Whew, 2007 was a wild one, wasn't it? To honor the insanity that crept into all matters neighborhoodish and real estatey, we present the Fourth Annual Curbed Awards. This year, the awards will be presented in small batches, finishing today. Today, we continue to tackle the year in urban planning and neighborhoods.
Massive Neighborhood-Transforming Projectwatch for 2008
3) 808 Columbus plans to reunite a neighborhood it has put asunder with, er, a grassy zig-zag. Gutsy.
2) The massive urban plan for the Domino Sugar Factory site aims to make this section of the Williamsburg waterfront as densely towered as Hudson Yards.
1) Once the Port Authority turns the sites for WTC Towers 3 and 4 over to developer Larry Silverstein—which should happen any day now—the only man who's actually managed to build something at the WTC Site in the past six years will be back on the clock himself. Ready for Sir Richard Rogers' media wall (above) and Maki and Associates's abstract sculptural presence? Yeah, us too.
Somewhat Under-the-Radar Massive Projectwatch for 2008
3) Hunter's Point South. Because Long Island City's growth should not be stopped.
2) Pier 40. Plans for Vegas on the Hudson look to be on life support, but let's never count out Related, shall we? Meantime, the community plans appear waaaay to non-commercial to ever work. Perhaps an American Apparel sponsorship might close the deal?
1) St. Vincent's. The largest development project in the West Village in 50 years (new elliptical hospital tower, right)? Yeah, you're going to hear a lot more about this one.
Biggest Neighborhood Controversies of the Year
3) Atlantic Yards. As buildings fall, the opposition battles on. We're talking about the Nets season, of course.
2) Cooper Square Hotel. All they needed was a miracle. All they got was, well, the right to pray.
1) Columbia/Manhattanville. Let's say a repeat here in 2008 wouldn't stun us.
Best Random Reader Neighborhood Rant of the Year
"Fuck it, I say. Manhattan is one big joke. I think they should let highrises go up anywhere at this point. What's the point of communities on the island anymore?
Everyone's so priced out, does it matter anymore? If you want a neighborhood/community, move to Brooklyn. Let Manhattan be just one big bullshit skyscraper. Tower of Motherfuckin' Babel. But for douchebags." [more]