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Final Design for NYC AIDS Memorial Unveiled: RENDERING

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The New York City AIDS Memorial's Board of Directors unveiled new renderings for the final design of the memorial at a press conference Wednesday night.

Said organizers via press release:

The effort to build the memorial, which started in 2011 as a grass-roots advocacy campaign led by two young men, Christopher Tepper and Paul Kelterborn, will feature an 18-foot steel canopy as the dramatic gateway to the new St. Vincent's Hospital Park at the intersection of West 12th Street and Greenwich Avenue in the West Village neighborhood. The memorial also will feature a central granite fountain, granite benches and a granite paving surface carved with educational and commemorative text. The text will be curated by a team of historians, artists, community members and activists led by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner.

"The goal of the capital campaign is $4 million, with donations from both the private and public sectors," said Keith Fox, President, NYC AIDS Memorial Board of Directors. "To date we have already received $975,000 in private commitments needed to fund the design and construction of the new memorial."

The private funding has come from generous gifts across the LGBT and AIDS communities, including an important lead gift of $250,000 from the Arcus Foundation, and a $105,000 grant from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The NYC AIDS Memorial organization, which is responsible for raising funds for the design and construction of the memorial, is also seeking funding to provide for the memorial's ongoing maintenance and public programming. The objective is to utilize the site to teach current and future generations about the history of the AIDS crisis and the ongoing struggle to defeat the disease.

The memorial will be constructed by the Rudin-Ofer Development Team alongside a new park that is part of the redevelopment of the former hospital complex. "We are proud to work with the New York City AIDS Memorial organization to deliver a beautiful new park to the neighborhood and a fitting tribute to the important role St. Vincent's and the local community played in the fight against HIV/AIDS," said Eric Rudin, President of Rudin Management.

The New York City AIDS Memorial's official site is HERE and can be found on Facebook HERE.


World Trade Center Spire Anchored in Place: VIDEO

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One World Trade Center is nearing its completion. Watch as they anchor the first piece of the spire that will make it the tallest building in the western hemisphere.

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Spire of World Trade Center Arrives in Manhattan by Barge: PHOTO

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They can finally finish it!

The Empire State Building is Now a Disco Stick: VIDEO

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Last night, the Empire State Building put on its first show with its new LED lighting system. It was coordinated with a live performance by Alicia Keys of “Girl on Fire” and “Empire State of Mind" which was simulcast on Clear Channel radio stations across the city such as Z100, 103.5 KTU and 106.7 Lite FM beginning at 9 pm.

Mashable writes:

The new system has lighting capabilities from more than 16 million colors, along with effects such as ripples, cross-fades, sparkles, chasers, sweeps, strobes and bursts. The LED system also allows for more control and lighting management.

The Empire State Building previously used its new LED Lights on Election Night, allowing New Yorkers to see incoming state and electoral vote results. The mast was highlighted in blue and red to show the two sides that represent President Obama and Gov. Romney’s electoral vote totals, while data from CNN was displayed on its LED-illuminated “meter,” which will be positioned at the spire of the building.

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Inside NYC's New Tallest Residential Tower: VIDEO

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The NYT goes to the top of One57, a 1,004 foot tower that will be Manhattan's tallest residential building with a duplex that recently sold for $95 million:

“The scale of wealth in this building is just unheard of,” said Jonathan J. Miller, president of Miller Samuel, a property appraiser. “Despite all the problems economically, you are seeing these people invest in real estate unlike in any period that has ever happened.”

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