Tuesday: NYT Drools and Randalls Gets Soaked

  • Now that architect Renzo Piano has completed museums in New York, Houston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco, others are starting to get jealous, and calling him a “safe” choice. His latest, the expansion of the Morgan Library and Museum collection, opens to the public on April 29. It is described by The New York Times’ architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff as “a sublime expression of the architect’s preoccupation with light, the design transforms the world of robber barons and dust-coated scholars conjured by the old Morgan into a taut architectural composition bursting with civic hope.” Also of note: Piano is the architect of the new Times building.
  • “In New York an artist’s occupation often is staying one step ahead of the real-estate market.” So, one enterprising gallery owner of the “hipster nation” is branching out to Leipzig, Germany. (The New York Times)
  • A $168 million, 26-acre water park will likely be approved for Randalls Island. (The New York Times)
  • About two-thirds of area residents accepted buyouts from the Atlantic Yards project. About 40 percent of the remaining neighbors rent in Ratner buildings. (The New York Times)
  • Poets House is moving from Soho to Battery Park City. (The New York Times)
  • Even townhouse owners like modern design, but they know better than to take it outside…or build a fence. (New York Post)
  • Jonathan Miller makes a chilling observation: every country has housing issues. (Matrix)
  • A Jewish community house will be replaced by a mixed-use tower, with a synagogue at the bottom and floor-through apartments at the top. Gevalt. (The New York Times)
  • The Four Questions, inspired by Bruce Ratner. (via Curbed)
  • - Riva Froymovich