Mayor Celebrates the 10 Best Public Works of the Past Year at Design Excellence Awards

Mayor Bloomberg honored the best public designs on Tuesday night in a ceremony held at the new public school in the base of New York by Gehry downtown.
Cook + Fox
Downtown Brooklyn
Thomas Balsley Associates and Sage and Coombe Architects
Upper West Side
Correction: A previous version referred to this as Hudson River Park.
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Thomas Balsley Associates and Sage and Coombe Architects
Upper West Side
Peter Gluck and Partners Crotona Park, the Bronx
Peter Gluck and Associates
Crotona Park, the Bronx
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HNTB
Brooklyn Heights
HNTB
Brooklyn Heights
West 8, Mathews Nielsen, Tillotson Design, Pentagram
Governors Island
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West 8, Mathews Nielsen, Tillotson Design, Pentagram
Governors Island
Rice + Lipka Architects
Richmond, Staten Island
Rice + Lipka Architects
Richmond, Staten Island
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Garrison Architects
Elhurst, Queens
Garrison Architects
Elhurst, Queens
Architecture Research Office and Michael Van Valkenburgh
Prospect-Lefferts Gardens
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Architecture Research Office and Michael Van Valkenburgh
Prospect-Lefferts Gardens
Mary Miss
St. George
Mary Miss
St. George
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ORE Design + Technology
Downtown Brooklyn
ORE Design + Technology
Downtown Brooklyn
In honor of 32 years of upkeep and improvement to the park.
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Various designers
Manhattan

New York is not always known for its architecture—it has some great buildings, but just as many unremarkable and out-right terrible ones. One sector where this has not been the case, at least for some time, is public architecture.

Starting first with the Awards for Design Excellence, in recognition of the best public works, and then the Design Excellence Program, which hires a stable of young, creative architects to undertake city projects, the city has built an impressive track record in commissioning smart, egalitarian designs for its buildings.

On Tuesday night, the Design Excellence Awards celebrated their 30th year, and a coterie of architects, planners and city officials descended on 8 Spruce Street, home to Frank Gehry’s celebrated apartment tower as well as a very nice public school beneath. Mayor Bloomberg was there to congratulate everyone on their good work over the past years and decades.

“These awards are our city’s celebration of the best and brightest examples of public design,” the mayor said. “We are committed to making first-rate design a priority in every project in all five boroughs. That allows our public projects to both improve the quality of life for New Yorkers and exists as sources of pride for our city.”

From Governors Island to a bridge—not that bridge!—in Brooklyn to a library in Queens, it is an impressive assortment of lovely buildings.