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Old February 7th, 2014, 10:41 AM   #81
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Clearly the building. Bookstores are all dying anyway
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Old April 7th, 2014, 11:51 PM   #82
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Rizzoli set to close this Friday
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MIDTOWN — The historic Rizzoli Bookstore is closing its doors Friday after nearly 30 years on West 57th Streetbut its longtime home has one last chance to be saved.

The city's Landmarks Preservation Commission is considering protecting the interior of the bookstore, which has been at 31 W. 57th St. since 1985. The building's owners, the Vornado Realty Trust and the Lefrak family, have announced plan to demolish the six-story structure, prompting an outcry from residents, preservationists and politicians.

The LPC previously declined to protect the building's exterior, but is now considering an application to save the historic interior, officials said....read article in link

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer urged the city to protect the Rizzoli Bookstore and other nearby buildings on April 4 2014.
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Old April 10th, 2014, 12:56 AM   #83
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Perhaps the architects can incorporate setbacks that mimic Gale Brewer's multistory chins.

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Old April 10th, 2014, 01:34 AM   #84
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would love for a tower of over 900 feet here. It's needed to balance out the gap between 111 west 57th street and 432 park avenue....I got a rough ~ 100ft by 110 ft when measuring the site on google earth. Should be interesting to see what we get here. I love 9 west 57th street so hopefully it's a design worthy of being by it's side
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Old April 10th, 2014, 09:07 PM   #85
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Rizzoli Bookstore Interior Won't Be Landmarked, Officials Say
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A day before the beloved Rizzoli Bookstore is set to close, the Landmarks Preservation Commission shot down a last-ditch effort to save the historic building from demolition.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer filed an application last month to give landmark status to the 109-year-old building's interior after the commission declined to protect the building as a whole. The building's owners, the Lefrak family and the Vornado Realty Trust, have said they will tear down the building after Rizzoli moves out of it on Friday.

In a statement issued Thursday, the LPC said that the interior of the building at 31 W. 57th St. did not qualify for protection because its design dates back only to 1985, when chandeliers, bookshelves, cabinetry and flooring were installed as part of an overhaul to turn the former Sohmer Piano showroom into a bookstore.

"Some original interior fabric remaining from the Sohmer Piano showroom, such as the decorative ceiling and iron railings, was incorporated into the new design," LPC spokeswoman Damaris Olivo said in a statement.

"Our review concluded that because there are few remaining elements from the piano showroom era, particularly in comparison with other intact interior landmark spaces like the Steinway Piano showroom on West 57th Street, the site no longer retains the integrity of its original design, and the ca. 1985 redesign of the space does not rise to the level of an interior designation."

Locals, politicians and preservationists heavily lobbied the commission to protect the building, fearing that it could be replaced by a massive skyscraper. An online petition urging the LPC to landmark the bookstore has more than 16,500 signatures.

The bookstore, which plans to move to an unannounced location, is currently selling books at a 40 percent discount until it closes its longtime home for good on Friday evening.

Brewer, Vornado and the Lefrak family did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Old April 10th, 2014, 09:09 PM   #86
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Demolition of 29 West 57th St in New York, an ornate 15-story tower built in 1924. The building was once decorated with gilded statues and ornaments that resembled giant medals.

How the building's top looked about a month ago:


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...Street_top.jpg

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The adjacent Rizzoli Bookstore, one of the last independent bookstores in Manhattan, on April 9, 2014, two days before closing. As upper floors of the nextdoor building are already being stripped of ornamentation, the Bookstore is holding its farewell 40% off sale. On April 11, the store will shut its doors and the historic, pre-war tower will be demolished. The Store is already making general plans to relocate, but this space with its wooden balconies and vaulted ceilings will be torn down by its owners, who chose not to wait for Landmark Preservation Commission's review of the building's potential protected landmark designation.

Visit their website before it's too late: http://rizzolibookstore.com/

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Old April 11th, 2014, 01:30 AM   #87
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U would have to think that the people at Rizzoli knows these people are not rallying to save them but are using them as an excuse to stop building a taller tower. Probably the same group of shadow fearing activists Led by their spiritual leader, the one and only..... Michael Kimmelman Lol.
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Old April 12th, 2014, 12:58 AM   #88
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Extremely tragic to see buildings like this demolished
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Old April 12th, 2014, 01:00 AM   #89
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Crappy vid but oh well...
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Old April 12th, 2014, 04:41 AM   #90
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That's a crime actually. Shows the weakness and incompleteness of city's planning system.

New Yorkers will regret that sooner than they think.
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Old April 13th, 2014, 05:53 AM   #91
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Old April 13th, 2014, 11:30 AM   #92
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The Drapes of Death.

Nice job of buffing off the medals from the top of 29 W. 57th...
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Old April 13th, 2014, 12:08 PM   #93
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That really is a nice tower they're demolishing!

Let's just hope the building which will replace it is a beautiful supertall in the leagues of 111 West

Does anyone know how far along this project is? Like say compared to 111 West or 220 CPS? As in would we be likely to see renders any time soon and such?
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Old April 13th, 2014, 12:43 PM   #94
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If they were going to destroy those two buildings, might as well have taken the third one too. Then they could build higher. Having a supertall adjacent to a 5-story building looks rather odd.
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I took a good look at the building yesterday (tho the netting didn't help), and I'm sorry but I'm gonna have to disagree with some of you guys, there's nothing special about that building, I was wondering how come I never noticed it considering I used to work in the area, now I know why. No wonder the LPC itself refused to landmark it. There are more buildings in the city that deserve that attention, especially on that stretch between 14th to 42nd from 5th ave all the way to 8th ave.
Not to empathize with the Nimbys but it's understandable why anyone having lived in that neighborhood for a long time would feel uneasy about how it's changing, you can feel how the area is transforming, and a few of those towers haven't reached street level yet. I think it will benefit the neighborhood cause just a few years back you could walk from 5th ave to 8th ave and the street scape was boring, that will certainly change with those towers and Nordstrom will bring even more traffic to the area.
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Demolition freeze may cover 80% of the city

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer's bid to protect buildings over age 50 frightens developers, construction unions and housing activists.



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A politician's proposal to protect the thousands of older buildings in New York that face demolition each year has triggered a backlash not just among powerful developers, but also among construction unions and advocates for affordable housing who fear the measure could drastically curb residential construction in the city.

The storm began on April 4 at a protest outside the stately, likely-to-be-razed Rizzoli bookstore on West 57th Street, when Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer pledged to do more to prevent such losses in the future. She offered to introduce a bill that would require a 30-day review by the Landmarks Preservation Commission of any demolition permit filed for a building over 50 years old. The measure would apply to nearly 80% of the city's structures and 91% of those in Manhattan, according to city data.

"We'll see what we end up with—it's possible we could go older than 50 years," Ms. Brewer allowed in a follow-up email responding to a question from Crain's. She said she has invited the Real Estate Board of New York and the Landmarks Conservancy to sit down with her and discuss the proposal, which is still being written.

Even extending the threshold age to 80 years, however, would still mean that the law would cover more than half the buildings in the city—and going back a century would still put more than half of Manhattan's properties in the group to be reviewed.

Automatically bringing that many buildings under the purview of Landmarks, which would have the power to halt construction, has members of the development community—including Richard Anderson, president of the New York Building Congress—worried. He notes many buildings with zero historical significance would be brought into the fold, potentially slowing down one of the city's key economic engines—construction.

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Old April 15th, 2014, 08:05 PM   #97
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OMG, somebody please stop this grotesque lady

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Demolition freeze may cover 80% of the city

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer's bid to protect buildings over age 50 frightens developers, construction unions and housing activists.

Kind of good news! They will have to build taller skyscrapers. Could be a blessing in disguise.
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They have a point.
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No they don't. that's an over reaction.
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