December 28th, 2007
Archive for December, 2007
December 25th, 2007
December 21st, 2007
”The idea to get people in this hard-hearted city to do this in the Christmas season for kids who aren’t getting much under the tree is moving,” said Kent Barwick, president of the Municipal Art Society, which is hoping to convince the Empire State Development Corp., the state agency overseeing the project, to retain the post office’s retail functions in the lobby of the new station. “What we hear is MSG felt it would be a nice place to sell tickets,” Barwick said. But the post office “is not just a great building, it’s a great institution.”ESDC says it would “never be the Grinch who stole Christmas,” according to a spokesman. However, the project’s Draft Scope is quite explicit about the possibility of relocating the Post Office retail operations:
USPS Operations The proposed Expanded Moynihan Project would directly affect one community facility, the U.S. General Post Office, because it may involve the relocation of some or all of the remaining USPS facilities and offices in the Farley Complex. Administration and postal operations would be relocated to the Morgan Annex and some or all of the retail operations may be relocated to the Penn Station Block or another location(s).Stay tuned for more information about Operation Santa…
December 19th, 2007
I want to believe that Moynihan Station, West and East, will be everything it’s supposed to be: “iconic and monumental,” as the scoping document puts it, with not one but two Grand Central–size daylight-flooded public concourses. I want to believe in the civic goodness of this massive undertaking, not just because it’s pivotal to the future of New York, as the linchpin in a series of transportation and development schemes for Manhattan’s West Side, but also because it’s the role of New York City—and other major cities around the world—to be an engine of progress. I would hope that whoever is running this country in 2011 or 2018 is farsighted enough to invest in our transportation infrastructure and, as in Europe, develop high-speed rail as a cleaner, saner alternative to our overstressed air and ground transportation systems. But at the moment there is no such federal leadership, so local governments must take up the slack. At its best Moynihan Station could be a symbol of renewed investment in rail transportation.But Jacobs questions “whether the Garden’s desires will further or trump the public good” and MAS president Kent Barwick wonders “who’s going to push back on the Dolans?”
December 19th, 2007
December 17th, 2007
Designated or determined eligible for NYC Landmark
Designated NYC Historic Districts
Listed or determined eligible for State and National Register of Historic Places
Listed as a National Historic Landmark(Click “read more” below for more info on unprotected buildings in the subdistrict). A few of the unprotected, but NYC Landmark-eligible buildings include: St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church Complex: During the construction of the original station (1905-06), the Pennsylvania Railroad built St. Michael’s a new church complex at 409 W. 33rd St. after acquiring and demolishing the old church one block south. Napoleon, LeBrun & Sons was the architect. The limestone Romanesque Revival church is surrounded by a rectory, vestry, convent, and school designed in a unique blend of Gothic and Romanesque elements. The LPC has determined the church is eligible for NYC landmark designation. Fur Art Building: This 14-story garment loft building was designed by William I Hohauser and constructed in 1927-28. The building served a number of furriers by providing showroom and factory space. The tripartite arched entrance gives way to a series of setbacks crowned by stone turrets on the upper floors. It has been determined eligible for NYC landmark status. The Fur Art building is indicative of the garment loft type found throughout the subdistrict. William F. Sloan Memorial Branch of the YMCA: Located at 360 W. 34th Street this building (pictured at right) was intended to provide sleeping accommodations and social facilities for men in the armed services passing through the city. It was designed by Cross & Cross and built in 1929-30. The brick Neo-Georgian style building contains some fine stone detailing on the upper floors. The LPC has determined it to be eligible for NYC landmark designation. Former Manhattan Opera House: Oscar Hammerstein built this nine-story brick and stone building at 311 West 34th Street between 1901 and 1907 to compete with the Metropolitan Opera. Then in 1923 it was altered to serve the New York Freemasons. The LPC has determined it to be eligible for NYC landmark designation. This is by no means a complete list. In fact, we believe there are many more buildings in the subdistrict that could be determined eligible for landmark designation. It is critical that the sprinkling of bulk does not impact historic resources in and surrounding the subdistrict. We propose the following three guidelines for the approval process:
1. The state needs to survey and adequately identify all historic buildings in the Moynihan Station subdistrict.
2. The city should designate eligible landmarks before the approval of the rezoning, including Macy’s, a National Historic Landmark.
3. The boundaries of the subdistrict ought to be modified so as not to include the Madison Square North Historic District.Please email us if you have questions or concerns about historic buildings in the subdistrict and sign up above for our email updates.
December 14th, 2007
“Dollars and Dreams on the West Side”Charles Bagli at the New York Times asks if “New York is ready for a miracle on 33rd Street” in a story about the possibility of moving the National Historic Landark Macy’s to Moynihan East.
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Click here to download the entire testimony.
- MAS support for the “Moynihan Station Subdistrict” alternative.
- The necessity to keep excess bulk off the Moynihan East block, in order to ensure adequate space for the train station and to limit major train disruptions during construction.
- The need to Safeguard the Farley Post Office building and retain the post office use.
- The need for the state to adequately identify historic buildings in the Moynihan Station subdistrict. MAS released a map of historic buildings in the subdistrict. Click here to download the map.
- The need for an East/West transportation system that would connect Sixth Avenue and Penn Station to the River. With the Hudson Yards Rezoning, Hudson Yards East and the proposed Moynihan Station subdistrict, nearly 55 million square feet of potential development rights will be created between Sixth Avenue and the river – larger than downtown Seattle or San Diego. There are currently no transportation systems to connect Penn Station to the new city that will rise to the east.