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RKO KEITH’S – FLUSHING, NY

Via THS Founding Member Biff Buttler of NYC

Borough President Helen Marshall has officially lent her support to a developer’s $160 million plan to redevelop the crumbling RKO Keith’s Theatre in downtown Flushing. Marshall submitted a written recommendation March 14 stating she believes the city Board of Standards & Appeals should approve the proposal to transform the space into a 17-floor, mixed-use residential building. . . . .

Full story here:

http://www.yournabe.com/articles/2011/03/25/queens/qns_rko_keiths_advances_20110324.txt

qns_rko_keiths_advances_20110324.jpg
The neglected RKO Keith’s Theatre in Flushing
would be transformed into a 17-story mixed-use
residential building under a proposal by
developer Patrick Thompson. Rendering courtesy
Studio V Architecture

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  1. Gary Parks

    I’ve been watching this online from time to time. It seems to me that this curtain wall concept is going to destroy the ticket lobby and one side of the grand lobby in order to make the remaining side of the grand lobby visible. If this is the case, it’s a shame, because the ticket lobby is at least as well preserved as the grand lobby. I have to concede that the auditorium is in really sad shape, from what I’ve seen in recent photos, but I wish that some sense of the original theatre entrance could be kept, as well as keeping and restoring the entire ticket lobby and grand lobby–intact. My only comments on the high rise tower: Why must “Green” architecture so often mean “boring” as well? We are witnessing a Bauhaus revival worldwide, and the world is going to be a less splendid place because of it, in the long run.

  2. Gary Parks

    I’ve been watching this online from time to time. It seems to me that this curtain wall concept is going to destroy the ticket lobby and one side of the grand lobby in order to make the remaining side of the grand lobby visible. If this is the case, it’s a shame, because the ticket lobby is at least as well preserved as the grand lobby. I have to concede that the auditorium is in really sad shape, from what I’ve seen in recent photos, but I wish that some sense of the original theatre entrance could be kept, as well as keeping and restoring the entire ticket lobby and grand lobby–intact. My only comments on the high rise tower: Why must “Green” architecture so often mean “boring” as well? We are witnessing a Bauhaus revival worldwide, and the world is going to be a less splendid place because of it, in the long run.

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