Anthill Dies of Bee Stings

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