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Old September 10th, 2012, 10:07 AM   #2321
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Whitney Museum in the Meatpacking District rising:


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Old September 11th, 2012, 04:02 AM   #2322
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Even a Smaller Hudson Square Will Transform the Manhattan Skyline



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We know that the reason there are no skyscrapers in the middle of Manhattan has nothing to do with bedrock and everything to do with development patterns. And it is development that will alter that skyline once again. Trinity Real Estate recently unveiled their plans to rezone Hudson Square, the last undeveloped corner of Manhattan just west of Soho, north of Tribeca, south of the Village. As those neighborhoods would suggest, it is a place ripe for development. Just beware of over-development.


Current skyline

That is the message Trinity delivered when it went to the Community Board last week to present its plan as part of the city’s months-long public review process. Our buildings may seem big, but they could be bigger, as a presentation reported Curbed reveals (there will also be gourmet chocolate!). Trinity furnished The Observer with their key slide making this case, which shows towers pushing 500-600 feet in the neighborhood. Compare that to the roughly 200-foot skyline now, the Trump Soho not withstanding.

It is true, current zoning has no height limits, meaning clever developers could build even higher. At the same time, residential development is currently barred, so there would be limited reason to build bigger (a big office tower, or more likely, hotel is possible regardless of the rezoning—see: Trump Soho).

All the same, even with a 320-foot height limit, these towers will top their hulking industrial neighbors. Another striking revelation from these renderings is just how many development sites there are in the district. As we previously reported, the city is looking at at least a dozen new buildings, but it’s always hard to conceive of just how many that is until you see a visual like this.

Not that there is anything wrong with this. In fact, it is quite exciting. Manhattan is a place of skyscrapers, and we will need more to house everyone moving here, especially given an affordable housing within the rezoning.
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Old September 11th, 2012, 04:11 AM   #2323
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Come Christmas Forest City Will Make Atlantic Yards Prefab Decision



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Eighteen months after Forest City Ratner began publicly considering using modular construction to build the first residential tower at Atlantic Yards, a final decision is nearly in sight. The firm is building a prototype module this month and will decide by Christmas whether to employ the prefabricated method for the 32-story, 930-unit tower, Crain’s reported. If built, it would be the largest prefabricated structure in the world.

The decision hinges, in part, on whether Forest City can get construction unions to accept a 25 percent pay cut to work on the project. Crain’s noted that cutting construction costs is especially important to the developer because by the time all 4,500 rental units are erected on the former rail yards, half of them must be affordable.

But with the unconventional construction technique comes unique concerns. In the modular process every detail requires “near-constant collaboration” by architects, engineers and construction workers to ensure the pods fit together perfectly when they arrive at the site. In order to ensure that the building can withstand earthquakes, wind and other disasters, the tower will include a steel frame built on the site, and not in the modular construction factories. The ability to work on both components at once will save time and millions of dollars.

Crain’s said the tower would be far different from existing prefabricated structures, not only because it is seven stories taller than the world’s next highest, in England, but also because it is veering from the “stacked shoebox” design typical of modular towers. Instead, Forest City is aiming for high design, according to MaryAnne Gilmartin, the executive vice president overseeing the project.
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Old September 11th, 2012, 04:16 AM   #2324
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Nolitan Hotel Would Like To Open This Century


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The initial opening date for the Nolitan Hotel, once set for May 2010, has long since come and gone, delayed in part by a Department of Buildings finding that the property violated height limits. But on Thursday, representatives for the 60-room property are slated to make their case to members of the land use subcommittee of Community Board 2 in hopes of getting approval for a built extra story and “legalizing a built mezzanine” on the premises, Bowery Boogie reported.

The dispute dates back several years, when neighbors complained about allegedly unsafe conditions at the construction site. The DOB investigated the property, ultimately finding in January 2010 that the hotel violated the city’s zoning laws. Developers Veracity Development subsequently lost an appeal of the decision.
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Old September 11th, 2012, 04:18 AM   #2325
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CUNY, Sloan-Kettering unveil plans for new UES medical, research facilities



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The city of New York, the City University of New York and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center reached an agreement for the construction of two research and medical facilities on the Upper East Side, Real Estate Weekly reported.

Sloan-Kettering will build a cancer care facility and CUNY’s Hunter College will build a new facility for science and nursing programs, according to the Associated Press. The new building will eliminate the need for redundant infrastructure, such as cafeterias and libraries, at the school’s 25th Street campus, which the university will eventually vacate, Real Estate Weekly said.

The city will sell a 66,000 square-foot site at 525 East 73rd Street to CUNY, which will build the 336,000-square-foot science and nursing facility there, for $215 million. The cancer center will span up to 750,000 square feet, Real Estate Weekly said.
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Old September 11th, 2012, 04:49 AM   #2326
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Old September 11th, 2012, 11:35 PM   #2327
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Bush Terminal Building To Get Unwanted Guest:

136 W. 42nd St


Another day, another awful Times Sq. hotel. This time courtesy of Peter Poon, skyline-defiler extrordinaire. The 37 story job is already underway.


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What a shame. A complete and utter POS rises between two beautiful old NY buildings.
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Old September 12th, 2012, 12:40 AM   #2329
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Old September 12th, 2012, 12:55 AM   #2330
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Bush Terminal Building To Get Unwanted Guest:

136 W. 42nd St


Another day, another awful Times Sq. hotel. This time courtesy of Peter Poon, skyline-defiler extrordinaire. The 37 story job is already underway.


New York YIMBY: http://www.newyorkyimby.com/2012/09/...nd-street.html

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Well at least the logo on the side looks nice. I do like the building though
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Old September 12th, 2012, 10:29 PM   #2332
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I've been wondering what this project was and I finally found a rendering. It's called 330 Hudson St, and the existing building is being renovated into new offices, with a 12 story addition on top that will be a hotel. I drove by today and the hotel portion looks like to be about halfway up, so 6ish stories, with the renovation of the existing building in full swing.

The building before work began:


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Old September 14th, 2012, 04:11 AM   #2333
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Queens groups push back on plans for neighborhood sports arenas, mall



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A coalition of community groups is trying to block the Bloomberg administration’s plans to bring two professional sports arenas and a one million-square-foot mall to the area surrounding Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Six groups, including Make the Road New York, have won the support of local City Council member Julissa Ferreras in their efforts to hold up necessary approvals for the projects on the basis that the city is taking away open space without accounting for whether the neighborhood could support the significant increases in traffic and population the projects would bring. The community is also concerned the mall would drive out smaller local business.

“I have an obligation to make sure that our community gets a voice in the process…The community needs to decide if these three different proposals are a good use of parkland,” Ferreras said.

The coalition’s concerns could stall the project or force concessions from the city, which is not keen to delay its efforts.

“In all of our conversations with Queens community groups, we hear the same message consistently: the borough needs more jobs and economic activity. These projects would meet that need in spectacular fashion and provide employment to thousands of Queens residents,” said Julie Wood, a spokesperson for the city.
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September 13, 2012 10:00AM


Former Deutsche Bank building

The deal struck to resume construction at the 9/11 museum garnered headlines earlier this week, but the biggest byproduct of that agreement may be in the development of a high-rise residential building at the former Deutsche Bank building site. The transaction had the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey turning over ownership of eight acres of the 16-acre World Trade Center site, which include the museum and the memorial, in exchange for “Site 5,” better known as the land that once held the Deutsche Bank building at 130 Liberty Street, Reuters reported.

That swap fulfills an earlier agreement made in 2006 that was delayed by the political standoff at the museum. Now the land must be traded within the next six months.

Unlike land at the World Trade Center, 130 Liberty Street can be used to develop apartments, hotel rooms or offices. “The site would be most valuable if it supported apartments with a hotel on the lower floors,” Robert Von Ancken, chairman of Landauer Valuation & Advisory, a division of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, told Reuters. He speculated combined hotel and apartments would sell for between $135 million and $150 million. Reuters noted that the cash-strapped Port Authority would welcome the revenue.
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Old September 14th, 2012, 05:00 AM   #2335
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1 WTC "Spire" Going Up Soon


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1 WTC Spire Soon to Rise

With 1 World Trade Center (WTC) now topped out at 1,368 feet -- or 105 stories, the same height as the twin towers -- Port Authority crews in August began building out the roof and preparing it for the new steel architectural spire. The 408-foot-tall spire is designed to support antennas and communications equipment, and by spring 2013 will raise 1 WTC to the height of 1,776 feet above street level, making it the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

The spire is being fabricated as 16 separate sections at a factory near Montreal, and will be transported by barge to New York City in mid-November. During its 11-day voyage, the barge will travel down the Eastern Seaboard and into New York Harbor to dock at Pier 25, at N. Moore and West Street.

Just after Thanksgiving, crews will begin to transport the spire segments one by one to the WTC site. Each one will be hoisted from the barge onto a 21-foot-wide truck specially designed to carry the sections feet and weigh up to 47 tons (about the weight of a full tractor-trailer). Upon reaching the WTC site, the spire sections will be assembled, piece by piece, at the top of 1 WTC.

Workers are currently installing a temporary steel framework at the top of the tower to support the spire during assembly. Two cranes will lift each spire section into place: one carries the section up to the 1,370-foot-high platform, and another lifts the piece into place onto the spire. The process is expected to conclude in early 2013, but the exact date will depend on weather during the operations.

The skyscraper topped in August 2012. Its facade is now up to the 83rd floor. Across the site, 4 WTC is also topped out, at 72 stories, and its facade is above the 60th floor.
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Old September 14th, 2012, 08:12 AM   #2336
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Brodsky's 135 E. 79th St. To Go Old School Classic





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Brodsky Org's new condo on East 79th, West of Lex, will be a tribute of sorts to the old school prewar style of building that is prevalent in the immediate area. The building looks like an Emory Roth or Candela creation, at least what we can tell from the above rendering. While 19 stories, there will only be 36 units with prices likely starting at $6.8 Million and continuing through the stratosphere. The estimated starting price is $3,000 per square foot, but it wouldn't be a big surprise for those numbers to quickly get bid up when the units come to market. I am not necessarily enamoured by the grey color, but I admit that I am thrilled to see a re-imagined classic style. The foundation is in place and the project is about 20 out of the ground.
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Old September 14th, 2012, 06:01 PM   #2337
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35 story tower to start early next year.



Related’s UES tower to get $35M school
September 14, 2012 09:00AM

"... The White Plains, N.Y.-based Windward School had for years been searching for a location, but settled on the site of a 35-story tower Related plans to build between Second and Third avenues. The school caters mostly to students with dyslexia and is expects to open the 60,000-square-foot facility by 2015.

Related will begin construction on a 250-unit rental tower in early 2013. The plans garnered widespread opposition last year, because the building was to replace a beloved playground in an area residents say is starved for open space. But the developer has promised a 12,000-square-foot open space on its site..."
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More development. It never ends.

Eco-Friendly Chelsea Building Begins to Rise With Units Sold
Friday, September 14, 2012, by Sara Polsky

:The Chelsea Green condo building, the eco-focused project planned for 151 West 21st Street, has gone about things in an unconventional order. The building—which has the same developer as name sibling Village Green—opened its sales office, designed to look like an apartment, back in May. But the building has only just begun construction. We wandered by to snap a few photos earlier this week; according to the developers, the building will rise at a rate of two floors per week. Signage on site estimates building completion in fall 2013..."





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The Fed's QE3 launch means that mortgage backed securities have a buyer. Expect a flurry of condo projects and maybe some more office starts (assuming the Fed buys CMBS paper). Apartments are getting so pricey that condos are the next step.
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Old September 14th, 2012, 08:47 PM   #2340
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That's a good point. I have a few friends who work at Citi, JPM, those types of firms, and they're so fed up with how expensive rent has gotten for 1 bedrooms that they're considering just buying an apartment, because it's actually cheaper and they get something out of it. Anyway, the amount of development even before QE3 is absurd.

Some more development since my last post a half hour ago:

econ_time on WNY has dug up a new building permit for a new 21 story, 221 foot, hotel at 30 West 46th across the street from the International Gem Tower. It's the same developer as the Gem Tower, Extell, so it should move forward very quickly. No renderings.

Also, there's a roughly 550 foot tower at 160 W 62nd behind Lincoln Center, right next to Fordham's big expansion that's two stories up and has a crane on site. Don't know if it has a thread, but there isn't an official rendering, or at least nothing recent.
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