Cool NYC Architecture
THE HIGH LINE
It’s amazing how the view changes from only 30 feet above the street. Find your way up at the Gansevoort Access Point, located at Gansevoort and Washington Streets, and stroll along the pathway to 20th Street.
COOPER UNION'S NEW ACADEMIC CENTER
The old Cooper Union building— solid, eclectic, quirky—is really one of the great and storied places in New York City (we’ve all heard about candidate Lincoln’s big speech there). Now it has a strikingly modern counterpart across the street, a new academic building designed by LA-based provocateur Thom Mayne, of the firm Morphosis. It’s a startling (in a good way) addition to a neighborhood in flux.
TKTS TIMES SQUARE
Tourists are making good use of the seating on the rooftop of the new TKTS booth--a structure that actually makes Times Square look sophisticated. It’s a simple design (by Perkins Eastman) using a lot of glass and featuring a sloping roof topped by striking red benches. And now that the surrounding blocks of Broadway turned into a pedestrian thoroughfare, its sometimes seems like Times Square is one big living room.
ALICE TULLY HALL
Lincoln Center is getting a major makeover, and Alice Tully Hall is the first new face to emerge. The acoustics of the redone auditorium have received rave reviews, and the sleek lobby café is buzzing. Not a bad place to hang out--even if you don’t like classical music.
André Balazs’s fourth Standard hotel, designed by Polshek Partnership Architects, is on a Meatpacking District site surrounded by low-lying warehouses, which means practically every room has great skyline or Hudson River views. It looks cool from the outside, too. (The Standard recently won the Municipal Arts Society’s Best New Building award.) And you can enter the High Line nearby at Gansevoort and Washington Streets.