Category Archives: architecture

Op-Ed: Rebuild Penn Station without uprooting the Garden

Mitchell L. Moss, NYU Rudin Center Director, and Hugh O’Neill, founder and president of Appleseed, wrote an op-ed in today’s Crain’s New York, “Forget romantic fantasies—rebuild Penn Station without uprooting the Garden.” (link)

Here’s an excerpt:

There are well-meaning groups who believe we should tear down the current structure, move Madison Square Garden, and start over. Simply put, this is too expensive and disruptive an option for achieving most of the same goals by modernizing the existing facility at far lower cost and with far less disruption.

Read the full piece here; Read the related report, “Penn Station: Time to Get Moving,” here.

Penn Station: Time to Get Moving

Announcing our newest report, Time to Get Moving: Improving commuter and intercity rail facilities and services on Manhattan’s West Side, written with Appleseed.

An excerpt:

“The approach to redeveloping the Farley Building and Penn Station that has been presented by Governor Cuomo, Empire State Development, Amtrak and the MTA offers a real opportunity to dramatically improve the facilities and services available to both commuters and intercity rail passengers traveling into and out of Manhattan. Critical issues must still be addressed: achieving the right balance of public and private investments, bringing New Jersey Transit into the process, the sequencing of proposed improvements, etc. But there is now a framework within which these issues can be addressed and resolved.

Moving Madison Square Garden and building an entirely new Penn Station would be far more expensive, and finding the billions of dollars in additional capital required to finance such a project would be extraordinarily difficult, if not impossible. New rail tunnels under the Hudson and adequate funding of the MTA capital program are both essential to the future of New York City and to the economic vitality of New York State and New Jersey. A new Penn Station does not even come close. It’s time to move on.”

Download the report here: Time to Get Moving

What We’re Reading This Week

What we’ve read online this week:

  • Super-commuting takes hold for more workers (Link)
  • Is Uber really about the transport? (Link)
  • Once again, the 7 train takes the top spot in subway rankings (Link)
  • Urban streetscape redesigns: before and after (Link)
  • Mayoral leadership and the 7 train opening  (Link)
  • Tour the Second Avenue Subway construction via drone (Link)
  • Peace of mind for walking home with this new app (Link)

Photo by: Linh Nguyen                                                                                                       Post by: Sean Lewin (signing off from his internship today. Thanks for your fantastic work, Sean!)

What We Read Last Week

What we read online last week:

  • Mapmaking: A future $100 billion business (featuring NYU Rudin Center alum Chris Whong) (Link)
  • An app built to help the taxi industry compete in e-hails (Link)
  • Vision Zero’s positive progress (Link)
  • Bike Valets: The new office perk? (Link)
  • Should Uber fares help subsidize the MTA? (Link)
  • Cheaper gas and a stronger job market may be contributing to a nationwide increase in traffic? (Link)
  • Paris will stop all traffic for one day in September (Link)
  • “Manspreading” is now officially a word, according to Oxford Dictionaries (Link)

Photo above by: Danny Kim                                                                                            Post By: Sean Lewin

What We Read Last Week

What we read online last week:

  • Smart Cars on rails?  (Link)
  • Citi Bike in the hot seat on uptown expansion (Link)
  • What’s the history behind your neighborhood’s name?  (Link)
  • Are companies like Uber and Lyft responsible for NYC’s recent rise in congestion?  (Link)
  • More than 700 hidden miles of NYC are ripe for development (Link)
  • Building efficiency in public construction for NY State  (Link)

Photo Above By: CTA Web

By: Sean Lewin

What we’re reading this week

Image above: Cardboard apartment, via Andere Achterhuizen on Flickr

This is what we’re reading this week on the web:

  • New Yorkers are ditching buses for subways (link)
  • Middle East politics: now arriving at a station near you? (link)
  • Afghan girls, forbidden from riding bikes, are skateboarding instead. (link)
  • A MetroCard redesign we’re excited about (link)
  • The bright lights of NYC may dim (link)
  • Cortland St. station on 1 line receives a long overdue facelift  (link)

Compiled by Sean Lewin, research assistant.

What we’re reading this week

Image above: Cars being transported across Ireland in 1950, via the National Library of Ireland on Flickr

Aside from subway overcrowding and taxi data hacking, this is what we’re reading this week on the web:

  • The LaGuardia Airport renovation is in jeopardy, again. (link)
  • Indego, Philadelphia’s new bike share, opens today with 600 bicycles; users are encouraged to wear helmets. (link)
  • A new United Nations-adjacent residential tower will feature full-floor “floating gardens.” (link)
  • Cargo bikes are the new minivans. (link)
  • The hipster express: more L trains to start running this fall. (link)

Thanks to Sean Lewin, our new research assistant, for compiling this list.

Event: The Future of the Streetscape

Please join the NYU Rudin Center and the Van Alen Institute on June 11 for an evening of discussion:

How will the streetscape look and function in 20, 50, and 100 years?

The urban streetscape is facing increasing demands for space from a variety of users – pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, a spike in deliveries to homes and offices, food trucks, mobile commercial spaces, and more – without recalibrating the permitting or design. Join us for a series of presentations that ask urban planners, designers, architects, and others: What is the street of the future? We’ll review new visions for pleasant, productive streetscapes that balance the needs of transportation infrastructure, commercial activity, and residents young and old.

Sarah Kaufman, Digital Manager, and Anthony Townsend, Senior Research Scientist, will present at the event on behalf of the Rudin Center, along with esteemed professionals from throughout the transportation and tech fields.

Tickets and more information are available here: https://vanalen.org/events/on-the-street/

Students: Please email the Rudin Center for discounted tickets.

Image above via Flickr user Mel Schmidt

 

Santiago Calatrava visits the NYU Rudin Center

Santiago Calatrava, renowned Spanish architect, visited the NYU Rudin Center yesterday. He showcased several key projects, particularly the Doha Crossing, the Florida Polytechnic Institute, and the World Trade Center PATH Hub. See below for photos from the event.

To explore the real-time discussion during this event, see the Twitter feed below: