In the News: Remodeling the New York Academy of Art

••• Artist James Rosenquist, who lived on Chambers, has died. —New York magazine

••• The New York Times profiles the condo conversion at 49 Chambers. Of note: “Although the exterior of the building is eye-catching, with large sculpted swags, wreaths and human figures, the 15,000-square-foot former bank lobby is equally impressive. Most of the lobby’s ornate decorations, which include several large stained glass ceiling panels, have been restored. […] The bank lobby, along with a subbasement that is street level with Reade Street at the rear of the building, will likely be leased to a commercial tenant, perhaps a dining or social club, the developer’s spokesman said. The condo’s entrance will be on the eastern end of the building facing Chambers Street.”

••• “FDNY quietly issues tougher anti-hazing policy after abuse claims,” including ones at the Ladder 1/Engine 7 firehouse on Duane. —New York Post

••• Another review of Augustine. —The New Yorker

••• “Work begins next month on the TRA Studio-designed restoration of the façade of the New York Academy of Art, located at 111 Franklin Street in the Tribeca Historic District. Upon completion, the five-story, 42,000-square-foot building will have a welcoming storefront infill that visually connects the circa 1861 structure to the neighborhood. While previously the school’s presence was minimally advertised by a flag, the name of the school will now appear prominently placed above new front doors. A stepped, 75-foot-long platform runs the length of the building inviting passersby to take a closer look at the sculptures encased in glass niches, interspersed by a series of columns, and the exhibit hall beyond. Though approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 2014, the façade restoration sat waiting for funding for years. […] In 2010, a master plan initiated an additional phased construction schedule. Over the years, the plan has included several new galleries, classrooms, a lounge, library, computer lab, anatomy room, new studios, a kiln room, spray-booth, workshops, restrooms, a new mezzanine and staircase, offices, a meeting room, and new MEP systems, including a fresh air circulation system. Following the façade’s completion, the next and final phase proposes a roof addition composed of zinc ribbons, sliced and pleated to create skylights that will illuminate a 7,000-square-foot, column-free space below.” —AIA New York Center for Architecture