Memo From New York: New Builds

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New York is a city that continues to build higher and higher. Late last year, was officiallyif not controversiallydeclared the tallest building in the . Now, just a stone’s throw from that tower, plans call for a 1,356-foot-tall condo building at 125 Greenwich Street. The 77-story building will top off 12 feet shy of 1 World Trade Center's roof.

But 125 Greenwich is only the latest in a series of supertall, ultra-thin residential properties in Manhattan. French Pritzker Prize-winning recently completed , a condo tower which rises over 1,000 feet above Central Park. Another Pritzker laureate, , has designed a 61-story luxury tower at 610 Lexington Avenue. Not to be outdone, ’s , currently on the rise, will be the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere at 1,398 feet.

Tall buildings are going up in other parts of the city as well. Local firm has two and 309 Gold Streetrising in downtown Brooklyn. And while that borough is getting used to seeing skyscrapers dot the landscape, brownstones and other low-rise housing still form the nexus of its neighborhoods. Chris McVoy, also senior partner at , designed a wood- and glass-clad garden pavilion with his own firm, . McVoy and Beth O’Neill, his wife and partner, worked to contrast the heavy masonry of a brownstone in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

French ready-to-wear and luxury leather brand has just introduced its second New York flagship downtown in SoHo, where German manufacturer launched its U.S. flagship showroom in partnership with Studio Anise earlier this year. Shopping is, of course, a popular pasttime in New York. A slew of new showrooms have opened across Manhattan in recent months, including a first for lighting designer downtown, and new flagships for kitchens and furniture in Midtown. Office furniture heavyweight has renovated its 30,000-square-foot-showroom designed by near Grand Central Terminal, while LEPERE relocated to the New York Design Center. The NYDC also welcomed newcomer Dune to its roster of tenants, and opened her own jewel of a showroom in the Decoration & Design Building.

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