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The Bronx Is Building

Read about the Peninsula, a WXY and Body Lawson designed mixed use development in The Bronx. The New York Times writes, "If apartments are sprouting in unlikely places, none may be more striking than the corner of Spofford Avenue and Tiffany Street in the Hunts Point neighborhood, home for years to the Spofford Juvenile Center, a detention complex that was shut down in 2011 over concerns about inmate fights, rats and a lack of air-conditioning." More info can be found in Curbed.


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Parks as Infrastructure and Transportation

Read the cover story in the American Institute of Architects, New York State's quarterly magazine. WXY's Principal in Charge, Claire Weisz, writes, "The dirty, industrial city in which the historic park movement was born is no longer the context. It’s not enough for parks to exist as single-use islands of tranquility. Today parks need to do much more: build infrastructure, provide connectivity and increase resilience—as well as offer urbanites of all ages and abilities the opportunity for exercise. When people were toiling away in factories for twelve hours a day, exercising outdoors was anathema to anyone’s concept of downtime. But by providing non-auto transportation, a park system becomes a place for moderate to rigorous activity—which, given the state of public health, should no longer be considered an amenity any more than transportation and infrastructure are."

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In Home of Hip-Hop, a Concert Hall to Honor Its Musical History

The New York Times and Curbed report on the ground breaking of the WXY designed Bronx Music Hall, a part of a new, all-affordable, housing project in the South Bronx. The Times wrote, "It is the latest move to honor the Bronx’s heritage, part of a continuing effort to burnish the image of an area that was once synonymous with urban decay and neglect."

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Behold the Next New Astor Place

After years of construction, Astor Place's new look is finally finished. New York Magazine reviews WXY's redesign of Astor Place, detailing the revamp of Astor's "old-fashioned graciousness" towards a fresh identity in 2017.

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A Notorious Former Bronx Prison Site to Become Affordable Housing

WXY's principle in charge, Claire Weisz, told The Architect's Newspaper, “The goal is to create a campus that incorporates living and working to reimagine this promontory place in Hunts Point” and as The Wall Street Journal reports, the development will include "740 units of affordable housing, 52,000 square feet of open and recreational space, 49,000 square feet of light industrial space, 48,000 square feet devoted to community facilities such as a health-service provider and 21,000 square feet of retail space." 

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New Car-Sharing Program Could Put Charge Into NYC's Electric-Vehicle Use

Adam Lubinsky, WXY managing principal, and Paul Lipson, principal of Barretto Bay Strategies, an urban policy consulting firm, pen an op-ed in Crain's New York Business arguing that "given our traffic congestion issues and that transportation accounts for an average of 35% of greenhouse-gas emissions in most metro areas, increasing EV usage and car sharing are significant steps in the right direction." Read more about their pilot car sharing program in Battery Park City in Curbed.

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Can You Guess These New York City Buildings?

The Spring Street Salt Shed is featured in The New York Times online quiz game.

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WXY Transforms Former Shipyard into Innovation Hub in New Jersey

ArchDaily writes, "WXY Architecture + Urban Design has been commissioned to masterplan and develop a 130-acre former shipyard into a modern 'innovation district' featuring flexible workspaces and a modern maker hub at Kearny Point, New Jersey. Working with owner Hugo Neu, WXY’s plan calls for the adaptive reuse of several former maritime industry buildings that once served as factories for warships."

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The WXY Principals Have Put Their Stamp on Nearly Every Corner of New York

In a Q and A with Interior Design Magazine, WXY principles, Mark Yoes and Claire Weisz, say, "Although we’re game to design anything, we do our best work in collaboration with other architects or even people in different disciplines. We have a track record of putting great teams together. We’re really focused on pushing the quality, and we’re not scared of diversity—whether of disciplines or ideas. The more voices at the table, the better the project."

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East Harlem Holds Its Own

Rather than wait to respond to a zoning proposal by the city’s Department of City Planning (DCP), local organizations in East Harlem began working vigorously with elected officials to develop recommendations for how to use zoning to preserve affordable housing stock, open space, and the community’s cultural heritage. The resulting East Harlem Neighborhood Plan, marks the first time a community in New York has developed such a plan ahead of a DCP proposal. Landscape Architecture Magazine

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Architectural Firm Shares New Vision for Brooklyn Strand

At the core of the Brooklyn Strand plan is an initiative called the ‘Gateway to Brooklyn,’ where a series of Parks and DOT spaces can work together and unlock a highway interchange into a place for people, complete with expanded parks, a new market space, and seamless access to the Brooklyn Bridge. Commercial Property Executive

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How the Salt Shed Happened

Karrie Jacobs tells the story of how the Department of Sanitation Garage and Salt Shed at Spring and West Street came to be. She explains the roles of the DDC and the PDC and their quest for design excellence in public work. Of the Salt Shed, she asks "how did this roughly $18 million piece of publicly funded infrastructure, one built for so quotidian a purpose, wind up being so gorgeous?" Architect

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