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Architect’s lawsuit alleging One WTC copyright infringement moves forward—barely

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Plus, another cyclist was killed by an SUV driver—and more intel in today’s New York Minute news roundup

Large skyscrapers including One World Trade Center. In the foreground there is a row of trees. Max Touhey

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Architect’s lawsuit over One World Trade Center can proceed—with carve outs

Back in 2017, Georgia-based architect Jeehoon Park sued the team behind One World Trade Center—Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the Durst Organization, the Port Authority, and Tishman Construction—alleging that those firms ripped off one of his designs. Now, two years later, a judge is allowing three of Park’s claims to move into the discovery phase, while dismissing several others, according to The Real Deal.

The lawsuit, which was filed in Manhattan federal court, alleged copyright infringement on a design that Park called Cityfront, which he created in 1999 as a graduate student at Chicago’s Illinois Institute of Technology. Park alleges that his thesis advisor was an associate partner at SOM, and thus had access to his design.

The judge in the case, Richard Sullivan, dismissed many of the claims, but is allowing three to move forward. But he also said that those are proceeding “only by the skin of their teeth,” according to TRD.

And in other news…

  • It’s official: The 25th cyclist has been killed on city streets. A 60-year-old man was hit by the driver of an SUV on Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel.
  • Is this what JP Morgan Chase’s new HQ—replacing the modernist 270 Park Avenue—could look like?
  • The Times’s Ginia Bellafante looks at the 14th Street busway in her latest column, and declares it “a phenomenal success.” (This editor had a seven-minute commute on the M14 between Third and Eighth avenues this weekend, and must agree.)
  • A penthouse at Tadao Ando’s 152 Elizabeth Street is back on the market a little more than a year after it sold, with extensive renovations and a nearly $30 million price tag.
  • No one lives on Liberty Island anymore, but a man whose grandparents were among its residents remembers it—and the Statue of Liberty—being his “personal playground.”
  • Just two weeks until the city’s first Wegmans opens at the Brooklyn Navy Yard!
  • And finally, a look back at construction the BQE’s triple cantilever, which opened 55 years ago: