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The Battery Maritime Building Is Beautiful, But It’s No Longer Ours

A gracious public structure taken mostly private.
  1. The Look Book Goes to a Staten Island Shipping Dock Longshoremen of the ILA Local 920 union took a break from 18-hour shifts to tell us about the supply chain and winter accidents.
  2. New York City Is Finally Getting Raised Crosswalks They serve the dual purpose of slowing down drivers and making pedestrians more visible.
  3. All the Legislation Being Considered in the Wake of the Bronx Fire Lawmakers are looking at fire doors, heat sensors, space heaters, and more.
  4. New York’s Storm Chasers Don’t Have to Go to Kansas Anymore A small community of weather enthusiasts has plenty to document close to home.
  5. New York Definitely Doesn’t Need a Longer Manhattan A new peninsula won’t solve our climate-change problems.
  6. Twin Parks Tenants Are Stuck in Housing Limbo “My daughter is petrified and can’t even look at the building without crying.”
  7. AOC Is a YIMBY Now And she wants to flood local, state, and federal campaigns with pro-housing candidates.
  8. Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial in D.C. Is a Huge Anticlimax It somehow tells us less about Ike than it intends to.
  9. Pave Forest Park and Put Up a Parking Lot? The “Forever Wild” woods in Queens will remain for now.
  10. Every Governor Should Copy Kathy Hochul’s Interborough Express Putting underused rails back into action for transit is a no-brainer of a good idea.
  11. It Wasn’t Just the Pandemic That Closed the Princeton Club Stodginess, not COVID, is the problem.
  12. Vax Daddy Is Totally Serious About Housing Huge Ma is challenging a 37-year incumbent to represent Queens in the Assembly.
  13. For the First Time, New York City Has a Majority-Women City Council “We’re going to do things that the city hasn’t seen before.”
  14. Henrietta Hudson’s Bartenders Can Serve You Drinks and Swab Your Nose You can sit outside with your cold one till you get your results.
  15. Maris Kreizman and Josh Gondelman’s Favorite Spots in Boerum Hill Cinematic skyline views, authentic regional coffee, and the best chairs in Brooklyn.
  16. Murray Moss Wants to Live in the Harvard Club The director of Moss Bureau answers Curbed’s 21 Questions.
  17. Eric Adams Is Returning His Well-worn Borough Hall Mattress to Aide You know, the one he’s had in his office for the past two years.
  18. Speaking With City Workers Who’ve Been Forced Back to the Office “As soon as I get an offer, I’m leaving.”
  19. Zoe Fisher Loves a Goofy Gallery Name The director of Salon 94 Design answers Curbed’s 21 Questions.
  20. The New Department of Transportation Commissioner Is a Clear Improvement Ydanis Rodriguez has a long track record of pushing safer streets policies in New York City, unlike his predecessor.
  21. The Era of Experimental Streeteries May Soon Be Over Brace yourself for blandmarks.
  22. Why Zaha Hadid Architects Switched to Employee Ownership While the news surprised many, the change was apparently a long time coming.
  23. What Will It Take to Design (Actually) Healthy Cities? The Topography of Wellness explores a century of how we’ve gotten it wrong and the resilient systems we need to get it right.
  24. The Look Book Goes to the Rink at Rockefeller Center We chatted with tourists and season-pass holders on a Sunday afternoon.
  25. Navigating New York City’s Multitude of Ketamine Clinics A rash of psychedelic clinics — places where you can be administered ketamine in zero-gravity chairs — has opened around town.
  26. Richard Rogers Never Shied Away From Showing Us the Guts of Architecture Unlike his peers, the British architect never diluted the terror and thrill of modern technology and infrastructure.
  27. Yeshiva University’s Basketball Team Can’t Stop Winning How the Maccabees became the hottest squad in the NCAA.
  28. The MTA’s Boat Got Wrecked — Wait, the MTA Had a Boat? The agency bought it 20 years ago, for reasons now lost in the harbor fog of bureaucracy.
  29. A Shady Realty Firm in Queens May Have Scammed $287,000 in COVID Relief Funds Allegedly the money did not go to payroll.
  30. Congratulations, Jason Korn! You’re No Longer the City’s Worst Landlord But the apartments are still pretty terrible.
  31. The Jail Money Trap The Museum of Chinese in America was desperate to buy its building. The city found a reason to pay for it — one that threw Chinatown into turmoil.
  32. So Far, Almost No One Wants the Rockefeller Christmas Tree NFT The NFT offered by Tishman Speyer has just one anonymous bidder.
  33. Eric Adams and Just His Mattress Are Moving to Gracie Mansion There will be no West Elm for this mayor-elect.
  34. A Family of Three Making $42,000 Will Be Able to Live in Soho The neighborhood rezoning, expected to pass Wednesday, will prioritize affordability.
  35. American Girl Doll Founder Buys Up Real Human Town A 15,000-square-foot luxury spa is just the latest of Pleasant Rowland’s meticulous renovations of Aurora, New York.
  36. Curbed’s 20 Most-Read Stories in 2021 The articles our readers engaged most deeply with in 2021 included stories about a windowless dorm and 432 Park.
  37. Is This Really the Best 79th Street Dock House We Can Get? Renderings show a boxy institutional structure that could be almost anywhere. Surely we can do better.
  38. Is Erewhon Attempting New York? Hollywood’s favorite grocery store says “it’s definitely on the plate.”
  39. Paula Scher Thinks New York City Needs a Skyline Commissioner The Pentagram Partner answers Curbed’s “21 Questions.”
  40. The Look Book Goes to a Knicks-Lakers Game Celebrity guests and multi-decade season-ticket holders alike mingled in the floor seats during a 106-100 home win at a sold-out MSG.
  41. All of Brooklyn Heights Came Together to Stop a Mysterious Chirping Sound It took residents three weeks to pinpoint the source.
  42. Meet Rampage, the Threatening Little Monster Targeting Vaccine-Hesitant Boomers The almost confoundingly aggressive cartoon looks like he crawled out of an Eric Carle book.
  43. Shahana Hanif’s Favorite Spots in Kensington Where the newly elected City Council member goes for sidewalk jackfruit and Bangladeshi chai.
  44. Architects Agree: The Buildings Around the High Line Are Terrible The black hole of starchitecture.
  45. Be Safe Out There, Junior Bankers Walking and subwaying are maybe dangerous!
  46. Concrete Doesn’t Have to Be an Ecological Nightmare New technologies may drastically reduce its huge carbon footprint.
  47. New York City Nurses Can’t Take It Much Longer “There are times … when our staff is half of what it should be.”
  48. Why Is Montague Street Perpetually Drab? There’s little beyond deli muffins for the celebrity moms of Brooklyn Heights.
  49. 30 Hours With American Christmas, New York’s Go-To Holiday Decorator The frantic race to drape the city in wreaths and lights before Thanksgiving weekend.
  50. This Is the Beginning of Gowanus’s New Skyline An expansive rezoning passed today has developers ready to build, build, build.
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