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    The Whitney folks see the future of the UES and it isn't pretty for an arts institution that needs to expand:

    ... the [downtown] site offered an escape from a neighborhood whose guardians treat anything out of the ordinary (read brick and brownstone) as an architectural cataclysm.
    Since the High Line opened last June it has brought in more than two million visitors from New York and around the world.

    The original Whitney on the UES has been experiencing a major drop in visitors. 2009 attendance at the Whitney was just 300,000 (compared with 4.8M visitors at the Met and 2.6M at MoMA).

    According to the NY POST local Real Estate folks see nothing but roses for the area around the High Line ...

    High rollin'

    West Chelsea gets ready for phase two

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    The problem with the High Line [not a big deal really] is that it shouldn't be a stand-alone destination. Then what you have is bus loads of tourists dropped off, a walk on the High Line, and back on the bus. Natives get fed up, and avoid it.

    With a museum at the southern end, maybe a pedestrian bridge over 12th Ave at the northern end, the high Line becomes an interesting way of going to the Whitney.

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    Add another pedestrian bridge from the west side of the Whitney across the WSH to connect with Pier 54 / Pier 57 -- and get that sucker moving as another destination.

    And my dream: While they're at it, strip all the cheap aluminum siding off the Chelsea Piers and restore the great old stone facades.

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    The problem here is really at street level, isn't it? An arid highway wasteland beside the piers. No matter how many bushes they put in planters.

    Pedestrian bridges are quaint concepts from three-quarters of a century ago. Have they ever really fulfilled their protagonists' dreams?

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    Whitney project is on track for start next spring

    A rendering of the design for the new Downtown Whitney on Gansevoort St., viewed from the south.
    The southern end of the High Line park is at right.


    By Albert Amateau

    Groundbreaking on the Whitney Downtown, the six-story, hip younger sister of the uptown Whitney Museum of American Art, is scheduled for May 2011 on Gansevoort St. at the southern entrance to the High Line park.

    The Whitney board of trustees gave the final stamp of approval when it voted unanimously on May 25 to go ahead with the estimated $680 million project. The new museum, designed by Renzo Piano, is expected to open in 2015.

    “The board’s decision to break ground next spring was the crucial next step in the evolution of our Downtown museum, one which will ensure that the Whitney can boldly realize its mission to be the defining museum of 20th- and 21st-century American Art,” said Adam D. Weinberg, director of the Whitney. “I’m thrilled by the remarkable strides we’ve made with this transformative project, and I’m enormously grateful for the unfaltering devotion and commitment of our board, the city and state, our Downtown neighbors, the arts community and all of our supporters,” Weinberg said.

    The fundraising campaign for the project this spring reached $372 million, which is 63 percent of the estimated $590 million goal. The total project budget of $680 million includes $230 million for the endowment, as well as construction and land costs.

    “With this vote the board of trustees has signaled definitively its commitment to realize this immensely important and exciting new project,” said Robert J. Hurst, co-chairperson of the Whitney board.

    Brooke Garber, Whitney board co-chairperson, said, “We’re heartened to have reached nearly two-thirds of our fundraising campaign goal a full year before groundbreaking.”

    The initial plan for the Whitney Downtown was unveiled at the end of April 2008 at a Community Board 2 informational meeting. The community board unanimously approved the project in May 2008, and in September 2008 the City Council unanimously approved it.

    The plan calls for a building that steps down from six stories tall at 175 feet on West St. to five stories high at 50 feet next to the High Line on Washington St., with a cantilevered entrance on Gansevoort St. Plans call for more than 50,000 square feet of indoor galleries and 13,000 square feet of outdoor rooftop exhibition space.

    The uptown Whitney on Madison Ave. at 75th St., designed by Marcel Breuer, has a total of 32,000 square feet. The Whitney is negotiating with the Metropolitan Museum of Art about future potential use of the Breuer building.

    http://www.thevillager.com/villager_...eyproject.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc View Post

    Pedestrian bridges are quaint concepts from three-quarters of a century ago. Have they ever really fulfilled their protagonists' dreams?
    There's an exhibit at AIA on LaGuardia Place showing a plan for pedestrian bridges & walkways that link buildings in the downtown core, creating an entire network of connections above street level that cross over rooftops and roadways, with elevation changes and interconnections. It looks workable (although no doubt complicated to construct).

    The plan is from Urbanus Architecture & Design, and there is one image HERE (the first one, the rest in the slide show show current conditions in Guangzhou). There is a model of the plan at AIA.

    Guangzhou

    Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province, has twice the population of Hong Kong and is the largest city of the Pearl River Delta, the most populated urban agglomeration in the world. After three decades of rapid modernization, these formerly walkable environments and vibrant streetscapes are increasingly under threat from a rising tide of cars and associated infrastructure.

    Site

    Liwan District, encompassing the elevated Renmin Road highway near the river. The challenges and opportunities of the site are representative of multiple similar sites in the city.

    Proposal

    Preserve and enhance the area’s vitality by transforming the highway into an elevated bicycle and pedestrian promenade, inspired by NYC’s High Line. Establish a new BRT corridor below, embraced by local merchants and modernized housing, and create expanded sky ways for public space over the roofs.

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    Poor Paris, completely forgotten -

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    There's an exhibit at AIA[/URL] on LaGuardia Place showing a plan for pedestrian bridges & walkways that link buildings in the downtown core, creating an entire network of connections above street level that cross over rooftops and roadways, with elevation changes and interconnections. It looks workable (although no doubt complicated to construct).
    That's an exact description of the downtown of the city I live in. Once the novelty wore off, so did the profitability. It now has ghost town aspects, as folks have rediscovered the street --even in 95-degree temperatures.

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    The proposed elevated walkways in Guangzhou are, for the most part, open to the air -- more like the High Line than claustrophobic tunnels in the air. Seems in Guangzhou the streets & sidewalks have reached near capacity (if not beyond).

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    ^ Is that what we have in Chelsea?

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    The New Whitney in Lights



    MEATPACKING DISTRICT—So that Whitney Museum laser show thing happened, only...it wasn't quite a laser show. But it's still kind of cool the way the Whitney folks lit up the borders of its new High Line-adjacent site for a presentation to donors. We're a little embarrassed to admit that we didn't know the new Whitney will extend all the way to the West Side Highway. This Piano is going to be friggin' huge! [CurbedWire Staff]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2010/0..._squatters.php

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    I hope that the crappy, adjacent building to the north is torn down ASAP.

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    Don't count on it. That block houses a cooperative of meat packing businesses, who have stated they've no intention on leaving the area. Now that so many high end restaurants have opened up nearby they seem to be very happy to stick around. Also, when the Whitney goes up their plot will be the one remaining wide open slot south of 14th Street where expansive views of the Hudson can be seen from the High Line. Tall buildings are planned for two lots on the other side of the HL south of 14th, so open space down this way should be seen for the positive that it is.

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    High Line is using the open lot on the east side of the Whitney site as a plant storage/maintenance area.

    Where will they go?

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    I thought that it was being incorporated into the renzo piano building, no?

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