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Bird-friendly buildings bill takes flight in City Council

Bird-friendly buildings bill takes flight in City Council Brigitte Blättler/Getty Images “What the Council did today is going to save thousands of lives.” The City Council passed legislation Wednesday that mandates all new construction and major building alterations use bird-safe materials on facades below 75 feet. The bill, which was introduced by Brooklyn Councilmember Rafael Espinal, passed in a 41-3 vote and is the culmination of years of advocacy by urban wildlife activists. “It’s a landmark decision,” says Rita McMahon,…

NYC’s best (and worst) architecture of 2019: Hudson Yards, TWA Hotel, and more

NYC’s best (and worst) architecture of 2019: Hudson Yards, TWA Hotel, and more Hudson Yards. | Max Touhey The good, the bad, and the Vessel After several ho-hum years in which it seemed like nothing all that interesting happened in the world of New York City architecture, 2019 was very busy: New buildings debuted, long-awaited renovations wrapped up, and an entire neighborhood materialized from nothing on Manhattan’s west side. Was it a good year? There were certainly some triumphs. Brooklyn…

For under $1M, a chic Lower East Side duplex co-op

For under $1M, a chic Lower East Side duplex co-op Photos: Courtesy of Halstead The one-bedroom apartment comes with a 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. It is rare to find properties under $1 million on the Lower East Side these days, as prices have doubled since 2015: Its median recorded…

How to find a rent-stabilized apartment in New York City

How to find a rent-stabilized apartment in New York City The Stuyvesant Town complex still has thousands of rent-stabilized apartments. | Max Touhey Find a rent-stabilized apartment in these four easy steps There are two types of New York renters: Those who live in rent-regulated apartments, and those that don’t. More often than not, the latter group desperately wants to be part of the first (market-rate rents are kind of high), but rent-stabilized apartments can be difficult to find—or are…

Amazon leases Hudson Yards office space less than year after HQ2 debacle

Amazon leases Hudson Yards office space less than year after HQ2 debacle Max Touhey The e-commerce titan remains interested in the Big Apple Amazon has inked a lease in midtown Manhattan less than a year after abruptly withdrawing from plans to bring half of its second North American headquarters to Queens, The Wall Street Journal reports. The e-commerce giant told the newspaper that it has signed a lease for 335,000 square feet in Hudson Yards where it will have more…

Columbia University plans 34-story residential tower in Harlem

Columbia University plans 34-story residential tower in Harlem The new tower is the latest addition to Columbia University’s Harlem footprint. | Nathan Kensinger The tower will “reduce demand on the local housing market,” say university reps Columbia University filed plans for a new 34-story residential tower in Harlem this week as part of its sprawling campus expansion, city Department of Buildings records show. The new project is set to rise at 600 West 125th Street with 142 apartments for graduate…

NYC will finally fix Riverside Park’s persistent flooding problems

NYC will finally fix Riverside Park’s persistent flooding problems Riverside Park is plagued by drainage issues. | Courtesy of NYC Parks The Olmsted-designed park’s drainage system dates back to the 1930s When New Yorkers visit Riverside Park, they’re usually eager to lounge on the greenery and soak in waterfront views of the Hudson River. But thanks to the park’s 1930s era drainage infrastructure, those signature sloping hills are sopping up problematic amounts of rainfall that create makeshift marshes and transform…

NYC’s trash cans are about to get lighter and sleeker

NYC’s trash cans are about to get lighter and sleeker Courtesy of NYC Department of Sanitation The Department of Sanitation has chosen the winner of a competition to reimagine the city’s litter baskets NYC’s green trash cans will soon get a facelift. A year after announcing the finalists of a design competition to reimagine NYC’s trash cans, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has revealed the winner. Group Project, the winning design team, created a lightweight basket—50 percent lighter than the…

Famed Lincoln Center sculpture won’t return after $550M renovation

Famed Lincoln Center sculpture won’t return after $550M renovation Eileen_10/Shutterstock.com Plus, fans of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel can soon take a bus tour through the show’s Manhattan locations—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. The fate of Lincoln Center’s midcentury modern installation Earlier this week,…

Reimagined POPS at 550 Madison Avenue will be ‘sensory retreat’

Reimagined POPS at 550 Madison Avenue will be ‘sensory retreat’ Renderings: Courtesy of Snøhetta and MOARE Developers have unveiled renderings of the Snøhetta-designed public garden A little over a month after renderings for the reimagined lobby of 550 Madison Avenue were unveiled, developer Olayan Group has revealed details on the Postmodern icon’s redesigned privately owned public space (POPS). Connecting to the renovated lobby, the revamped POPS, designed by Snøhetta, will be transformed into a large public garden (a “welcoming sensory…