Before and After: Queens Theater In The Park


The 1964 World’s Fair ushered in an era of progress, invention and excitement for the future. The fair deeply influenced popular culture and the aesthetics of everything from architecture and interior design to amusement parks and science fiction films. Four decades later, the fairgrounds stand as a modern relic.

We wanted to share an interior transformation recently completed on Queens Theater in the Park. PKSB Architects worked with DDC and Queens Theatre in the Park to revitalize the existing circular lobby. A circular-inspired carpet, designed by PKSB, evokes the geometry of the new lobby. PKSB’s interventions elevate the existing facility to match the quality of the recent Caples-Jefferson addition and restore the spirit of the original “Theaterama”, designed by venerated modernist architect, Philip Johnson.

Reservations at the TWA Hotel

The TWA Hotel inside Eero Saarinen's JFK Airport terminal is now open for reservations.

New York-based firms Lubrano Ciavarra Architects and Beyer Blinder Belle contributed to the vast renovation and extension to the structure. Inside, INC Architecture & Design designed the event spaces, while Stonehill Taylor designed the guestrooms.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), which operates JFK Airport, hotel owner-operator MCR and developer Morse were also involved in the efforts to revitalize the iconic landmarked building.

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PKSB Project Featured in New Landmarks Guidelines

LPC has released new guidelines for storefronts in historic districts. Featured on the guide’s front cover is PKSB’s restorative wood and glass storefront design at 373 Bleecker Street.


This is a helpful new resource for building owners and retail tenants who want to understand the agency’s rules and regulations. We encourage our clients to check it out!

Ranking of most active architects in special Soho/Noho district


PKSB Architects ranked number 6 with $11.9 million with 27 filings in 17 buildings.

Principal, Sherida Paulsen, a former Landmarks Preservation Commission chair, was the filing representative for all the applications the firm submitted.

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Before and After: Howard Street SoHo

We wanted to share another streetscape transformation recently completed on Howard Street in the SoHo Cast Iron District. PKSB designed a new historically inspired storefront for this notable James Renwick building. The entire cast iron and marble facade was cleaned and repainted and new wood windows were installed at the upper floors.

PKSB's Design Proposal for The Gateways of Chinatown

Gateways to Chinatown is a design competition organized by the NYC Department of Transportation, Chinatown Partnership and Van Alen Institute.

PKSB’s proposal explores the idea of a “gateway” as a threshold between two spaces. The design explores the form of a single wall and utilizes its double-sided nature to create a multifaceted lens through which the city can be viewed.

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The form is abstracted from traditional Chinese garden walls which include various openings called “leak windows.” Leak windows are intended to frame a specific view and are each unique in size, shape and patterning. In both the garden setting and in an urban setting, the objects beyond the window are constantly changing. In this sense, the openings become “living pictures” – ever-changing glimpses into the world beyond.

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The wall’s composition locates openings strategically to frame views to the natural and built environment. Carefully carved slots allow vegetation to grow through, over, and around the wall. In this sense, the wall, like the urban fabric, is constantly changing. Smaller openings in the wall can house digital screens that would be interactive and provide information and history on the immediate neighborhood.

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The major urban design move is the creation of an open plaza at the western end of the triangle where the current pavilion sits. The 5 gingko trees are relocated to the southern edge of the site within a planting strip directly opposite the storefronts on Walker Street. At the widest portion of the plaza, the existing pavilion is removed and replaced with a true pedestrian gathering space. In this location, we propose an interpretive map of the Chinatown/Little Italy area that would be cast into the concrete paving with selective lighting opportunities. The walking surface becomes interactive while maintaining an openness sufficient to accommodate larger groups of people. The key map will highlight the other “gateways” within the area and will provide wayfinding to each.

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The gateway wall is a folded steel plate structure which can be largely fabricated in smaller sections off-site. The metal plates would be finished in a high endurance coating with vibrant colors that reference the brightness and vitality found in the surrounding shop fronts.


Painted in contrasting colors on either side, the wall transforms depending on the visitor’s viewpoint. Each side provides a unique experience and perspective. Each opening in the wall provides a unique window into the past and present life of the site. The design reminds us that when varying ideas, beliefs, and backgrounds converge, the result can be beautiful and inspirin.

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2018 Young Architects Program Exhibition Opens at MoMA PS1 in New York

This year’s Winner of the MoMa and MoMa PS1’s annual Young Architects Program goes to Hide & Seek by Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers of Dream The Combine, in collaboration with Clayton Brinkley of Arup, will be on view in MoMa PS1’s courtyard from June 28 - September 3, 2018.

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Hunter’s Point South Park in Long Island City, NYC.

The second phase of Hunter’s Point South Park opened to the public this past week, creating 11 acres of continuous riverside parkland in Long Island City. Architects SWA/BALSLEY and WEISS/MANFREDI teamed up to design the new addition after working together in Phase I of the park back in 2013.

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Escher: The Exhibition & Experience in Brooklyn, NYC

Escher: The Exhibition & Experience, an exhibition of over 200 works by the iconic Dutch artist M.C. Esher, is showing at Brooklyn’s Industry City (34-34th Street, Building 6, Brooklyn) from June 8th, 2018 to February 3rd, 2019. The most important and largest exhibitions of M.C. Esher ever presented in the US.

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Spring Is In The Air with Six Giant Inflatable flowers

New York-based creative studio PLAYLAB, INC. is decking out the glass canyon of Sixth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan with a broad stroke of color in the form of giant, inflatable flowers. The public art installation is sponsored by the Avenue of the Americas Association.

GROWN UP FLOWERS consists of six different inflatable pieces, which PLAYLAB describes as “sitting, lounging, floating, standing tall or even bending down to greet passerbys” between 44th and 55th streets.

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The Shoreham Hotel

On West 55th Street, in the midst of New York City’s most prestigious clubs and fabled hotels, PKSB transformed turn-of-the-century residential bachelor apartments into a modern hotel. The firm updated antique design elements to give the historic hotel a contemporary feel. Simple gestures and unexpected materials provided the key to the design. Existing details such as mahogany balconies, marble floors, a cast-iron staircase, coffered ceilings, and decorative plasterwork in the lobby were uncovered and restored. Custom-designed furniture and fixtures provided a refined yet romantic appeal. New bookcases transform a lounge alcove into a library and gallery for etchings. In the morning, breakfast is served as a buffet in the lounge adjoining the entry lobby and, in the evening, the same room is converted into a space for piano and harp recitals.


The guest suites feature custom-designed furniture including sleigh beds fabricated from iron and wire mesh. Individually-designed, etched glass panels separate sitting rooms from the bedrooms. Polished, ebonized wood floors add elegance and a sense of spaciousness to the intimate suites.


The project was named “Best Hotel” in Interiors Magazine’s award program.


155 Mercer Street, New York, NY

1854 as a Fireman’s Hall for the City of New York’s Volunteer Fire Department

1854 as a Fireman’s Hall for the City of New York’s Volunteer Fire Department

The building is a free-standing structure with an ornate brownstone street façade located in the Soho-Cast Iron Historic District. 155 Mercer Street was constructed in 1854 as a Fireman’s Hall for the City of New York’s Volunteer Fire Department and subsequently was converted to a dance and performance space. PKSB has spearheaded the restoration of the historic street façade and conversion of the building to accommodate a new commercial use. PKSB was also retained as the architect for the building’s tenant, Dolce & Gabanna to execute the company’s flagship store scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2017.



Artsist Rendering of Proposed Design

Artsist Rendering of Proposed Design