As part of New York City’s larger Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (or SPURA) project, Manhattan’s Lower East Side will be getting quite the makeover, replacing mostly parking lots with a series of buildings that will include an Andy Warhol Museum. The site was designed by SHoP Architects and Beyer Blinder Belle and it will also include roof-top urban gardens, 1,000 units of new housing, plenty of retail space, and the eventual public school among the 1.65 million-square foot space. Plenty of other community space will also be included, but the piece that will draw the most attention from visitors will be the inclusion of the first official Warhol Museum outside of his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. Despite the casual announcement by the New York City Mayor’s Office, you know this is big news. Look for the entire project to be completed by 2018.
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