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Whitney Museum Opens May 1, NYC

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On May 1, four years after breaking ground and seven years after initial designs were released, The Whitney Museum of American Art opens its new space at 99 Gansevoort Street, the site of a former meatpacking facility. The museum’s first iteration—Whitney Studio, a place for artists created by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1914—was located at 8 West 8th Street, just a few blocks away. In the new structure's lobby-level gallery, Whitney herself can been seen lounging on a divan, welcoming the eyes of the press who visited the site this week in anticipation of the official opening.

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NYC and Landlords are Going Green

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Spring at The New York Botanical Garden

The word “green” means different things to different people. For many developers and building owners, it’s what fills their pockets. But if you’re an environmentalist, it means something else entirely. However, sustainability is now officially poised to affect everyone in real estate. Last September Mayor Bill de Blasio committed New York City to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. That means it’s time for the industry to reconsider their favorite color.

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The Ever Changing Face of Times Square

image from the clock approached midnight on Dec. 31, 1903, a tradition was born: a New Year’s Eve bash at the intersection of Seventh Avenue, Broadway and 42nd Street, then known as Longacre Square.

The year 1904 began with fireworks from the roof of the in-construction new headquarters of The New York Times: 1475 Broadway (the first ball drop was 1907/1908). At the time, the 25-story 1475 Broadway was among the tallest in the city, and the world. A few months later the city renamed the intersection and the soon-to-open subway station below for the building (and business) above: Times Square.

“This is the Great White Way, theatrical center of America and wonder of the out-of-towner. Here midnight streets are more brilliant than noon, their crowds on ordinary evenings exceeding those of large town carnivals,” reads The WPA Guide to New York City, in 1939.

Last month the city announced a record 56.4 million visitors in 2014.

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The Incarnations of Times Square’s Knickerbocker Hotel

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View of Times Square New Year's Eve Ball from roof of Knickerbocker Hotel

In February, a bit of New York City hospitality history was resurrected with the opening of The Knickerbocker Hotel at 6 Times Square, at 1466 Broadway. The 230,000-square-foot building on the southeast corner of West 42nd Street and Broadway was built in 1906 by John Jacob Astor IV for a hotel of the same name.

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An original column (original paint!) in now-closed subway-level floor of Knickerbocker Hotel

Maison & Objet Comes to America

Parisohlala_CorinneCampenioIt’s like the second-coming of Art Basel, say Miami locals of the buzz surrounding Maison & Objet’s American debut. The highly regarded Paris-based interiors trade show hits the beach May 12-15, 2015. Teresa Laughlin, a spokesperson for the event, hears Art Basel-like references nonstop. “There are so many ancillary events taking place all over the city, officially connected and independent, so excitement is very high. Add to that the exceptional reputation that Maison & Objet has built, and anticipation is very high.”

Maison & Objet Americas sold out quickly, which is outstanding considering the number of U.S.-based design events taking place that same month, including NYCxDESIGN (May 8-19), Collective (May 13-17) and ICFF (May 16-19). That said, it’s hard to compare the size and scope of Maison & Objet, which brings countless categories together.

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