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Review of Waterline Square at Riverside South

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Waterline Square on the southwest corner of the Upper West Side.
Photo: Elizabeth Felicera

On one of the hottest and thickest summer days when my brain goes into standby mode, I would like to thank Cipriani brand Italophile snack shop and grocery store Harry’s Table in Waterline Square. If you browse the 3-inch thick steak display and the pie and meringue vitrin, you’ll notice that you’re witnessing the result of one of the largest, longest, and most fiercely contested of the last real estate saga. .. Half a century. This is a vast multi-season series featuring characters from neighborhood nudes to future presidents. The tallest tower in the world! Wobble highway! Armed mayor! Debt sinkhole! A new city named after Trump-as you can imagine-Trump!The story is Spoken as the first part of the MAGA administration, Chaos, weaknesses, and a record of false claims of victory. However, it is less manoeuvrable, but can also be seen as a disappointing slow-burning lesson, a low-expectation victory, and a danger of good intentions.

Back outside, you’ll find a well-kept lawn surrounded by a trio of jagged, exciting glass towers. The weather classified the population. I’m sitting at a shaded cafe table with a handful of sturdy adults. Crowds under the age of 12 dart through a hyperactive jet of fountains embedded in paving stones. No one steps into a sultry playground in the afternoon sun.

Waterline Square, the last puzzle piece on 57 acres of hills on the Hudson River, slowly traveled south from 72nd Street to 59th West, covering a previously uncrossable railroad track. Developers have been saliva-sucking in the area since the early 1960s, highlighting an assortment of fate plans. In 1981, a specially established joint venture called Lincoln West purchased the site with the vision of a giant serrated tower.Miami Beach Maginot Line.. Then Donald Trump intervened and Characteristic grand plan Move the NBC to a 1,670-foot skyscraper at the western end of West 61st Street and 5,700 apartments on the banks of a thick tower, designed by Helmut Jahn.

Trump met two types of enemies. The first was a neighbor who opposed the sect of Hypermega Midtown that springs out of the living room window. The developers eventually hired an opponent to sign on to a master plan that demanded a plunging skyline of a double-tower building modeled after the Central Park West palace. The second confrontation was with Congressman Jerrold Nadler, who tried to damage the project by denying it backfired on federal funding. (He came back to Trump about 30 years later when he was the manager of the second impeachment.) The highway remained the same, saving millions of Trump and turning development into a roadside sign. rice field. Now he said, “When the car passes by, they will see our masterpiece.”

The statement proved to be accurate, except for the last word. Despite all the disastrous predictions, the plan got worse and worse. However, when construction began in the mid-1990s and Trump spun off real estate, it soon became apparent that design guidelines were too vague to prevent branding. 87-year-old Philip Johnson has signed to co-author a type of architecture he didn’t care about most, a retreating Art Deco-style, reverberating bourgeois home. In the end, it was Trump’s hired gun, Costas Condilis, that ensured that the lineup consisted of large, blockhead, value-engineered towers one after another.

By 2010, there was one undeveloped land left. It’s a two-block block just north of West 59th Street, and both the real estate company Extel and Amanda Baden, who was planning at the time, decided to make it a showcase.With the approval of the burden, Extel hired Pritzker Prize-winning Christian de Portzamparc (an elegant prism architect). LVMH tower With East 57th Street Awesomely flashy super tall One57), Imagine a cluster of tilted, split, and protruding quartz-like glass towers in the best deconstructive way. When the city approved the project, it changed hands again. But this time, executive architect Hill West provided continuity and the design principles were meticulously incorporated into the zoning rules. The new developer, GID, invited three separate marquee companies (Richard Meier Associates, Rafael Vinory Architects and Kohn Pedersen Fox) to implement the Doporzan Parc concept. The results aren’t graceful, but surprisingly satisfying, as the project’s exquisite corpse has also been completed.

New York has some notable examples of near-homogeneous, master-planned campuses with individual buildings designed by various architects, including the United Nations, Lincoln Center, World Trade Center, and Hudson Yards. Rarely, one writer’s vision imposes such fine-grained details on other architects with dramatically different sensibilities. Waterline Square Descartes regularity Also Bulb-shaped monolith (Vinooli), Dry white modernism (Meyer), and Corporate skyline branding (KPF). The result is a set of faithful attempts at strangeness, a collage of late deconstructionism by companies that have never fully embraced style.

Its all architecture helps to package Waterline Square as an anti-Riverside South. A heavy, predictable, stable, aggressive, fragmented crystal with a condyl parade. But perhaps the aesthetic trap of the building is the least important. For residents, the true premium center of development (except for river views) is the Waterline Club, an oversized underground ant farm for leisure.

Once a restless aristocrat with his own pool, pool table and ballroom, he played full-court basketball games, light climbs, recorded albums, doubles, dogs, Restaurant dining, bowling, or practice From rock to fakie With a half pipe. Here, it all happens under the road of a leisure complex that connects three residential buildings. If you live in one of them (and pay an additional membership fee), this wonder through a suspension bridge-ramp-staircase combo that looks like it’s floating in a space twice as high as an architectural hologram. You can access the world. Trust the Rockwell Group to turn a short trip to the treadmill into a gala-worthy entrance.

In the underground equipment of the Waterline Club. Evan Joseph.

In the underground equipment of the Waterline Club. Evan Joseph.

The club roof doubles as a well-kept small park, as open and attractive as the amenity cave is exclusive. Designed by Matthews Nielsen Landscape Architect, The company that shaped the main mass of the New York waterfront, this is the actual square of Waterline Square. Once a clever collection of lawns, paths, streams, playgrounds, performance stages and fountains (with Cipriani along one side), the open space is the happiest part of the complex. It feels like. It is a self-contained yet compelling public, not only surrounded by buildings, but also facing the river, balanced yet asymmetric. West60th Street is a dead end with a fountain. There are two sidewalks that branch off to Riverside Park South at the top of the cliff, or down the cliff to Hudson River Park under the freeway. Privately owned public spaces, which occupy an increasingly large share of New York’s open areas, often serve as functional entrance halls to indoor rentable square feet. Here, landscaping encourages you to go through and continue to the sunset. The rugged crystal mound of architecture acts as a frame for the really important part. That is the last twist. Finally, at least some West Siders outperformed the compromises negotiated by their ancestors.

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