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Old April 22nd, 2014, 04:57 AM   #121
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all buildings in new York (and in the world, with very few exceptions) under 20 floors should be demolished, no matter how pretty and historical they are, the future, even my future is in 20 floors +

Uh....how 'bout "No"?
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Old April 22nd, 2014, 05:39 PM   #122
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What's replacing these buildings? Are there any renderings yet?

For what's coming down, I hope something majestic rises. Not no ******* glass "green" box that's been infesting the city.
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Old April 22nd, 2014, 08:54 PM   #123
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That building still looks nice and it doesn't even look old yet. If the developers are desperate to build a new skyscraper, they should acquire land in another part of New York City and build whatever they want. Why demolish a historic building with a unique architectural style? It doesn't really make sense.
Well it's not a unique architectural style and it doesn't look old because it's had several paint jobs over it's original brick, new windows were put in sometime in the last couple of decades and the facade has been modified at different points in it's history... So this historical building... not all that historical. What doesn't make sense is pretending that ANY old building should be saved. Especially because most old buildings are less efficient, the majority are less desirable, they cost more to maintain, and if they are being demolished it's often because they don't fit market demand. I'm all for saving architecturally significant or historically significant buildings.... This building is neither. The ornamentation is nice and it would be great if it were preserved but besides that the building SHOULD be on the chopping block.
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 05:02 AM   #124
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The more I hear about the building it seems mixed... some really wonderful ornamentation but overall the building doesn't quite merit it on its own. Still think Manitopiaa's idea is a good one overall, and at the very least things that are unique and significant about a portion of a building( if not the whole) should be ,if possible, removed saved and placed elsewhere.
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Old April 30th, 2014, 05:36 AM   #125
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I wonder what did they do the ornaments? if they are saved and will be transferred to another building - it is at least something that we can be happy about. is it possible somehow to find this information?
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Old May 14th, 2014, 09:55 PM   #126
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New chapter as demolition of Rizzoli Bookstore approved
http://therealdeal.com/blog/2014/05/...tore-approved/

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Call it a new chapter. Plans to fully demolish the Rizzoli Bookstore, which shuttered in April despite last-minute preservation efforts, and an adjacent building were filed and approved on Wednesday, according to Department of Buildings records.

The LeFrak family and Vornado Realty Trust, which own the six-story building that Rizzoli formerly anchored at 31 West 57th Street, had filed plans to demolish the property along with two adjacent ones, as previously reported. The pair plan to construct a high-rise condominium at the site, according to previous reports.

Today’s plans also included the demolition for building number 33.

Rizzoli’s fate caught the attention of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who wrote the city Landmarks Preservation Commission in March, urging them to hold a public hearing considering the landmarking of the site’s interior and exterior. Such a move would have saved the building from demolition. Brewer’s office also filed a request to give the building landmark status. The LPC, however, denied the bid.

“It is important to note that if a building or interior is landmarked, the Commission does not regulate use,” a commission spokesperson told DNAinfo in April. “Therefore, a business — like a bookstore — can relocate at any time based on their specific lease agreements.”

A representative for Vornado had no immediate comment. LeFrak did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. A spokesperson for the Landmarks Preservation Commission could not did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Rizzoli anchored the 109-year-old property for 29 years.
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Old May 15th, 2014, 06:56 AM   #127
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Not really happy about this one.... architecture was really nice. Definitely think the approval for demolition was a mistake. So many lots and currently standing buildings I would have no problem with, but these are architecturally lovely buildings and as much as I love soaring towers this one really gives me pause. Something really gorgeous must go here, not another huge predominantly glass monument.
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Old June 19th, 2014, 01:13 PM   #128
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57th Street's Beautiful Rizzoli Bookstore Is Totally Destroyed



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A stealthy tipster was walking by the shuttered Rizzoli Bookstore on 57th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues and was able to sneak into the construction destruction site: "All of the doors were open (construction shed doors wide open, doors leading into store wide open), so I ventured inside, asking if anyone was there. I was shocked to see the destruction already happening at the store." Efforts to preserve the shop failed, and a mere month later, the beautiful, 109-year-old structure—with domed ceilings, classy chandeliers, and detailed woodwork—has already been ripped to shreds to make way for a condo tower, courtesy of developer duo LeFrak and Vornado.

"They kept saying they were going to move to a new store and keep the fixtures, but as you can see, it's in ruins.








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Old June 19th, 2014, 01:44 PM   #129
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Some call it progress, i suppose...
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Old June 22nd, 2014, 12:39 AM   #130
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Old September 4th, 2014, 12:42 AM   #131
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It appears that the developers have now acquired 35 W 57th as well.

3rd of Sep 2014


Here's the back of the site. The developer needs to acquire the small hotel (which is located behind Nos. 35 and 37)and Hadassah, which sits just to the west of the hotel.





They also should acquire No. 37.


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Old September 4th, 2014, 01:03 AM   #132
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Old September 4th, 2014, 01:05 AM   #133
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Yea, it looks like they plan to go tall!! Hopefully they acquire that hotel.
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Old September 4th, 2014, 03:07 AM   #134
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Were you dropped on your head?
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Old September 4th, 2014, 03:56 AM   #135
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Another assemblage is 16-18 W 57th St and the former American Cancer Society HQ, which sits directly behind it at 19 W 56th St. All three buildings are empty.

Extell owns 16-18 W. 57th

http://therealdeal.com/blog/2013/10/...h-street-site/
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Old September 4th, 2014, 04:24 AM   #136
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I'm just itchin' to move this thread up!
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Old September 4th, 2014, 04:28 AM   #137
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I would not be surprised to see this site grow.
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Another assemblage is 16-18 W 57th St and the former American Cancer Society HQ, which sits directly behind it at 19 W 56th St. All three buildings are empty.

Extell owns 16-18 W. 57th

http://therealdeal.com/blog/2013/10/...h-street-site/

OT- I forgot about this one! If Solow buys Extell's site he can build a pretty tall tower as he owns adjacent lots on both sides.


Here's an old proposal for that 16-18 W 57th street all by itself, which I believed was designed by Frank Williams. I remembered liking this at the time. It was a shame.




Back on topic, I'm starting to look forward to see what Vornado has planned for this site.
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Rizzoli to Reopen in NoMad After Midtown April Closure
http://commercialobserver.com/2014/0...re-in-midtown/
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Rizzoli to Reopen in NoMad After Midtown April Closure
http://commercialobserver.com/2014/0...re-in-midtown/
The new home is a gorgeous building in itself... now that Rizzoli's is taken care of in a very satisfactory manner for all, can't wait to see what's going to go up here!
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