The MAS Summit has been going on for the past two days, and it has been a cornucopia of delights for the city-obsessed, full of zany proposals for affordable housing, green buildings, starchitecture, community-based development and a giant floating doughnut hovering over Grand Central. But so far the most thrilling moment was deliver by The Times‘ architecture critic Michael Kimmelman during a discussion capping day one with the Municipal Art Society’s president, Vin Cipolla.
The two of them basically meandered through a bunch of Mr. Kimmelman’s columns from his first year on the job, and the first question was about Penn Station, when the critic had the audacity to tell the Dolans to scram. He still believes it is one of the most pressing planning issues in the city all these months after he wrote the piece. “I think there’s a hunger to do something about this site, which I think is a blight on millions of people’s lives every single day,” Mr. Kimmelman explained.
When Gary Barnett builds, he wants everything to be “the best,” as the Extell exec made clear in our recent profile. Bigger is not always better, but it certainly does not hurt, especially in Manhattan. That is part of the appeal of Mr. Barnett’s One57—not only will the views be dead-center on Central Park, a fact Mr. Barnett keenly brags about, but there are also the bragging rights of having the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere. At 1,005 feet, it beats Frank Gehry’s 8 Spruce Street by more than 100 feet.
But this is New York, and the record will never hold for long, as competitors like the MoMA tower and 432 Park start to rise. But Mr. Barnett has an ace up his sleeve just down the block, a large development site on Broadway running between 57th and 58th streets. The lot, site of the former B.F. Goodrich Building is nearly twice as large as One57′s, and more importantly the tower could be many hundred feet taller, as well, as Mr. Barnett continues to assemble air rights and properties, one of his favorite parts of the business.
For this stratospheric project he also turned to several top-shelf designers, none of whom Extell has ever worked with before.
The Friends of Privately Owned Public Spaces had no idea the good fortune of their timing. The group was formed a few years ago, to bring awareness to the hundreds of POPS littered across the city, a sort of watchdog fighting for their open access. Almost no one knew of the spaces, that is until the Wall Street occupiers showed up at Zucotti Park. Now, almost everyone does.
Sunday came and went, and still there is no deal for Vornado’s Port Authority Bus Terminal tower. It has been a dozen years since Vornado was tapped to build the thing, and while the developer was poised to get to work in 2007, those plans collapsed along with the economy. The deal was set to expire this weekend, but the Port Authority has granted Vornado yet another extension to come up with a plan to make both sides happy.
Lies Damn Lies ...
Warmer weather is here, finally, after so much rain and snow, so isn’t it about time you got into some digs that let you take all the warmer weather in? If you’ve got $6.5 million, Warburg has you covered with this condop on Central Park South.
The 2,391 square foot property features Read More
As hoards of teenagers gathered outside the new New York Observer building, complete with campy concession stand and various fan accessories, the only conclusion we could draw was that they must have heard about this afternoon’s midtown west broker’s event.
While the crowds might have had something to do with the Glee stars rumored to be stopping Read More