A look back at the ‘Old Met’

Mark Byrnes reports for CityLab: The ‘Old Met’ In Its Final Days. A look back at one of the first failed preservation efforts in newly preservation-minded 1960s New York. “Detail, Broadway elevation,” May 1966. Shortly after New York City’s old Metropolitan Opera House opened on Broadway between 39th and 40th, the Real Estate Record and Guide called it “a good design robbed of its rightful

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No decision reached yet at LPC regarding Park Avenue Christian Church

Evan Bindelglass reports for Curbed: Opponents Lambast Plan To Replace Parts of Park Ave. Church. The word “epic” definitely applied to yesterday’s meeting of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The case at hand: prolific developer Extell’s plan to replace the Park Avenue Christian Church’s rectory and parish hall with a 16-story mixed-use apartment building, using some money from the development to fund

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an old photo of the corner of a building

Buchman & Fox’s 1902 building gets to peek through its glass veil

Ephemeral New York: A 34th Street renovation reveals a 1902 facade. Since 1985, the elegant limestone building at the southwest corner of Sixth Avenue and 34th Street—originally the Herald Square home of Saks—has been sheathed behind ugly blue mirrored glass. The store had a long history as Saks 34th Street; in the 1960s it became a Korvette’s and was most recently occupied by

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Inside the Former Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory

Jeremiah Budin reports for Curbed: Inside (and Atop) Kickstarter’s Greenpoint Headquarters. Every element of Kickstarter’s new headquarters, located in a former pencil factory at 58 Kent Street in Greenpoint, was designed with sustainability in mind, architect Ole Sondresen explained to a series of Open House New York tours on Saturday morning. That the office space is built (or, as Sondresen put it, “programmed”) around an open planted courtyard

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