that the city will finally pay tribute to these forgotten slaves, adding a historical marker to the site where the slave market once operated.
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- RocketSkates Go Up to 12 MPH: Apparently Kickstarter is where people go to find new ways to be a nuisance for city dwellers. Engadget spotlights the newest development–fashion-handicapped skates that let you zip along the sidewalk at insane speeds. Great news for the wearer. Bad news for everybody else.
- Ellen is Coming to New York!: Not her show though. According to Commercial Observer she just signed a new lease on East 24th Street for her brand. Look out Martha Stewart.
- Junk Mail Art Installations: PSFK features Aurora Robson, a New York-based artist who makes incredible, environmentally-friendly artwork out of everyday trash.
- Insane Soho Bachelor Pad Back on the Market: Apparently people with $17,000 for rent aren’t looking for a place with the Wall Street bull’s brother’s head mounted on their wall. Well, we beg to differ. Curbed takes you inside this crazy Soho pad.
Images: Ellen Degeneres (left), Junk Mail Art (right)
Roof decks, concierge services, screening rooms–these building amenities are so last year. The newest crop of luxury residential developments are offering more active perks. From basketball courts to rock-climbing walls, these calorie-burning features not only alleviate the need for a gym membership, but also offer the convenience of around-the-clock access and the ease of being just an elevator ride away from home.
See some of our picks for best building offerings that will get your heart rate up