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This Is What New York City Could Look Like In 2033

Architectural renderings allow us to peer into the future of our beloved city without a crystal ball. New York City has some big changes coming, and here are 17 future attractions that will transform the Big Apple as we know it.

By Kevin Short - Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com

1. The New Penn Station

This summer a multibillion dollar plan will finally get underway to brighten up the dank rail station and better accommodate the 600,000 people that pass through it each day. But it’ll be a while before the much-maligned space looks fresh and tidy. Madison Square Garden, which sits on top of the transit hub, renewed its permit to occupy the space earlier this year. But MSG’s previous 50-year permit was renewed for only 10, setting up a dispute between the City Council and MSG’s owners, who are facing mounting pressure to relocate.

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Courtesy of Joeshlabotnik via Flickr

Courtesy of Joeshlabotnik via Flickr

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 Photo ©  Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

Photo © Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

2. The New World Trade Center

The 1,776-foot Freedom Tower is slated for completion in early 2014, but construction on the surrounding skyscrapers, a performing arts center and a transportation hub are ongoing.

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 Photo © CBSI

Photo © CBSI

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 Photo © Silverstein Properties

Photo © Silverstein Properties

3. Hudson Yards

After more than a decade of controversy — including scrapped Olympic and Jets stadium plans — developers have crafted an ambitious plan to convert 26 acres of rail facilities into the largest private real estate development in city history. Hudson Yards is “a $15 billion 15-structure mini-city on Manhattan’s West Side that will create more office space than exists in Portland, Ore.,” according to the New York Daily News.

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Courtesy of Robbiesaurus via Flickr

Courtesy of Robbiesaurus via Flickr

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 Photo © Hudson Yards New York

Photo © Hudson Yards New York

4. 5 Pointz … Luxury Apartments?

Potentially the most legendary street art landmark in the world, Long Island City’s 5 Pointz is set to be torn down in favor of a luxury high-rise. This controversial plan has inflamed the NYC arts community (and anyone with a soul), and a legal battle is ongoing.

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 Photo © Getty

Photo © Getty

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 Photo © 5Pointz Plan

Photo © 5Pointz Plan

5. + POOL

“Like a giant strainer dropped in the river,” + POOL aspires to filter dirty East River water and create a 285,000 gallon floating swimming pool between Manhattan and Brooklyn. The team raised over $270,000 to build a prototype — a 35′ x 35′ float lab — and aims for the + POOL to open in the summer of 2016, although they admit that permitting and approvals may delay this futuristic project.

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Courtesy of PittCaleb via Flickr

Courtesy of PittCaleb via Flickr

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 Photo © PlusPool

Photo © PlusPool

6. MoMA Tower

This project was stalled by the recession, but has recently surged back into development thanks to a $1 billion financing package from Asian investors. Tower Verre, as it’s known, will house 145 luxury condos and provide 36,000 square feet of new gallery space for the Museum of Modern Art. It’s slated for completion in 2018 with an ultimate price tag of $1.3 billion.

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 Photo © Architect.co.uk

Photo © Architect.co.uk

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 Photo © Jean Nouvel

Photo © Jean Nouvel

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