Fake Penthouses; ‘Lunch Hat’; 25×25
Posted May 9, 2022 4:03 AM by West Side Rag
By Carol Tannenhauser
Monday, May 9, 2022, generally clear, high 67 degrees.
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A penthouse is no longer (still) what it used to be. Real estate terms have evolved, according to Business Insider, which is why the developers of 200 Amsterdam Avenue (69-70) can say that “the 668-foot-tall tower has a total of ten penthouses, starting at 41st stage”. However, according to several dictionaries, the word penthouse is derived from the old French word “apentis”, which means appendix, “on top of a tall building.” Two of these appendages made the news in the neighborhood last week.
The city’s landmarks preservation commission gave billionaire investor Bill Ackman the green light to add to the top of a century-old building on 77th Street near Central Park West, The Real Deal reported, but not as it originally intended. “The detractors claimed [original plan] would disrupt the character of the region and set a precedent for billionaires to make whatever changes they want. The LPC sent Ackman’s architects back to the drawing board where they produced a scaled-down version, which the Commission called an “architectural masterpiece.”
Ackman and his wife Neri Oxman will share sightlines with the owners of another appendage atop 360 Central Park West at 96th Street. “Originally designed by Rosario Candela in 1929, the upper floors and interiors are now converted and meticulously transformed into a spacious new condominium duplex designed by CetraRuddy Architecture,” YIMBY reported. “The full-service antebellum building is the only Central Park West condominium to bear the prestigious Candela imprimatur.” Architectural Digest said “Candela’s 1920s Manhattan Co-ops set the global gold standard.”
It was hats – and dresses, too – at the annual Frederick Law Olmsted Luncheon at the Central Park Conservancy, “better known as ‘hat lunch’, now in its 40th year,” wrote the New York Times. Held on May 4 in the Conservatory Garden on 105th Street, it hosted 1,300 guests, including former mayor Michael Bloomberg (no hat) who said, “It’s a handful of people who invest a lot of money every year to keep Central Park running. Click the link to see the range of hats, including some with a message for SCOTUS.
Open Streets was an emergency measure instituted for the pandemic, but “a campaign backed by the city’s new mayor is now aimed at wresting dominance from vehicles for good and preserving these new outdoor paradises”, according to The Guardian. “The alternative vision for America’s largest city calls for 25% of its road space to be converted from car use to walkable pedestrian plazas, green spaces, bus lanes and dedicated bike lanes. 2025. The campaign, called 25×25, has now also been embraced by activists in Los Angeles, an indication of how some Americans are questioning the longstanding primacy of cars amid an increase in cycling since the start of the pandemic.
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