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Signe Nielson, the landscape architect on the project, said Riverside Center would serve as "an exclamation point" to the rest of the Riverside South complex.
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A plan of the project shows how it will restore part of the street grid while including a 1.5-acre park beyond. The entire project includes 3.2 acres of open space.
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Christian de Portamparc said the reintroduction of 60th Street improves the projects scale, which he referred to as "small, medium, tall."
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To create a visual continuity with the street, a water feature will run through the middle of the park. In the winter, it could serve as a skating rink.
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The Riverside South Planning Corporation prefers building north of 60th Street and creating the park to its south.
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Part of the rationale for the north-south approach is that it gives the adjacent McKim, Mead & White-designed IRT powerstation on the south side of 59th Street.
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The Coalition for a Livable West Side looks to Gramercy Park for a model. By wrapping 60th Street around the park, the complex becomes most pedestrian friendly. It also allows for the construction of the park first, around which the towers can rise.
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Paul Wellen, who helped design the original Riverside South plan in the 1980s, argued that radical approaches would never succeed with the developer, so he simply proposed removing one of the towers, helping to open up the project to the surroundings and the IRT station