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Old November 27th, 2009, 07:01 AM   #1
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NEW YORK | 250 West 55th Street | 184m | 605ft | 40 fl | Com

MIDTOWN'S biggest development puzzle is a mystery no more.

The image at right shows the first rendering of the West Side's most buzzed-over, blogged-about new skyscraper - Boston Properties' 1 million square-foot office tower at Eighth Avenue between 54th and 55th streets, to be known as 250 W. 55th St.

The design by Skidmore Owings & Merrill's Chris Cooper has not been previously released. It calls for a glass curtain-wall tower of 39 stories, set back from the avenue atop a graciously proportioned base boasting a 57 foot-high, wraparound glass retail façade and 25,000 square feet of stores.

Excavation and demolition of smaller buildings on the site are underway and Boston says tenants will be able to move into its new project by January 2010.

Publicly traded Boston, led by Mort Zuckerman, finished assembling the site last year, and real estate circles have mused ever since over its plans for the once low-rise block.

Boston bought the land from developer Robert Gladstone, who previously acquired it from Hearst and from a local family for a total of around $200 million. In a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Boston pegged its total investment in the project at $910 million.

Law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has signed a lease for 220,000 square feet on its upper floors; a deal with law firm Proskauer, Rose for between 500,000 and 600,000 square feet is pending. CB Richard Ellis is the leasing agent.

To complete its assemblage, Boston is buying air rights from Broadway's Shubert Organization. Sources said that deal has received the blessing of the Department of City Planning, paving the way for the sale to go through and for construction to begin once the site is completely razed.

Eighth Avenue has now become an unlikely architectural showcase with recent completions of Sir Norman Foster's Hearst headquarters at 57th Street, Renzo Piano's New York Times Co. tower at 41st Street, and Arquitectonica's Westin Hotel at 43rd Street.

Meanwhile, Stephen Pozycki's SJP Properties' 40-story 11 Times Square, designed by FX Fowle, has begun to rise at the southeast corner of 42nd Street, and Jay Eisaenstadt is completing a 43-story condo at 47th Street designed by Ismael Leyva.

But until now, the Boston project remained shrouded in mystery as the company negoti ated simulta neously with the Shuberts, pro spective office tenants and a handful of resi dential tenants still living at the site.

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Probably three years before resuming construction

Boston Properties are legally required to bring it up to street level, and close it off, before pausing in construction. By the end of the year, they will be gone, and the sidewalks returned to the public.

They still have two-plus years of construction to go, but it's unlikely they'll begin again before 2012.
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Old November 27th, 2009, 08:56 AM   #2
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wtf is this $hit!! sigh!!!! looks like we going back in 60s

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Old November 27th, 2009, 03:54 PM   #3
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Old November 27th, 2009, 04:47 PM   #4
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wtf is this $hit!! sigh!!!! looks like we going back in 60s
yeah, what the heck!?

i hope this one will be redesigned drastically.

this has to be the most boring project in all of new york.
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Old November 27th, 2009, 04:53 PM   #5
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C'mon. Yes it's simple, but it's not so bad.
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Old November 27th, 2009, 05:01 PM   #6
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i beg to differ. i think the design is very simple yet elegan. it's a nice representation of SOM's signature design.
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Old November 27th, 2009, 07:00 PM   #7
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Classy and elegant, yet boring and a throwback to a time most would rather forget in architecture
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Old November 27th, 2009, 07:43 PM   #8
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This reminds me a lot of the Renaissance tower in Dallas before its renovation (in 1986)


http://forum.dallasmetropolis.com/showthread.php?t=4602

^ built in 1978

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Old November 27th, 2009, 10:59 PM   #9
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Boring and dated.Don't build it.
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Old November 29th, 2009, 08:48 PM   #10
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Wow. That's definitely a loss.
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Even Zuckerman can do better than that. If he wants a cheap but oddly tolerable design, he should give Kostas Kondylis a call.
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Old December 19th, 2009, 11:01 PM   #12
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I have to agree with all above.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 12:50 AM   #13
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Just because it's simple doesn't mean it's ugly. Has every hightrise today must be curvy and glassy?
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Old May 18th, 2010, 02:53 AM   #14
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OMG this building is so exciting (sarcasm)

This is probably what a lot of new yorkers are doing at the site of the lol
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Old May 18th, 2010, 04:10 AM   #15
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What are you all complaining about? Yes it's a little boring but it's not like it's ugly, plus, there needs to be glass boxes built to make the special buildings like BOA or Chrysler look good
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I don't know I think the overall massiveness look is getting to me
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now that's ugly !!
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It's almost painful to look at.
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Old January 17th, 2011, 07:33 PM   #20
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Boring box? so? it's just a filler...

Not like is a 1000ft eyesore that might ruin the skyline.

I always prefer a simple box, than a wierd shaped, overdone taky building.
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