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Old October 4th, 2015, 03:43 AM   #41
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This is amazing. That tower, my friends, is the perfect example of translating a 1900s Art Deco tower into a 21st century building.
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Old October 19th, 2015, 04:23 PM   #42
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Note: Demo will be occurring shorty on this. Another 250m+ on its way.

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Kuafu Properties Completes Buy of $300 Midtown East Site



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Kuafu Properties has closed on the purchase of 143-161 East 60th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues for $300 million from the World Wide Group, according to a Cushman & Wakefield news release.

The site contains six attached low-rise buildings that sit on nearly 20,000 square feet, and is located across from Bloomingdale’s flagship store. It contains more than 282,000 buildable square feet.

Kuafu went into contract for the site in June, according to The Real Deal, and the Chinese developer is planning to build a luxury residential tower that could rise more than 1,000 feet tall. Marketing of the property began that same month. A spokesman for Kuafu did not immediately respond for comment.

“I have rarely seen a foreign buyer move so swiftly, yet carefully, to acquire such a major site,”Cushman & Wakefield’s Robert Knakal, who represented the seller with colleague Clint Olsen, said in prepared remarks. “They were totally professional every step of the way.” The buyer didn’t not have broker in the deal.
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Old October 19th, 2015, 11:50 PM   #43
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http://www.6sqft.com/subway-inn-site...pertall-tower/





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Old October 20th, 2015, 12:04 AM   #44
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Nice rendering. Definitely a 1000 ft flat as it passes the 938 ft Bloomberg tower.
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Old October 20th, 2015, 01:42 AM   #45
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Just when we lose a supertall, we get another one, only in NY!
I'm actually starting to like this one, look forward to it.

By the way I think there's a duplicate thread for it where I posted earlier, http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...#post127952776. Mods should merge
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Old October 20th, 2015, 09:32 AM   #46
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Nice rendering. Definitely a 1000 ft flat as it passes the 938 ft Bloomberg tower.
Bloomberg is a shade over 800 feet tall.
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Old October 20th, 2015, 03:59 PM   #47
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Bloomberg is a shade over 800 feet tall.
I think he means the spire height.

--> Bloomberg Tower, 807ft (246m) [antenna 941ft / 287m].
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Old October 22nd, 2015, 12:00 AM   #48
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It's still taller than that, but not much.
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Old February 23rd, 2016, 05:13 PM   #49
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First Look At KPF’s 151 East 60th Street, The Upper East Side’s First Possible Supertall
New York Yimby: http://newyorkyimby.com/2016/02/firs...supertall.html



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While the design is certainly flashy, the plans are far from a definite go. The entry was for a competition, and while no winner has been publicly announced, even the plans that win RFP submissions typically see major revisions in the translation from renderings to reality. The site’s developer, Kuafu Properties, closed on the assemblage for $300 million back in October.
Nevertheless, the new images give an excellent idea of what’s in store for what could easily become the most prominent high-rise on the Upper East Side.




According to the article, the tower is likely to wait for the next development cycle, like other projects still in planing phase right now. Because of the current market situation, it is likely that only projects being under construction right now will going to be finished in this cycle.
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Old February 23rd, 2016, 05:27 PM   #50
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nice, before all we had was a marketing pitch. Now we've got a legitimate design and it appears to be the same height.
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Old February 23rd, 2016, 06:32 PM   #51
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Wow, stunning design. I think this time the current properties aren't worth saving either.
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Old February 23rd, 2016, 08:01 PM   #52
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I very much liked, but was a little dubious about the earlier design we've been seeing. Gold and wavy, maybe a little kitsch...?

KPF's fanning version, however, is an unquestioned delight. I hope they win this competition and this thing rises ASAP.

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Old February 23rd, 2016, 08:30 PM   #53
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...F&F probably hired some new talents as their latest designs reach an advanced level.
Magnificent!
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Old February 23rd, 2016, 08:34 PM   #54
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I find this very unattractive. I hope it gets a redesign
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Old February 23rd, 2016, 08:39 PM   #55
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Good design, i like it!
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Old February 23rd, 2016, 08:42 PM   #56
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[QUOTE=MDguy;130929298]I find this very unattractive. I hope it gets a redesign[/QUO


I do think your avatar is beyond ugly;but i guess you like it...
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Old February 23rd, 2016, 08:50 PM   #57
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I find this very unattractive. I hope it gets a redesign
You can still hope. I think it's far from being the definitive design. According to the article, it is one entry of a competition and the winner isn't announced yet.
Even if this design is chosen, it is not entered the stage of detailed planning.
This project is at a very early stage and is probably planned for the next residential boom, because the current ultra-luxury real estate market already cools down.
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Old February 23rd, 2016, 10:06 PM   #58
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Pretty cool!
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Old February 24th, 2016, 01:12 AM   #59
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These kinds of skyscrapers can be cool, but I generally have two objections: 1) In 50 years, when half of New York's skyscrapers have almost pure glass facades, will the city still be as pretty? I honestly can't imagine it will. What makes New York so warm compared to other skyscraper clusters is that many of the buildings are constructed in stone and brick rather than the very cold and emotionless glass walls. This is one of the reasons I love projects like 30 Park Place and 520 Park Avenue. These towers maintain the elements that make New York what it is. 2) It seems like all projects are currently trying to outdo each other in wild and original designs. This is an understandable trend, since most architects only ever contribute to the NYC skyline once. As such, they will do all they can to contribute with the wildest design they can come up with rather than something more classic. After all, what architect would want to miss out having a building stand out in the mother city of skyscrapers? But what will New York be like if every building has been designed with the intention of being wilder than its neighbor? In my opinion NY could quickly end up as a chaos of wild ideas and original angles rather than actual aesthetic quality.

These are in my opinion some of the great New York buildings. They are not necessarily very flashy or original, but they simply add to the New York atmosphere. In that respect I think some of these new buildings take away more than they add:





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Old February 24th, 2016, 04:50 AM   #60
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The tallest buildings may have glass facades in the future, but NYC will never lose its brick and limestone heritage. Terra Cotta is making a comeback too, like with 111 W 57th Street.

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