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Old August 11th, 2012, 03:43 AM   #2241
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MePa Condo Now Shrouded in Fancy Construction Netting

Friday, August 10, 2012, by Jessica Dailey

345 West 14th Street, aka 345 Meatpacking, is officially the coolest kid on the block. The condo building is now covered with the most awesome construction netting ever, designed by famed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. A Curbed tipster sent along a couple photos of the black and yellow spotted netting being installed, and we must say, it looks just like the rendering in the Journal. Hats off to developer DDG Partners, who paid for the 120-foot-tall artwork. It will remain up through September 30.
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Old August 11th, 2012, 06:11 AM   #2242
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Recent picture of the 56 Leonard St site I snapped. Not much activity here... yet.
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Old August 11th, 2012, 07:08 AM   #2243
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Update on a smaller residential project going up on Canal and Greenwich in Tribeca:

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Old August 11th, 2012, 11:42 AM   #2244
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Old August 11th, 2012, 07:46 PM   #2245
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The Warren Lofts (Tribeca) seems nice
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Old August 14th, 2012, 12:25 AM   #2246
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High Above Columbus Circle, a Living Room, TV Included



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Imagine you’re a New York City building official, and the mayor’s office has decided to let an artist build a living room six stories up in the air and wrap it around a historic statue of Christopher Columbus in the middle of one of Manhattan’s busiest intersections

Oh, and the plan is to have 100,000 people climb up stairs to view it.

You might have a few safety concerns and envision a few traffic headaches. And you’d note, of course, that somebody will have to worry about insurance and handicap accessibility.

But the mayor is, as you know, a big champion of the arts and, by reputation, no great fan of the automobile.

So your reaction to the project may well be a lot like that of Thomas Fariello, the first deputy buildings commissioner who is overseeing a plan to convert Columbus Circle into a piece of Conceptual art this fall.

“I like it,” he said recently. “I think it’s fun.”

The fun is just beginning, with the scaffolding rising for the piece, by the Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi, who plans to furnish the living room with couches, lamps and a coffee table for visitors, who will be able to commune face to face in homey comfort with the 13-foot tall explorer as he pokes up into the space from atop his lofty pedestal.

“It’s such a wonderful and innovative way of bringing people closer to Columbus,” said John Calvelli, secretary of the National Italian American Foundation, who is trying to promote and raise money for the project, “Discovering Columbus.” “Some of the people in the community are wondering, ‘What is this actually going to be?’ It’s going to be an opportunity to have a moment with Columbus and have an intimate experience.”

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Old August 14th, 2012, 01:21 AM   #2247
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Here Now, a Vision for a Rezoned Midtown East in 2040

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A plan recently put forward by the city would rezone Midtown East, allowing NYC's skyline to expand upward over 74 blocks from 37th Street to 57th Street between Second and Fifth avenues. There are some restrictions: taller buildings must occupy entire avenues of blockfront and 25,000-square-foot lots, meaning that most of the development will take place right around Grand Central. Still, that leaves plenty of opportunities for upward expansion. Former Curbed intern and architecture student William Weber imagined what that might look like, in the first installment of a new feature.
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Old August 14th, 2012, 01:27 AM   #2248
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Thank god none of it will be that ugly!
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Old August 14th, 2012, 01:46 AM   #2249
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inb4 Gene Kaufman's first suprtall...
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Old August 14th, 2012, 02:26 AM   #2250
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This is too Dubai like...
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Old August 14th, 2012, 07:04 PM   #2251
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with the right designs it will look fantastic! can't wait for 2040
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Old August 14th, 2012, 09:20 PM   #2252
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First things first. NYC needs to abolish the 2000ft height limit.
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Old August 15th, 2012, 12:33 AM   #2253
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Thats the FAA that has that, not the city.

On SSP there are some photos of showing 160 West 62nd is now at street level. Still no renders on that should be about 550 feet though.

Below, the first building of a five tower complex that starts in November. No word on when the other 4 towers will start though.

Riverside Center Reveals Affordable Housing Details
Tuesday, August 14, 2012, by Jeremiah Budin



"Representatives of the Dermot Company and the Carlyle Group gave a presentation to Community Board 7 last night regarding the first Riverside Center building, Riverside Parcel 2 (probably not the final name), which is set to begin construction in November. The presentation focused mainly on the affordable housing aspect, and the fact that the bottom four floors would house a Pre-K through 8th grade school. The Community Board voted fourteen to three, with one abstention, to approve the plans. The building will contain 616 total units..."
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Old August 15th, 2012, 01:07 AM   #2254
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Sweet! I love it when NYC get taller and taller every decade. Wish that applies to many cities in USA too.
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Old August 15th, 2012, 01:55 AM   #2255
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New 80 South St renders Morali Architects: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...5909700&type=3



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Old August 15th, 2012, 02:10 AM   #2256
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http://therealdeal.com/blog/2012/08/...est-side-site/

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Hospitality firm Riu Hotels & Resorts has paid residential owner and operator Glenwood Management $111 million for a large development site on the West Side. The five parcels on the west side of Eighth Avenue, between 46th and 47th streets, including addresses 743-763 Eighth Avenue, would allow a building between 260,000 square feet and 320,000 square feet, according to published reports.

Last year, Glenwood executive vice president Gary Jacob said in an interview that his firm would build a mixed-use development at the site.

Riu, which was founded in Mallorca, Spain, in 1953, signed the contract to buy the property in March, and the sale closed July 31, city property records published today show.

Travel Weekly reported in June that Riu would develop a 600-room tower called Riu Plaza New York Times Square, with an opening set for the middle of 2015, but did not reveal the price or the address.

Glenwood, based in New Hyde Park, L.I., bought the defaulted debt on the property in September 2010 and launched a foreclosure process, finally acquiring title in July 2011. While it is not clear what Glenwood paid for the defaulted mortgage and the deed, it seems it cleared a profit. A note buyer generally pays less than the total outstanding principal, which in this case was $78.6 million when Glenwood launched the foreclosure process in October 2010.

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I don't like this, it's strange somehow...
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Old August 15th, 2012, 04:06 AM   #2258
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Old August 15th, 2012, 09:09 AM   #2259
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riu for new york really ?
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Old August 15th, 2012, 11:51 PM   #2260
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Rockrose Acquires Hudson Yards Site

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From left: Justin and Henry Elghanayan and the site on 39th Street

August 15, 2012 04:00PM
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Rockrose Development has purchased a 19,475-square-foot commercial development site near Hudson Yards, bringing to completion a decade-long plan to acquire an entire block on the Far West Side.

The acquisition of the site, at 528-534 West 39th Street, paves the way for a residential development totaling 528 units as well as an additional 1 million square feet of commercial development, Rockrose President Justin Elghanayan told The Real Deal following the closing today. The lot, formerly owned by Mercedes Benz and close to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, is located between West 38th and West 39th streets and between 10th and 11th avenues. The combined land area Rockrose has accumulated at the site totals 73,793 square feet, with total available development rights of 1.4 million square feet. Rockrose has been piecing together the site since 2001.

Elghanayan declined to provide the selling price. Rockrose was represented by Howard Greenberg and Anne DeMarzo of Ace Capital in the deal, while Mercedes was represented by Michael Laginestra and Michael Geoghegan of CBRE.

Elghanayan said the firm is currently evaluating its options for the site, which will likely include both a residential and a commercial component. The commercial component could be a convention center hotel. Such hotels typically include a large meeting space or ballroom, which would be easily facilitated in this instance by the site’s 74,000-square-foot floor plate. However, it’s likely that the residential component of the site would come first, Elghanayan said.

Asked if the firm would lean towards condominiums or rentals, Elghanayan said Rockrose was undecided. Many other developers are hedging their bets on the Far West Side. Larry Silverstein’s Silverstein Properties is reportedly trying out designs for a 60-story residential tower at 514 11th Avenue, and Extell Development is expanding a residential tower project at 502 West 41st Street. Neither project has yet declared whether it will be a condominium or a rental.

Even if all these upcoming projects go rental, Elghanayan said Rockrose would be undeterred from doing the same. “When it comes to rental product, the more the merrier,” he said. “You are in a partnership with your fellow developers because you’re bringing critical mass to the area, which is really making a neighborhood.”

As well as the 7 subway line, the project may also benefit from its proximity to Hudson Yards Boulevard Park, the first phase of which is already under construction between 33rd and 36th streets, Elghanayan noted.

Rockrose has deep roots in the Hudson Yards area. The firm developed a 394-unit property at 455 West 37th Street and an 835-unit property at 505 West 37th Street before splitting into two separate companies in 2009 when Elghanayan’s uncles K. Thomas and Frederick founded TF Cornerstone.

“Rockrose was one of the earliest development pioneers in the Hudson Yards area,” H. Henry Elghanayan, Rockrose founder and CEO, said in a statement to The Real Deal. “Our firm purchased several development properties in the area in 2001, four years before the district was rezoned by the City to encourage commercial development.”
Expect MULTIPLE towers.
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