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On August 9, after five years of review and heated public debate, the full City Council unanimously approved the proposal to rezone Midtown East. The vote followed approvals in July—also unanimous—by the Council’s land use and zoning committees. The affected area is generally bounded by Fifth Avenue, Third Avenue, East 39th Street, and East 57th Street, with most attention focused on the blocks adjacent to Grand Central Terminal. With the rezoning, developers can build taller buildings in exchange for buying air rights from designated Landmarks, contributing to pre-identified infrastructure improvements, or creating public plazas on their properties.... MORE

Stirred by a heartfelt appeal by the renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma in the New York Review of Books, groups in towns and cities in the United States and abroad, including Kingston in New York’s Hudson Valley, are submitting bids to permanently dock a spaceship-like music barge at their waterfront. “Point Counterpoint II”—a watercraft that opens like a clamshell to reveal a performance stage—was designed by Louis Kahn before his death in 1974 and completed two years later.... MORE

This past April brought news that Marcel Breuer’s long-neglected Pirelli building in New Haven, CT, was to be the site an art exhibit by artist Tom Burr. Now open, “Tom Burr/New Haven Body/Building: Pre-Existing Conditions” features sculptural installations and photographs that reference both the political events and upheaval of the 1960s as well as the trauma the Pirelli building itself has endured. While the exhibit, which runs through November, does not offer a permanent solution for the site’s use, the willingness on the part of IKEA, the building owner, to allow some activity to take place is an encouraging development. ... MORE