Despite his lack of formal design training, Michael Kimmelman has excited many readers, both architecturally adept and not, with his focus on urban issues. The Observer has begun to hear some grumbles, however, that that is all he cares about—bike lanes here, old housing projects over there, riverfronts a world away. What does he think of the Atlantic Yards apartment buildings or the World Trade Center Memorial. Won’t he weigh in on some capital-a Architecture already?
Well, today, as always seems to happen, he has done us one better.
All that agita for nothing.
After fighting the bullish Steve Rothto save the Empire State Building’s spot on the skyline, Tony Malkin has won a reprieve—thanks to the miserable economy.
It is one of the most mythic and elusive redevelopment projects in the city, the plan to restore at least some of Penn Station’s former glory with a new station inside the old Farley Post Office. But this train could be delayed for good.
253 West 35th Street
Could it indeed be true that the grungy Penn Station office market is getting a second chance? At minimum, a tenant named, yes, Better Chance has leased 9,600 square feet for 10 years at 253 West 35th Street.
The national organization dedicated to helping academically talented youth minorities will move from Read More
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Turns out what’s bad for New Jersey is good for Long Island.
When Governor Chris Christie killed the ARC Tunnel, the nation’s largest single infrastructure project ever undertaken, he doomed thousands of Garden State residents to longer commutes for the forseeable future. But because the nixing of the project also means the abandonment of Read More
This past spring, Anthony Malkin, president of Malkin Properties and an owner of the Empire State Building, started paying attention to an office tower planned by Vornado Realty Trust. The giant office landlord was seeking approvals to build a tower up to 1,216 feet high two blocks to his building’s west, on what’s Read More
Score one for the gritty Hotel Pennsylvania.
Major landlord Vornado Realty Trust was rebuffed by the local community board on Thursday night in its effort to clear the road for what would be the city’s third-tallest tower to rise in place of the Hotel Pennsylvania across from Madison Square Garden.
Manhattan’s Community Board 5 voted Read More
In late January, a collection of civic groups pushing for the expansion of Penn Station across the street into the Farley Post Office met with Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch’s chief of staff, Michael Evans. The topic was a status report on the long-stalled project-in the works for nearly two decades with little forward Read More
Just as the markets were starting to unwind in October 2007, real estate titan Steve Roth thought he’d hooked a giant fish. Merrill Lynch had been through a tortuous, hard-fought search for a firm to build its new world headquarters, and after pitting Mr. Roth and his Vornado Realty Trust against developer Larry Read More
Traveling on I-95 on a summer weekend has never been pleasant, but this weekend you can expect it to be particularly rough.
Amtrak announced that its Accela and regional service between New York, Boston, and New Haven will be cancelled from June 14 to June 17 so the moveable span of the 90-year-old Read More