Previous reports indicate that Tower Verre, French starchitect Jean Nouvel's heartbreaking work of staggering genius, will get the go-ahead from the City Planning Commission and head to the next step in the land-use review process. Now the ArchPaper's Matt Chaban reports that the 82-story condo/hotel/MoMA galleries building at pretty much got the unofficial City Planning Commission nod at a meeting on Monday, though the official vote likely won't come until September 9. The tower's vociferous opposition, meanwhile, keeps on keepin' on. The latest: a Say No to MoMa website that rehashes their arguments about the building being too tall ("the equivalent of 10 churches and six University Clubs!", too ugly, too shadowy, etc. While we do enjoy the crude animation of the building rising from the skinny 53rd street lot, we'll like it more when it's the real thing. Financing permitting, 'natch.
· Say NO to MoMA’s Empire State-Sized Tower [no2moma.com]
· MoMA Makes for Bad Neighbor [ArchPaper]
· 53 West 53rd Street coverage [Curbed]