Month: October 2015

The Rise of The Beekman

An Update on construction from our Friends at Curbed, on The Rise of The Beekman:
http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/10/16/inside_the_glassy_tower_rising_behind_the_landmark_temple_court.php#more

Gordon's Urban Morphology

Beekman Atrium

(Photo of The Beekman Atrium, to be restored as New York’s next Great Room)

A curiosity of ornamentation mixed with a bit of Old New York style grandeur is being rehabbed and on the rise in Lower Manhattan.  The old Beekman Office Building, designed in the Queen Anne Style, with soaring atrium is set to become a new hotel with an adjoining decorative tower whose appearance will bring back an element of High Style to the New York skyline. This particular project stands out amongst development across the city because it mixes the rehabilitation of one of Manhattan’s Great soaring rooms with a new structure that adopts a complimentary attitude, embracing ornamentation, instead of eschewing it. This is a refreshing take on the new mixed with the old, and if executed well, will become a miniature landmark in Lower Manhattan.

Beekman Image

(Photograph of the original Beekman Office Building, Around 1883)

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Exhibiting the Lowline

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(Image of the Proposed Lowline, from RAAD Studio)

The shell of the old Essex Market is soon to become a testbed for The Lower East Side’s most ambitious project, the Future Lowline. While efforts are still in the fundraising stages, local urban blogger “Curbed” reports that the experimental space, which will exhibit a portion of the proposed plantings and finishes, will be on display on weekends starting October 17th.

The future Lowline, much like it’s predecessor, The Highline, aims to convert derelict Manhattan infrastructure into usable Public Space for The City. The challenge all along for the Lowline has been its subterranean location, with concerns surrounding security and lighting at the forefront of the project. It will be interesting to see how the project, in reality, proposes to provide a light filled and safe environment in one of Manhattan’s most challenging locations; A welcome proposal indeed.

More information on The Lowline Exhibit can be found HERE, from fellow blogger Curbed.