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Old September 3rd, 2014, 07:12 PM   #1241
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That's correct. There are around five buildings on the site that must come down. Right now, they're all being cleared of tenants.
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Old September 5th, 2014, 01:11 AM   #1242
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Tons of office furniture was being moved out on the 4th of September, 2014!
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Old September 5th, 2014, 06:27 AM   #1243
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So,this would be future construction site....

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Old September 5th, 2014, 06:32 AM   #1244
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I was wandering, how long it will take to demolish it....?
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Old September 5th, 2014, 06:38 AM   #1245
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What is happening at the construction site? Have they started some excavations....?
This begins with a large demolition. And that's contingent on getting full approvals and financing. It should all come together shortly.
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Old September 5th, 2014, 02:50 PM   #1246
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So,this would be future construction site....

That's one of about five buildings that comprise the site.
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Old September 5th, 2014, 08:33 PM   #1247
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IMG_0399 by 99thenumber, on Flickr

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A few I took of the site a month or two ago.
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Old September 6th, 2014, 02:54 PM   #1248
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Very impressive building. ☺
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Old September 6th, 2014, 04:27 PM   #1249
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I can't believe they're going to tear down those historic buildings right next to grand central station, what a horrible shame.
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Old September 6th, 2014, 06:30 PM   #1250
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I can't believe they're going to tear down those historic buildings right next to grand central station, what a horrible shame.
Those buildings are decent but were never cared for since until recently, this was a gritty area. They're also a dime a dozen. There's a sea of old office buildings below 42nd St that are MUCH nicer than this. That being said, I'd still opt to preserve them if a 200m box were replacing them, but I'd rather have the stunning supertall that will rise there.
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Old September 6th, 2014, 07:17 PM   #1251
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I agree wholeheartedly, LL. One Vanderbilt is worthier of this site.
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Old September 6th, 2014, 08:12 PM   #1252
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I agree the current buildings are nice, but I would rather preserve the superior architecture that like Londinium Lex says is still plentiful outside this site. I'm still not completely gung ho about the overall design of 1 Vanderbilt, however and hope there is some revision of the higher sections, though the well detailed lower portion is potentially striking and I'm really coming to like it a lot.
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Old September 7th, 2014, 12:33 AM   #1253
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As i understud, this buildings date 1920s', but they are not appreciated too much in architectural circles. They are just ordinary buildings from that period, but nothing special...
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Old September 7th, 2014, 08:18 PM   #1254
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I took a special tour around the whole area with many pictures. whoever is interested can take a look. I will try to go there again to take some pictures from the other side

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Old September 8th, 2014, 11:16 PM   #1255
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$210M upgrade for Grand Central's subway unveiled
http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article...template=print


One Vanderbilt cannot be occupied until SL Green finishes improvements to Grand Central Terminal.
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Three new staircases to the subway platforms, two new street-level entrances and a refurbished mezzanine level, including the opening up a series of enclosed spaces to create new hallways, plus a 4,000-square-foot ground-level "waiting area" for commuters: All that and more is being promised by developer SL Green as part of its planned five-year, $210 million effort to give Grand Central's subway station a significant upgrade.

What's more, all of that must be completed before tenants will be allowed to occupy the developer's new 1 Vanderbilt, the 65-story office tower planned for an entire city block just west of Grand Central, north of East 42nd Street. The transit improvements were hammered out with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the de Blasio administration earlier this year as the first piece in the massive midtown east rezoning project.

SL Green gave reporters a tour of the existing subway station Monday as a way to highlight the improvements the developer plans to begin making as soon as the city signs off on the project. Before that can happen, the plan for the developer's new spire must go through the city's labyrinthine land-use process, or ULURP, which will last from September 2014 to March 2015. Demolition of buildings on the tower's site will last until the second quarter of 2016, and excavations and the laying of the foundation is expected to end by 2017.

The most significant changes will be made to the Lexington Avenue line station, which currently sees an average of 154,000 riders per day and is the second-busiest station in the system. New staircases will be added to the northbound and southbound ends of the 4/5/6 platform, bringing the total number of mezzanine-to-platform staircases to five. In addition, all the staircases will be narrowed, as will the columns adjacent to the staircases, to allow an easier pedestrian traffic flow from end to end of the platform. New turnstiles and a raised platform will be added to the north end of the mezzanine that will connect to the street-level staircases.

The hope is that with the improvements, the MTA will be able to run at least one additional train along the Lexington Avenue line per hour, or an average of 1,100 additional riders, to relieve congestion.

Complicating the process is the fact that the Lexington Avenue subway mezzanine is directly below the Hyatt Hotel, forcing the developers to incorporate the existing building columns into their designs. As such, spaces that are currently enclosed on the mezzanine between the columns will be opened up to improve circulation.

SL Green also plans to create a transit hall to link Grand Central Terminal to the planned Long Island Rail Road station that is currently under construction below and to the northwest of the station as part of the $10 billion East Side Access project. It will also improve existing transit connections to Metro-North and the shuttle to Times Square.

The centerpiece of SL Green's transit improvements will be the 4,000-square-foot waiting area for commuters that will make up the northeast corner of 1 Vanderbilt. That space will include a "living wall" adorned with hanging plants and a large display board with arrival and departure information. The board could include both LIRR and Metro-North timetables, though that has yet to be decided, said SL Green Managing Director Robert Schiffer.

Outside on the street level, the block of Vanderbilt between East 42nd and East 43rd streets will be closed permanently to traffic. The Department of Transportation will be in charge of installing a public plaza, but SL Green already has a few design ideas to submit.

After the land-use review process is over, SL Green plans to begin construction on both 1 Vanderbilt and the transit improvements concurrently. But the bottom line for the developer is that everything will need to be completed—all the staircases, hallways, new turnstiles and mezzanine improvements—before any tenants will be allowed to occupy their new building in January 2020, the expected completion date.

"We're responsible for cost overruns, we're responsible for construction oversight," Mr. Schiffer said. "It's our project to build, not the MTA's."

The rest of the midtown east rezoning, which was shelved last year when Bloomberg administration officials could not get midtown Councilman Daniel Garodnick to sign on, won’t kick off until at least the spring of 2015, and will likely extend into the following year. Mr. de Blasio tapped Mr. Garodnick and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer to oversee a lengthy community review process before the mayor unveils a plan for the 70-block rezoning.

In a statement, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen described the administration's position on the plans.

“We believe smart planning isn’t just about buildings, but about the infrastructure investments and services we need to support growth," she said. "Our vision for east midtown puts transit first, and the changes coming to the Vanderbilt corridor exemplify that approach. Before the first office worker walks through the doors of this new building, we will have in place improvements to subway platforms, concourses and entrances that will increase capacity at Grand Central and make life easier for thousands of commuters. This is the kind of smart growth we intend to pursue across the city.”
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Old September 9th, 2014, 06:04 AM   #1256
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I agree the old buildings were nice but nothing special. Yet it still kind of bugs me that 1 Vandy will take up the entire block. That usually doesn't bode well for street life, but in the renderings the base of this tower looks so good it might not be a problem.

Above the base, though, the design needs to be tweaked. It's already a nice enough tower, but it's taking up an entire block next to Grand Central. Millions of commuters and tourists will see this building every day. Unlike Hudson Yards, which is being built in the wasteland that is the far west side of Midtown, the developers of this tower need to be mindful of what they're doing.
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Old September 9th, 2014, 06:50 AM   #1257
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These blocks between Madison and Vanderbilt are small. Also, I'm sure that there will be retail on the Madison Ave side.

SLG will start demo in April of 2015 if the city approves it at that time.

http://nypost.com/2014/09/08/a-sneak...-public-space/

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Old September 10th, 2014, 07:21 PM   #1258
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The title should be changed to Approved?

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The area around Grand Central may get a lot grander.

Landlord SL Green unveiled its vision Monday for $210 million in transit improvements it is required to make as part of a deal to build a 65-story tower at the corner of Vanderbilt Ave. and 42nd St.

The One Vanderbilt proposal includes a towering glass atrium containing a wall of lush vegetation, new staircases to the station's difficult-to-find subway platforms, an expanded and refurbished mezzanine level, a new waiting room for commuters, and a connection to the long-delayed Long Island Rail Road’s East Side terminus.

One Vanderbilt would transform the area around Grand Central
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One Vanderbilt would transform the area around Grand Central
"Midtown, the city and the region as a whole stand to gain from the substantial investments in the public transit," said Fred Cerullo, president of the Grand Central Partnership.

But the city isn't taking any chances. In exchange for permission to build such a mammoth tower, the city will require that all transit improvements — barring unforseen MTA-related delays — are completed before the developer can open its doors to tenants.

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SL Green wants to complete the building — which will occupy the entire block bounded by Vanderbilt Ave., 42nd St., Madison Ave. and 43rd St. — and the new infrastructure by 2021.

The necessary zoning change is expected to be approved in the spring.

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Old September 10th, 2014, 07:42 PM   #1259
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The title should be changed to "F*ckin' A, let's build this mofo!"
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Old September 11th, 2014, 03:50 PM   #1260
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Tequillaville on Vanderbilt is now gone!
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