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Old May 25th, 2012, 05:00 AM   #2061
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The Sundari Lofts & Tower, the zen-themed 50-unit condo planned for 158 Madison Avenue, was a casualty of the credit crunch, its troubles made worse by its location: a T-shaped lot in an area not, er, known for new condo projects. (The site's best success so far was as the home of Andy Warhol's legendary Factory.) Even a redesign failed to get the project off the ground. But now there's new life at the site, The Real Deal explains. It's been acquired by J.D. Carlisle Development (the team behind The Beatrice) and the plan is for a rental building on the site, with construction to begin next year. There's no designer on board yet, but we'll be curious to see the next vision for that T-shape.

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Old May 25th, 2012, 07:31 AM   #2062
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Groundbreaking Held For $260 Million Governors Island Renovation


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Mayor Michael Bloomberg led the groundbreaking ceremony for the first $260 million worth of developments on Governors Island today, the New York Times reported. The initial renovation phase of the increasingly trafficked island – visitors jumped to a half-million last year from 8,000 in 2005 – will add formal gardens, lawns, play areas, woodlands. But the bulk of the budget will be spent on much-needed infrastructure: repairing 2.2 miles of seawall, building a water-line to Brooklyn, demolishing 18 abandoned buildings and improving electrical and telecommunication facilities.

“Governors Island is the centerpiece of our efforts to revitalize New York City’s waterfront,” Bloomberg said. “In 2010, we promised that our administration would make Governors Island a destination that New Yorkers and visitors would be able to enjoy for generations. Today’s park groundbreaking takes us one step closer that goal.”

The island opens for the season this Saturday and is still offering free ferry rides. The state plans to eventual phase-in commercial developments, hotels and even college dormitories, however, there will be no stand-alone housing. The island currently features 33 acres of developable space for commercial use and 1.4 million square feet of buildings. The public parkland phase is scheduled for completion in fall of 2013.
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Old May 26th, 2012, 12:04 AM   #2063
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Durst, Port Authority release new 1 WTC base design



Durst Organization and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey gave the public an up-close glimpse of 1 World Trade Center’s base by releasing new renderings to the New York Post. The 185-foot-wide cube podium, designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, will have vertical glass “fins” that suggest texture by varying patterns and extend from stainless steel panels. Aluminum screens behind the steel will illuminate the base.

Like the altered plan for the spire, the new design is represents a slight change from David Childs’ original design, which had called for custom-fabricated glass that some feared would shatter too easily. The Post calls the new design “a shimmering, richly textured facade on four sides of glass, stainless steel and aluminum … [that] will be left for future generations to judge.”

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Old May 26th, 2012, 12:12 AM   #2064
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Located on the border of two of downtown’s best neighborhoods, SoHo and TriBeCa, and within strolling distance to the Hudson River, Renwick Street is an anomaly: An under-developed and practically unknown block surrounded by some of the most expensive and in-demand real estate in New York City. Some big plans for 15 Renwick Street dissolved when the economy soured, but now that the high-end market is soaring again in Manhattan, a comeback is in the cards. The Real Deal reports today that New York-based residential real estate firm Izaki Group Investments has taken control of the development site, and has tapped CORE to head sales and marketing at the property. (The two are already working together on the condo conversion of TriBeCa’s 93 Worth Street.)

A boutique condominium development will break ground this fall, and CORE CEO Shaun Osher added, “We are very excited to be working on another project with IGI on one of the last remaining undeveloped lots in this exciting neighborhood.” We’ll have more details on 15 Renwick Street in the months ahead.
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Old May 26th, 2012, 01:19 AM   #2065
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Does anyone know what development site THIS is, just east of 6th Avenue on 57th Street. Was walking by today and didn't know this existed. It looks like it could have tremendous potential.

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Old May 26th, 2012, 01:41 AM   #2066
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Does anyone know what development site THIS is, just east of 6th Avenue on 57th Street. Was walking by today and didn't know this existed. It looks like it could have tremendous potential.

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There was a proposal a while back for a 25 story tower at 52 W.57th St. designed by Fox & Fowle. Nothing came of it because of the financial crisis. 52, 54 (demoed) and 56 W.57th (also demoed) are all owned by the same firm, 5657 Realty Corp. Vornado owns the nice building at 50 W.57th. There could be something big in the works between these two. This is a pretty choice site for something luxe if it ever comes to pass.

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The gap in the middle is 54 W. 57th
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Old May 27th, 2012, 07:43 AM   #2067
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Fresh 1WTC renders from Miller Hare 3D for Durst





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Old May 27th, 2012, 07:54 AM   #2068
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The antennae cheapens the entire building. So very sad...
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Old May 27th, 2012, 10:39 PM   #2069
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5 Franklin update:

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From the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center: “Starting February 16th, Franklin Place will be closed daily between Franklin and White Streets, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The small street will be used for ongoing construction activities at 371 Broadway (formerly called 5 Franklin Place), where a major renovation and 15-story addition is taking place. Conversion work began there in early 2012, beginning with deconstruction work. It will continue with superstructure work starting in June through spring 2013. Completion is expected in spring 2014.”

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•Foundation work and interior demolition through April 2012
•Installation of structural support for building extension
•Superstructure erection through spring 2013
•Completion in spring 2014.
•Daily closures on Franklin Place
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Old May 28th, 2012, 12:34 AM   #2070
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Linc LIC rising in Queens:

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That's really cool. It look like NYC is becoming a little bit like shanghai baby yeah!
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Old May 28th, 2012, 09:27 AM   #2072
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When the Bloomberg administration set out to bring a new applied sciences campus to the five boroughs, the goal was to introduce a source of innovation that would help New York City’s economy remain competitive in the 21st century.

Now, as Cornell University moves forward with plans to construct a $2 billion engineering campus on Roosevelt Island, innovation remains the project’s watchword. That trailblazing philosophy will extend to awarding construction and design contracts for the planned two million s/f on new space, according to Kyu Whang, the university’s vice president for facilities service.

Modular, pre-fabricated construction is “absolutely” an option for the project, Whang told attendees of NAIOP’s “Building the Future of New York City” forum earlier this month. “If it’s an innovative way to do construction, then certainly we’ll consider it on our campus,” he said, responding to a direct question about the controversial practice of staging some construction work for a project in an off-site factory. Modular building is still uncommon in New York, but Forest City Ratner plans to start construction on the world’s tallest pre-fabricated steel building in Brooklyn this year.

Whang’s comment was in keeping with one of the themes that emerged during the morning-long event, held overlooking the World Trade Center construction site: the idea that New York City builders are out of date. Seth Pinsky, chairman of the Economic Development Corporation, said that the city’s building methodologies were “decades behind” other cities in the world.

Even by national standards, New York construction may be too slow and costly to attract some industries, said Pat Di Filippo, executive vice-president of Turner Construction. Di Filippo described the pressures of time and efficiency faced by a major technology company like Apple or IBM (a Turner client) when launching a new product. “Construction, facilities — those are just a drag on the bottom line,” he said.

Fast, efficient building is one of the things Cornell will be looking to accomplish on Roosevelt Island. The Ithaca-based ivy school is contractually obligated to deliver two buildings by 2017, but it has a more ambitious goal. If funding and costs work out as hoped, Whang said, Cornell hopes to complete four buildings by that deadline

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Old May 29th, 2012, 11:34 AM   #2073
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World Product Center Remerges As Extell's One Hudson Yards



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While Related has been busy marketing it's Hudson Yards development, the other sites along the future 'Hudson Boulevard' have been almost forgotten. Extell is shaking up the neighborhood in a typical groundbreaking and extraordinary fashion (keep in mind Mr. Barnett is developing One57 and its future taller neighbor at 225 West 57th), with remarks indicating the rise of a 56-floor 1.7 million square foot tower is now imminent. That makes sense, given the 7-line extension to 34th will finally be opening soon.
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Old May 29th, 2012, 11:58 AM   #2074
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Last Updated: 1:02 AM, May 29, 2012
Posted: 11:27 PM, May 28, 2012


Original Kohn Pederson Fox design for the World Product Center.

Extell just tapped Jones Lang LaSalle to find tenants for the 56-story, 1.7 million square office tower to rise on the east blockfront of 11th Avenue between W. 33rd and 34th streets. The project was first announced in 2009, when Barnett was to partner with Israel Green in what was then called the World Product Center. But plans for the arresting, Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed tower went on hold. Extell and Green parted ways and the site is today an empty lot.

Now, Barnett’s again itching to build. “We believe we have the best location in the area, on terra firma [rather than above a rail yard]. We’re right at the new No. 7 line subway station, at the foot of a new park and across from the Javits Convention Center,” he said.

Barnett won’t start construction without pre-leasing half the tower — “at the rents we’re going to charge, it would be suicidal,” he said. Asked what the rents might be, he said with a laugh, “Between $50 and $100 a square foot.”

Related Cos. is the designated developer of the Hudson Yards rail site bounded by 10th and 12th avenues and West 30th-33rd streets. Extell’s site is just north of it in what city officials call the “Hudson Yards area.” Was Barnett worried the name might steam up Related chief Stephen M. Ross?
“I’m not interested in steaming up anybody, much less Steve Ross,” Barnett told us.mBut Ross fumed, “I don’t know why he is trying to deceive tenants and the public.”

Barnett said he’s cooperated closely with the MTA on the new subway station and helped the agency assemble the site. He said station construction also put in place some of the foundation for his tower, which will reduce Extell’s cost and allow it to build swiftly. “We have the ability to begin vertical construction by the end of the year,” he said, “and the ability for our tenants to do their buildouts in 2015.”

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Solow's Con Ed Site Gets The Wake Up Call!


Site at far left may be first to be developed.

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Sheldon Solow, better known for building and buying glamorous properties than for selling, has tapped Studley Capital Transaction Group’s Woody Heller to sift offers for a major East Side development site.

The rare offering by Solow Realty and Development is for 616 First Ave., on the avenue’s east side between East 35th-36th streets. Solow spent years obtaining regulatory, zoning and environmental reviews.

The site overlooking the East River is now fully approved for two new towers of 37 and 47 stories with a total maximum floor area of 730,240 square feet.

“It offers the rare opportunity to develop a site with New York’s three most coveted view amenities — water, green space and skyline,” Heller said.

Solow, famed as the developer of 9 W. 57th St., also owns three contiguous blocks he plans to develop nearby, just south of the United Nations.

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Silverstein plans huge Far West Side residential-retail tower
May 29, 2012 11:30AM
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"Developer Larry Silverstein’s Silverstein Properties is roughing out designs for an approximately 60-story residential and retail tower on Manhattan’s West Side a block from his Silver Towers.

The new project at 514 11th Avenue, between 40th and 41st streets, is in the early stages and has not been formally announced, a source familiar with the development said. While the overall size of the building has not been laid out, the retail portion of the project is expected to be between 150,000 and 250,000 square feet, a source familiar with the developer’s discussions said.

A spokesperson for Silverstein declined to comment..."
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Plans Revealed For New Morningside Heights Condos



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Plans for a 22-story condominium in Morningside Heights have been revealed, Harlem Bespoke reported. Construction activity on the site, located at 240 Manhattan Avenue, has begun, and the projected completion date is January 2014.

Architects GF55 Partners are behind the project with Yoav Haron, CFO at Artimus Construction, who was behind 5th on the Park, according to Department of Buildings filings. GF55 says on their website that the building will have 88 units and 83,400 square feet. This will be one of the largest new developments to rise in the neighborhood these past few years, according to Harlem + Bespoke. Permits for new construction on this site, currently a vacant lot, have been on the DOB’s website for over a year.

Curbed said that the structure was originally intended to become a one-story retail space, according to DOB filings.

The rendering for this glassy, 22-story tower comes at the same time that Manhattan Community Board 10 has devised a plan to landmark more Harlem properties and make development in the neighborhood more uniform.
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Yawn... Only 60 stories...

Silverstein plans huge Far West Side residential-retail tower
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"Developer Larry Silverstein’s Silverstein Properties is roughing out designs for an approximately 60-story residential and retail tower on Manhattan’s West Side a block from his Silver Towers.

The new project at 514 11th Avenue, between 40th and 41st streets, is in the early stages and has not been formally announced, a source familiar with the development said. While the overall size of the building has not been laid out, the retail portion of the project is expected to be between 150,000 and 250,000 square feet, a source familiar with the developer’s discussions said.

A spokesperson for Silverstein declined to comment..."
Hard to tell exactly what it will look like (doesn't look great, especially with that big box base)... but no complaints, this is positive news!
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There was a proposal a while back for a 25 story tower at 52 W.57th St. designed by Fox & Fowle. Nothing came of it because of the financial crisis. 52, 54 (demoed) and 56 W.57th (also demoed) are all owned by the same firm, 5657 Realty Corp. Vornado owns the nice building at 50 W.57th. There could be something big in the works between these two. This is a pretty choice site for something luxe if it ever comes to pass.

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The gap in the middle is 54 W. 57th
Thanks for the response.

An only 25 story building on this location seems almost criminal. Hopefully they can collect together enough FAR to construct something much more significant. This location is really at the heart of 57th Street.
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Thanks for the response.

An only 25 story building on this location seems almost criminal. Hopefully they can collect together enough FAR to construct something much more significant. This location is really at the heart of 57th Street.
I think the Vornado building at 50 W57th would be difficult to gain approval for demolition so I'm seeing a potential air rights transfer that would boost the height of whatever goes in at 52-56 W57th way beyond 25 stories. We'll see...
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