The Sexy, Unassuming New Neighborhood Buildings

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Weeksville Heritage Center (Photo by Nic Lehoux. Courtesy of Caples Jefferson Architects PC)

Far from the glassy towers of the World Trade Center site in downtown Manhattan, some interesting, smaller buildings have sprouted up in the city. They include a recycling facility in Brooklyn and an ambulance-dispatch center in The Bronx.

In this interview, architecture critic James Russell said they are among the least noticed public buildings, but could have a long-lasting impact. "For decades we built them like fortresses, with barred windows, a lot of chain-link fencing, and that has really changed in the last decade or so," he said.

Here are some of the buildings Russell highlights:

Sunset Park Recycling Center, Brooklyn.

Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn.

Mariners Harbor Library, Staten Island.

Hunters Point South Park, Queens. 

Zerega Ave. EMS (Emergency Medical Services), Bronx.



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Comments [2]

Jeanne Uhl from Cincinnati, OH

very pleased about this coverage, especially about the EMS building providing glowing light to the area. I was a bit disappointed that the architects of that structure were not identified along with those of the other structures covered.

Jan. 17 2014 12:04 PM
Henry Smith-Miller from NYC

we were so pleased with James bringing up the subject of small very excellently designed public building - thank you NPR.

Jan. 16 2014 10:19 PM

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