The Afternoon Wrap: Wednesday


  • In celebration of its 150th birthday, the American Institute of Architects ranks the 150 most beloved American buildings. (The kingly Empire State Building [above] gets the top spot.) Suprisingly, other New York heartthrobs include both the Time Warner Center and the Royalton Hotel. [Architectural Record News]
  • Brave Sam Chang will build six hotels on a stretch of West 39th Street–a block so gritty that even the developer admits it’s “not the most upstanding street in New York City.” The $275-a-night Homewood Suites will probably spruce things up a bit. [Real Deal]
  • February is the bleakest month. Yet this “thirty buildings/thirty days” photo spread is a reminder that four weeks-worth of Manhattan real estate can be a very, very beautiful thing. [Daily Dose, via Curbed]
  • What happens if the market (and, you know, environmental consciousness) isn’t enough to spur the Green Building movement in Manhattan? The answer has to do with a scary word (“government”), and Tom Brokaw is involved, too. [City Limits]
  • Max Abelson