Saturday, December 27, 2008

Downturn Ends Building Boom in New York

The New York Times reports that the economic slowdown marks the end of the building boom in New York. For people who like light, air, and appreciate lack of congestion--this may be a little bright spot in this otherwise gloomy atmosphere.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Bond Street Reborn


Bond Street Reborn

March 6, 2008 ‌| 6:30 PM
NYPL Donnell Library Auditorium
20 West 53rd St. between 5th and 6th
Free for Skyscraper Museum members
$5 Students and Seniors; $10 Regular Admission
1.5 AIA CEU credit available
To register, visit

Seemingly overnight, a quiet strip of Bond Street between Lafayette and the Bowery has become one of the most interesting blocks of new architecture in New York. Three high-style residential developments, 25, 40, and 48 Bond Street offer diverging essays in homage to the cast-iron commercial storefronts and nineteenth-century row houses. At the edge of the Noho historic district, these innovative projects press the boundaries of contextualism and play with the mix of old and new.

A distinguished panel of the architects and developers behind these cutting-edge buildings will present their projects and give an insider’s account of the transformation of Bond Street. Tony Goldman, one of the first developers of Soho and Miami Beach, will introduce his new project, 25 Bond, and George Schieferdecker and Stephen F Byrns of BKSK Architects will discuss their design for the residence. Farther east, developers Romy Goldman, Donald Capoccia and their architect Deborah Berke will discuss 48 Bond’s modern interpretation of the vernacular loft.

Justin Davidson, critic for New York Magazine, will moderate the panel’s discussion of development, design, historical influences and the rebirth of a block and a neighborhood.

Bond Street Reborn is the second event in The Skyscraper Museum’s Winter/Spring lecture series, Re:NY│Recycle, Retrofit, Reinvent the City. Recognizing the need for a great majority of New York’s buildings to be modernized, but not replaced, the Museum will examine “greening” the city by spotlighting a range of innovative projects that feature landmark preservation, adaptive re-use, reinvented industrial sites, and sustainable development. Each of the five programs will feature a spectrum of professionals, including architects, engineers, community advocates, academics, and developers. The series will connect leading innovators in sustainable strategies to a diverse audience of community members, educators, and policy makers.