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[21 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Massive Astoria Cove development starts public review process

A plan to build a massive waterfront apartment development in Astoria was certified by the City Council today (Monday).

If the 1,700-unit Astoria Cove project makes it through the public review process, shovels could be in the ground by 2016, according to developer, 2030 Astoria Developers, a joint venture led by local businessman John Mavrousdis.

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[21 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Gary Lapera, FAIA, has been elevated to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) esteemed College of Fellows. The honor is one of the highest awarded to architects for their individual achievements and contributions to the profession and practice of architecture. There are currently slightly over 3,100 fellows within the national AIA membership of 83,000.
Lapera, a member of AIA’s New Jersey chapter (AIA-NJ), is principal and studio head at Michael Graves & Associates in Princeton, N.J.
The selection committee noted his ability to marry design and construction, fulfilling demand for customization and …

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[21 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

● tpg architecture
Designers brand together for CUNY facility
After 55 years in a former New York City Health Department building, the administrative offices of The City University of New York have been moved to a centrally located building at 205 East 42nd Street.
TPG Architecture served as design consultants to CUNY for the new, 165,000 s/f of space.
The new location is home to the CUNY Welcome Center with reception services designed by TPG on the ground floor and interview and advisement services located on the eighth floor.
TPG approached the design of the …

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[21 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Kaufman Astoria Studios announces blockbuster new stage plan

Kaufman Astoria Studios announced that it plans to build a new 18,000 s/f sound stage on its campus within the next two years.

The new stage, which will be called Stage N, will bring the total number of stages at the historic Kaufman Astoria Studios to eight, not including the recently opened back lot.

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[21 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Locals to get their say on $65M Jones Beach makeover

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will hold a public information meeting on the $65 million Jones Beach Revitalization Plan.

The five year plan will restore and transform the historic park. “We are relying on the community to be a great voice in this historic transformation. Thanks to the continuous investment from Governor Cuomo and the New York Works program, we are able to organize and execute extraordinary transformative initiatives like the Jones Beach Revitalization Plan,” said State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey.

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[16 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

PRD Realty Corp. has begun a capital improvement program at its 38 East 29th Street commercial property.
Expected to be complete in summer 2014, the program includes renovations to the façade and lobby, along with new building entrances and elevators.
Envisioned by architectural firm Durukan Architecture & Design, the new lobby will feature a custom steel chandelier, exposed brick, concrete floors and a seating niche.
38 East 29th Street, located between Park Avenue South and Madison Avenue, has been owned and operated by PRD Realty Corp. for approximately 30 years.
The 10-story building totals …

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[14 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Lightstone invites design ideas for 1407 Broadway

1407 Broadway, a building in Times Square South undergoing a transformation with extensive building renovations and an image repositioning, has launched a contest inviting designers to create the ideal work environment — with the winner receiving $14,000.
The Lightstone Group, owners of the building, and its branding partner CO OP, launched the competition to foster an environment that sparks creativity and collaboration through the building’s new office spaces, amenities and creative tenant mix.
The “Space Forward: Ideas Competition” launching on April 2 via a new website www.1407bway.com/competition and digital media campaign, invites …

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[14 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
New York construction spending tops $29M

Overall construction spending in New York City reached $29.3 billion in 2013, a six percent increase from 2012, when total spending reached $27.7 billion, according to a New York Building Congress analysis.

Construction employment in New York City reached a five year high of 120,900 jobs in 2013, a four percent increase from 2012, when construction accounted for 116,000 jobs. Industry employment, however, remains well short of the 132,625 jobs that were produced in 2008.

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[11 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Labor groups defend scaffold law

New York’s construction unions are hitting back against a recent push to modify the laws governing who’s responsible for working safety on construction sites.

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[11 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Robert Smilowitz, PhD, P.E., principal, Weidlinger Associates, Inc.
As the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, One World Trade Center is both a landmark and a challenge to risk-takers.
It was to be expected that someone would eventually evade security guards and climb to the top of the tower. Last month’s apparent infiltration of 1 WTC security by a teenager has reignited a concern for security in tall buildings.
The precedent was set when Philippe Petit strung a tightrope between the Twin Towers in 1974 and successfully performed his high-wire act. In …

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