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Old May 2nd, 2013, 10:48 PM   #41
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Old May 3rd, 2013, 01:27 PM   #42
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Another tower in NYC which will be topped out in no time
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Old May 3rd, 2013, 04:44 PM   #43
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Sorry for being off topic, but can anyone tell me what that newish building in front of One and Two United Nations Plaza is called? It looks completely out of place and I hate it.
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Old May 19th, 2013, 01:15 AM   #44
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Shot these a couple hours ago from my crappy phone cam. It's been drizzling all day, so that makes the snaps worse.








Can someone please identify this tower:
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It's on 39th and Lexington
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Old May 19th, 2013, 01:23 AM   #45
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325 Lex. It's a piece of junk:

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Old June 6th, 2013, 09:38 PM   #46
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NYC’s Zeckendorfs Embrace Global Buyers With UN Condos
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Zeckendorf Development Co.’s plans call for 88 apartments, with prices starting at $2.8 million for a one-bedroom unit, according to documents filed with New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office, which reviews the details of condominium projects. Two-bedroom units range from $3.6 million to $9.4 million.

A 9,700-square-foot (900-square-meter) duplex penthouse spanning the 43rd and 44th floors will be listed for $55 million. The property includes five bedrooms, two of which abut the kitchen and are designed for staff, as well as a pool and terrace on the top floor, according to preliminary plans.

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The entrance to 50 UN Plaza’s 6,000-square-foot-lobby, currently a tangle of cinderblocks, will feature a waterfall that will cost as much as $1 million to design and construct, William said.

“Fire and water are the elements of life,” Arthur said. “You come in from the city and it’s an oasis.”

The developers are in talks with a “top restaurant operator” to occupy a 2,000-square-foot venue at the base of the tower, with an open-air terrace facing the UN. The restaurant would provide room service and a private dining area for residents, William said.
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Deep blue glass? This tower has won.
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Old June 7th, 2013, 10:20 PM   #48
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NYC’s Zeckendorfs Embrace Global Buyers With UN Condos



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The United Nations Secretariat building is visible from every floor of 50 UN Plaza, Arthur and William Lie Zeckendorf’s latest Manhattan luxury-condominium project. It’s also a potential source of buyers.

The development, a 44-story tower under construction on First Avenue near 46th street, will be the Turtle Bay neighborhood’s first new residential project in a dozen years and is poised to set price records for the area. It’s located across the street from the UN, which is built on land assembled by the Zeckendorfs’ grandfather more than half a century ago

“If you’re a UN ambassador posted here, you can’t get a better location than this,” said Arthur Zeckendorf, standing in a hard hat on what will be the 19th floor of the condo building.

The project is a departure for the Zeckendorf brothers, whose dual limestone towers at 15 Central Park West set the standard for trophy apartments favored by Wall Street bankers and the rest of Manhattan’s local elite. At 50 UN Plaza, they are seeking to lure some of the wealthy buyers from around the world who are fueling demand and price increases at towers such as One57 and 432 Park Ave.

The latest project’s look also will be different, trading the signature style of Robert A.M. Stern -- the New York architect who designed 15 Central Park West and the Zeckendorfs’ 18 Gramercy Park -- for stainless steel and glass. For 50 UN Plaza, the developers turned to Foster + Partners, the London-based firm run by Norman Foster, whose credits include the U.K. capital’s city hall, Singapore’s Supreme Court and a terminal at Beijing Airport that’s among the world’s biggest buildings. The firm is also designing Bloomberg LP’s European headquarters in London.



International Style

“It was definitely a decision to do a very modern, international-style building, whereas 15 Central Park West and 18 Gramercy are Stern-designed, traditional Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue-type buildings,” said Arthur Zeckendorf, 53. “That was a major decision point: How to design the outside to appeal to your buyer.”

On the exterior, bay windows are stacked on top of one other, threaded together by a horizontal grid of stainless steel and forming three columns that run the length of the building. “Highly reflective” fritted, or textured, glass panels run vertically between the bays, giving the tower a jewel-like appearance, William Zeckendorf, 54, said during a tour of the site in April.

‘Perfect’ Angle

The windows offer residents the “perfect architectural angle” for viewing the UN Secretariat, his brother said as he stood at the edge of one of the bay protrusions, shielded at the time only by orange netting.

The tower is Foster + Partners’ first residential project in the U.S., William said.

Zeckendorf Development Co.’s plans call for 88 apartments, with prices starting at $2.8 million for a one-bedroom unit, according to documents filed with New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office, which reviews the details of condominium projects. Two-bedroom units range from $3.6 million to $9.4 million.

A 9,700-square-foot (900-square-meter) duplex penthouse spanning the 43rd and 44th floors will be listed for $55 million. The property includes five bedrooms, two of which abut the kitchen and are designed for staff, as well as a pool and terrace on the top floor, according to preliminary plans.

Sales will begin in the third quarter, the developers said.

Sales Records

As the Turtle Bay neighborhood’s first new residential project since Trump World Tower was completed in 2001, 50 UN Plaza would set price records in the area, with all deals probably falling within the top 10 percent for Manhattan, said Jonathan Miller, president of New York-based appraiser Miller Samuel Inc.

The Zeckendorfs’ marketing is unique because “the other buildings all seem to be downplaying international buyers,” Miller said. “For them to say it, and embrace it, makes it somewhat different.”

The project is a return to family roots for the Zeckendorfs. Their paternal grandfather, William Sr., assembled the land on which the UN complex was constructed with intentions to build a Rockefeller Center-style “city within a city” including an opera house, hotel, apartments and a convention hall on an elevated platform, according to “Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations,” by Charlene Mires. Their maternal grandfather, Trygve Lie, was the first UN secretary general, from 1946 to 1952.

“They’d be very proud, very excited that we’re creating a great building to go with what they created,” Arthur said.

City ‘Oasis’

The entrance to 50 UN Plaza’s 6,000-square-foot-lobby, currently a tangle of cinderblocks, will feature a waterfall that will cost as much as $1 million to design and construct, William said. “Fire and water are the elements of life,” Arthur said. “You come in from the city and it’s an oasis.”

The developers are in talks with a “top restaurant operator” to occupy a 2,000-square-foot venue at the base of the tower, with an open-air terrace facing the UN. The restaurant would provide room service and a private dining area for residents, William said.

The Zeckendorfs are seeking to build “a perfect project” as buyers have been paying unprecedented prices for New York trophy condos. The current record for the most expensive residence in Manhattan was set at 15 Central Park West in February 2012, when former Citigroup Inc. Chairman Sanford Weill sold his full-floor penthouse for $88 million. The apartment was purchased for the daughter of Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev.

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The Zeckendorfs acquired the 50 UN Plaza site in 2007 for $152 million and delayed plans for development as credit markets began to freeze later that year. They revived the project in December, obtaining a $280 million loan from HSBC Holdings Plc. Israeli financier Eyal Ofer is also backing the project.

Price Increases

Builders throughout Manhattan have been raising prices on their unbuilt condos as demand intensifies. At the Zeckendorfs’ almost-completed 18 Gramercy Park, for example, the combined value of all units for sale climbed 5 percent since they went on the market in May 2012, documents filed with the attorney general show. A 4,500-square-foot second-floor apartment originally listed for $15.5 million was increased to $16.2 million a few months later.

The building’s residential units have at least four bedrooms. Owners will get a key to the private, gated Gramercy Park and must pay $6,000 a year to the trust that holds title to it. Other amenities include a pet grooming area and artwork in the lobby by Damien Hirst, according to the offering plan.

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Old June 7th, 2013, 10:36 PM   #49
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@desertpunk There's a post about that just one space above yours.
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Old June 19th, 2013, 07:03 AM   #51
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50 UN Plaza rising up:

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it sure has gone up too fast. Did it double up in height in 2 mths, i think so,
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Old June 28th, 2013, 06:39 AM   #53
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Topped out: http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/0...a_tops_out.php

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MIDTOWN EAST—The Norman Foster-designed tower at 50 United Nations Plaza topped out today, reaching its full 44-story height. Earlier this week, a tipster sent along some insider information from the building sales director about the residences: "The duplex penthouse (the top two floors) of the building will have outdoor space. There are several other full-floor penthouses that do not. We are in the midst of finalizing our offering plan and hope to start an official sales campaign later this summer.
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I am surprised how fast this topped out! Construction for this project has pretty much been under the radar. Looking forward for the completion of the cladding on this Foster Building.

Below is a little OT on this building, but an interesting article of the history of the United Nation's site in NY history.... Ironic that the Zeckendorf family is construction 50 UN when Arthur Zeckendof Sr. once own this huge piece of land and had dreams building a "Dream City" that could have rivaled Rockefeller Center Complex.

Rockefeller eventually purchased the land from Zeckendorf and donated the land to the United Nations to build their HQ.

The New York City That Never Was: A Dream City to Rival Rockefeller Center
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A 1946 proposal for the UN headquarters, the eventual fate of the dream city site. Some of these original elements appear in the UN’s final structure



Early detailed plans for Rockefeller Center
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