This beloved NYC Beaux Arts masterpiece is about to get a $300 million renovation to increase efficiences of services, streamline its budget, centralize it operations, and open the upper floors not currently in use. But not everyone is thrilled with the Norman Foster design for the modernization of this treasure. We have updated this article to reference architectural critcs' reactions to the now unveiled concept. New York Times architecture critic, Michael Kimmelman, weighs in after having viewed the new drawings.

Everyone who visits New York City soon discovers a favorite building--one that invites you in and heightens your appreciation for how architecture shapes experiences. The city has a multitude of architecturally significant buildings in a wide range of styles.

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