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Old November 9th, 2012, 10:26 PM   #1
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NEW YORK | 50 United Nations Plaza | 167m | 548ft | 44 fl | Com


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Residential tower to rise on stalled site

Zeckendorf Development will break ground on First Avenue next week with a 44-story condominium tower designed by British architect Norman Foster.

Updated: November 8, 2012 3:40 p.m.


Zeckendorf Development, the developer whose residential building at 15 Central Park West has set a series of records for the most expensive apartment sales in the city, will break ground next week on a new building on the east side.

Next Wednesday, the family, led by brothers William and Arthur, will begin construction on 50 United Nations Plaza, a new apartment tower the two will develop in a venture with Global Holdings, on First Avenue across from the United Nations.

The partnership has announced few details about the new property, other than that it will be 44 stories and that the noted British architect Norman Foster will design it. The residential condominium will be the first U.S. residential property designed by Mr. Foster, whose New York City credits include the acclaimed Hearst headquarters tower on Eight Avenue.

The builders have been quiet on what the new high-rise will look like and the amenities it will feature, but in promotional materials they boast that it will "set a new standard in luxury living" and will be "a milestone for architectural excellence."

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Read more: http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article...#ixzz2Bl7ZPJVR
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The development site at 50 United Nations Plaza has sat vacant since 2007, when Zeckendorf Development paid $160 million for it. But wishes come true sometimes, and it turns out there's finally something coming to the site! A groundbreaking for a 44-story condo will be held November 14. As rumored back in December, the condo will be designed by Foster & Partners. (An earlier plan called for a 40-story tower designed by SLCE.) The Foster & Partners design calls for just 87 units, at around 2,500 square feet each, so that the building's diplomat residents could have plenty of space for entertaining.
Here's the lame former proposal for 50 UN Plaza by SLCE:


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Old November 9th, 2012, 11:17 PM   #2
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Foster will definitely come up with something better.
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Old November 10th, 2012, 01:59 PM   #3
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I think that's Foster's design. He has a nearly identical tower planned in London.

I saw a close-up of the facade, and the glass is really nice at least.

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Old November 12th, 2012, 12:57 AM   #4
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For this spot between UN and Trump world which is a much photographed location it has to be one hell of a design.
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Old November 12th, 2012, 01:48 AM   #5
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For this spot between UN and Trump world which is a much photographed location it has to be one hell of a design.
It is but that portion of the skyline is one of the worst and least photogenic of them all. Anything tall would make huge a diiference in filling that gap
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Old November 12th, 2012, 04:10 AM   #6
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For this spot between UN and Trump world which is a much photographed location it has to be one hell of a design.
This area is, for the most part, lousy. I don't expect anything great. Anyway, other than Swiss Re, 2 WTC, and Hearst, Foster is kind of lame.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 05:43 PM   #7
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http://www.archdaily.com/293810/fost...breaks-ground/

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Foster+Partners’ First US Residential Building Breaks Ground

50 UN Plaza, Foster+Partners‘ first residential building in the U.S., broke ground this morning. With the Hearst Tower long finished, Tower 2 at Ground Zero near complete (what? ), and a new iconic building planned for 425 Park Avenue, 50 UN Plaza will only further solidify Lord Foster’s mark on New York City.

The 44-story luxury tower’s privileged spot at the United Nations Plaza will give it remarkable views of the UN Building, the East River, and the Manhattan skyline. According to Foster, the building’s deep bay windows (which line each of the tower’s 3 volumes) will maximize that view and, along with its steel and glass facade, give the tower a distinctive, “jewel-like quality”: “The slender proportion of 50 United Nations Plaza is attenuated by the vertical stacks of bay windows, which give it a distinctive identity[...] The polished stainless steel detailing of the facade is in the sprit of earlier historic towers in the city and it reflects the sharp quality of light which is special to New York.”
More info and pics: http://www.archdaily.com/293810/fost...breaks-ground/
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Old November 14th, 2012, 05:56 PM   #8
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I don't even know if I should take that article seriously LOL
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Old November 15th, 2012, 01:38 PM   #9
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Old November 15th, 2012, 02:03 PM   #10
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I like it, except the top.
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Old November 15th, 2012, 04:57 PM   #11
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Cheap architecture, not inspired architecture.banal . Is apretentious tower is like 10 barklay tower by kondilis but wrapped in metal stripes with a little touch of trump bronze gold shines.would have been nice with real curved bay windows like Vancouver residential.office building by Foster.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 01:46 AM   #12
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Uninspiring and bland as most of Foster's projects.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 01:50 AM   #13
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looks taller than the Secretariat at least, i'm interested in seeing the top.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 11:22 AM   #14
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Simple and elegant, fits well to NYC and next to Trump World Tower.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 09:25 PM   #15
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I really don't like it
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Old November 18th, 2012, 02:43 PM   #16
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cool project..another one i've not seen yet .
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Old November 30th, 2012, 04:07 AM   #18
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Thanks to NYGuy for posting this on SSP, this is underway.

JV Breaks Ground on $500M Luxury Residential Tower
By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor
November 28, 2012

"Work has begun on a $500 million luxury apartment tower developed by a joint venture between local Zeckendorf Development LLC and Global Holdings Inc. Designed to become a prime international location by London-based architectural firm Foster + Partners, the 44-story tower will rise within the prestigious United Nations Plaza overlooking the UN Headquarters and the Manhattan skyline.

50 United Nations Plaza is expected to open at the end of 2014. It will include 87 apartments with generous layouts ranging in size from 1,100 square feet for one-bedroom units to 3,000 square feet for three-bedroom apartments. Every apartment unit will feature floor-to-ceiling bay windows varying from 10 to 16 feet and luxurious interiors with vast entertaining areas, according to a project description by Foster + Partners..."
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Wow, I can't stand that thing on the top.
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Wow, I can't stand that thing on the top.
Yeah, it's malproportioned and reminds me of an old refigerator condenser.
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