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Old February 25th, 2014, 02:24 AM   #261
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You got that right Uaarkson... This tower is so sexy... And glamorous.. And sophisticated.. And gleaming with erotically subtle hints towards poetic.. Aw screw it.. Did I already say sexy?
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Old March 5th, 2014, 06:14 PM   #262
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Approved: 425 Park Avenue
http://newyorkyimby.com/2014/03/appr...rk-avenue.html

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All permits for construction at 425 Park Avenue have been approved, and work may begin shortly; the existing building is being partially demolished to make way for 42 stories of offices, designed by Norman Foster.
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The entirety of the redevelopment will encompass approximately 513,000 square feet, and the height to the highest occupied floor will be 905 feet.

That figure may not include the ‘fins’ atop Foster’s vision, given that Department of Buildings measurements do not include architectural flourishes; if 425 Park Avenue doesn’t break the 1,000-foot mark, it will certainly come close.
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Indeed, moving forward ahead of the general re-zoning will give L&L an edge over other developers, as 425 Park Avenue will rise several years prior to competing projects.

The lower quarter of the existing 425 Park Avenue must be preserved, so demolition may be more difficult than usual, but L&L’s project is expected to be completed in 2017.
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Old March 5th, 2014, 07:49 PM   #263
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This one will be a supertall. Judging by the renders, the crown will be over 100 ft. above the highest floor.
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Old March 5th, 2014, 07:56 PM   #264
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I always thought roof height was around 240m and the spires/crowns took it to 276m? This project is really confusing me

Hopefully you're right though Deserpunk!
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Old March 5th, 2014, 08:44 PM   #265
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There's been confusion with the whole falling through of Bloomberg's rezoning of Midtown East with 1 vanderbilt and this tower. If the rezoning went through, they would be the first to utilize it before 2017. However, the developers for 425 Park made it clear that they would start with or without the rezoning.
The renderings which were released were a version of the building without the rezoning. If I remember correctly, they had the building at ~850 ft to the top of the fins. These were released awhile ago, and a lot can change in Manhattan realty in a short amount of time.
height notwithstanding, it will be another Park Avenue gem.

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Old March 5th, 2014, 10:20 PM   #266
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Definately. the back side kind of resembles the back side of 500 Fifth Avenue imo.
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Old March 6th, 2014, 01:02 AM   #267
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That corner building needs to go. It's a pretty awful lookin monstrosity.
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Old March 6th, 2014, 01:41 AM   #268
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I really hope this tower can break the 1,000ft mark with those fins. It would certainly make it more visible on the skyline.
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Old March 6th, 2014, 04:30 AM   #269
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any changes to the crown or it stays the same as before?
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Old March 6th, 2014, 10:28 PM   #270
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That building is actually quite elegant and has been proposed as landmark in connection with the rezoning.
I'm not a fan of ribbon window block monsters that look so dowdy. I hope it doesn't get landmarked, because that's just ridiculous.
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Old March 7th, 2014, 01:28 AM   #271
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1000' or not, the renders promise this to become a beauty
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Old March 7th, 2014, 02:02 AM   #272
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I highly doubt that 425 Park will be 900'+ tall under the current zoning conditions. That being said, there is plenty of time for the city to rezone before this tower starts to rise, snd I would not be surprised if it exceeds 1,000'. Under the current zoning, however, that number must include the fins.
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905 ft. for the highest floor seems perfectly reasonable and the fins are just fins so they shouldn't factor in the zoning constraints (unless there's some kind of weird height limit in that area ).
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Old March 10th, 2014, 06:00 PM   #273
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Developer Gets Plan OK for Midtown East Tower
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A developer is moving forward with a skyscraper at 425 Park Ave., even though a city-led rezoning that would have provided a boost to his project is on hold.

David Levinson of L&L Holding Co. has received approval for plans to build a 905-foot tower on Park between 55th and 56th streets, Department of Buildings records show. Mr. Levinson confirmed he is moving forward with the 42-story project.

"We've designed a fabulous, superb building and we're moving along," he said.
Mr. Levinson said he plans to begin dismantling the 1950s building on the site at the end of the year and expects to be finished with construction by late 2017.

Near the end of his administration, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed rezoning the area around Grand Central Terminal to allow larger office towers on certain sites.

Mr. Bloomberg's plan would have allowed Mr. Levinson to raze the existing building and build one that is roughly 15% larger.

Under current rules, Mr. Levinson must leave the steel skeleton of the bottom 25% of the existing building in place to maximize the development's size.

The new mayor, Bill de Blasio, has pledged to revisit the rezoning in the early months of his administration. But Mr. Levinson said even with more relaxed development rules, he expects that his tower will still be one of the few new ones in the area.

"You have to get an empty building. How do you get an empty building?" he said. "Our project will have taken us 14 years."
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Old March 11th, 2014, 09:48 AM   #274
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It could be taller? Another supertall for NYC?

That's just super
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Old March 11th, 2014, 07:18 PM   #275
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The demo will take quite some time, and Levinson still has plenty of time to strike a deal to build a taller tower. I think that he will.
Yes definitely think it's still possible should the rezoning gets going later this year and approved. They still have time on their side to revise since the the majority of the existing tower needs to be demo'd. I'm hoping for this...but hope they stay true to this design. I love it especially for a park avenue office tower.
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Old March 12th, 2014, 11:52 PM   #276
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As per engineering report dated 10/7/13

I posted this a while back. If they plan to move forward and build w/o waiting for the midtown east rezoning, it looks like the tower based from this engineering report dated Oct 2013 will be:

735' tall
130' tall fins
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865' total height.

I guess they just could add additional 40' on the fins to achieve the 905' figure approved in the filings. I dunno.
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Old March 13th, 2014, 12:04 AM   #277
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I posted this a while back. If they plan to move forward and build w/o waiting for the midtown east rezoning, it looks like the tower based from this engineering report dated Oct 2013 will be:

735' tall
130' tall fins
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865' total height.

I guess they just could add additional 40' on the fins to achieve the 905' figure approved in the filings. I dunno.
I believe the latest filings have it at 905 feet to the highest occupied floor, if the fins were 130' and stay 130', this would be easily a supertall.
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Old March 13th, 2014, 12:08 AM   #278
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That would make 1035ft.
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Old March 17th, 2014, 06:39 PM   #279
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Old March 17th, 2014, 08:19 PM   #280
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