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Instead of Renaming WaMu Theater, a Call to Tear it Down

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Nicolai Ouroussoff, architecture critic for the New York Times, counts Madison Square Garden and the adjoining WaMu Theater as one of New York’s most deserving buildings of demolition. A previous rendition of the Moynihan Station development plan would have removed these buildings to make way for a brand new train station. While Madison Square Garden is staying put for now and renovating, there is still the possibility of moving the WaMu theater to allow for a larger, light-filled entrance into Penn Station.

In other news, shuttering the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC), as Mayor Bloomberg suggested last week, could save five million dollars a year says the New York Post.

Avalon Bay, developer of the often criticized housing on the Bowery near Houston may obtain Extra Place, a back alley street to the former CBGB’s and develop it as retail (New York Times)

A state court dismissed a lawsuit that challenged Columbia University’s environmental impact statement for their proposed expansion site (Columbia Daily Spectator)

Andrew Berman voices concerns over the scale of N.Y.U’s proposed 23-year expansion plan (Villager)