Architecture

Finalists for the "Reimagine a New York City Icon" contest for the MetLife Building.

MetLife Building Redesign Competition Finalists Announced

Back in September, we told you about a competition to conceive a redesign of the MetLife Building. Earlier this week, the six finalists of the “Reimagine a New York City Icon” competition were announced. The competition, sponsored by Metals in Construction magazine and the Ornamental Metal Institute of New York, isn’t part of any actual process in the works to modify the Midtown office tower, but are fascinating ideas of what could be. Perhaps these ideas will be put into use at other buildings.

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Phases 1 and 2 of the Prospect Plaza affordable housing development take shape in Ocean Hill, Brooklyn.

Second Phase of Prospect Plaza Affordable Housing Inches Toward the Finish Line in Ocean Hill

As the New York City Housing Authority struggles to develop its underutilized properties across the five boroughs, YIMBY revisited Prospect Plaza in Ocean Hill, Brooklyn, where the city tore down an entire public housing project two years ago. Now, construction is wrapping up on the second phase of affordable rental buildings that replaced the 12- and 15-story towers.

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131-09 Fowler Avenue, image via Google Maps

Permits Filed: 80-Unit Apartment Building at 131-09 Fowler Avenue, Flushing

It’s been a busy week for new development in western Flushing. Yesterday, YIMBY spotted plans for a hotel-residential-retail project in the part of the neighborhood that’s about to be rezoned, and today a different local builder filed plans for an eight-story, mixed-use building at 131-09 Fowler Avenue, close to Flushing Meadows Park and the Van Wyck Expressway.

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3053 Villa Avenue in June 2014, image via Google Maps

Permits Filed: 3053 Villa Avenue, Bedford Park, Bronx

Small market-rate developers in the Bronx have slowed down their plans for new buildings since the 421-a tax abatement program expired last month. But a few risk takers are still planning projects in the borough’s more established neighborhoods, like Bedford Park. Last week, developer Arben Mitaj filed plans for an eight-story market-rate building at 3053 Villa Avenue, between Bedford Park Boulevard and East 204th Street in Bedford Park.

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