NYC Approves BIG Architects’ Giant Pyramid Building for W 57th Street

NYC Approves BIG Architects’ Giant Pyramid Building for W 57th Street

BIG’s unusual sloped structure aims to combine two types of architecture – European low-rise apartment blocks and typical Manhattan towers. The 38-story building, currently known as W57, will link the rest of the street to the Hudson River, creating mini-neighborhoods

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Mets Owners Want to Build a Vegas-Style Casino Next to Citi Field at Willets Point

Mets Owners Want to Build a Vegas-Style Casino Next to Citi Field at Willets Point

Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz are all for the redevelopment of the industrial Willets Point neighborhood next to Citi Field – as long as it includes a Las Vegas-style casino. Last year, Mayor Bloomberg announced plans to overhaul the area into a LEED-seeking

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Affordable Sugar Hill Housing Complex Aims to Be a Model of Urban Renewal in Harlem

Affordable Sugar Hill Housing Complex Aims to Be a Model of Urban Renewal in Harlem

Adjaye Associates’ 13-story Sugar Hill housing complex is currently under construction in Harlem and, when complete, will bring 124 affordable housing units, a children’s museum, and an early education center to the neighborhood. Powered by funds from city,

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Historic Buildings May See Adaptive Reuse as Brooklyn Public Library Considers Closing Some Branches

Historic Buildings May See Adaptive Reuse as Brooklyn Public Library Considers Closing Some Branches

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Brooklynites value their books, but some branches of the Brooklyn Public Library just aren’t seeing any play. Aging, in disrepair and underused, these satellite libraries were built in the early 1900s before most neighborhoods developed

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Bloomberg Announces Winner of the adAPT NYC Competition to Develop Micro-Unit Dwellings

Bloomberg Announces Winner of the adAPT NYC Competition to Develop Micro-Unit Dwellings

The competition was part of a larger initiative to create more available units for one- and two-person households — some as small as 250 square feet, the largest at 370 square feet. The winning project, dubbed “My Micro NY”, focuses on quality and

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PHOTOS: Blu Homes Opens East Coast’s First Prefab Breezehouse in Copake, NY

PHOTOS: Blu Homes Opens East Coast’s First Prefab Breezehouse in Copake, NY

We’ve long been fans of architect Michelle Kaufmann’s iconic Breezehouse prefab home ever since we first wrote about it back in 2005 (yes, we’re getting old). The Breezehouse was one of Kaufmann’s groundbreaking modern green prefab homes that helped generate

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Artist Creates “Alice in Wonderland” Home Inside an Abandoned Farmhouse

Artist Creates “Alice in Wonderland” Home Inside an Abandoned Farmhouse

The sprawling farmhouse sits on a lush plot of land in a little village along the Finger Lakes. Mackenzie-Childs and his family decided to rehabilitate the home themselves, using their artistic training to guide them through creating their dream home. Wanting

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Developers and Architects Asked to Submit Proposals for the Seward Park Redevelopment Site

Developers and Architects Asked to Submit Proposals for the Seward Park Redevelopment Site

The NYC Economic Development Corporation issued a Request for Proposals today calling for architects and developers to submit ideas on how to make the best use of the six-acre Seward Park Mixed-Use Development site. Entrants are being asked to reimagine

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A New Mars Bar May Open Below the TD Bank on Its Original Site

A New Mars Bar May Open Below the TD Bank on Its Original Site

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After all the hubbub yesterday brought on by the announcement that a TD Bank will soon occupy the space formerly known as punk hangout Mars Bar, developer BFC Partners revealed that a new version of the iconic haunt may soon reappear

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Isn’t It Ironic? East Village Punk Hangout Mars Bar to Be Reborn as a TD Bank Branch

Isn’t It Ironic? East Village Punk Hangout Mars Bar to Be Reborn as a TD Bank Branch

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Over the last few years, the East Village has traded much of its bohemian flavor for tony high rise apartments, fancy hotels and even a 7-Eleven. Now those who remember the neighborhood’s artsy roots have one more nail to hammer

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New York’s Helmsley Building Unveils Gorgeous LED Light Show Set to the Sound of Violins

New York’s Helmsley Building Unveils Gorgeous LED Light Show Set to the Sound of Violins

Built in 1929 by Warren & Wetmore, the Helmsley Building is owned by Monday Properties and is one of the only buildings in Manhattan that you can drive through. The spectacular new display covering the whole 34-story tower’s facade is crowned by its

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New Renderings of Jean Nouvel’s Controversial Torre Verre MoMA Tower Reveal a Faceted Facade

New Renderings of Jean Nouvel’s Controversial Torre Verre MoMA Tower Reveal a Faceted Facade

The new renders focus on the exterior of the proposed tower, and feature a criss-crossed latticed façade. The asymmetrical facets form three separate pathways that join together at the tower’s criticized soaring top in three crystalline peaks.

The 78-story

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Empire State Building Lights Up the Night with a Psychedelic LED Light Show Set to Alicia Keys

Empire State Building Lights Up the Night with a Psychedelic LED Light Show Set to Alicia Keys

When the Empire State Building got an LED makeover a few months ago, we were excited for its increased energy efficiency, but we had no idea what creative possibilities the new bulbs could bring! Last night, New Yorkers (and some Jersey-ites) were treated

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PHOTOS: Fifth Street Farm Unveils New Rooftop Farm Classroom Designed by Michael Arad

PHOTOS: Fifth Street Farm Unveils New Rooftop Farm Classroom Designed by Michael Arad

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer joined Arad and a myriad of local officials to cut the green ribbon and plant a ceremonial first seedling on the gorgeous new rooftop farm. Four years in the making, the roof farm was once thought of as a radical

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Construction on Herzog and de Meuron’s Gorgeous Glass 56 Leonard Tower Will Finally Begin This Week in Tribeca

Construction on Herzog and de Meuron’s Gorgeous Glass 56 Leonard Tower Will Finally Begin This Week in Tribeca

The Jenga-like tower was met with mixed reviews from the community, who felt its 60 floors were grossly out of proportion for the Tribeca neighborhood. Now that all of the concerns have finally been addressed, the glassy tower will become a reality in about

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Jay-Z Surprises Fans by Taking the Subway to His Own Concert at Barclays Center

Jay-Z Surprises Fans by Taking the Subway to His Own Concert at Barclays Center

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Rapper Jay-Z surprised fans and straphangers alike when he took the R train to his own concert at the new Barclays Center on Saturday. The native Brooklynite made like a local and turned to green transportation to

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Empire State Building’s Iconic Colored Lights to Get an LED Makeover!

Empire State Building’s Iconic Colored Lights to Get an LED Makeover!

The Empire State Building’s iconic lights are getting a green makeover! The famous floodlights that change hues to commemorate all of the holidays of the year will soon be powered by energy efficient LED lights. The swap-out is being implemented with the

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PHOTOS: See Inside the Brooklyn Nets’ New Barclays Center Arena Before It Opens to the Public

PHOTOS: See Inside the Brooklyn Nets’ New Barclays Center Arena Before It Opens to the Public

The new Barclays Center Arena marks the return of major league sports to Brooklyn, which has had a hole in its heart since the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1957. It was all smiles at the press launch but long and arduous process behind the project was by

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Living Green-Roofed Bus Shelter Pops Up in Downtown Buffalo

Living Green-Roofed Bus Shelter Pops Up in Downtown Buffalo

The living bus roof was the brain child of sustainable enthusiast Mike Jackson, who brought his idea to Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Kimberley Minkel. By simply writing a letter with his idea, the Buffalo resident saw it become a reality not

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Watch One World Trade Center Go Up in This Beautiful September 11th Anniversary Time-Lapse Video

Watch One World Trade Center Go Up in This Beautiful September 11th Anniversary Time-Lapse Video

Today, New Yorkers and Americans are remembering the past, but it’s just as important to realize how far we’ve come on our path to recovery since that fateful day on September 11, 2001.  To commemorate the 11th anniversary of 9/11 and to show the strides

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9/11 Memorial Uses Green Design to Create a Place of Remembrance

9/11 Memorial Uses Green Design to Create a Place of Remembrance

Arad and Walker’s design was selected from a global competition that received more than 5,200 submissions from 63 nations. The reflecting pools, which sit in the exact footprints of the Twin Towers, are the center of the memorial. In their proposal, Arad and

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McCarren Pool Shut Down Again – For Poop Problems

McCarren Pool Shut Down Again – For Poop Problems

McCarren Park Pool sure has had its problems this summer and was closed several times for issues ranging from rowdy teens to police scuffles. But now the pool is facing a new dilemma – poop. Pool-goers were recently asked to leave the LEED Silver recreation

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See New One World Trade Center Renderings Released by the Port Authority This Week

See New One World Trade Center Renderings Released by the Port Authority This Week

Upon its completion in early 2014, One World Trade Center will be one of the most sustainable office buildings in NYC and the developers are also endeavoring for it to achieve LEED Gold certification. The building, which was designed by Skidmore, Owings and

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New Report Shows That NYC’s Biggest Buildings Are the Key to Solving Its Biggest Greenhouse Gas Issues

New Report Shows That NYC’s Biggest Buildings Are the Key to Solving Its Biggest Greenhouse Gas Issues

Mayor Bloomberg’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability has long been toiling away at its benchmark report on the city’s building energy use, and now the results are finally in. After analyzing over 1.8 billion square feet of properties, the mayor

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Mayor Bloomberg Recognizes 10 Starchitect-Designed City Projects That Change NYC for the Better

Mayor Bloomberg Recognizes 10 Starchitect-Designed City Projects That Change NYC for the Better

One of the projects honored was the fifth phase of Riverside Park South by Thomas Balsley Associates and Sage and Coombe Architects. The green glass pavilion is slated for construction soon, and will be enjoyed by Manhattanites on the waterfront.

Rice

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