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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    Amazing that a school like NYU has such a tired architectural vision.
    Tired is the perfect word to describe it.

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    Big Purple Plants Some Green on Mercer Street

    May 28, 2010, by Pete


    Mercer and West 3rd near NYU.







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    Hey, NYU neighbors on Mercer Street, those trees you suddenly see around you are not a dream! What went in the ground this week between West 3rd and West 4th streets is the first batch of 22 new trees, part of a much publicized plan from landscape architect Mathews Nielsen for what's now called Mercer Plaza. A few years back the locals fought a losing battle with NYU planners over 18 mature trees—Japanese lilacs, honey locusts and Callery pears—opposite their windows. Big Purple (spoiler alert!) won the fight and then chopped down the leafy trees so they could dig deep and build a gargantuan CoGeneration Plant beneath that block. Construction is now complete, the gaping hole has been filled and it's time to re-plant the plaza.
    When it comes to trees, NYU giveth and NYU taketh away. Now they're in giving mode, and the latest re-gifting started this week. The design for the public open space divides the block-long Mercer Plaza into three outdoor rooms with seating areas "that allow for quiet reflection or conversation" (but built to discourage sleeping and other undesirable activities). When complete, wood-planked surfaces will be surrounded by sloping planting beds filled with flowering shrubs and perennials. Planted throughout will be native trees—sweet gums, tulip trees, witch hazel, and others—giving shade to the area below and softening the lines of Warren Weaver Hall, the 14-story brick and glass tower that has stood beside the site since 1965. Now that this fight is nearing its end, can we all just get along? Seeing what's to come: fat chance.

    NYU Extends Olive Branch (& Other Plant Life!) to Neighbors [Curbed]
    Mercer Plaza at NYU [Mathews Nielsen]
    251 Mercer Street Plaza - Cogeneration Plant [NYU]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2010/0...treet.php#more

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    Posts about Washington Square Park should go here

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    Very deceptive exterior now.


    LEED Silver for NYU Law, Adjmi at 22 Washington Square North


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    Photos: Jean Vong

    Morris Adjmi Architects, known for modern mash-ups of old and new, shows off some more historic chops at 22 Washington Square North, where the restoration of an 1830s townhouse for NYU Law has just been granted LEED Silver certification. Adjmi and his creative crew cut through the middle of the landmarked Greenwich Village building, bringing light from the rooftop down to the ground floor and creating a green wall that offers views and ventilation to the interior spaces. Out front a set of glossy green doors flanked by ionic columns sits atop a tree-shaded brownstone staircase.

    The south facade faces onto Washington Square Park and shows off restored red brick set in a Flemish bond. The rebuilt north facade rises above a wide terrace overlooking the Washington Mews, with another smaller terrace with Village vistas up top. So what was Team Adjmi restoring? 22 Washington Square North originally went up as part of a row of Greek Revival townhouses built opposite Washington Square, a former burial ground that became a city park in 1827. NYU first acquired the townhouse in 1939, and it now houses space for NYU Law and the Straus Institute. Adjmi and team came on board back in 2007, but there was much more noise surrounding their other NYU Law project, the new Wilf Hall.

    22 Washington Square North [Morris Adjmi Architects]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2011/0...uare_north.php

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    The back is so-so. I do not know what the original looked like, so I do not know how much they are keeping with it in this design, but the front is 100% on the mark.

    I would not be able to tell you what was inside for the life of me, and looking at the renovation, they did an awesome job. (Love the hardwood combined with modern. So many like to get rid of "classic" or "rustic" elements when going modern).

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    Not sure where else to put these...2 Fifth Avenue undergoing facade replacement:




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    Is that pink, or are my eyes bugging out?

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    the most beautiful and luxurious residential building in NYC i would consider 8 Spruce street

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