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Old May 10th, 2012, 02:37 AM   #2001
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Supertalls 'R' Us!

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“We’re Like The Avis Guys:” An Afternoon With Gary Barnett

In the world of Gary Barnett, everything is the best.

The president of Extell Development, a company he launched in the 1990s following a stint as a diamond trader in Belgium, made this plainly clear during a recent tour of One57, his 1,005-foot-tall tower near Carnegie Hall on West 57th Street. When completed, the building will rank not only among the city’s tallest properties, but, with its views of Central Park, among its most luxurious as well. In other words, the best.

On the One57 amenities: “This will be the best amenities package in the entire city. All the others are good. But they don’t have everything.”

On the One57 finishes: “Look at this kitchen. Where will you find a kitchen anywhere like this? It’s the best, and we have two of them.”

On the One57 floor plans: “We have the best floor plans on the market.”

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Mr. Barnett might deserve pride of place were it for his singular One57 alone, but he has so much more going on, it is amazing he, or anyone, can keep track. While some of his rivals and compatriots might have bought and sold more in recent years, no one is building more, and more different, projects. “He’s very focused on what he does, more than some of the others,” REBNY president Steven Spinola said. “Not that they don’t focus, but he seems to focus in his own way.”

The Rushmore and the Aldyn, two developments at Riverside South, finished just as the market was headed south, along with the Lucida on the Upper East Side and the mock-historical 535 West End Avenue on the Upper West Side. Yet they have attracted the likes of David Wright, Robin Williams, Tyson Chandler and Mr. Real Estate himself, Alex Rodriguez, who flipped a Rushmore penthouse for a 50 percent profit after owning it for less than a year. Like One57, the neighborhood transforming International Gem Tower is finally rising on an otherwise dowdy 47th Street. A new Hyatt is headed skyward nearby, in Times Square, harkening back to Mr. Barnett’s early days in hotels. Another luxury building on West 43rd Street is in the works, as well as one downtown—Mr. Barnett would not say where—and the Carlton House is well underway. Certainly something has been forgotten.

And, according to sources outside the developer, Mr. Barnett has tapped another Pritzker firm, Herzog & de Meuron, of 40 Bond fame, to build a 1,250-foot residential tower at Broadway and 57th Street. Yes, One57 was not enough. When it stops being the best, this project, and so many others, will be ready to carry on the legacy. When asked about the project, Mr. Barnett did not deny it, though he noted that, “Nothing had been settled, not the height, not the architect.” So be it. Perhaps now that Harry Macklowe’s 432 Park is climbing toward 1,395 feet, maybe Mr. Barnett wants to build a 1,400-foot tower.

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A THIRD supertall for 57th St? It's getting downright crazy over there!
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Old May 10th, 2012, 10:41 PM   #2003
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City Point lands Century 21 as anchor tenant needed to launch construction



Century 21 has agreed to open a store at the Fulton Mall in Downtown Brooklyn, the Wall Street Journal reported, expediting the groundbreaking of the long-awaited City Point development. The discount retailer is the first new traditional department store to open in Downtown Brooklyn since the 1970s and will serve as the anchor tenant for City Point, a planned development of 675,000 square feet of retail and commercial space and 690 housing units at Dekalb and Flatbush avenues.

With the tenant in hand, Acadia Realty Trust and Washington Square Partners plan to break ground on the project this summer and have pushed forward the ground breaking date for the last phase of the complex, a 680-foot residential tower, to 2017.

“We would not have moved forward without an anchor. Century 21 was what we really needed to make this project a reality,” said Washington Square President Paul Travis.

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Old May 10th, 2012, 11:04 PM   #2004
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Brookfield Polishing Key Hudson Yards Property

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Views and light also make towers worth more, which is why Brookfield Properties is considering replacing the relatively small windows at its Hudson Yards behemoth, 450 W. 33rd St., with floor-to-ceiling beauties.

Speaking at the Bisnow Tech Summit last week, which was held on the 12th floor of the building, Brookfield’s David Cheikin said the developer wanted to take advantage of the 14-to-16-foot slab-to-slab heights as well as the views.

There are massive floors available, including the third floor of 138,680 square feet; the 11th floor of 91,431 square feet; and the full 12th floor, with 110,955 square feet. Asking rents range from $35 to $45 a square foot, sources said.

The former John Hancock Building has views to the west over the Hudson Yards, the High Line and the Hudson River. Those to the east are of the company’s own upcoming three-tower Manhattan West project of 5.4-million-square feet.

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I wonder if there's air rights over this big fat concrete Baby Huey?
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Old May 10th, 2012, 11:07 PM   #2005
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Antennas are never considered as structural or architectural elements that add to a building's *official height. I personally couldn't care less about this matter: roof height is what matters most, call it for what it is.
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Beautiful job!

I like your robust 225 W 57th St!
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Hyatt Times Square gets glazed over:



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Massive Seward Park development nears approval



A plan for 1.65 million square feet of development is about to clear the first hurdle needed for it to rise on the largest city-owned plot of developable land south of 96th Street. Crain’s reported that Community Board 3 is likely to approve a plan to bring residential, commercial and retail space to the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area east of Delancey and Essex streets on the Lower East Side.

The area has been in flux for the last 47 years, after the city demolished tenements that once occupied the seven acres. Past visions for the site were held up by fights over the housing mix, with many community activists demanding an entirely affordable complex. But those opponents have finally relented. Forty percent of the 1.65 million square feet would be reserved for 900 apartments, and only half of them would be affordable.

Community Board 3 is expected to approve the plan next week, and City Council should give its thumbs up by the fall.

“There is no doubt that it will become a reality,” said David McWater, co-chair of the board’s committee on land use, zoning and housing.

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Old May 15th, 2012, 01:03 AM   #2012
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Construction Begins On 432 Park Ave. NYC's Latest Supertall




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Construction Officially Begins on 432 Park, New York's Future Tallest

While excavation on the site of 432 Park has been ongoing for several months, no foundation work had yet been completed. This morning marks the first laying of rebar for the base of the building, a major milestone and yet another sign that the building's rise is imminent. The work on rebar is visible on the northwestern corner of the site, and the retaining walls have almost been completed as well.

With foundation work now formally underway, 432 Park should be at street level within several months. The only similar tower in the city--One57--rose to grade fairly quickly, although financing issues paused the actual building's rise several times through construction. The simplicity of 432 Park's design could mean that the tower will rise even faster than One57 has, meaning that One World Trade's reign at the top of New York's skyline could be over as early as 2014. While speculation is unreliable, CIM still hasn't released detailed renders of 432 Park, which leaves Department of Building permits as the only source of information on the project.

If CIM takes a tact similar to the one Gary Barnett used with One57, detailed renders will remain undisclosed until the building is well under construction, as competition for the high-end residential market in New York is extremely fierce. CIM's tight-lipped approach makes even more sense in light of Gary Barnett's confirmation that 225 West 57th will rise 1,250 feet (or higher), as views are one of the key drivers of the northern Midtown residential boom.

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Robert A.M. Stern Designing Finally-in-Progress 220 CPS?



The long developer face-off at 220 Central Park South may finally be coming to an end. Keen real estate observer Michael Gross notices that the building's rear facade is thoroughly scaffolded and that it was covered with workers this morning, "likely signaling its imminent demolition." That seems in line with site owner Vornado's most recent plan for the building, to demolish everything above the second floor even though Gary Barnett, owner of 220 Central Park South's underground parking garage, has refused to make way. Will Barnett change his mind now that Vornado's making some serious moves?

And we mean starchitect-level serious. Gross hears from a few sources that Robert A.M. Stern has been asked to design the future 220 Central Park South (which Vornado chair Steven Roth promised would be better than Extell's One57). No permits have been filed, so we don't know whether Stern is on board—but if Vornado is looking for a One57-killer, that's certainly one way to go about it.

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On West 54th: Three Hotels, One Office Tower, One Rat, Plenty Of Glass!



Foreground: 1717 Broadway, Background: 250 West 55th
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L&L Needs Rezoning To Fully Redevelop 425 Park Ave


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The “iconic” new building L&L Holdings plans to replace its obsolescent 425 Park Ave. with could be a lot more iconic if the city rezones the Grand Central office district before 2015, when work is to begin.

Right now, L&L plans on keeping 25 percent of the tower’s core while it entertains design proposals from “starchitects” including Sir Norman Foster and Renzo Piano for a mostly new structure.

That’s because retaining one-quarter of the existing structural steel would be the only way L&L could replicate the tower’s roughly 600,000 square feet under existing zoning, which dates to 1961.

Incredibly, the 1961 zoning requires new buildings near Grand Central to be roughly 25 percent smaller than those constructed in the 1950s.

“If they make the modification to City Planning, we would do full demolition and take advantage of it,” L&L Chairman/CEO David W. Levinson said of the $750 million project.
It would allow him to create a truly new building “and would give the architects a freer hand,” he said.

The 32-story building, opened in 1957, is built to a floor-area ratio of 20. If L&L were to tear the whole structure down and start from the ground up, its replacement could be built only to an FAR of 15 under 1961 rules.

But although L&L needs to start planning soon, it still has some time, since it can’t start work until 2015 when leases expire.

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Food market, Howard Hughes battle over use of Fulton Fish Market buildings



Lower Manhattan’s popular New Amsterdam Market wants to make a permanent home of the abandoned Fulton Fish Market warehouses, but it’s facing opposition from Howard Hughes Corporation, DNAinfo reported. The South Street Seaport developer has first rights to the city-owned properties that the market covets around the seaport.

The buildings that the market’s founder, Robert LaValva, hopes to occupy are the Tin Building and the New Market Building, located near the base of Pier 17. Though Howard Hughes plans an overhaul of the Pier 17 mall, the work does not include the two warehouses, which company officials say need work and for now, are better left untouched. Howard Hughes declined to comment on specific plans for the buildings.

Howard Hughes officials have reached out to LaValva with an olive branch, telling him that he can move his operation into the Pizzeria Uno building on Pier 17, but he rejected the offer.

“The Fulton Fish Market space is so vital and iconic and important,” LaValva said.

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Starchitect Annabelle Selldorf's New 10 Bond Plan Revealed



Annabelle Selldorf presented a second plan for a new residential and retail development set to rise at 10 Bond Street on Tuesday, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission gave her new design a big dose of love. Gone are the rounded corners overlooking Lafayette Street, as seen in the previous plan that was termed "too timid" by the LPC in April. The horizontality that prevailed before has been replaced by a more robust framework, clad in terra cotta and Corten steel. The penthouse has been rethought, and is now topped with a trellis, a "celebratory moment" in the words of Selldorf, whose creative team envisions it softened by plantings growing tall over Noho.

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