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Old June 27th, 2012, 01:44 AM   #2141
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It's at the end of a runway BTW. Noisy place.
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Old June 27th, 2012, 04:40 AM   #2142
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Zuckerman And Boston properties Plans New Midtown Tower

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Mortimer Zuckerman said he’s been surprised by the high rents media and technology companies are paying for older office stock, and that his Boston Properties may try to cash in on the trend. Still, he’s got a second new office building in the works for Midtown, he said today on Bloomberg TV’s “Market Makers” (see video above).

Zuckerman regularly touts his company’s focus on “‘A’ buildings in ‘A’ locations.” When analyzing commercial real estate, Boston Properties’ goal is “always to imagine that it is possible that the economy doesn’t go up all the time,” he said.

But with technology and media companies expanding into older buildings, he hinted that his property firm might look to acquire real estate that attracts the new generation of high-tech workers. “These people aren’t interested in the conventionality of high-rise office buildings in financial districts,” he said.

However, he still views traditional financial and law tenants as the chief drivers of real estate, and considered their needs when building 250 West 55th Street. He said his company found there were 19 companies in upper Midtown whose leases of at least 200,000 square feet were expiring. He wanted to lure those companies, and said he’s found success — although would not confirm that Microsoft is a possible tenant — to the point that he’s on the verge of announcing more new Midtown office construction in the near future.
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Old June 27th, 2012, 04:40 AM   #2143
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Negotiations Underway For World's Largest Ferris Wheel On Staten Island



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A plan to boost tourism on Staten Island could result in the world’s largest Ferris Wheel next to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, the Staten Island Advance reported. The New York City Economic Development Corp. is currently in negotiations with developer Plaza Capital Group Management to build the 600-foot “observation wheel” it proposed last year. The EDC had put out a request for expressions of interest for multiple projects meant to develop 14 acres of city-owned waterfront property in the borough.
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Old June 27th, 2012, 03:54 PM   #2144
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New York City’s first Kahn Structure nears Completion

Nearly 40 years after Welfare Island was renamed to honor President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), the Four Freedoms Park is nearly complete. The four-acre park, located on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island in New York City, honors the 32nd U.S. President and the four essential freedoms he believed in. The legendary architect Louis I. Kahn , FAIA (1901-1974) was commissioned to design the memorial in the early seventies and completed the design right before his unfortunate death in 1974. As New York City approached bankruptcy, the project was put on hold until March 29, 2010. Now, many are anxiously anticipating the park’s grand opening that will take place this Fall.

During a period of urban renewal in the late 1960s, New York City Mayor John Lindsay proposed reinvent the beloved island, stating: “It has long seemed to us that an ideal place for a memorial to FDR would be on Welfare Island, which…could be easily renamed in his honor… It would face the sea he loved, the Atlantic he bridged, the Europe he helped to save, the United Nations he inspired.” Therefore, in 1973, Governor Nelson Rockefeller and Mayor Lindsay announced the appointment of the internationally acclaimed Louis Kahn as the memorial’s architect.

Kahn, an admirer of Roosevelt, credited his ability to support his family during the early years of his practice to FDR, as housing and community planning projects part of Roosevelt’s New Deal programs made up much of his commissions. Throughout the design process, Kahn would spend much of the review meetings in reminiscing about Roosevelt and his policies.

One aspect of the Roosevelt philosophy that seemed especially powerful to Kahn was FDR’s belief that all disputes could be solved with a peaceful discussion, similarly to a family sitting around the dinner table. Kahn interpreted this concept with the creation of the “Room” – a 72-foot square plaza framed on three sides by 6-foot x 6-foot x 12-foot high granite columns, which is meant for peaceful contemplation and serves as the park’s final destination.

Kahn emphasized the triangular shape of the site and employed a “forces perspectival parti” to draw and focus the visitor’s attention to the colossal bronze head of FDR, located at the threshold of the ‘Room’. As visitors walk along the gently sloping, granite-paved promenades lined by large shade trees and separated by a vast garden, their attention remains indirectly focused on that final destination space.

The bronze sculpture of FDR was created by the great American portrait sculpture, Jo Davidson, who modeled it during Roosevelt’s first term in 1933. It stands out from the white granite, allowing visitors to see it from a distance.

Engraved on the granite walls of the “Room” and throughout the site are notable quotes taken from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s eminent Four Freedoms speech in January 6, 1941, as FDR looked forward to a world founded on these four human freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

Additionally, a navel theme guides Kahn’s design as a tribute to FDR’s love and connection to the sea. The symmetrical design is based off a centerline, following the standard in navel architecture. The final scheme acts as a prow to the island’s “boat”, looking out towards the city and the waters of the North Atlantic Ocean.

Kahn finished the design before he unexpectedly died from a heart attack in New York’s Penn Station. However, the project was placed on hold as the Governor became Vice President of the United States and the City of New York approached bankruptcy.

Thankfully, due to the efforts of family members, architects and many others, construction of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park began on March 29, 2010 – 38 years after its announcement.

The first granite foundations stones were laid in September of 2010 and the “Room” began to take shape in September 2011. This April, a stainless steel capsule containing memorabilia relating to the country’s 32nd president was buried on site. Now, as finishing touches are being completed and the Four Freedoms Park will celebrate it’s grand opening in October of this year – 40 years after the project was first initiated.

This will be the first Kahn structure in New York.

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Old June 27th, 2012, 04:29 PM   #2145
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Old June 27th, 2012, 05:30 PM   #2146
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In some of those pictures, I see an old building without a roof and trees growing out of it. Anybody know what that is?
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Old June 28th, 2012, 12:12 AM   #2147
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$295m mixed-use scheme in stone and metal confirmed for Brooklyn Bridge Park

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday plans for a 10-storey luxury hotel and residential complex to be built on the Brooklyn waterfront as part of a planned development for Brooklyn Bridge Park. Designed by Rogers Marvel Architects the project was approved 19 June by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Board of Directors. But to move forward the development team must demonstrate that the project is financially self-sustaining and will pay for the future maintenance of the 85-acre park, estimated to cost upwards of $16m annually.

To be developed by Toll Brothers City Living and the Starwood, which were two of the three finalists for the $295m project, the 550,000 sq ft complex will include a 200-room luxury hotel and 160 condominium units adjacent to Pier 1. The proposed plan also calls for 32,000 sq ft of restaurant and banquet space, a 6,000 sq ft spa and fitness center, and 300 parking spaces. Three additional apartment buildings are also planned. Under development guidelines for the park, the hotel building and connecting residential building and the second residential building cannot be more than 55ft tall. Construction on the buildings will begin next summer with completion expected in 2015.

Detailed renderings of the complex envision what officials call ‘a stepped façade of stone and metal, sculpted to embrace the unparalleled views of the New York harbor and the park’. The ‘stepping’ strategy reduces the building bulk while maximising the views of the park and the New York Harbour. The buildings will be sustainably designed incorporating green roofs and green technologies and will be connected to the park by a series of pathways. “The project is expected to generate $119.7m in rent and payments as part of the 97-year ground lease,” said the New York Times.

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Old June 28th, 2012, 12:34 AM   #2148
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Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park / Cook + Fox Architects

Architects: Cook + Fox Architects, LLP
Location: New York, NY
Client: Bank of America at One Bryant Park, LLP, a joint venture between The Durst Organization and Bank of America
Completion: May 2010
Size: 2,100,000
SF Executive Architect: Adamson Associates Architects
Mechanical Engineer: Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Structural Engineer: Severud Associates

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Old June 28th, 2012, 08:27 PM   #2149
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Preparations for the opening of green-roofed affordable housing scheme in the Bronx

A new green affordable housing scheme in the Bronx, New York is set to open this year. Designed by Grimshaw Architects and Dattner Architects with Robert Silman Associates, the development comprises 222 apartment units arranged in three building formations.

The stepped blocks include a 20-storey tower, a 6- to 13-storey mid-rise duplex apartment block in the middle, and a series of 2- to 4-storey townhouses to the south. All three elements feature extensive green roofing and the complex as a whole has been designed to achieve LEED NC Gold Certification.

Shaun Donovan, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, commented: “The New Housing New York Legacy Project and Via Verde represents architects re-engaging in the design of affordable housing, the best practices for environmentally friendly design as well as the wider concept of sustainability through community meetings where stakeholder voices were heard and locally-driven planning efforts were used as a model.”

Incentives for a healthy way of life are integrated throughout this entire scheme. Stairwells are easily accessible and naturally lit to encourage regular use and open garden spaces and courtyards are dotted throughout the complex.

A spiralling ribbon of green spaces begins with a ground level courtyard and rises across the south-facing green roofs to a terrace on the very top floor. Throughout this channel, residents will find gardening facilities, amenities for fruit and vegetable cultivation, recreation spaces, and social gathering spots.

The green roofing also provides for storm water control and added insulation whilst PV panels are integrated into the pergolas and facades generate green energy for the building.

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Old June 28th, 2012, 09:10 PM   #2150
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one of my favourite threads here on SSC. this city impresses me everday again
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Old June 29th, 2012, 01:34 AM   #2151
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Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park / Cook + Fox Architects

Architects: Cook + Fox Architects, LLP
Location: New York, NY
Client: Bank of America at One Bryant Park, LLP, a joint venture between The Durst Organization and Bank of America
Completion: May 2010
Size: 2,100,000
SF Executive Architect: Adamson Associates Architects
Mechanical Engineer: Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Structural Engineer: Severud Associates

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Uuh.. why are you posting this?
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Old June 29th, 2012, 03:30 AM   #2152
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Uuh.. why are you posting this?
I enjoyed it, its a recent NYC project and a stunning skyscraper.
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Old June 29th, 2012, 05:43 AM   #2153
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Mystery project on 37th Street, I think its a hotel. At least it respects the street wall, but it looks like they forgot to design windows:

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Old June 29th, 2012, 05:55 AM   #2154
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Here's an update on a couple of Tribeca projects (I took these photos near my office):

New condos on Greenwich and Canal:
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Across the street is a recently completed project, which I think is a bit more successfully done:
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And a very recently completed condo at the corner of West Broadway and North Moore:
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There are at least four other projects of similar size proposed within this immediate area of Tribeca.

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Old June 29th, 2012, 06:23 AM   #2155
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Here are a sampling of those proposed Tribeca projects (providing a change from all the larger projects discussed on this site):

290 West Street Proposed (construction to start 12 to 18 months)

Source: Tribeca Citizen

15 Leonard Street Proposed (design recently denied by Landmarks Commission)

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11 North Moore Site Prep

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460 Washington Street Proposal (no renderings), up to 107 units

Source: Tribeca Citizen

137 Franklin Street Under Construction (old photo, cladding just began)

Source: Wired New York
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Old June 29th, 2012, 06:37 AM   #2156
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Mystery project going up on West End Avenue at 96th Street, sandwiched between some prewar buildings (no renderings):

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sbarn, thanks for the updates
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Columbia University reveals plans for daring new medical education tower

Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) today unveiled plans for a new state-of-the art medical and graduate education building to be built on its Washington Heights campus in Northern Manhattan. The new building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Gensler as executive architect, will be a 14-storey glass tower that incorporates smart classrooms, collaboration spaces, and a modern simulation center all reflecting how medicine will be taught, learned, and practiced in the 21st Century.

To be supported by a lead gift of $50m from P. Roy Vagelos, M.D., a distinguished alumnus of Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S), the building will be at once an important landmark on the skyline of Northern Manhattan - visible from the nearby George Washington Bridge and Riverside Park - a state-of-the-art medical education building and a project that will revitalize the CUMC campus and the surrounding neighborhood. In a press release announcing the project, Architect Elizabeth Diller referred to the building as ‘a social and academic anchor of the CUMC campus’ where ‘spaces for education and socializing are intertwined to encourage new forms of collaborative learning among students and faculty’.

Highlights of the building include a new auditorium and event areas with integrated technology, centralized student support services, student lounges and cafes, and multi-purpose outdoor spaces including a terrace with views of the Hudson River. The design centralizes all social and public spaces around a vertical stack at the south face of the building. This continuous space features a multi-storey glass façade that reveals the activities within whilst maximizing light and providing exceptional views to the south.

The interiors of the study cascade - a system of special alcoves for social interaction - are complemented by outdoor gathering spaces and terraces that are clad in cement panels, wood and other materials. In addition to being the principal design feature in the building, the transparent façade of the study cascade is intended to serve as a visual landmark at the northern limit of Columbia’s medical campus. The northern face of the building will house spaces for classrooms, clinical simulation, and administrative space. The building will be designed to meet LEED Gold standards.

Construction is expected to begin in 2013 with completion 42 months later.

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H3's transformation of an existing concrete building into a vibrant new cultural hub

The DiMenna Center adaptively reuses the lower half of a concrete, former Off-Broadway theater building as the City’s first rehearsal and recording facility designed for classical music. It also serves as the first permanent home for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the country’s premier chamber orchestra.

The 20,000-sq-ft Center sits nearby the Lincoln Tunnel and Port Authority Bus Terminal and below the Baryshnikov Arts Center’s dance studios and performance space. Addressing the varied needs of musicians, the Center includes Cary Hall (3,500 sq ft); Benzaquen Hall (1,700 sq ft); ensemble room; green room; practice rooms; learning and media studio; two lounges with restrooms and showers; café; music library; administrative and production offices; instrument storage and shared public lobby.

The design of the rehearsal spaces eliminates outside noise and delivers superior room acoustics that rival the City’s great concert halls. Each rehearsal room floats on neoprene pads and springs inside an acoustic isolation chamber anchored to an outer box of concrete. Articulated surfaces and wood floors create a warm, welcoming environment that blends and sustains sound.

Cary Hall features a series of wood slats with rounded edges and acoustically-calibrated spacing. Behind the slats is an acoustical shelf, highly-articulated masonry units, and a system of adjustable acoustical draperies. Soundproof skylights in Cary Hall bring diffuse daylight into the room - unprecedented in professional rehearsing and recording facilities. In Benzaquen Hall, an alternate treatment of wood slats and fabric-wrapped panels addresses the acoustical requirements of the smaller space.

Anticipating a LEED-CI Platinum rating, the project excels in a 23% increase in building envelope efficiency, a 32.7% reduction in water usage, an 81% efficient mechanical system, and recycling of 75% of construction waste, including donation of theater seats and elevators to non-profit organisations.

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Old June 29th, 2012, 08:02 PM   #2160
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State Of New York Paves way For $1 Billion Hallets Point Development In Astoria


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Hallets Point, a proposal by developer Lincoln Equities Group to build 2,300 residential units, a park and a supermarket along the East River in Astoria, got a boost from the state legislature recently, DNAinfo reported.

Last week, the legislature transferred the ownership of the land from the State Parks Department to the New York City Housing Authority, which will make it easier to rezone the area, DNAinfo said.

The $1 billion development calls for seven towers with 1,900 market-rate units and 400 units reserved for affordable housing.
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