Goldman traders, rejoice. Tonight's the dedication of the new downtown public space at 55 Water Street, designed by Rogers Marvel Architects and Ken Smith Landscape Architect. "You come here and it celebrates something: New York City," Jonathan Marvel tells David Dunlap. Which is great, in theory at least, except that there's a giant glowing wall—apparently called the Beacon of Progress—that puts us more in a Miami state of mind. Dunlap is kinder: "Though contemporary in design, it recalls the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse that once stood on this block, atop the Seamen's Church Institute." And, truth be told, we do kind of love it. Click through for tons more images from our obsessive friends at Wired New York.
· 55 Water Street: New Plaza Designs [Wired New York]
· An Elevated Plaza Finally Worth Going Up to See [NYTimes]