Tony Rosenthal-Alamo Cube-Maquette-Model-National Academy Museum-NYCPhoto via Flickr by Peter Burka

Yesterday, we published about a secret full-size version of Tony Rosenthal’s famous cube sculpture in Astor Place that has gone under the radar – because it’s in a private collection in Westchester. Untapped Cities reader Pete Burka reached out to us via Twitter to let us know that the maquette, a hand-cut bronze and brass model by Rosenthal, is not only in the collection of of the National Academy Museum, but is also on display only until June 1st.


Super Slender Residential Towers-Top 10-NYC-2016All images via the Skyscraper Museum

Expanding on its 2013/14 exhibition Sky High & the Logic of Luxury, the Skyscraper Museum has continued its exploration of supertall skyscrapers with a new web tool highlighting New York City’s super-slender, ultra-luxury residential tower. The museum has used a minimum 1:10 ratio of of width to height to categorize buildings as super-slender, and the range goes all the way to 1:23 in the case of 111 W. 57th Street, a building by SHoP Architects that is estimated to complete in 2019.

As the Skyscraper Museum notes, these super-slender skyscrapers are driven by demand for views, are possible through a combination of technological advancement in engineering and zoning. The most notable of these super-slender skyscrapers so far include One57 and 432 Park Avenue, which have already been finished, but towers like Sky House (2008) and One Madison (2010) certainly heralded this change earlier. The vast majority will be completed in the next few years.

Here are the top 10 tallest super-slender skyscrapers constructed and en route in New York City


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Gowanus Porte Road-American Revolution-Map-Atlas of NYC-Historic-Park SlopeLocation of former Gowanus Road from From the Atlas of NYC, 1880. Via NYPL.

In the Park Slope and Gowanus area, the history of the Revolutionary War is well-known – from the recreated Stone House where a decisive part of the Battle of Brooklyn/Long Island took place to the bravery of the Maryland 400, whose final burial grounds are still unconfirmed. In the August 1776 retreat from Brooklyn ,the American soldiers fled West from Prospect Park on the Porte Road downhill towards what was then the Gowanus swamp. Crossing the Gowanus Creek (now the Canal), more casualties were taken.

Today, a portion of these roads where the soldiers traversed is now visible, thanks to construction at 269-271 Fourth Avenue, last reported to be a 12-story condo as revealed by New York Yimby in early 2015. The lot is next to the ODA-designed building 251 1st Avenue that is currently under construction.


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New Yorkers have recently been abuzz on social media about Alamo, the steel cube at Astor Place that thousands have stopped to swivel. The sculpture, which was removed for protection when construction on Alamo Plaza’s redesign began in 2014, will finally be coming home. It was previously missing in action for a cleaning in 2005.

Midwestern sculptor Bernard “Tony” Rosenthal died from a stroke in 2009 at the age of 94. Wikipedia states Rosenthal made five large outdoor cubes. But as they say, never trust Wikipedia as a historical source. There is at least one more large outdoor Rosenthal cube, on the lawn of a Westchester waterfront home off the Long Island Sound. I saw it with my own eyes in 2014 while attending a private concert in that impressive home.


Spencer Finch-High Line-Chelsea Market Passage-NYCSpencer Finch, The River That Flows Both Ways on the High Line. Photo via the High Line

You know Spencer Finch’s work, The River That Flows Both Ways on the High Line even if you don’t know its name. In fact, most people probably think the colored panes of glass in the Chelsea Market passage along the High Line are permanent because the work was already installed in partnership with Creative Time when the first section of the High Line opened in 2009. Sadly, The River That Flows Both Ways will come down from its West 16th Street home after this June, according to the High Line’s Tumblr blog