Robert A.M. Stern Architects has released new renderings of the new 42-story tower which is planned to rise in Morningside Heights at the Union Theological Seminary campus at 100 Claremont Avenue. The property is located between West 120th Street and West 122nd Street.Read More
As part of the movement to reform its criminal justice system, New York City wants to open four, borough-based jails to achieve its long term goal of closing the notoriously violent and dysfunctional Rikers Island.
Residents of Lower Manhattan convened last week at a town hall style meeting, where city officials attempted to justify the proposal, often without being able to finish a sentence. They touted the new plan, arguing that it would bring inmates closer to their families and the courthouses, improving their chances of successful re-entry after release. Other services such as mental health programs, education, and rehab facilities would also be more accessible.
One of the proposed 40-story jails would replace a current government building at 80 Centre Street in Chinatown and would include a ground floor of retail space. The city’s goal is to reduce the current number of incarcerated persons from 9,000 to 5,000.
"They should reform the jail system. Not move it down to our community,” said Mary Wu, a resident of Chinatown. "If they want to be close to their relatives to visit, move it to their community.” She thinks the area would benefit from senior and affordable housing instead of a jail.
Although the intention to close the 86-year-old prison complex is good, expanding the criminal justice footprint by opening other prisons doesn’t seem to address the problems that Rikers had: correctional misconduct, bail, and bad policing. Aside from better lighting and slightly smaller size, the city has failed to address how the prisons will be safer for both inmates and correctional officers.
Brandon Holmes, coordinator of advocacy group Close Rikers Campaign, points out that “the city would also need to undertake a dramatic overhaul of its criminal justice system, enacting radical changes such as ending bail bonds, cutting back on detention for low level offenses, and reevaluating pretrial detention as a whole,” in order to hit the target goal and to avoid overcrowding when and if Rikers is closed.
Article by: Katya Demina
International Center of Photography will relocate to Essex Crossing's 242 Broome Street in 2019. The museum is under contract to purchase two commercial condo units and consolidate the ICP Museum and the ICP School into a single, two building, 40,000 SF space.Read More
Columbia University will open its new Lenfest Center for the Arts, which was designed by Renzo Piano, on April 22. The Lenfest Center for the Arts is the school's first dedicated facility for its School of Arts to host performances and events. It is located on Columbia University's Manhattanville Campus and is adjacent to the new Jerome L. Green Science Center. The Lenfest Center for the Arts is 60,000 SF and also features the Miriam and Ira D Wallach Art Gallery. Renzo Piano's architecture firm collaborated with Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill on the master plan for the Columbia's Manhattanville Campus and he has designed many of the buildings including the University Forum and Academic Conference Center.