Angry Midtowners never break a promise, so Jean Nouvel's planned MoMA tower now has a legal challenge to go along with its approval by the City Planning Commission. Blog CultureGrrl, no particular fan of the project, offers a rundown on the petition. The arguments against Nouvel's Tower Verre: problems with the environmental impact statement (which ignores how the tower will affect nearby buildings), and an illegal transfer of development rights from St. Thomas Church to the 53 West 53rd Street lot. Plus there's a whole debate over whether the MoMA expansion will mean more visitors for the museum and more traffic for the neighborhood. But really, given the long odds on the actual construction of this thing, is the legal wrangling necessary? Can't we all go see some wacky Tim Burton drawings together and be friends?
· Court Challenge to the MoMA Monster [CultureGrrl]
· All 53 West 53rd Street coverage [Curbed]