Posts Tagged ‘New York City’

My Waistline May Regret This Discovery

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

My taste buds have been introduced to a most excellent sensation this evening.  A few weeks ago I read about a Japanese curry place called Go Go Curry, which was supposedly the most authentic to be found in this country.  This intrigued me enough to go and get myself a plate full.

In a word: addicting.  Whatever is in this stuff has an almost narcotic effect, I swear!  I must indulge again soon.

Forward Progress for Moynihan Station

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

The Farley Post Office — future home of Moynihan Station
There’s been a bit of an uptick of info on the plans for the new Moynihan/Penn Station project, with the state releasing new info on the project. And as expected, there’s been lots in the way of changes since the last time I heard anything even close to solid.

You can get a decent sense of the plans from NewsDay and Gothamist, with maps to boot.

They still call for half of the existing Farley Post Office to be converted into an entry hall for the train station. But in addition, the current Madison Square Garden would be torn down and a new aboveground hall would be built over the existing Penn Station, which would also see renovations. A new MSG would be built in the place of the other half of the Farley building. All this, plus anywhere from 4.5 to 10 million square feet of commercial space would be created, either in a few skyscrapers or (more likely) dispersed throughout the surrounding neighborhood.

The timelines and budget have ballooned in size and scope along with the project plans. Right now the estimates of cost is somewhere in the neighborhood of $14 billion, with no clear sense of who’s paying how much between the feds, the state the city and the developers. The proposed first phase (Moynihan Station and the new Garden) would be completed by 2011, with the second phase (demolition of the old Garden and the Penn Station rehab) finishing by 2018.

We still have a long way to go, and a good many people keeping watch over the project, but I think this is a positive step and I have a good feeling about it all. Not often I get to say that about public works of this scale (see my ranting on the Atlantic Yards project if you need proof).

Image by Annie Nyborg via Flickr

Edit: When I found the Gothamist post, I went back and added it in. Can never have too much linkage.

Forward march at the Atlantic Yards

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

A while back I was riffing on the mass of new stadium plans in the New York area. The most controversial of those these days is the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, where a large slice of the borough is planned to sprout an arena for the Nets, along with a host of skyscrapers taller than anything else in Brooklyn.

Even though there are still cases pending in federal court, construction is about to start, with Forest City Ratner giving the go ahead to begin the prep cleanup work in some parts of the project site. You can believe that Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn is having fits over this. It’s really rubbing me the wrong way as well. The project footprint is too big, the buildings too tall, and this all has the feel of overuse of eminent domain against the many for the gains of a few, at least in my eyes. But be that as it may, with every passing day the tide seems to be turning in favor of the builders.

Somehow I don’t think we’ll see a repeat of the defeat of the West Side Stadium project here. I can only hope that if this happens, all the positives being preached by the builders come to pass and then some. Even the original World Trade Center project was loathed as much as it was loved in its day, but before it’s tragic end it had endeared itself into the heart of the city. Maybe the same can be said for the new vision of Brooklyn.

Really, I’m trying to look on the bright side here….

Edit: Reader Chad pointed out the following paragraph in this press release regarding the building heights:

Mr. Ratner today also announced some additional programs to support the Atlantic Yards project, as well as a reduction to the height of the proposed “Ms. Brooklyn” building, ensuring that no building at the site will be taller than the 512-foot Williamsburg Savings Bank.

It’s good to see at least one of my major concerns has been mitigated.

Clear

Monday, September 11th, 2006

For all my memories of that day five years ago, the one that sticks most in my mind is that of the sky that morning. Clear. Pristine. The most beautiful blue, without a cloud aloft to disturb its tranquility. Just like today.

Viewing the future of the Trade Center

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

It’s been almost five years since the attack on the World Trade Center, and as Ray Nagin stated, the site is still more or less a “hole in the ground“. I’ve been through that hole quite a few times to take the PATH, and I’ll admit that I’ve found it hard at times to visualize just how the whole gigantic site is going to look once the bureaucratic tangle is cleared up and the reconstruction begins en mass.

Enter USA Today with this very nice visual of the site as it’s going to be. Notes on the new buildings and memorials and what’s holding up there progress, along with some audio commentary are all part of the package.

(Via Digg)