Vanity Fair Says Architecture, Like Women, Can Never Be Too Thin

New Yorkers have said plenty of negative things about the super-expensive supertalls going up in Manhattan. They tower over their neighbors. They cast shadows over Central Park. But no one has yet equated them with anorexic women—until the May 2014 issue of Vanity Fair. » 4/21/14 6:20pm Monday 6:20pm

Are LG's New Headquarters Really a "Public Shame"?

New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman is on a roll lately in his quest to hold architects accountable for their design shortcomings. His latest target? The firm HOK, which he says has turned tech manufacturer LG's new headquarters into an "eyesore." » 4/15/14 5:35pm 4/15/14 5:35pm

Parts of New York City Are Built on the Ruins of English Cathedrals

Last week, Jalopnik's Michael Ballaban posted about what is easily one of my favorite urban stories of all time, which is that parts of Manhattan are actually built on the wartime ruins of English towns—churches, homes, pubs, libraries, shops, and businesses—all shipped to the U.S. as ballast during World War II. » 12/23/13 11:00am 12/23/13 11:00am

Four of America's Tallest Towers Will Rise Within Blocks of Each Other

While most of the supertall building boom spotlight has been placed China and the UAE over the past few months, there's an even more staggering development happening much, much closer to home. At least four 1,000-foot-plus skyscrapers are set to rise along (or adjacent to) West 57th Street over the next few years, each … » 9/18/13 11:00am 9/18/13 11:00am

This Map of NYC Is Based on Directions Drawn By Complete Strangers

Have you given a dude in a blue hat directions around Manhattan recently? Did he have a Century 21 shopping bag? If so, there’s a good chance you’ve unwittingly participated in the art (gasp!) of Nobutaka Aozaki, who is building a map of Manhattan based on directions drawn by strangers. » 8/14/13 1:52pm 8/14/13 1:52pm

How a Slanted Skyscraper Will Share Sunshine With the High Line

When you build a monolithic tower that reaches hundreds of feet up into the sky, it's going to cast a shadow. That can be a big problem for those on the ground, if they'd like to occasionally see the sun. But the designers of a new building being planned in lower Manhattan have figured out a way around the problem: An… » 6/21/13 2:12pm 6/21/13 2:12pm

Planning For the Next Sandy, Manhattan Building Installs a $250k Gate

After Hurricane Sandy blew through New York in October, the lion's share of media coverage focused on the beachfront, where damage was most visible. In lower Manhattan, though, the nine-foot storm surge took a subterranean toll, ruining millions of dollars worth of mechanical systems and forcing many developers to… » 4/16/13 10:40am 4/16/13 10:40am

Here's What It Looks Like When NYC Builds a Brand New Subway Tunnel

New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority is extending the 7 subway line into far west Manhattan. It won't open until summer 2014 (hopefully), but today the MTA showed off some of its progress. Just so we remember that it's actually a thing that is going to happen and the MTA isn't just playing a joke. » 12/11/12 3:20pm 12/11/12 3:20pm

The Complete Story of Sandy: a Timeline of Horror and Recovery

This time it was no hype. Sandy rampaged through New York, New Jersey and the rest of the Northeast. The damage has been enormous: more than a hundred dead, massive flooding everywhere, collapsed buildings, generator malfunctions in hospitals, multiple fires, city-wide blackouts and explosions in power plants. » 11/04/12 8:10pm 11/04/12 8:10pm

If You’re In Manhattan Without Power, Adorama Set Up a Charging…

We've seen the pictures of swarms of Manhattan's Sandy victims huddled around outlets, struggling to charge their gadgets. For those who lost power Adorama is setting up a charging station right in front of the store at 42 West 18th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. Because your iPad's not going to reboot itself. » 11/01/12 1:36pm 11/01/12 1:36pm