Monday's Newspapers, Available Now with Update

  • Posted at 1:02, December 23, 2013
  • By Quidnunc Staff

157 W. 57th St. AKA One57
  • You need to start your week with the piece by veteran New York Times art and architecture critic Michael Kimmelman, who looks at the new towers surrounding the south end of Central Park that are being pegged as the future homes of the world's billionaires.  Kimmelman starts with the most famous, Extell Development Co.'s One57, at 157 W. 57th St., best known for a dangling crane during Superstorm Sandy 2012.  "One57," writes Kimmelman, "is Exhibit A in what we should be able to prevent."  The piece contains lots of negativity about other Extell projects, too, but has hope for some of the other park-centric buildings. "What results isn’t always tragic. Another developer, JDS, is erecting the skinniest of the new towers at 111 West 57th St," which he believes shows promise. HERE is the link to the Kimmelman critique, "Seeing a Need for Oversight of New York’s Lordly Towers."
  • In the Wall Street Journal Monday, an article describes how improving and increasing the retail space down low has helped with leasing up above at the rebranded Brookfield Place complex across West St. from the World Trade Center, and formerly known as the World Financial Center.  The article can be found HERE with a subscription, and includes the interesting tale of how a food marketplace came to be part of Brookfield Place.
  • We should have seen this coming.  Those micro apartments we have been talking about in New York and elsewhere may make their inhabitants ill. It's in Monday's Daily News, citing an article published on Thursday by the Atlantic on the pluses and minuses and risks, available HERE.
  • The New York Post has the details on Howard Hughes Corp.'s new high-end dinner-and-movie "concept" heading for the under-renovation South Street Seaport, HERE. Monday AM Update:  The developer and the theater company have just posted a press release with the details on the eight-screen facility, HERE.


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