The Afternoon Wrap: Wednesday

  • This month’s Metropolis cover-story is on The Piano Man: “This sense of transparency is part of the story,” the architect says about his new NYT HQ. “It’s about the art of telling the story by using form. And the idea [is] that the Times is a building and institution where the relationship with the city is more open, more permeable.” Architecture cliches and media cliches go so well together! [Metropolis Magazine]
  • Coney Island’s Astrotower may be migrating “to an amusement park in the South.” Or maybe the 275-foot-tall thrill-ride will be donated to Manhattan? Either way: acrophobes, beware. [NY Post]
  • The impending of demolition of Red Hook’s iconic Revere Sugar Refinery is being captured in real time on the newfangled Internets. The RSR owner, Thor Equities, will have some explaining to do. [Curbed]
  • The sellers of Starrett City–the 140-acre Brooklyn sprawl–promise that the community’s 14,000 residents won’t be robbed of their housing subsidies after the impending big-buck sale. And the buyers won’t raze the whole place either! “They’d have to evict tenants from 5,800 units, and that would take 58 years and cost them $500 million in legal fees.” Doesn’t sound that far-fetched. [Multi-Housing News]
  • Max Abelson