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Old March 1st, 2011, 01:35 AM   #1
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NEW YORK | 51 Astor Place | 56m | 183ft | 13 fl | Com

Starbucks-Crushing Astor Place Office Building Will Open in 2013

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2011/0...en_in_2013.php

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If you build it, will they come? Developer Edward Minskoff sure hopes so. It turns out that new pedestrian plazas and preservationist-angering road realignments aren't the only major changes coming to Astor Place. Minskoff has once again told the Wall Street Journal that he's moving ahead with 51 Astor Place, the 13-story ribbed granite-and-glass office building that was supposed to replace Cooper Union's old engineering building (and a Starbucks!) before the credit crunch delayed those plans. The building has a flashy Fumihiko Maki design, but what it doesn't have is construction financing, or tenants. Minskoff isn't worried, though, despite speculative office towers not faring so well recently. In fact, he's already predicting who will be moving downtown come 2013.

Minskoff says the building will attract high-tech companies, investment banks, insurance and advertising firms. Though Astor Place seems like an odd location for a new office building, AOL and J. Crew already call the gateway to the East Village home. And Minskoff isn't the only developer eager to break ground on new cubicle farms. The Journal adds that other arrested developments might be making a comeback, including the Manhattan West twin towers near Hudson Yards and 250 West 55th Street in Hell's Kitchen, both designed by SOM. These zombies will add more fuel to the fire regarding construction's big comeback in NYC, at least when it comes to office buildings. Guess it's a working stiff's world, after all.


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Old March 1st, 2011, 01:44 AM   #2
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This area has some amazing groundscrapers, as does Chelsea.
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Old March 1st, 2011, 02:20 AM   #3
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Yes, especially if you go further down Bowery. This is a great addition to the area IMO.
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Old March 5th, 2011, 11:07 PM   #4
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Old March 6th, 2011, 12:37 AM   #5
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It just seems wrong for that location...

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Old March 6th, 2011, 02:11 AM   #6
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Well it's just "okay"
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Old March 8th, 2011, 12:08 AM   #7
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manhattan is really becoming a architecture playground. You guys should look at the area around the High Line. Amazing. I hope this area becomes like that too.
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Old March 8th, 2011, 01:32 AM   #8
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It already has
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Old August 8th, 2011, 09:23 PM   #9
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current job schedule shows steel starting to go up on 3/1/12
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Old January 6th, 2012, 05:44 PM   #10
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photo from last week showing demo of the existing building.

bit of work yet to to do before they can even start the new foundation.

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You guys should look at the area around the High Line. Amazing. I hope this area becomes like that too.
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Old March 27th, 2012, 02:29 AM   #12
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Old March 27th, 2012, 02:30 AM   #13
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current job schedule shows steel starting mid-late june
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Old March 27th, 2012, 02:49 AM   #14
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This one's moving fast.

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Old March 27th, 2012, 04:16 AM   #15
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they redesigned the foundation to theoretically save 6 weeks. who knows if that is for real.
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foundation progress - 5/25

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Great updates. Shared the photos on SSP, and credited you of course. But thanks for the updates.
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Wow that was a quick foundation excavation, these guys sure do like to get the job done and get out of there. This is the same company that did the Whitney museum excavation
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They did a redesign of the foundations to save six weeks. The outfit though, like you said, is dynamite. The Whitney is going to be a very intricate steel job, I hope we can get photos for that.

The concrete contractor has been moving at lightning pace to built the temporary platform (dancefloor) and lay down that cellar slab. It is very hard to perceive the depth from this camera, but the first photo shows the sub-cellar and the second photo shows the cellar level

Crane #1 was due to mobilize Saturday, however, that has now been pushed out due to that large Con Ed vault that you see on the far end of the foundation, on 4th avenue. That has to be poured, waterproofed, backfilled, and cured before the LR1200 is brought in.
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