There's a long list of new large scale buildings in Manhattan that have skewed the focus of architecture critiques and design reviews of the city towards grand projects. But New York Magazine recently uncovered several small city projects tucked away in the outerboroughs that are examples of good architectural solutions meeting challenging community and city service building projects.

There’s a long list of new large scale buildings in Manhattan that have skewed the focus of architecture critiques and design reviews of the city towards grand projects. But New York Magazine recently uncovered several small city projects tucked away in the outer boroughs that are examples of good architectural solutions meeting challenging community and city service building projects. For decades, the city’s building program demanded quick, cheap, and ugly brick boxes. These examples represent the beginning of a shift towards creating city building with a high degree of functionality and beauty.

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