Last week, YIMBY reported on the first permits for a new building coming to 70 Atlantic Avenue, in Cobble Hill, at a site formerly known as 339 Hicks Street. It currently houses a building for Long Island College Hospital, but that will soon be demolished to make way for an NYU Langone Ambulatory Care Clinic, which we can now reveal.
According to The New York Times, UK-based Thomas Heatherwick’s Hudson Yards centerpiece is now under construction. A source who has seen the design described it as resembling the shape of a chalice, rising higher than the 100-foot-tall Culture Shed, which YIMBY unveiled in 2013. The sculpture does not require public review, and Related Companies and Oxford Properties are developing.
Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery wants to restore the Weir Greenhouse at 750 Fifth Avenue and connect it to a new building that would serve as a visitors center at 749-750 Fifth Avenue. While the Landmarks Preservation Commission loved the restoration idea, they weren’t ready to approve the project as presented on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to designate two Brooklyn sites as individual landmarks. They are the Henry and Susan McDonald House and M.H. Renken Dairy. That means their exteriors cannot be modified and demolition may not occur without the commission’s approval.
New York City’s infrastructure crisis stems from many issues, but one of the biggest problems in maintaining and expanding the city’s arteries are construction costs, which have ballooned into a stratosphere of unknown numbers and complete non-transparency on the part of city agencies. But now YIMBY has obtained data showing that salaries are up to 177% higher for unionized employees of contractors performing public works projects and building service work for government agencies than the prevailing wages of their respective private industry counterparts.