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Spring Creek Linear City, Brooklyn NY (Plan of New York City 1969)

Much of this plan has come to fruition, first with Starrett City (towers in the park style development) and more recently with the Vandalia Houses, a New Urbanist approach to affordable housing.  The Linear City plan grew out of the failed Cross-Brooklyn Expressway which would have run from Bay Ridge to East New York.  Interestingly the Spring Creek plan advocates for the unbuilt Queens Interboro Expressway.

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The Starrett-Lehigh Building. Chelsea. If asked to name the largest buildings in Manhattan, few would name the Starrett-Lehigh building. Many people out-side of NYC might have never heard of it. In fact, this is one of the largest buildings in the city.

If you’re the creative type of New Yorker however, you will know this Chelsea building along the Hudson River as the Mecca for A-List local, national and internationally renowned designers, multimedia agencies, directors, photographers, artists and publishers.

The building encompasses an entire city block between 11th and 12th Avenues and 26th and 27th Street. It is a dramatic demonstration of curtain wall construction, and boasts eight miles of continuous glass in high, steel-casement windows, alternating with bands of red brick and concrete spandrels. In 1932, the building got a nod from the Museum of Modern Art when MOMA included it in the International Exhibit of Modern Architecture. The Starrett-Lehigh building was declared a New York City Landmark in 1986.