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Old August 17th, 2010, 02:28 PM   #1
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Demolition of some of the small buildings on 57th Street is imminent. Presumably, something will start rising here in 2012.

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Old August 17th, 2010, 02:34 PM   #2
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Since this project was first conceived, it switched from very tall condo-hotel to stumpy office, then it stalled.

A condo-hotel is the only thing which would make sense currently.

Here's the initial story:


Drake Hotel on Park Avenue to be converted or redeveloped


20-JAN-06

Eastdil Realty has been retained by Host Marriott to sell the handsome, Swissôtel Drake Hotel at 440 Park Avenue.

The 495-room hotel was built in 1927 and designed by Emery Roth.

Various press reports indicated it may be sold for conversion to condominium apartments and one report by Brandon Keil in the January 17, 2006 edition of The New York Post, quoted a “source familiar with the proceedings” as stating that “The Drake will be demolished for a condo or mixed-use building of close to 70 floors.”

A mid-block addition to the hotel, which is on the northwest corner at 56th Street was erected in the 1960s.

It shares the Park Avenue blockfront with the handsome black office tower with arched windows at 450 Park Avenue. A spokesman at the hotel had “no comment” when asked about the reports and calls by CityRealty.com about the sale to executives at Eastdil Realty were not returned.

Mr. Keil’s article said that the sale also involves air rights from some properties on 57th Street between Madison and Park Avenues.

If the site were to be demolished, it is conceivable that a new tower utilizing air rights might become the tallest building on Park Avenue north of the MetLife Building at 45th Street.

Another very tall mixed-use tower has been designed by Sir Norman Foster for Aby Rosen nearby at 610 Lexington Avenue on the southwest corner at 53rd Street behind the Seagram Building at 375 Park Avenue.

The Drake has a polished red-granite one-story base beneath two limestone stories. Fauchon is the retail tenant on Park Avenue. The 21-story, beige-brick building and three setbacks and handsome three-story columns supporting large broken pediments on its avenue frontage at the top of its base and attractive façade decorations at its top. It has a large entrance marquee on the side street with sidewalk landscaping and a large lobby. In the early 1960’s, a nightclub and discotheque at the hotel, known as Shepheard’s, handsomely outfitted with Egyptian-style décor, became the city’s first major public disco.

In their brilliant book, “New York 1930, Architecture and Urbanism Between The Two World Wars,” (Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 1987), Robert A. M. Stern, Gregory Martin and Thomas Mellins noted that “the apartment hotels of the 1920s fell into three notable categories: those that really did mix transient and resident tenants, and which were usually quite luxurious; those comparable in character to the era’s typical side street apartment houses that catered to a sophisticated and more or less permanent tenantry, usually single people and childless couples, many of whom were actively pursuing business careers; and those aimed at the many young, unmarried white–collar workers who were moving into the city to pursue business and professional careers, and which offered minimal quality of accommodation. In the first category, the Park Lane, the Barclay, and the Drake on Park Avenue and the Dorset and the Lombardy in the west and east fifties were among the most elegant….Emery Roth made a specialty of apartment hotels. The 1927 Drake at 440 Park Avenue…was in the superluxury category, with suites as large as twenty-eight rooms, large enough to constitute what Good Furniture described as ‘a whole self-contained city house.’”

The hotel is not an official city landmark.

Recently hotels in prime locations have begun to be converted, in whole or in part, to condominium apartments. The Stanhope on Fifth Avenue and 81st Street and the Mark on East 77th Street and Madison Avenue, for example, are being fully converted, while the Plaza Hotel on Fifth Avenue at Central Park South and the St. Regis Hotel at 2 West 55th Street are being partially converted.


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Old August 29th, 2010, 12:17 PM   #3
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another new possible skyscraper for NY. man, it's getting hard to keep track!
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Old August 29th, 2010, 10:35 PM   #4
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This building will occupy the place of the now demolished Drake Hotel.Some other small,and quite pretty buildings were demolished as well.A big loss if you ask me.







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Old August 31st, 2010, 05:06 PM   #5
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If its not going to architecturally compete with what was previously on this ste then there is absolutely no reason to destroy those buildings
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Old August 31st, 2010, 10:54 PM   #6
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Please tell me that these buildings have not been torn down.
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Old August 31st, 2010, 11:13 PM   #7
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If these buildings must be torn down for this tower to go up, i am fully against it.
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Old August 31st, 2010, 11:49 PM   #8
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If these buildings must be torn down for this tower to go up, i am fully against it.
The Drake Hotel was already demolished 3 years ago.
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 02:36 PM   #9
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Never seen it so never missed it. Although I have to say that the Drake hotel looks pretty in those pictures. I consider it a loss too.
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 02:52 PM   #10
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What a shame... This has to become one pretty tower to compensate for the loss in historical atmosphere.
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 02:56 PM   #11
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Those demolished buildings look very London - btw Phobos, your signature should read - "Europe many countries, many nations.."
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 03:25 AM   #12
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The Drake Hotel was already demolished 3 years ago.
Jesus Christ! New York does an incredibly poor job at preservation! Still, i don't want to see those little buildings disappear either. Otherwise, go for a tower there. Doubt it will be better than the drake, but go ahead.
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Old September 4th, 2010, 04:12 PM   #13
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One of the charmes of NYC is the contrast of small buildings besides big ones. In many midtown locations this contrast is allready gone because there are only big building with big starbucks on the groundfloor. The city of NY should try harder to preserve some of those small buildings in areas dominated by big towers to keep important small city businesses alive! Otherwise big parts of midtown will become dull...
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Old September 6th, 2010, 02:23 PM   #14
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It's sad to see these buildings go. On this site could rise either a nearly 300m residential or a 200m office.

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Old September 6th, 2010, 02:42 PM   #15
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They could have been so easily incorporated into the new structure....

I am all for new development but new can be nicely blended with the old - then great value and respect are created. One goes both: higher and conceptually deeper.

It is such a shame that these beautiful townhouses were destroyed.
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Old September 6th, 2010, 02:43 PM   #16
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wow, too bad. those were gorgeous!
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Old September 7th, 2010, 03:05 AM   #17
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If it is to destroy these buildings and build something worthless, like a simple tower of 200 meters ... Not worth it ...
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Old September 8th, 2010, 04:37 PM   #18
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why ny government lets to destroy it's historical old town...as from Europe I don't understand that..in Eu.we try to save old town and in usa...it's no big deal to demolish beautiful old buildings...these building just needed alittle renovation and they would look great..
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It's a shame. In the US, there is very little respect for history.
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Old September 9th, 2010, 04:39 AM   #20
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What an absolute failure on the part of NY planning department. These facades can easily be incorporated into the new building.

Here's an example of Jameson House by Norman Foster which is currently under construction in my home city of Vancouver.

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