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Old December 3rd, 2012, 11:04 PM   #61
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A couple of pilling machines and back hoes on site this afternoon. Photo is mine.

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Old December 3rd, 2012, 11:07 PM   #62
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Another landmark for NYC!
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Old December 4th, 2012, 01:10 AM   #63
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Actually I like this building, strange, but cool.
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Old December 4th, 2012, 07:02 AM   #64
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Woah! When did this become UC? Great to see this activity but is it actually the pyramid that gets built? I recall hearing that a school would be built instead.
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 04:22 PM   #65
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http://observer.com/2012/12/big-news...id-apartments/

BIG News: Planning Commission Approves Durst’s 57th Street Pyramid Apartments

By Matt Chaban NY Observer

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Yesterday, Ms. Burden got to put her official stamp on the project, when she and the rest of the City Planning Commission approved Durst/Fetner’s BIG pyramid. It was the second-to-last step in the arduous months-long public review process, in many ways made all the easier by a dynamic design that has made this arguably the most unusual apartment building in the city.

“Our approval will facilitate development of a significant new building with a distinctive pyramid-like shaped design and thoughtful site plan that integrates the full block site into the evolving residential, institutional, and commercial neighborhood surrounding it,” Ms. Burden said before voting in favor of the project.

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Currently, those units will only be eligible for less well-off families for 35 years. The community board desperately wants permanent affordability, but Durst/Fetner insists it cannot agree to such an arrangement because they do not own the land. The developers themselves are leasing it from a family that has owned the land for more than a century, and is now comprised of some 100 trustees Durst/Fetner must negotiate with about extending the affordability window.

But local Councilwoman Gail Brewer has insisted the developers had better get negotiating, because she is willing to torpedo the project at the City Council—the final step in the public review process, where Ms. Brewer will have almost total say over the project—if her constituents do not get what they want.
Does this council member really have the power to derail this project? She only has one vote out of 51 members.
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 10:39 PM   #66
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Does this council member really have the power to derail this project? She only has one vote out of 51 members.

She might if she can forge alliances with enough others who are unhappy with the transformation of NYC under Bloomberg into a high end preserve of the very wealthy. The fact that Bloomberg is a lame duck Mayor means he has less pull with the council on significant projects like this. It's a potent threat but surmountable...
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 11:57 PM   #67
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Singular and cool project!!
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Old January 16th, 2013, 06:35 AM   #68
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Archpaper has released some nice renders of the Bjarke Ingels Pyramid going up on far West 57th St:











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Old January 16th, 2013, 06:59 AM   #69
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Any updates on this project? The status says UC, any pics of construction?
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Old January 16th, 2013, 07:14 AM   #70
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Any updates on this project? The status says UC, any pics of construction?
Work began on a portion of the project that could be built as of right. Since then, things have slowed as Durst awaited full approval for the pyramid by the city council. Usually they approve projects that make it as far as the council but Community Board 4 has major issues with the plan. The first hearing will be January 17 with final approval (barring revisions) a few weeks later. If/when that happens in February, construction should get into full gear.
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Old January 17th, 2013, 06:54 AM   #71
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Makes sense now, thanks for the info desertpunk. Hopefully this project will kick into high gear soon.
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Old January 17th, 2013, 06:27 PM   #72
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Indeed, I guess this will need some weird formworks. Interesting project to follow.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 12:31 AM   #73
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I didn't know that Ricky Martin had moved into an architect...

More seriously, this project is great!
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Old January 18th, 2013, 01:00 AM   #74
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Councilwoman Brewer Lays Out BIG Demands for Durst’s 57th Street Pyramid



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Tomorrow, Durst/Fetner will go before the Zoning and Franchise Subcommittee of the City Council, one of the final stops in the months-long public approval process for the developer’s angular apartment building at the western edge of 57th Street. Councilwoman Gale Brewer has sent a letter to the developer outlining her demands ahead of the hearing. They largely follow concerns she has had from the start, namely the affordability of the project, community space and an enticing streetscape for the project.

The development, designed by Danish wunderkind Bjarke Ingels and his firm BIG, has drawn international attention for its unusual design, but lingering issues continue to anger the community, including Ms. Brewer. Last month, the project was approved by the City Planning Commission after some minor modifications.

The biggest remaining issue is clearly permanent affordability for the 20 percent of the project’s 753 units that are to be set aside for low- and moderate-income residents. “It has been my strong preference that affordable units be designated as permanently affordable,” Ms. Brewer writes. “Without permanently affordable units, the city would not be able to maintain its mixed-income residential character.”
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 08:44 AM   #75
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one more hurdle...

Land Use Committee gives nod to Durst Fetner’s West 57th Street project



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The City Council’s Land Use Committee approved Durst Fetner Residential’s development at 625 West 57th Street, a 32-story, 753-unit pyramid-shaped development in Hell’s Kitchen near the Hudson River, Crain’s reported.

The approval, in the wake of a dispute over affordable housing, came following an eleventh-hour concession by the developer to pay $1 million toward a city-administered fund that will help create more affordable housing in the neighborhood. The dispute had delayed the approval vote to Thursday, as Councilmember Gale Brewer felt that Durst Fetner should offer permanent affordability in the building, rather than the 35 years it had proposed.

“It’s always a tough negotiation, but I’m glad we have some affordable housing,” Brewer told Crain’s on Thursday. “And I do like the building, the pyramid.” Speaking of the fund, Brewer said that it would be used for other projects in the area that would “compliment what we are already getting from the Dursts. In all of these large-scale developments, affordable housing is always a challenge.”

“We are very pleased by the Land Use Committee’s unanimous support for the project and we look forward to the full Council’s vote next week,” added Jordan Barowitz, a spokesman for Durst Fetner.

The developer will also convert a self-storage property on the corner of West 58th Street and 11th Avenue into a complex of 100 apartment units, 20 percent of them affordable.
With this affordable housing agreement, full Council approval should come...
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 10:06 PM   #76
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I'm a bit out of the loop on this one but things look promising. I love this design. Love it.
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 10:56 PM   #77
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Just praying it'll look as awesome like the renders...

Cause the 'similair' 770 11th Avenue (Clinton Park) had great renders but turned out horrific.
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Old February 4th, 2013, 05:37 AM   #78
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Well, at least is something different.

But, come on, could be better designed (in my oppinion, of course)...
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Old February 4th, 2013, 03:55 PM   #79
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I think there is nothing wrong with the design, I just have to see how similiar the building will be in real life compared to the renders. But it will offer some great angles for pics.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 11:37 PM   #80
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Fully Approved!

At last!

Durst-fetner Pyramis Wins Final Approval

City Council gives the green light to Durst Fetner Residential's plans for a 32-story, 750-apartment residential building. Total of 173 affordable units will be added in the area.



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One of the most unusual apartment towers slated to rise in the city in years unanimously won the final approval of the City Council on Wednesday. Durst Fetner Residential's unusual apartment pyramid on West 57th Street won approval following an eleventh-hour deal reached last week settling a dispute over affordable housing at the project.

"The good news, which is the matra of my office and community board No. 4, is there will be, yes, by law, 35 years of income-restricted affordable housing," said City Councilwoman Gail Brewer, who represents the area.

The project, stretching the entire block between 11th Avenue and the Hudson River, will include 750 rental apartments in the ski-slope-shaped, 32-story tower designed by Danish architect, Bjarke Ingels, as well as a former industrial building with 100 additional units that will be converted into housing. This will create 173 new affordable housing units in the neighborhood. Ms. Brewer and the community board had been frustrated that the units were only affordable for 35 years, but to sell them on the project, Durst Fetner agreed to contribute $1 million into an affordable housing fund.

"We are thrilled with today's vote and are grateful to the City Council and especially Councilmember Brewer," said a Durst spokesman."Today's approval will pave the way for one of the most exciting and innovative designs to hit New York's skyline in a generation."

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