Anthill Dies of Bee Stings

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The new Javits Center.

The Javits Center expansion seems likely not to be “dazzling,” according to Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff.

It’s not that the plan isn’t great; it’s just that, like the original (which might have resembled the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris but … didn’t), politics inevitably gets in the way of good design:

Embarrassed by the rejection of a Jets stadium for the West Side and the endless squabbling about the design for a Freedom Tower at ground zero, city and state officials overseeing the Javits project seem to be in a mad rush to push it through. With shadowy political maneuvering, they have stifled the kind of public debate that could have led to a more ambitious vision for the convention center and the decrepit neighborhoods next to it.

– Tom McGeveran

Anthill Dies of Bee Stings