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Sneak Peek: Check Out Construction Progress At The New Whitney

Museum Set To Open In 2015
Inside the new Whitney Museum of American Art (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

Inside the new Whitney Museum of American Art (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - The High Line’s newest tenant will be an existing New York art institution, and it will open in just a couple of years.

WCBS 880 reporter Marla Diamond got a tour of the site that will be the new home of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The museum’s ground floor will feature galleries and a Danny Meyer restaurant.

But riding the construction elevator to the top floor affords a gorgeous panoramic view of Lower Manhattan.

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“There are a lot of windows. The whole eighth floor is all skylit space. There are 14,000 square feet of outdoor galleries so that, in good weather, people can wander over the outside of the building,” Whitney director Adam Weinberg told Diamond.

Architect Renzo Piano’s design gives a suspended feel.

“The building flies. It doesn’t go down,” Piano said.

The site took on 30 feet of water during superstorm Sandy, forcing significant adjustments to the construction schedule. But it’s still slated to open in 2015.

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