New Rochelle Breaks Ground on $4M Transformation of Downtown Plaza

Construction has begun on a $4M transformation of Anderson Plaza and Anderson Street in downtown New Rochelle that is expected to be a bellwether for the city’s continued evolution as an inclusive, forward-thinking walkable city.

Fast Company profiles The Battery PlayScape’s combination of resilience, ecology, and play.

The Battery Playscape was officially unveiled with a ribbon cutting on December 16th, 2021. Guided by the premise that an early appreciation for ecological diversity fosters environmental consciousness in adulthood, the Playscape creates an immersive play experience for children and their caretakers to play and learn together.

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Real Estate Weekly6sqft and Archinect report on Arverne East, an upcoming project that will revitalize a vacant 116-acre oceanfront site in the Arverne and Edgemere neighborhoods in Queens’ Rockaway Peninsula. Upon completion, Arverne East will be one of the most sustainable developments in the country and NYC’s first net-zero community. Starr Whitehouse is leading landscape design of the project’s first phase, a 35-acre nature preserve between Beach 44th Street and Beach 56th Place designed to restore and promote native ecology.

Patch highlights the Manhattan Greenway Harlem River’s future pedestrian ramp to the RFK Bridge, which will enable New Yorkers to travel directly between the East Harlem waterfront and the many recreational opportunities of Randalls and Wards islands.

“A truly inclusive public process is premised on bringing together multiple constituencies who don’t necessarily agree on everything, and working to unite them around a common, tangible goal and shared vision.” Architizer’s Hannah Feniak uses Marsha P Johnson State Park as a case study to argue that inclusive, stakeholder-driven design makes for a smoother, more efficient design process that generates public support and saves the client team costly resources.

Madame Architect’s Julia Gamolina interviews the female-led team behind Ray and the National Black Theatre’s new residential and cultural complex on 5th Avenue and 125th Street.

TimeOut New York features renderings of the redesigned Marsha P Johnson State Park.

The Brooklyn Paper shares renderings and community feedback for the redesigned Marsha P Johnson State Park!

Starr Whitehouse’s 2021 Spring Newsletter introduces our new office in Hudson, NY! As work-from-home and telecommuting decentralize the workplace, the Hudson studio is helping communities prepare for an economy that is simultaneously more local and connected—expanding infrastructure, restoring historic centers, improving access and public safety, and curating the public realm.