Separate from plans to expand ratty Penn Station into the august James A. Farley Post Office (across Eighth Avenue) is a bolder dream: to rebuild the station as Charles Follen McKim designed it in the years leading up to its completion in 1910. If we can reimagine the beautiful old station, can’t we just rebuild it to the way it was?
The new Whitney Museum of American Art opened last year in the Meatpacking District of the Lower West Side, leaving the old Whitney, which opened on Madison Avenue in 1966 and closed in 2014, empty of all but its symbolic baggage as an example of Brutalist modernism. Now the Metropolitan Museum of Art has leased the building to exhibit part of its collection of modern art, and is calling it The Met Breuer. Its new incarnation opened today.
The developer Bauhouse Group is seeking to force a megatower on Sutton Place. Imagine this: a building almost as high as the Empire State Building smack in the middle of narrow East 58th Street. The East River 50s Alliance, a neighborhood group, is fighting to stop it.