The developer of a commercial tower planned to rise along the western edge of the High Line at 13th Street and Tenth Avenue has dropped its bid to build a significantly larger structure than is allowed by zoning. The proposed tower, to be designed by Chicago-based architecture firm Studio Gang, had sought a variance to build 34 percent larger than is permitted by zoning at 40-56 Tenth Avenue. However, after a number of appearances before the Board of Standards and Appeals, it became clear that approval for the variance would not be forthcoming, according to Howard Goldman, the project’s land use attorney. However, developer William Gottlieb Real Estate is still seeking height and setback variances in its modified application.
Parks and Recreation
Amber, who comes from a Yemeni American Muslim family, explained that due to her cultural practices, the engagement had been planned out and followed cultural protocol to a T. Read More
new bugs on the block
Columbia University and the city’s parks department have unveiled Muscota Marsh, a park built on an acre of land along the Harlem River and designed by the lead firm behind the High Line.
The James Corner Field Operations-designed park, near the university’s Baker Field, features a meandering wooden boardwalk, gravel paths and wooden benches, forming what the Read More
Scientists have discovered this year’s most horrifying surprise — a new breed of cockroaches that don’t mind the cold. Read More
A new breed of visitor is frequenting the High Line park.
Last year an exterminator at the popular park found an unfamiliar critter in a trap and sent it off to an insect lab. Researchers from Rutgers and the University of Florida have determined that the roach was an Asian species of cockroach - Periplaneta japonica – never before Read More
The Eight-Day Week
Though guests gathered at the Lowline’s Great Anti-Gala last Tuesday night to raise funds for the nascent lighting technology that would enable the world’s first subterranean park, the cavernous interior of the defunct Lower East Side synagogue that hosted the event was illuminated by one of the oldest: candles.
A good-natured but somewhat relentless homage to the early 20th-century Lower East Side, the evening celebrated the era when the Lowline’s would-be home—the derelict Williamsburg Trolley Terminal—was dedicated to transit rather than urban planning dreams.
Contortionists, acrobats and tap dancers with tin cups roamed through the cocktail-swilling crowd, causing some confusion: “Are we supposed to tip them, or are those cups just for show?” one man wondered aloud to his date, who confessed that she was equally perplexed.
Fashion Week Observed
“What happens when hundreds of people gather for a one-pot meal at a communal table in a restaurant without walls on the High Line?” That’s the question being asked and answered at High Line Social Soup Experiment, presented by Friends of the High Line, where 200 New Yorkers will gather to lunch on soup and bread. Chef Mona Talbott, author of Zuppe: Soups from the Kitchen of the American Academy in Rome, will prepare the meal. When else do you get a chance to dine outdoors with strangers of all ages?
Parks and Rec
There have been plenty of fashion-related moments on and around the High Line, from an Alexander Wang pop-up to a Diane von Furstenberg-endorsed Project Runway eco-fashion challenge, but Thursday night’s Back to School Fashion Show marked the park’s first ever public fashion event.
Don’t you hate when you get something cool, then suddenly all the other kids want it?
The borough of Queens has decided to up its game and is conducting a study into the possible redevelopment of an abandoned rail line into a park, similar to Manhattan’s popular High Line, according to DNAinfo.com.
Mere weeks after closing on a development site at 239 Tenth Avenue, newly back-on-the-scene Michael Shvo is already shaking up the status quo.
The go-go broker—now developer—whose brash branding campaigns and outsized ambition earned him a lot of friends, enemies and press in the gaga years before the housing crash, is up to his old tricks. First, Mr. Shvo announced his return with a (debatabley) price record-setting purchase of the West Chelsea lot. And now he has redecorated it, surrounding the old Getty gas station at its center with a thick wall of trees, reports Curbed.