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This Week’s Highlights: September 17, 2010

old poster hotel pennsylvaniaEach week we will bring you news on issues related to New York City’s livability. Feel free to comment or post a link to other interesting articles about our city. The New York Observer reflects on the oft-overlooked history of the Hotel Pennsylvania, once the largest hotel in the world. This site is also home to the Penn Plaza Pavilion, where we will be hosting the Summit for New York City on October 21 and 22. In an effort to preserve its extraordinary view of New York Harbor, Green-Wood Cemetery has hired lawyers to help block new developments in its sightline. The Architects Newspaper reports that the proposal could potentially halt new development on the Red Hook waterfront and in Sunset Park. The Observer covers the troubles of the year-old Housing Asset Renewal Program, which was created to reclaim stalled luxury developments and transform them into affordable housing. The Landmarks Preservation Commission designated three new buildings this week. On the list are an 1868 church designed by William Field and Son; a former theater which has dreams of becoming a cultural arts center; and a former carriage supply business. Not on the list: that Starbucks on 36th Street. (via Curbed). The iconic Helmsley Building, which bisects Park Avenue at 46th Street, has received LEED Gold Certification. It is the first pre-war office building in the city to achieve this high standard of environmental building design, reports The Observer.
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