For the past several years, as millions of tourists and visitors have braved the city’s cold February weather, Times Square has shown off its Valentines Day spirit with a new sculpture placed in Father Duffy Square every February, each different and unique from the year before. Last week, Succhi Reddy of Reddymade was chosen as the winner of the 2019 Times Square Valentine Heart Design, and will have her sculpture, titled “X,” constructed and displayed at the plaza and crossroads of the world. This is part of a collaboration between the Times Square Arts organization and AIA New York, and was announced at the Center for Architecture on Monday, October 15, with the winning sculpture chosen out of eight finalists.
Shadowed by the high-rise buildings surrounding Zuccotti Park, a sculptural rose has been permanently installed in the heart of Lower Manhattan. Titled “Rose III,” the 26-foot-tall floral structure, was created by German artist Isa Genzken and donated to Brookfield Property Partners by Lonti Ebers.
A part of Chelsea Piers that saw historic ocean liners RMS Lusitania and RMS Mauretania sail out of New York, as well as the arrival of The Titanic’s survivors aboard The Carpathia in 1912, is finally ready to begin its new life. Cunard’s former Pier 54 is now being transformed into an iconic floating park above the Hudson River called Pier 55, designed by Thomas Heatherwick.
After previously enduring a slight pause in construction, the site of the future Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center has picked up the pace of steel assembly currently forming the bottom sub-levels of the 130-foot structure. They will eventually form the secondary entrance and exit to the World Trade Center’s Vehicle Security Center. The project is already above street level and is being developed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), and designed by Joshua Prince-Ramus of Brooklyn-based REX Architecture. A 99-year lease was already approved for the project by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Last but not least in this week’s updates on the city’s Brownsville plan is the first look at Livonia 4, a mixed-use, multi-site development comprised of a series of adjacent parcels in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Construction is expected to begin this year and the project is the third new development announced as part of “The Brownsville Plan,” with design by Magnusson Architecture and Planning. The $1 billion initiative is expected to yield over 2,500 affordable homes, infrastructure upgrades, arts and cultural facilities, and new community service programs.