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Santiago Calatrava’s Lower Manhattan PATH Station begins to takes flight

It’ll be at least 4 years before Santiago Calatrava’s scaled-back, over-budget World Trade Center PATH station is completed (though as our upcoming feature on Lower Manhattan showcases, everything’s been a long time coming, but it seems to have finally arrived). Still, from the start of the interminable process, we’ve had some of the flashiest renderings […]

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Rockwell makes a ruckus at Imagination Playground

“It doesn’t seem like it, but everything connects with each one perfectly,” said Gabrielle Sunderland, 12, squinting happily toward the hot July sun. Around her were piles of weather- and germ-resistant foam blocks in sundry shapes and sizes. The blue pieces are the signature element of David Rockwell’s Imagination Playground, which opened Tuesday on Burling […]

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Mapping Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan is collectively the hardest-charging construction site in the city, with streets being renewed, parks planted, condominiums converted, and towers marching skyward. With a helping hand from the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center, AN takes a snapshot of the district as it will appear at year-end in 2018 — with a nod to the developers and architects who are designing downtown’s future. […]

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World Trade Center

Looking into the memorial’s south pool, with Tower One rising at upper right. Joe Woolhead From high atop Greenwich Street where it cuts through the World Trade Center, the drilling rig didn’t look like much. But to see the size of the men, who scrambled across it like ants on a corncob, it must have […]

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Residential Development

The Riverhouse (right) at Battery Park City, designed by Polshek Partnership with interiors by David Rockwell, is considered a residential success story. Courtesy Riverhouse John Tashjian, a principal of Centurion Real Estate Partners and sales and marketing director of the Riverhouse condominiums in Battery Park City, sees a direct link between sales interest in downtown […]

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Parks, Public Space, and Streetscapes

Starr Whitehouse and FXFowle have reimagined Water Street with new medians and retail to enliven the barren streetscape. Courtesy Alliance for Downtown New York Lower Manhattan boasts some of the city’s oldest parks, Bowling Green and the Historic Battery, as well as one of the borough’s leafiest neighborhoods, Battery Park City, but the area is […]

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The Planning of Lower Manhattan

the 1966 lower manhattan plan. COURTESY princeton architectural press     No part of New York City has been more studied or subject to masterplanning than downtown Manhattan. If by downtown we mean everything from Canal Street to the Battery and river-to-river, there have been at least a dozen significant planning attempts to rethink and […]

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