Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava said last week that his World Trade Center transportation hub is his most emotional project, and his South St. condo idea his most daring.
Its daring because its so different from any other building, Calatrava told UnderCover last Thursday, after a free lecture organized by the Downtown Alliance. The cantilevered, box-shaped condos Calatrava is designing for developer Frank Sciame have wowed Mayor Bloomberg, who may have the $50 million to spare to buy one.
Calatravas sketches, sculptures and designs are currently featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The hub under construction at the W.T.C. is based on the architects sketches of birds in flight.
Calatrava told the crowd he hopes the train station will be an icon not only from the street level but from one building to another, as he showed a rendering of the arched, underground passageway leading to the Winter Garden.
He also has his head above ground. We work in a different scale than the [W.T.C.] skyscrapers, Calatrava told us. Many people will look at the building from the top.
Not just for tourists anymore
The South Street Seaport wont be a place you visit because your tour bus operator says you have to
for much longer, says Seaport Marketplace vice president Michael Piazzola.
When the Seaports owner (and Piazzolas boss) General Growth finally gets around to unveiling its plans to revamp the vapid mall, it will be a destination in and of itself. Not because its General Growths prerogative.
Its the citys.
The city has told General Growth that they would prefer the Seaport have a neighborhood feel, said Piazzola at a Small Business Forum at Pace University last Thursday night. The real estate investment trust has heard the city, he said. In the next few months, the company will unveil a Beyer Blinder Belle-designed plan for properties that were once part of the Fulton Fish Market, which swam up to the Bronx last year. General Growth is considering a hotel and entertainment venue for the property, possibly a theater.
Piazzola wasnt the only panelist predicting the neighborhoods future at the Community Board 1-hosted event. We see retail rents rising
with no end in sight, envisioned Cushman & Wakefield associate Steve Soutendijk. With Sephora recently signing a lease at 150 Broadway paying $215 a square foot, the market will not be good news for museums and non-profits Downtown, said Cushman & Wakefield senior director James Downey.
Tribecas metrosexuals will soon have a place to call their own. John Allen is setting up his flagship eponymous mens club at the River Loft on Washington St. next month. The club offers men a haircut, manicure and shoeshine for (sorry ladies!) a modest $65 and is all about making guys feel comfortable with grooming, said John Allen spokesperson Andrew Swan.
Why the low price in this high-end Tribeca market? Were trying not to alienate anyone.
The 418 Washington St. club Swan was reluctant to dub it a spahas three other locations, on Trinity Place, on E. 46th St. and in Saks Fifth Avenue, but Tribeca will be the 18-year-old companys home base.
Weve always thought theres a little bit more to the Tribeca neighborhood, Swan explained. The 3,000 sq. ft. spread will also have a media room with Saturday night screenings.
A grooming regiment should be part of every guys day.