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Old September 9th, 2013, 08:57 PM   #2641
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I think they managed to place #6b at the other side too...
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Old September 9th, 2013, 10:07 PM   #2642
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(...isn't it actually #5 SE? Maybe I'm wrong...)

I think they managed to place #6b at the other side too...
As far as I can see they have 6+5 at W and 5+4 at E installed
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Old September 10th, 2013, 03:34 AM   #2643
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Westfield in Frenzy landing WTC shops
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World Trade Center shopping-mall owner Westfield Group is furiously chasing Brookfield Properties in the race to be the king of downtown retail.

Westfield, which controls all the retail space at the WTC, has already lined up retailers for 90 percent of the first sites to come on line — about 360,000 square feet at the 16-acre site, including in the Transportation Hub Oculus and in the lower levels of Larry Silverstein’s office towers two and three, sources said.

Westfield is said to have signed a lease with Victoria’s Secret — and is said to be close to deals with dozens of retailers, including Apple, J. Lindberg, Tory Burch, Theory, Michael Kors, Swatch and Abercrombie & Fitch, as well as several glamorous international brands.
Asking rents are in the $500-to-$600 a square foot range.

Meanwhile, Brookfield, which relaunched the World Financial Center a short stroll west of the WTC as Brookfield Place, has already lured a batch of high-end boutiques including Hermes, Burberry and Salvatore Ferragamo, as Lois Weiss first reported.

Westfield is paying the Port Authority $612 million for a long-term controlling interest in a joint venture for the WTC’s retail. New York dealmakers irked that Westfield handles leasing in-house rather than use outside brokers were nonetheless impressed with its prowess.

Despite skepticism about designers and mass-marketers taking the plunge into untested waters at the WTC, one broker noted, “Westfield has extraordinary leverage over stores which are already tenants in their malls around the US and the world.

“The implied message is, ‘If you want to be at Malls X, Y and Z in the future, we need you at the World Trade Center,” the broker said. “It’s the way mall-owner leasing works.”
Another downtown dealmaker said, “Not all the Trade Center space is in the same demand, but the Oculus is on fire.”

Australia-based Westfield is one of the world’s largest shopping-mall developers, with over 100 centers generating more than $1.1 billion in annual sales. “You’ve never seen a leasing machine like Westfield,” said one retail sage.

But in the short run, Brookfield has stolen Westfield’s thunder.
It had a head start because its 200,000 square feet of shopping and eating space will be ready starting in 2014. The first of Westfield’s eventual 460,000 square feet won’t be open until 2015, or later.

In addition to the boutiques, it’s also signed a big Equinox Fitness club and operators for a 25,000 square-foot gourmet food marketplace and for a 35,000 square-foot dining terrace.
CBRE regional CEO Mary Ann Tighe said FiDi’s swelling ranks of high-income residents guarantees success at both the Westfield and Brookfield projects.

“Think about this simple equation,” she said. “There are 899 new apartments at the Frank Gehry building [8 Spruce St.] and 800 more coming at the Rose Associates conversion of 70 Pine St., plus all the new hotels.

“Where will they all shop? Retail in the area is still very poor.”

Douglas Elliman retail chief Faith Hope Consolo also said there was enough business to go around for both projects. She wasn’t surprised at Westfield’s full-court press. “They want to make sure Brookfield doesn’t eat their lunch,” she said.=
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Old September 10th, 2013, 03:38 AM   #2644
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(...isn't it actually #5 SE? Maybe I'm wrong...)

I think they managed to place #6b at the other side too...
It appeares that you were right



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Old September 10th, 2013, 03:43 AM   #2645
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Old September 10th, 2013, 05:02 AM   #2646
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Anyone know Citibike's plans for the WTC area? Have they been in talks with the Port Authority about docking station locations? I think there are something like 118 bike docks around Grand Central Station, and the Transit Hub area will need a similar number of docking stations I think ...
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Old September 10th, 2013, 04:37 PM   #2647
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Old September 10th, 2013, 04:38 PM   #2648
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Old September 11th, 2013, 02:45 AM   #2649
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Old September 11th, 2013, 03:31 PM   #2650
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west entrance

Did anyone notice they installed the half cone over the west entrance? Looks like the cone of silence.
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Did anyone notice they installed the half cone over the west entrance? Looks like the cone of silence.
Right! And it's kind of interesting how they assembled the three parts of the half cone... We'll definitely have a nice angle to watch that happening at the east side, the earthcam gives us a really nice view... Let's see!
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Old September 12th, 2013, 07:49 AM   #2653
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They were still welding at 10 PM on 9/11 (Yesterday).
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WTC Transit Hub 9 11 13 by towerpower123, on Flickr[/IMG]

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WTC Transit Hub 9 11 13 by towerpower123, on Flickr[/IMG]

It is currently looking more like the Chitauri (alien) battleships from the Avengers movie than a bird, but it still looks spectacular!
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Old September 12th, 2013, 06:56 PM   #2655
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I keep watching the slow progress and complexity of this building and keep thinking to myself why? It's very needed to provide transportation to and from the complex and downtown Manhattan but why does it need to be this fancy and expensive? Wouldn't the area and New York in general be better off if the money had been spent building WTC 2 instead?

Maybe I'm being a little too conservative but it seems like having more usable office space would have drawn more people and businesses to the area!
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I keep watching the slow progress and complexity of this building and keep thinking to myself why? It's very needed to provide transportation to and from the complex and downtown Manhattan but why does it need to be this fancy and expensive? Wouldn't the area and New York in general be better off if the money had been spent building WTC 2 instead?

Maybe I'm being a little too conservative but it seems like having more usable office space would have drawn more people and businesses to the area!
Not when you think about the center as a hub (it will be connected to the WFC and Fulton Center, right?). It may not be office space, but is going to make a handsome profit in terms of commercial space.
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Old September 12th, 2013, 07:10 PM   #2657
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Wouldn't the area and New York in general be better off if the money had been spent building WTC 2 instead?
Agreed, but PA is not going to give that $$ to Silverstein so he can build his trophy tower.
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Old September 12th, 2013, 07:54 PM   #2658
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They probably install the half cone on the eastern side in the near future, the eastern crane just lifted one of the three subpieces from the center of the oculus close to the location where it will be needed..

Also good to see so many new upper portals arriving, hopefully they increase their speed after having gained some practice.
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Old September 12th, 2013, 08:21 PM   #2659
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Not when you think about the center as a hub (it will be connected to the WFC and Fulton Center, right?). It may not be office space, but is going to make a handsome profit in terms of commercial space.
The commercial space would still be there anyway because it's all in the subterranean portions of the transportation center. The part I'm referring to is the entire above grade level of the structure that is extremely complex and expensive to construct. It's space that is totally useless except for something to look at. Maybe it would have served everyone better if it was left of a large expanse of open space with trees etc. like the memorial area.
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I keep watching the slow progress and complexity of this building and keep thinking to myself why? It's very needed to provide transportation to and from the complex and downtown Manhattan but why does it need to be this fancy and expensive? Wouldn't the area and New York in general be better off if the money had been spent building WTC 2 instead?

Maybe I'm being a little too conservative but it seems like having more usable office space would have drawn more people and businesses to the area!
WTC 2 needs a robust transportation hub to be built to service it, and not building the Transit Hall wouldn't have any bearing on Silverstein finding tenants for WTC 2.

The Hub is a Port Authority primary project and a VERY secondary Silverstein project.
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