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Old December 18th, 2012, 07:55 PM   #2541
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Yup, it'll be taller than 432 Park.

This block has always been pretty awful, so it's almost impossible for something new to be worse than what's there. But this is a huge assembly of buildings.

Eight-Lot Chunk of East 14th Street Sells for $35 Million
Tuesday, December 18, 2012, by Jessica Dailey



"Big things could be coming to East 14th Street between Avenues A and B. Back in September, EV Grieve heard rumors about lots in the area possibly being developed as a housing complex, and it's looking like this is true. Near the end of November, eight different lots, consisting of 222 Avenue A and 504-530 East 14th Street, sold together for $35 million to a group called East Village 14 LLC. The lots include ABC Animal Hospital, the Blarney Cove, Pete's-a-Pizza, Stuyvesant Grocery, Bargain Bazaar, and more. And as EV Grieve previously reported, landlords have already broken leases for a lot of shops along the stretch. Needless to say, we'll be keeping an eye on this one. Hit up the tipline if you have any intel."
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Old December 18th, 2012, 08:11 PM   #2542
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B2 at Atlantic Yards Breaks Ground


B2 in all its modular glory
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Old December 18th, 2012, 09:50 PM   #2543
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Whitney Museum Tops Out

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The final steel beam was just put into place atop the Whitney Museum’s new Renzo Piano-designed location downtown, finalizing the outline of the nine-story, 200,000-square-foot building that is set to open in 2015.

“We’re delighted to share this milestone event with our partners at Turner Construction, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, and Cooper Robertson & Partners,” Adam D. Weinberg, the museum’s director, said in a statement. “The future Whitney will be an aspirational space where contemporary artists can realize their visions and audiences can connect deeply with art.”

A flag flew half-mast atop the structure alongside a banner that said “NY Loves Newtown” in commemoration of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
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Old December 18th, 2012, 10:30 PM   #2544
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B2 in all its modular glory
i'm sure this will look brilliant when completed
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Old December 19th, 2012, 05:18 AM   #2545
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This block has always been pretty awful, so it's almost impossible for something new to be worse than what's there. But this is a huge assembly of buildings.
Don't jinx it! But yeah, lets hope this is something nice.
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Old December 19th, 2012, 05:19 AM   #2546
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Update on the Willow Hotel, at 120 West 57th Street. I love how this one turned out:

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Old December 19th, 2012, 05:22 AM   #2547
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Update on the Fordham University development. Just saw this for this first time in person. It's a lot cooler than I expected it to be, the tower portion is quite slender.

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And the residential tower continues to rise. I counted 26 stories. About halfway up.

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Old December 19th, 2012, 04:34 PM   #2548
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Texas firms plan residential development at $50M West Side site
December 18, 2012 03:30PM
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"Houston-based Crimson Real Estate Fund and USAA Real Estate Co., a San Antonio-based company, have paid $50 million for a development site located at 546 West 44th Street, according to public records filed with the city today.

The companies are planning to develop 298 units of market-rate and affordable housing at the site, between 10th and 11th avenues, according to a release from USAA Real Estate released last week.

Plans include 80 percent market-rate units and 20 percent affordable units in the two-building development, and the companies intend to begin construction in the first quarter or 2014, the release said..."
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Old December 19th, 2012, 07:07 PM   #2549
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This is 33 stories and has broken ground.

What's the Deal With Atlantic Yards' Modular Construction?
Wednesday, December 19, 2012, by Curbed Staff



"... How much do you save compared to conventional construction? How much faster is it?

We estimated that it's around 12 to 15 percent in savings based what we think our effectiveness will be. We hope it'll be better than that. It does provide tangible savings, because we're producing it around four months faster than conventional construction. We expect to be done in 18 months. The conventional construction would have been 24 months..."



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Old December 19th, 2012, 08:04 PM   #2550
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31-Story Apartment Tower Rising at 325 Lexington Avenue
Wednesday, December 19, 2012, by Jessica Dailey



"... Permits were renewed in July 2011, and work has been moving steadily forward since then, with the latest permits being issued just yesterday. Here's what we know from filings with the DOB: it will be 31 stories, plus a celler, the ground floor will have a restaurant/bar, and the residential portion will have 103 apartments (two full-floor penthouses), a club room, and a fitness center.



A quick Google search for "325 Lexington" turns up a design for a building at the site created by Studio Dror. We're not sure if this is actually what the building will look like (we've reached out to Dror, but have yet to hear back), but if it is, then it's a pretty mindboggling tower..."

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Old December 20th, 2012, 05:27 AM   #2551
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I recall 325 Lex from years ago. Thomas O'Hara, who usually designs crap, was the architect. Hopefully, that's no longer true.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 05:49 AM   #2552
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Looks like 56 Leonard which I personally like.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 06:04 AM   #2553
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More black brick cladding, like at the Willow Hotel! Excellent!
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 10:48 PM   #2554
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City Planning OKs Durst Fetner’s West 57th Street residential project




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The City Planning Commission yesterday approved Durst Fetner Residential’s 625 West 57th Street, a 753-unit development at the Hudson River, the New York Observer reported.

The striking pyramid design, by Bjarke Ingles Group, includes a central terrace that is almost the size of a football field, the Observer said.

“Our approval will facilitate development of a significant new building with a distinctive pyramid-like shaped design and thoughtful site plan that integrates the full block site into the evolving residential, institutional, and commercial neighborhood surrounding it,” City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden said, before voting in favor of the project, according to the Observer.

This was the second-to-last hurdle for the project, previously known as W57, to clear before construction can move ahead.
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 11:07 PM   #2555
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Two Trees’ BAM mixed-use project clears first hurdle





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Two Trees Management’s new mixed-use development near the Brooklyn Academy of Music earned mixed reviews at a local community board meeting last night, although it gained conditional approval from the board’s land use committee, Brownstoner reported.

The 32-story building would include 400 rental apartments, 20 percent of which will be “affordable” units, a 10,000-square-foot public plaza, a library, a movie theater, two restaurants and 15,500 square feet of other retail space, according to previous reports.

While residents expressed concerns about the height of the building and the traffic the development might create, the land use committee did provisionally approve the project, with certain conditions set. Two Trees will need to remove terraces from the design, and implement “a traffic plan, and an unobtrusive illumination plan,” Brownstoner said.

The proposed development would partner with the local community, incorporating the Pacific Street library, which was slated to close, and with the three theaters operated by BAM.

This was not the only community-altering project approved by a community board yesterday, as the massive Cornell NYC Tech project also got the go-ahead.
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 11:20 PM   #2556
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Mercedes House finishes up:

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I thought the mercedes house was supposed to look different?
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 11:41 PM   #2557
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New York Public Library unveils plans for $300 million Norman Foster renovation



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Starchitect Norman Foster’s plans for the renovation of the New York Public Library flagship on Fifth Avenue were revealed today, with features including a multi-level atrium, Bryant Park views and a teen center, the New York Times reported. Project construction will kick off this summer and will be completed in 2018.

Library officials told the Times that the renovated library — at a total of 100,000 square feet — will be the city’s largest indoor public space. After a renovation valued at $300 million — half of which came from the city — the new library will house the collections of the Mid-Manhattan library across the street, as well as the Science, Industry and Business Library on 34th Street and Madison Avenue.

The property’s central portion will be opened from the Fifth Avenue entrance back to Bryant Park, where a four-level atrium and sitting areas will replace book stacks that are now closed to the public. The renovation will allow for ground floor Bryant Park views for the first time.

As previously reported, this renovation plan stirred controversy among hundreds of artists, writers and publishers, who called for a public discussion of the plan. Complaints centered on the library relocating most of the books in the stacks into storage to make space for the new circulating collection, which they claimed would weaken the library’s role as a leading reference center, the Times said.

In response, the library made a revision to the plan with the help of an $8 million donation in order to create additional space for books below the library, allowing for 3.3 million of the research library’s collection of 4.5 million volumes to remain inside the property.

Final building materials have not yet been selected, but Foster told the Times that the same materials inside — stone, wood and bronze — will likely be used again.
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 12:19 AM   #2558
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Jeff Sutton and Joe Sitt just bought this lousy building located at 529 Broadway for $150m. The tenants are month-to-month, so it will be redeveloped soon. This eyesore was the sole unappealing structure on this beautiful stretch of B'Way which has very ornate, small buildings.
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 01:28 AM   #2559
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529 Broadway:




I assume it's zoned for residential? Either way, that stretch of Broadway is gorgeous and deserves something special.
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 02:02 AM   #2560
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Anything that will rise there will be subject to Landmarks Commission approval.
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