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Old January 31st, 2013, 01:58 AM   #2661
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I think Solow is likely to unload all of the ConEd site. The man is 83 years old and unwinding his empire. The Richard Meier designs will probably be discarded as well, unless the condo market returns with enough vigor to sustain these starchitect-designed hotboxes.
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Old February 1st, 2013, 01:23 AM   #2662
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New 21 story hotel on 29th St.

Two 50 story towers in Jersey City start in the spring.
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Old February 1st, 2013, 06:11 AM   #2663
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I think Solow is likely to unload all of the ConEd site. The man is 83 years old and unwinding his empire. The Richard Meier designs will probably be discarded as well, unless the condo market returns with enough vigor to sustain these starchitect-designed hotboxes.
A site such as this deserves beautiful modern architecture. If they drop Meier and build some shitty Kaufmann box I will be severely disappointed.

All the great cities have fantastic gems on their riverfront. NY needs to make the most of this resource that they have so far neglected over the years. Instead of ugly public housing and warehouses, the riverfront needs to be valued as a showpiece for the city like most world renowned river cities. Although NYC was for the most part an industrial city that looked away from the river, today the river needs to be reclaimed.

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Old February 1st, 2013, 08:24 AM   #2664
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Well then you should like this news...

Big West Side apt. complex gets key thumbs up

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A key City Council committee voted Thursday afternoon to approve Durst Fetner's proposed pyramid-shaped apartment tower on West 57th Street. The vote by the Land Use Committee came on the heels of the council's Zoning and Franchises Subcommittee voting unanimously in favor of the project.

The council's move came after an 11th-hour impasse had arisen in talks between the developer and local Councilwoman Gale Brewer over the issue of how many affordable units the 750-unit complex designed by Danish wunderkind Bjarke Ingels would house. That impasse was finally resolved on Thursday morning. The full council will likely vote on the development next week.

"It's always a tough negotiation, but I'm glad we have some affordable housing," Ms. Brewer said. "And I do like the building, the pyramid."

Earlier this week, Crain's reported, the developer promised to add 20 new affordable housing units to the project, bringing the total number to 170. Only this morning, Durst Fetner also agreed to pay $1 million toward an affordable housing fund that will promote the development of affordable housing in the neighborhood. The fund will be managed by the city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

"I know there are a number of other projects coming up in the neighborhood that we can use it on," Ms. Brewer said of the funds. "I don't want to say what they are, but they will compliment what we are already getting from the Dursts. In all of these large-scale developments, affordable housing is always a challenge."

In addition to Mr. Ingel's distinctive pyramid, Durst Fetner will take a self-storage property currently run on the corner of West 58th Street and 11th Avenue and turn it into 100 apartment units. Like the new 32-story building, the industrial building will include 20% of its units as affordable, whether or not Durst Fetner can achieve the tax credits that typically come with such a project. The building will not be replaced but instead adaptively reused.

"We are very pleased by the Land Use Committee's unanimous support for the project and we look forward to the full Council's vote next week," Jordan Barowitz, a Durst spokesman, said.
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 09:30 AM   #2665
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That on-again, off-again WTC Arts Center seems to be back on:

WTC performing arts center moves forward


Scale model of the 'Land Of Maybe'...

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The Frank Gehry-designed performing arts center planned for the World Trade Center could take a major step today. The Wall Street Journal reported that the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. is slated to give the operational organization, dubbed the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center, a total of $1 million for staff hires and plans for building development. Organization Director Maggie Boepple told the Journal that the approval of the performing arts center would put the complex on track for a 2017 completion.

The plan for the center, with 1,000- and 200-seat theaters, has been in the works for years. It and would also contains spaces for rehearsing and a restaurant that would serve a double as an additional performance venue.

But recently, the fate of the center was in limbo — not only due to its estimated $450 million construction costs, but also due to an inability to bring on staff members and consultants. There was a worry among performing arts center officials that the development corporation would hold back its $155 million in pledged seed money. However, the plans have been scaled back in terms of size and construction costs.
Guess what folks? Even a "smaller, scaled back arts center" will still probably end up costing $450 million. This IS New York after all...
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 09:39 AM   #2666
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Governors Island Seeks 'Visionary' Developer for Southern Half of Island



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DOWNTOWN — The Trust for Governors Island is looking for “visionary” developers to design the southern half of the island, they announced this week.

The Trust issued a request for expressions of interest (RFEI) for the “creative” and “transformational” private development of 33 acres on the southern half of the island that’s currently off limits to the public.

The trust is seeking to “generate the broadest possible spectrum of ideas” for the redesign of the land where vacant industrial buildings and old housing now sit, they said in a statement. Nonprofit, cultural, educational and commercial developers are all encouraged to apply.

The request is the latest step in a massive plan for overhauling the former Coast Guard base. The city plans to invest more than $260 million by 2014 to revamp the island’s infrastructure and build 30 new acres of public space that includes ballfields, a grove of trees and a playful green space with maze-like hedges.

According to the Trust, the 33 acres are bordered by new park space on one side and the future Great Promenade that will encircle the island, on the other.

This is the second call for private development on island. In December, the Trust issued an RFP for the redevelopment of existing buildings in the Governors Island Historic District. The RFEI and RFP, both due on March 14, "represent the next chapter of the Island's ongoing redevelopment," the Trust said.

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Old February 3rd, 2013, 07:33 PM   #2667
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That on-again, off-again WTC Arts Center seems to be back on:

WTC performing arts center moves forward


Scale model of the 'Land Of Maybe'...



Guess what folks? Even a "smaller, scaled back arts center" will still probably end up costing $450 million. This IS New York after all...
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 07:52 PM   #2668
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Why is the New York view count so small compared to London & Paris..?

NY is one of the few, true Alpha ++ world cities, pfft to the pretenders on the block like Shangai.

Come on New Yorkers, stop being so lazy and up your game...we need more posts to promote the work being done, we want to know.

If you want,London can hire out SO143 to you...just 0.01 cents per post, at his current rate NY will hit 1 Million views in about...2wks.

He's earned enough from the London thread to put himself through university, NY could buy him his first house..
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Old February 5th, 2013, 05:19 PM   #2669
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Work is underway on the west tower of the East River Science Park at 430 East 29th Street. The 220 foot tall, 15 floor tower was supposed to be constructed in 2009, immediately after its twin was constructed. The foundation was poured, but the tower was put on hold due to the economic crash. Word is that Roche has agreed to anchor the new tower, and will move its research operations into Manhattan from New Jersey. The tower will total 410,000 SF along with adjacent lab buildings.

Renderings (two identical towers in center):


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Old February 5th, 2013, 05:22 PM   #2670
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Images of the completed East Tower, this one will rise directly to its right:

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Old February 5th, 2013, 09:05 PM   #2671
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Old February 5th, 2013, 09:59 PM   #2672
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Selldorf Designing Faceted-Facade Tower Facing the WTC



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Six months ago, when a corner site south of the World Trade Center sold for $48 million as part of a deal at the old American Stock Exchange, there was no word of what would rise there. But a design from Selldorf Architects has popped up for that plot, rising 54 stories at the corner of Thames and Greenwich. The designs for 22 Thames Street show a prismatic tower, topping out a few feet taller than the W Downtown a half block to the west. On the first five floors, tucked inside a base of irregular glass bays, is retail and residential recreation space, topped by two floors designated for "performing arts."

Rising above and reaching 637 feet, the tower features a faceted facade filled with 428 residential units. Last month the creative team at Selldorf posted a video showing the louvered fašade system, a "second skin" controlled by each individual dweller, and described thusly: "Cloaking the fašade, a system of operable terracotta louvers animates the building with its changing configurations and reflectivity."






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nice tower, but I like the present buildings...
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Old February 5th, 2013, 10:16 PM   #2674
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Amid the endless wait...

Could A Land Swap Finally Make Moynihan Station Happen?



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The Borough of Manhattan Community College already refused a proposed land swap that could have sped up the development of Moynihan Station, creating a new BMCC campus at the back of the Farley Post Office building. But that hasn't stopped developer the Related Companies from pushing the idea, the Times reports, and since BMCC's enrollment has grown, the college might reconsider. Related would like BMCC to be the anchor tenant in the post office building, taking up 1.1 million square feet. The promised Moynihan Station train platforms and connections to Penn Station would be built while BMCC was moving in.

In exchange, Related would get BMCC's campus 3.8 miles south of Moynihan Station, where Related would probably build apartments. One reason why the City University of New York, BMCC's overlord, is hesitant to make a deal: Related might get more out of the trade than BMCC.
Land swaps are tricky in NYC and win-win situations are rare. BMCC may be seeing an enrollment decline but from their perspective, that's an opportunity to build their programs to increase enrollment, not a spur towards taking a deal they didn't like.
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The Charles Condominiums Developer Secures Additional Financing



Construction is already underway.
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Old February 5th, 2013, 11:40 PM   #2676
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Land swaps are tricky in NYC and win-win situations are rare. BMCC may be seeing an enrollment decline but from their perspective, that's an opportunity to build their programs to increase enrollment, not a spur towards taking a deal they didn't like.
We don't want a college in there, hopefully that plan falls through.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 12:15 AM   #2677
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Details On That Hudson Yards "Culture Shed"


>>>>Sliding your way soon!

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Hudson Yards' proposed Culture Shed is basically what it sounds like: a shed for all the cultural stuff that's been "missing from the cultural landscape" of NYC, in the words of consultant Laurie Beckelman. That description leaves a lot of questions unanswered, and many of those questions will remain unanswered until the thing gets built and exhibits and shows begin to rotate into it. To help that process along, the City Planning Commission launched the public review for the shed. The plan sent to the community board includes a few fresh details and revisions, collected by Crain's.



The highlights from the list of changes:

Ě The Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed Culture Shed will now be 170,000 square feet, not 100,000 as planned in 2004.

Ě The building will be moved slightly to the west of its initial location on 30th Street near 11th Avenue and "nestled" into an apartment building to allow for a larger public open space. The main entrance to the building will be on 30th Street, with other entrances on the Hudson Yards platform.

Ě The building will have three indoor galleries and one rooftop one.

The target completion date: 2017.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 12:22 AM   #2678
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Piet Boon Gets Huy(s) At 404 Park Ave. South

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Sneaky Additions Log

If 205 Avenue A is already 'topped out', Nobody Told The Builders!



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205 Avenue A is now all snug behind scaffolding and construction netting ... and work continues on adding a two-floor extension to the existing four-floor building via developer Terrence Lowenberg and architect Ramy Issac, aka "the controversial penthouse king of the East Village."

And there's a palette of cinder blocks in the backyard, which portends the addition of another story. Still, as it stands now, the building is seven stories — one more than the DOB permitted. Certainly not the first time a renovated building has suddenly become taller without the OK from the city...


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