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Old October 29th, 2014, 09:07 PM   #1501
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in case that we have a big spire , i think that one vanderbilt it will definitely break the 500m(1640ft) marker!!!
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Old October 30th, 2014, 05:14 AM   #1502
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would be awesome
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 03:09 AM   #1503
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1500 ft+ for Manhattan? AHHHHH!!!!!

I don't give a shit about design! It's good enough! Another 1500+ footer for Manhattan... Wow... Now my hopes are all up for it to pass that. Maybe 500m+?
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Old November 3rd, 2014, 04:38 PM   #1504
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Another one bites the dust!

That filthy cafe on Vanderbilt and 43rd has closed!!

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Old November 3rd, 2014, 06:48 PM   #1505
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bomp bomp bomp anther one down another one down and another one bites the dust.
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Old November 3rd, 2014, 07:44 PM   #1506
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That's exactly the song that went through my mind when I saw the empty store.
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Old November 3rd, 2014, 10:44 PM   #1507
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Looks like SLGreen is on sched to start demo by the end of the year.
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Old November 3rd, 2014, 11:12 PM   #1508
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yee haw time for a new tower here instead of the grungy slop thats here now.
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Old November 4th, 2014, 02:30 AM   #1509
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bomp bomp bomp anther one down another one down and another one bites the dust.
well, we're talking about the city here so it might be something more along the lines of this...
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Old November 5th, 2014, 01:29 AM   #1510
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That cafe actually rules. They have a ton of good hot food during lunch.
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Old November 5th, 2014, 08:00 AM   #1511
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That cafe actually rules. They have a ton of good hot food during lunch.
Well, they had a ton of good hot food during lunch, they're closed down now. Not every non glamorous small business is a dump or dive. I'm a big fan of diners... well, in this instance at least it had to go, price of progress. I do love One Vanderbilt so I think in this case the tradeoff will be worth it... but I don't need fancy dining to enjoy a good meal.
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Old November 5th, 2014, 08:25 PM   #1512
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so from november 17th things may get interesting here.
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Old November 5th, 2014, 10:53 PM   #1513
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I'm not in the subject), when they start to build or may have already begun?
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Old November 5th, 2014, 11:20 PM   #1514
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so from november 17th things may get interesting here.
What's happening on Nov. 17th ?
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Old November 6th, 2014, 12:24 AM   #1515
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Per the sign posted in the window, they'll be cutting off gas and electric to the building.
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Good news! Demo to soon follow.
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Old November 6th, 2014, 12:36 AM   #1517
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Per the sign posted in the window, they'll be cutting off gas and electric to the building.
Oh. I took the photo of that sign. I assumed that it just dealt with the cafe.

I was under the impression that Modell's would remain in that building through Christmas .
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Old November 6th, 2014, 12:51 AM   #1518
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It does say "to this building," but if you have reason to believe Modell's is staying then we should probably assume that the sign is just suffering from a case of non-specific bureaucratic language. Heh, anybody know how the utilities from the street work?
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Old November 6th, 2014, 01:15 AM   #1519
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I didn't notice that it referred to the whole building.

Several people at Modell's said they'd be there through Christmas, though their claims may very well be wrong.

I wonder what's going on with the two Irish pubs on 43rd. They're in different buildings from the cafe, though those buildings are part of this site.
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http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/11/05...bookstore.html

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By RACHEL ABRAMS
For 15 years, employees of Posman Books in Grand Central Terminal have perfected their response to six magic words: “I have a train to catch.”

“I think that we have always tried very hard to make it easy for our customers to come in in a hurry and grab something,” said Robert Fader, Posman’s vice president. “Of course, we encourage anyone to linger who has the time, and if the trains are delayed, so much the better.”

As the evening rush began on a recent Wednesday, several customers did linger, but not for the reasons Mr. Fader once relied on. The store will close its doors on Dec. 31, and some commuters wanted to buy a book, a card, a calendar, in a show of respect.

“I wanted to get some books to help them,” said Cynthia Cruz, who teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and comes into the store several times a week. “I just figured it was another bookstore that was going away.”


Robert Fader is Posman’s vice president.
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Bookstores around New York City have been disappearing for years, driven out by soaring rents and the overall gloomy economics of the publishing industry.


But Posman’s location in one of North America’s biggest transit hubs had always been among its biggest blessings, keeping it profitable, according to Mr. Fader. That fortunate locale, however, has now contributed to the store’s misfortune, because the shop is in the middle of two separate multibillion-dollar construction projects that are pushing it out.

SL Green Realty, one of the largest commercial landlords in New York, plans to build a 1,400-foot tower next to Grand Central at 1 Vanderbilt Avenue. Under an agreement that predates the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s oversight of Grand Central, SL Green has a right to take back the rear half of Posman’s space to support construction projects above ground, according to Aaron Donovan, a spokesman for the M.T.A.

And the M.T.A. is busy with its own $10 billion project to connect Grand Central with the Long Island Rail Road. Bracing for the surge of new passengers both projects will bring, the agency saw 1 Vanderbilt as an opportunity to increase space for pedestrian foot traffic.


Posman Books’ Grand Central Terminal store will close Dec. 31.
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So SL Green and the M.T.A. reached an agreement: SL Green will use its space to build pillars, columns or whatever it may need for 1 Vanderbilt, but it will turn most of the area into a pedestrian thoroughfare, according to Mr. Donovan. When it finishes, the M.T.A. can turn the other half of the space back into a retail area, he said.

In the meantime, Posman’s floor space will be used for storage for other retailers that have lost space to the Long Island Rail Road project.

SL Green will pick up most of the bill. It has committed to spend $210 million on the walkway and other improvements to Grand Central, Mr. Donovan said.

The Rite Aid drugstore next door to Posman will remain open (its lease extends through 2019), although it will lose about 3,000 square feet of space, Mr. Donovan said. PIQ, a nearby gift store, will lose about 200 square feet.

Only Posman will close. The M.T.A. opted not to renew its lease when it expired in August, and the store has operated on a month-to-month basis since then.


Mr. Fader estimated that roughly 1,500 people stream through the door each day, nearly double Posman’s second-busiest location in Chelsea (Posman operates a third store in Rockefeller Center).

Many of those customers are tourists, others are commuters. Many are in a rush, and the store is designed to get them in and out quickly.

Some books are displayed on tables instead of shelves, to make it easier for customers to get a quick sense of the selection. Kent Peterson, 61, a merchandiser who has been with the store since it opened, even helped design the shelves underneath the tables so that more books could be displayed this way.

“This isn’t one of those stores where you’re going into some sort of labyrinth of confusion,” Mr. Fader said. “We can then take care of what it is they need and get them out of the door, and I think that there’s a sort of nice simplicity to that.”

The store also caters to popular tastes, unlike what Mr. Fader, 57, said were the snobbier independent booksellers of his native London and his earlier days in New York. (One store would not sell Stephen King novels, he recalled, although he declined to say which one.)

He carefully monitors the news to make sure that Posman has plenty of a potentially hot-selling book. The Harlequin romance section is always well stocked.

“We treat that area with the seriousness that we treat literature, if you like,” he said.

Posman is one of about 100 retailers and restaurants in Grand Central, roughly double the number when the M.T.A. undertook a major overhaul of the station in the 1990s to try to make better use of the space.

“There was a store selling baked potatoes and cooking with no kitchen exhaust,” said Nancy Marshall, the M.T.A.’s director of retail leasing and management for the terminal. “There was just a very unplanned method of retail within the building and the lack of any sort of cohesive mix.”


Now, the station tries to include a group of national retailers like Banana Republic and M.A.C. Cosmetics, although it prefers to keep restaurants more New York-centric, like Shake Shack, Junior’s and Two Boots pizza.

The M.T.A. also made cosmetic changes during the renovation. It removed a fake ceiling near the Oyster Bar, which has called the station home since 1913, making it Grand Central’s oldest business. Now, passengers walking in front can see the famous sky ceiling of the main concourse, with its depictions of stars and constellations.

Mr. Fader keeps reminders of a different Grand Central Terminal in his office. An old photograph of the main concourse, before another major construction project sprang up next door, hangs on his wall.

“The light can’t come in like that anymore,” he said. “It’s nice to think about it from a different time.”

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