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  • Brooklyn Will Get Back Its "Wonder Theater"

    Jen Carlson reports for Gothamist: Loew's Kings Theatre In Brooklyn Will Reopen Next Year.

    Last year, it was announced that the Loew's Kings Theatre in Flatbush, one of the five grand "Wonder Theatres" in New York and New Jersey, was going to be restored to its former circa-1929 glory. 

    A look inside at the time showed the current state of beautiful decay and abandonment, and all that potential. Now after being shuttered for nearly four decades, it will reopen in January 2015, restored to its original grandeur and "with sumptuous interiors inspired by the Palace of Versailles and the Paris Opera House." From yesterday's announcement:

    "The Kings Theatre will serve as both a cultural and economic cornerstone for the Brooklyn community, presenting more than 200 performances annually—including music, dance, theatre, and comedy—providing a resource to foster and support creativity in the area, creating jobs and attracting thousands of visitors to the neighborhood."

    The space will become "the largest theatre in Brooklyn with over 3,000 seats."

    Meanwhile, at the other old Loew's, there's hope the New Jersey one will also be restored, but the one on Canal Street still is still just deteriorating. Click here for more photos.

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  • Restored Battery Maritime Building May Be Getting a Glass Addition

    Jeremiah Budin reports for Curbed: Construction Starts Back Up on Battery Maritime Building.

    The Dermot Company's plan to put a glassy $150 million hotel addition on top of the historic Battery Maritime Building stalled in 2009 after they weren't able to secure financing. Now, although there's no official word from the developer, Downtown Post has noticed that construction is underway atop the existing century-old ferry terminal, which was restored by the New York City Economic Development Corp. in 2005. Dermot, along with the Poulakaos family restaurateurs, signed a 99-year lease on the building in 2012.

    The design is presumably the same one that was provided in 2007-2008, after a long back and forth with the Landmarks Commission, by Rogers Marvel Architects, which his since split (amicably) into Marvel Architects and Rogers Partners, both of whom display the rendering of the hotel addition on their respective websites. A spokesperson for Marvel told Downtown Post, "Marvel Architects executed the design to obtain federal tax credit.

    We have not been involved in the Battery Maritime Building project since those credits were obtained." Ismael Leyva and interior designers I©RAVE are also supposed to be involved.

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