Tag: Building (Construction)

Renewing an Affair With the Empire State Building

How do you take the measure of a New York City more physically transformed than at any time since the 1920s? The new glass “downtowns” that have exploded in the last decade and a half in Long Island City and over in Jersey City. Hudson Yards’ crystalline shafts to the far west. Residential towers marching […]

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Queens Has a Striking New Library. Why Can’t the City Build More Gems Like This?

Against a phalanx of mostly dreary new apartment towers, the soon-to-open Hunters Point Community Library by Steven Holl Architects is a diva parading along the East River in Queens, south of the famous Pepsi sign. With its sculptured geometry — a playful advertisement for itself — it’s even a little like the Pepsi sign. Compact, […]

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Salvadorans, Washington’s Builders, Face Expulsion Under Trump

A few minutes before going to work deep beneath Washington’s streets, the Salvadoran construction workers checked off the projects they had built for the city’s residents: storm water tunnels, new Metro lines and train stations, and shuttles at Dulles International Airport. Now these workers are at risk of losing their jobs and being removed from […]

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One in Four of New York’s New Luxury Apartments Are Unsold

Picture an empty apartment — there are thousands in Manhattan’s new towers — and fill it with the city’s chattiest real estate developers. How do you quiet the room? Ask about their sales. Among the more than 16,200 condo units across 682 new buildings completed in New York City since 2013, one in four remain […]

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The Law Was Aimed at Deadly Machinery. It Hit Her Washer.

When Jean Harrow got a ticket in 2016 for unauthorized renovations to her Queens home, she thought it was a misunderstanding. Yes, she had put a powder room in her basement without realizing she needed a permit. But surely, she said, she wasn’t responsible for the washer and dryer a previous owner had installed downstairs […]

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7 Relatives Worked at a Construction Site. Then Came a Deadly Collapse.

When José Quizhi heard the news about a building collapse in the Bronx on Tuesday, he quickly made his way to the scene from New Jersey. Mr. Quizhi, an Ecuadorean immigrant whose seven relatives were working at the job site, said he feared the worst. While Mr. Quizhi’s brother walked away unscathed, another family member, […]

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A Gentler Way to Gentrify?

Don’t call the real estate development company Venn a developer. Its founders prefer “neighboring start-up.” And don’t call the company’s tenants, who are scattered across 20 buildings in the quickly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick, renters. They are “members” or “Venners.” “We describe ourselves as a new way of living,” said Or Bokobza, the chief […]

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An Ex-Convict Got a Construction Job, but Not Everyone Was Happy

After his second stint in prison — two years on possession of drugs with intent to sell — Andre Chesson needed a job. It had been around a decade since Mr. Chesson had blown an opportunity with Local 79, New York’s biggest laborers’ union. But his parole officer had a suggestion for how to get […]

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After a Catastrophic Fire, a Long Road Back

The day the Treadmark apartment building went up in flames in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, James Keefe, the $45 million property’s developer, waited anxiously on the back porch of his home a few blocks away. A few friends and key employees commiserated with Mr. Keefe, a principal at Trinity Financial, as swarms of firefighters […]

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‘It’s Like Watching New York Melt’: As Towers Rise, an Old Neighborhood Fades

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Almost every week, Jeremy Schaller gets a call from a developer who wants to buy the two unremarkable four-story buildings that house Schaller and Weber, a German sausage and sauerkraut landmark on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. One […]

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How ‘Developer’ Became Such a Dirty Word

A 1906 drawing of the Empire Building in Denver.CreditLibrary of Congress The building itself, decades later.CreditLibrary of Congress The developers are coming. They’ve got the politicians in their pockets and the gaudy architectural plans in their hands. They will gorge on the entire city. And they won’t stop until peak profit has been wrung from […]

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‘We Cannot Save Everything’: A Historic Neighborhood Confronts Rising Seas

NEWPORT, R.I. — The Point, a waterfront neighborhood here, is one of the largest, best preserved and most important Colonial-era communities in the United States. Its grid of 18th-century streets contains scores of houses built before the American Revolution, and dozens more that are almost as old. “It’s incredible to walk around a neighborhood like […]

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At Least 18 Dead as Building Collapses in Cambodian City

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia — At least 18 people were killed and 24 injured in the collapse of a Chinese-owned building under construction in a Cambodian coastal city, the police said on Sunday, a project that the authorities said had lacked required permits and had continued despite orders to cease work. The collapse early Saturday of the […]

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Moving This Summer? Consider a Hard Hat

Looking to move in New York City? Meet your new neighbors: the demolition crew. Almost 40 percent of listings for sale or rent in New York are less than 525 feet — or roughly one or two city blocks — away from new residential construction, according to an analysis of June listings by Localize.city, a […]

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Americans Need More Neighbors

Housing is one area of American life where government really is the problem. The United States is suffering from an acute shortage of affordable places to live, particularly in the urban areas where economic opportunity increasingly is concentrated. And perhaps the most important reason is that local governments are preventing construction. Don’t be misled by […]

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In a ‘Recycled’ House, Details That Will Grow on You

Few homeowners would want the shapes of fungus, germs or mold to freckle their walls or ceilings. But when Stephen Pallrand, the owner of the architecture, design and construction firm Home Front Build and a dedicated environmentalist, set out to construct his family’s new house in Los Angeles, he chose these intricate motifs. Printed mycelium, […]

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How a Luxury Boom Is Changing New York’s Skyline

Weather: A chance of early showers, then clouds giving way to sun. Highs in the low 80s. Alternate-side parking: Suspended today for Eid al-Fitr. ImageCreditTony Cenicola/The New York Times Pop quiz: How many residential buildings in New York City are over 800 feet tall? The answer: 10. Six of them will be completed this year. […]

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New York City’s Evolving Skyline

New York has long been a city in the clouds, but with 16 buildings around 500 feet or taller slated for completion this year, 2019 could be the city’s busiest year ever for new skyscrapers. For many years the city’s skyline was primarily defined by the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings, both over 1,000 feet […]

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$770,000 Was Just Spent on a Playground. Now the City Wants to Raze It.

The playground of a housing project in Manhattan in recent years had slid into a state of disrepair so severe that parents felt uneasy about letting their children play there. So in 2015, the state approved a plan to steer $770,000 toward a new cushioned play surface, new barbecues and new water sprinklers for children […]

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