The New York Observer

July 19, 2013, 12pm PDT
Why is Amtrak spending $500 million on new locomotives for the Northeast Corridor that are "fat, expensive and slow"? Americans have the the Federal Railroad Administration's "globally-unique crash safety standards" to thank.
The New York Observer
May 18, 2013, 7am PDT
Stephen Jacob Smith examines how high emotions, grand designs, poor negotiating, and "extreme politicization" drove the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to build the world's most expensive train station in Lower Manhattan.
The New York Observer
March 28, 2013, 1pm PDT
The certainly won't win any design awards, but new multi-family residential buildings erected by Hasidic developers in Brooklyn show that it's possible to build spacious and cheap housing in New York for families small and large.
The New York Observer
January 22, 2013, 1pm PST
Today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the winner of a competition to build a micro-apartment pilot project in Manhattan. Consisting of 55 micro-units measuring between 250 and 375 square feet, the project will utilize modular construction.
The New York Observer
January 20, 2013, 1pm PST
For those that've wondered about the fate of New York's "occasionally controversial" Plaza Program projects after the administration that's championed them leaves office: Have no fear, says Janette Sadik-Khan, "This is set in stone."
The New York Observer
January 15, 2013, 8am PST
One out of ten New Yorkers gets lost every week, according to the city's Department of Transportation, and this does not include out-of-towners. In March, the city will begin installing 150 wayfinding signs to help pedestrians navigate their way.
The New York Observer
December 25, 2012, 11am PST
The BIG news out of New York City last week was the City Planning Commission's approval of Durst/Fetner's pyramid shaped apartment building slated for the west side of Manhattan, reports Matt Chaban.
The New York Observer
December 13, 2012, 2pm PST
New York's Municipal Arts Society has released a list of 17 historic buildings it believes are threatened by the Bloomberg administration's plans to re-zone a significant portion of the area surrounding Grand Central Terminal.
The New York Observer
December 5, 2012, 5am PST
An agreement between Forest City Ratner and NYC's labor unions has cleared the way for the construction of Atlantic Yards's next phase. The 32-story prefabricated apartment building will be the tallest of its kind in the world, reports Matt Chaban.
The New York Observer
December 1, 2012, 5am PST
Matt Chaban reports on the making of “the Upper East Side’s very own High Line." Current proposals seek not only to "re-pedestrianize" Park Avenue, but also to restore some of its turn of the century glory.
The New York Observer
November 22, 2012, 9am PST
Hurricane Sandy exposed the need for New York City to be able to house large numbers of residents following natural disasters. Matt Chaban examines the Bloomberg administration's "secret" plan to build modular apartments out of shipping containers.
The New York Observer
October 15, 2012, 2pm PDT
The release of the sketchy first plans by designers SOM, Morphosis, and James Corner Field Operations for Cornell's new tech campus on New York's Roosevelt Island kick off the project's public review process.
The New York Observer
September 25, 2012, 2pm PDT
As the Upper West Side's massive Riverside Center development moves forward with a new designer, will controls negotiated during the approvals process be enough to preserve the vision of architect Christian de Portzamparc?
The New York Observer
September 24, 2012, 1pm PDT
As the third and final phase of the immensely popular High Line breaks ground in New York, Mayor Bloomberg responds to recent criticism about the gentrifying effect of the park, reports Matt Chaban.
The New York Observer
September 13, 2012, 12pm PDT
Citing a lack of affordable housing, a Manhattan Community Board has sent architecture's hot young firm, Denmark-base Bjarke Ingels Group (aka BIG), back to the drawing board to amend the design for their premier New York project.
The New York Observer
September 6, 2012, 7am PDT
Matt Chaban profiles John Rhea, NYC Housing Authority Chairman, and his efforts to improve the city's last bastion of affordable apartments.
The New York Observer
July 12, 2012, 12pm PDT
Turning its attention from trimming waistlines to expanding skylines, Matt Chaban delivers the details on the Bloomberg administration's proposed upzoning for the east side of Midtown Manhattan.
The New York Observer
July 10, 2012, 12pm PDT
Have you ever thought those teensy 400 square foot NYC apartments were just too darn big? If so, you and Mayor Bloomberg have something in common, as yesterday the city launched an initiative to develop a new model of tiny, but affordable, housing.
The New York Observer
March 29, 2012, 1pm PDT
The "secret boulevard," running between 6th and 7th Avenues in Manhattan through atrias, arcades, and public plazas from 51st Street to 57th Street, is getting attention and an upgrade from the Department of Transportation, reports Matt Chaban.
The New York Observer
March 10, 2012, 7am PST
Matt Chaban explores the divided opinions on the work of the fairly new architecture critic for <em>The New York Times</em>, Michael Kimmelman, who some complain isn't writing enough about Architecture.
The New York Observer