Thomas Heatherwick’s quirky High Line condo launches sales

Thomas Heatherwick’s quirky High Line condo launches sales Related Companies Plus, Macklowe is moving forward with Park Slope’s embattled Key Food redevelopment—and more intel in today’s New York Minute news roundup Good morning, and welcome to New York Minute, a new roundup of the New York City news you need to know about today. Send stories you think should be included to tips@curbed.com. A Chelsea condo building with a bubble-esque facade is the latest architectural bauble from British designer Thomas…

Extell’s Upper West Side tower gets the green light—again

Extell’s Upper West Side tower gets the green light—again 50 West 66th Street would be the Upper West Side’s tallest building. | Binyan Studios A tight vote paves the way for the contentious project to move forward In a decision that could influence future skyscraper construction across the city, the Board of Standards and Appeals upheld the Department of Buildings’ approval of what would be the Upper West Side’s tallest tower. The split 2-2 vote overruled local preservationist group Landmark…

New York City’s best hotels for design lovers

New York City’s best hotels for design lovers Crosby Street Hotel | Courtesy of Firmdale Hotels These chic New York hotels are a cut above the cookie-cutter international chains Forget the carbon-copied interiors of international hospitality chains; New York’s most well-dressed hotels prioritize one-off objects, sumptuous fabrics, and even simplicity in their designs. From a historic flight terminal-turned-lobby where Jet Age optimism is almost tangible, to a Bowery lodging where minimalism sets the tone, we’ve rounded up 12 New York…

For under $1M, a cozy West Village one-bedroom with a fireplace

For under $1M, a cozy West Village one-bedroom with a fireplace Photos: Acocella Photography, courtesy of Compass It also has a small private terrace Welcome back to The Six-Digit Club, in which we take a look at a newish-to-market listing priced under $1 million, because nice things sometimes come in small packages. Send nominations to the tipline. During the winter, who doesn’t dream about cozying up with a blanket in front of a fireplace, mug of hot chocolate in hand?…

Inside New York City’s new ‘blueprint for sustainable development’

Inside New York City’s new ‘blueprint for sustainable development’ Changes to NYC’s energy code aim to make development greener in the five boroughs In 2019, New York City gave itself an arduous task: realizing some of the nation’s most aggressive legislation aimed at fighting climate change. The Climate Mobilization Act, which passed last spring, makes sustainability a major priority for New York’s built environment, targeting buildings that are among the biggest contributors to the city’s carbon emissions. One component of…

Can NYC’s subway system get fixed without ‘train daddy’ Andy Byford?

Can NYC’s subway system get fixed without ‘train daddy’ Andy Byford? Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit Transit advocates weigh in on how the New York City Transit head’s departure may affect New Yorkers After just two short years, New York City Transit president Andy Byford has resigned, a decision that was met on Thursday with shock and disappointment from politicians, transit advocates, and commuters alike. “This is a bad day for riders,” says Jaqi Cohen, the…

E-bike, e-scooter legislation gets a second chance in New York

E-bike, e-scooter legislation gets a second chance in New York Chris Delmas/Getty Images Plus, “Bird God” vandal strikes the Grand Army Plaza arch again—and more intel in today’s New York Minute news roundup Good morning, and welcome to New York Minute, a new roundup of the New York City news you need to know about today. Send stories you think should be included to tips@curbed.com. Gov. Cuomo spells out proposal to legalize e-bikes and e-scooters After vetoing a bill that…

NYCT chief Andy Byford resigns: How he improved NYC transit

NYCT chief Andy Byford resigns: How he improved NYC transit MTA New York City Transit In just two years, the New York City Transit chief made important strides in improving New Yorkers’ commutes Train Daddy is leaving the station. Andy Byford, the head of New York City Transit, has resigned, Politico first reported. During his two-year tenure, Byford was responsible for initiatives that helped stabilize service throughout the ailing subway system, and spearheaded ambitious projects aimed at improving the long-term…

NYC’s supertall skyscraper boom, mapped

NYC’s supertall skyscraper boom, mapped Max Touhey These 20+ skyscrapers will forever alter the New York City skyline When it comes to new developments in New York City, the supertall tower is still king: Many of the city’s most high-profile developments, from One World Trade Center to Central Park Tower, all exceed the 984-foot limit that takes a building from merely tall to supertall. (Alas, architects here have yet to design a building that would rocket into the megatall category,…

What is ULURP, and why should I care? NYC’s land-use review process, explained

What is ULURP, and why should I care? NYC’s land-use review process, explained Max Touhey A breakdown of ULURP and how the controversial city planning process is crucial to life in New York The intricacies of New York City’s zoning laws tend to make even the wonkiest of city wonks’ eyes glaze over, but it’s almost impossible to overstate the importance of those byzantine rules and the impact they have on life in New York. The city’s zoning resolution divvies…