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Tishman Speyer’s park gift will give developer air rights for tower

Tishman Speyer quietly bought a run down auto-shop last week, and plans to build an elaborate park on the city’s Far West Side.

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Tishman Speyer, led by Rob Speyer, paid $20.14 million for the park site, a two-story warehouse at 527 West 36th St. It will be redeveloped as a park, and help build out a planned greenway to span West 33rd and 39th streets. It will be built over rail yards currently occupying the site.

The area was renamed Bella Abzug Park last week, changed from its initial name, Hudson Yards Park. Tishman Speyer reportedly received the air rights under a city incentive known as the District Improvement Bonus, which aims to encourage development in the Hudson Yards District.
 

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Beginning with the critics of New York Times "waste-basket-shaped stairway to nowhere" or "crowded perfume bottles vying for attention in a department store window display" to architecture and design critic Alexandra Lange "...The megaproject was built by an all-star team of designers, but in the end, it’s impossible to tell the difference between the corporate and the artistic.” or Ellis Talton and Remington Tonar, (Forbes) "Yet, simply being in a space doesn’t mean you can afford to enjoy it—and what’s the point of shared spaces if not everyone can participate?" or "If the principal value you extract from a space is the spectacle, if your role within a common space is that of a spectator not a participant, then the space isn’t serving the common good."
bad taste to new rich ... disappointing, shameful ... bad that this comes from a city like NYC, always an example of a welcoming city, a mixture of culture, thought and high artistic quality. Now the money and the brightness is synonymous with good style ... of course, tacky is always a tacky, even though he's wrapped up in money.
 

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"...The area was renamed Bella Abzug Park..."


Those glass-roofed subway entrances sort of remind me of the big floppy hats that Ms. Abzug was famous for :)
 

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Can someone please rename this thread so as not to disrespect the congresswoman? Her name is not Azburg. It’s ABZUG. Bella Savitzky Abzug, a more formidable, witty, funny and gracious woman than most of us will ever be lucky enough to know.

That is all.
 

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Quite frankly the sculpture is so Iconic.
What I love about it is that it'll never turn green as bronze usually does, since it was previously stated very explicitly that the material used is stainless steel that was sprayed with a bronze finish color, and not actual copper - bronze.
 
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