Back in 2012, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) secured $16 million in funding to build Pier 42 park, located between FDR Drive and the East River on the Lower East Side. Curbed reports the project has now received more complete financing in the form of $12 million more from the LMDC in addition to $7 million via settlement funds recently distributed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Once complete, the public space will include landscaped lawns and gardens, an esplanade, a bike path, playgrounds/play areas, a concession station, and a pavilion. Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects is designing. Phase one, which largely focuses on remediating and pedestrianizing the pier, is expected to begin in 2017. A former cargo warehouse must first be demolished.
Lower Manhattan Development Corp.
The city is expecting to launch a Request for Proposals (RFP) this March to redevelop the long-vacant Allen Street pedestrian mall (public bathroom), located at Delancey Street on the Lower East Side, into a food concession facility. The Low-Down reports the city’s Parks Department is hoping a restaurant operator will lead renovation on the single-story structure, although already $2 million has been raised for the project. Other considerations for the building include community facility space, a library, a visitor’s center, or a return to the facility’s original use of bathrooms. The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. is also invested in the project.
In 2015, New York’s landmarks law turned 50 years old. Events and discussion panels were held across the city throughout the year. The Museum of the City of New York held the commemorative Saving Place exhibit. As YIMBY reported, six individual landmarks and four historic districts were designated during this period. However, last year also saw its fair share of demolitions. Here, we look back at a small selection from the dozens of buildings that met the wrecking ball over the course of 2015. These eight structures range from architectural masterpieces to eyesores and span across a variety of decades, styles, and uses – as diverse as the Big Apple’s built environment itself.
The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. will present their latest plans for the World Trade Center’s performing-arts center later this fall, according to The Wall Street Journal. The board previously abandoned Frank Gehry’s design and decided to limit the project’s above-grade construction costs to no more than $200 million. The latest plans now call for a three- to four-story building measuring roughly 80,000 square feet. The building would also include a 600- to 700-seat auditorium, a 200-seat theater, and a restaurant on the ground floor. The architect has not yet been named.