217 W 57th Street-Nordstrom Tower-Central Park Tower-Skyscraper-57th Street-Extell-NYCRendering by YIMBY/Jose Hernandez, with Central Park Tower at left (at unconfirmed 1,795 feet)

This question pops up around the Untapped Cities office pretty often. What’s the latest tallest building in New York City? With so many supertall buildings going up, particularly on the residential end, it can be hard to keep track. This will be our official tally (updated as new buildings come into play, or get chopped down by the powers that be) of the tallest buildings in New York City:


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Last year, the High Line offered walks on the third, final section of the elevated railway at Hudson Yards in conjunction with Carol Bove’s Caterpillar exhibit, a series of site specific works. They’re bringing the walks back as “Winter Walks.” It’ll be a little cold, but look how pretty it looks with some snow! Registration is currently open for dates through February. One Untapped tip to check out when you visit–there are dates on the tracks that say when it was installed, going back to 1913.

More photos of Carol Bove’s exhibit here and here. Read about the plans for Hudson YardsGet in touch with the author @untappedmich.

Spur-High Line-NYC-Untapped Cities-Bhushan Mondkar-013Image Credit: James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Courtesy of the City of New York and Friends of the High Line.

During the recent 2013 MAS summit for NYC, Joshua David, co founder of the High Line mentioned- “Most parks are places where people go to escape the city, The High Line is a place where you go to experience the city in new ways”

… and what an experience it has been! As we move onto the third and final section of this elevated park, Friends of High Line co-founder Robert Hammond and City councilman-elect Corey Johnson joined the design team at the School of Visual Art’s Beatrice Theater on Monday evening to present construction updates and unveil design concepts for the Spur- a unique space within the third section of the High Line.


World Trade Center - Transportation Hub - Santiago Calatrava - Oculus DesignSantiago Calatrava’s Design for the new transit center at Ground Zero, due for completion in 2015. Image via Santiago Calatrava

This week’s preview at the Paley Center for Media of the upcoming 2013 Municipal Art Society Summit for NYC provided exciting glimpses of two upcoming additions to the New York cityscape: the new Public Square at Hudson Yards and the Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center Transportation Hub at Ground Zero.


Manhattan_Neighborhoods_Names_Untapped_2013_MapImage via Ork Designs 

In a city, such as New York, a neighborhood name holds a lot of weight. Beyond geographical terminology, our sense of place comes from the distinct characteristics we associate with a neighborhood that we then share with each other through descriptive vocabulary.

The potency of words in the city is something that is often forgotten, as names are dismissed as “just names” but in reality these terms and identifiers are our universal urban language that help make the complexities of urban living, more manageable.


rendition of the Hudson Yards complex, via Bloomberg

Rendering of the Hudson Yards complex, via Bloomberg

The West Side skyline is getting a facelift as construction of Hudson Yards, a $15 billion development, has begun just north of the final section of the High Line above existing rail yards. The deal was reached in 2008 between the Metropolitan Transit Authority and Related Companies on the heels of a failed attempt to secure the 2012 Olympic games to be hosted in New York City. The Hudson Yards development will bring ten new high-rise buildings to the West Side filled with offices and luxury condos, retail space, as well as sustainable green areas, all situated above one of the busiest rail yards in the United States.