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Old February 10th, 2013, 11:26 PM   #2701
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Old February 11th, 2013, 10:06 PM   #2702
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So Trump SoHo will remain the tallest eye-sore in the vicinity. Regardless it's definitelya nice, large proposal overall.
It's actually one of the nicer modern towers in the city.
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Old February 12th, 2013, 11:37 PM   #2703
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Smackdown At MSG: Community Board 5 Wants Penn Station Back



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Madison Square Garden’s special permit to operate as an arena expired in January, and a move by the arena to secure a long-term renewal has evoked mixed reactions in the community, DNAinfo reported.

Fifty years ago, the City Planning Commission issued MSG a special permit which allows it to seat 2,500 people, according to a planning document viewed by DNAinfo. But since Jan. 24, the arena has been relying on a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, which is set to run out in April.

In an effort to secure a permanent permit, MSG appeared before Community Board 5′s land use committee last week, but the committee said that the arena has no business sitting atop Penn Station, which slows down improvements to the city’s most important train station. They added that it would consider a 10-year lease which would give the community a chance to weigh in again in the future.

“The 10-year renewal is an attempt to create a planning period to figure out another location for the Garden,” Raju Mann, acting chairman of CB5′s land use committee, told DNAinfo. “The reason we would like MSG to relocate is because the Garden sits atop Penn Station, which is North America’s most important train station, but is unfortunately woefully over capacity.”

MSG is currently going through the city’s ULURP process to renew its special permit, having also recently sought permission to waive existing rules and install four 77-foot LED display panels on the stadium’s exterior, in a fashion akin to Times Square.
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Old February 12th, 2013, 11:44 PM   #2704
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"Elephant Mural Building" In Dumbo To Make Way For Apartments





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DUMBO will lose a lot of color and a piece of history if a development company gets permission to level an old graffiti-covered garage to make room for a six-story residential building.

The builders at Alloy want to put up modern housing in place of a low elephant-adorned garage at Pearl and Water streets that, like much of the block, once belonged to the Industrial-era paint company J.W. Masury & Son, according to the Historic Districts Council.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission, which is oversees all new construction in DUMBO because the neighborhood is a historic district, sent the developers back to the drawing board last Wednesday to sketch up new windows that better fit the community’s character.

But preservationists expect the agency to eventually approve the proposal — and they aren’t enthusiastic about the plan for replacing the modest but colorful garage, which features a stylistic mural of pachyderms in front of a jungle motif.

“We don’t like the [proposed] design,” said Simeon Bankoff, executive director of the Historic Districts Council.
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Old February 13th, 2013, 12:05 AM   #2705
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Old February 14th, 2013, 12:25 AM   #2706
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JDS To Build 800 Apartments At ConEd Site



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For years, developer Sheldon Solow owned a 9.2-acre mud pit on First Avenue between 35th and 36th Streets, where he had planned to build two apartment towers. Last year, Solow finally sold the property, a former ConEd site, to JDS Development. Crain's reports that deal recently closed for $172 million, and JDS managing partner Michael Stern said that he'll be moving forward with Solow's previously approved plans. For those that don't remember, this means two big buildings: a 37-story tower and a 47-story tower that will hold a total of 800 apartments.

Most of the units will be rentals, but Stern may plop some condos at the top. An architect will be chosen within the next couple of weeks, and construction should start this summer. The project is fully financed and ready to go, since all approvals were obtained years ago by Solow.
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Old February 14th, 2013, 12:38 AM   #2707
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Old February 14th, 2013, 09:48 AM   #2708
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Giant New Medical Center Is Like 'Morbidly Obese Man' On Plane, Foes Say


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UPPER EAST SIDE — Outraged neighbors say plans for a new medical center and nursing school on the Upper East Side will be just as uncomfortable for the community as sitting next to "a morbidly obese man" on a long plane ride.

At a recent public discussion of the City University of New York and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center campus, which is set to rise in a former garbage truck garage at the FDR Drive and East 73rd Street, residents were irate over the project's community impact.

George Alexiades, who lives on East 72nd Street, complained that the complex would choke a neighborhood that already has minimal breathing room. "Who would you rather sit next to on an economy seat on a flight to Japan — a 5-foot-5 morbidly obese man, or a 6-foot-5, 170-pound guy?" he said. "That's how we feel in this community about living next to a building this size."

In September, the city approved the CUNY-MSK plan to build a state-of-the-art, 750,000-square-foot ambulatory cancer treatment facility at the site of the former garage. CUNY's Hunter College will also construct a 336,000-square-foot Science and Health Professions center on the same site as part of the $215 million deal, taking the college's nursing and general departments to the same campus.

But residents have raised quality-of-life concerns, claiming that CUNY and MSK are being "bad neighbors" to an area they think is already overrun with hospitals. Ed Hartzog, a Community Board 8 member and City Council candidate, reiterated safety concerns, saying construction would worsen traffic. "It's Armageddon," Hartzog said. "It's 'Thunderdome.' I can't tell you how many times I have seen ambulances in total gridlock on 72nd Street."

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wow, it's not the tallest but it looks awesome!
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Old February 15th, 2013, 10:14 AM   #2710
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Manhattan New Condos Raise Prices Monthly as Demand Soars


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Michael Stern was prepared for a gradual real estate rebound after buying a New York office tower in December 2009, with plans to convert it to condominiums following a housing plunge that sent prices down 31 percent.

Now, long before the final floor tile is laid or the first resident moves into the Walker Tower development in the Chelsea neighborhood, Stern’s firm, JDS Development Group, and its partner, Property Markets Group, have increased prices on units at the building 13 times. “I didn’t let the market conditions of the day dissuade me,” Stern said of his 2009 deal. “But I can’t say I thought prices would be quite as lofty as they’ve proven to be.”

Manhattan condo developers, in a construction revival after the credit crisis, are raising prices on their unbuilt units as often as twice a month as buyers return from the housing slump to find there’s little on the market. The borough’s inventory of homes for sale fell to the lowest in at least 12 years in the fourth quarter, according to appraisal firm Miller Samuel Inc. Sales, meanwhile, were the second-highest in a decade in 2012.

At least 21 new condominium buildings in Manhattan, comprising 1,188 units, increased some of their asking prices last year, according to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office, which reviews details of condo plans. The market has heated up to the point where buyers are putting deposits on units that haven’t been finished, a return to boom- era practices, said Shaun Osher, chief executive officer of the New York brokerage CORE, which is advising Walker Tower on prices.
NYC isn't alone: Boston has only one month of condo inventory left at the current sales pace!
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Old February 15th, 2013, 12:40 PM   #2711
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Team Chosen For Massive Hunters Point South Development's First Phase



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A team made up of Related Cos., Phipps Houses and Monadnock Construction was selected Wednesday to develop the first phase of a huge project on a 30-acre waterfront parcel in Long Island City, Queens,, a site that was once envisioned as home to an Olympic Village for the 2012 games.

When completed, the project, known as Hunter's Point South, will be the city's largest affordable housing complex since the 1970s, providing homes for thousands of families. The winning team beat out two other finalists, Douglaston Development and a group led by TF Cornerstone.

The first phase of the development involves the creation of 908 units, with at least 75% of them set aside for affordable housing. The development will transform 800,000 square feet of vacant waterfront in Long Island City, Queens, bounded by 50th Avenue to the north, 2nd Street to the east, Borden Avenue to the south and Center Boulevard to the west. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the selection of the team Wednesday morning in front of the Waterfront Crabhouse restaurant on Borden Avenue, near the site.

“At Hunter's Point South, not only will we build the largest new affordable housing complex in more than three decades, we'll do it on long-vacant waterfront property that has incredible views and sits adjacent to one of New York City's fastest growing neighborhoods,” Mr. Bloomberg said, in a press statement. “All told, the project will provide new homes for 5,000 New York City families—more than 900 in this first phase—while creating thousands of jobs.”

The infrastructure work for the two-building project, which will be designed by SHoP Architects along with Ismael Leyva Architects, will begin next month and is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2013. The first phase is expected to take 24 months to complete. The 685 or so affordable units in the development will target families with household incomes ranging from $32,000 to $130,000 a year for a family of four.

“We applaud the Bloomberg administration's vision for transforming a long-vacant parcel into a burgeoning waterfront community,” said Bruce Beal, Jr., Related's executive vice president, in a statement. “Related Cos. has a 40-year commitment to the creation and preservation of affordable housing and a track record in executing large-scale developments. We are thrilled to have been selected along with our partners Phipps Houses and Monadnock Construction to develop the first phase of Hunter's Point South, New York's next great middle-income community.”

In June, the city issued a request for proposal seeking a developer for the first phase of the long-vacant site. According to the city, the winning team “best adhered to the design guidelines by closely following the context of the neighborhood and street scale.” The team also “demonstrated a commitment to engage in an ongoing design process with the city and local community and also provided the lowest per-unit and total subsidy of all of the finalists,” the city said.

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When Hunter's Point South is complete, the project will become the largest affordable housing complex built in the city since Co-op City in the Bronx and Starrett City in Brooklyn opened in the 1970s. The planned apartments are part of the city's $8.4 billion New Housing Marketplace Plan, which calls for the preservation and creation of 165,000 affordable housing units across the five boroughs.

The project also calls for a new 1,100-seat intermediate and high school, which will be built by the New York City Schools Construction Authority and is slated to open in the fall of 2013. Additionally, the project will include 11 acres of landscaped waterfront park land, new retail shops and a community facility space. It is expected to attract more than $2 billion in private investment and create more than 4,600 jobs.

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Old February 15th, 2013, 03:28 PM   #2712
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Old February 15th, 2013, 03:37 PM   #2713
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The New School finishing up:

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Wow, i'm quite impressed by that design

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Old February 15th, 2013, 04:55 PM   #2714
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New Hotel Planned For BAM District In Brooklyn



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The BAM Cultural District is getting another new tower, this time a hotel. The Post reports that at 200-room hotel will be rising at 95 Rockwell Place, not far from the 32-story apartment building planned by Two Trees. To design the hotel, developer Second Development Services tapped architect Thomas Leeser, who has created such stunners as the Museum of the Moving Image and the 2012 London Olympic Park. The tower looks to rise about 30 stories (the Post article doesn't specify), with angular cutaway strips breaking up the facade. The building will have a basement performing space, rooftop bar, banquet hall, and a restaurant that overlooks an outside arts plaza. SDS expects to begin construction this fall and complete the building within two years.


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Currently, a five-story structure built in 1906 occupies the site, which is directly beside BAM's Theater for a New Audience. In 2011, the building was put up for sale asking $9.25 million, and the advertisement stated that there was an "opportunity for the owner to use the existing building." However, the building is not landmarked, so the developer would not be required to do so.

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Old February 15th, 2013, 05:08 PM   #2715
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Old February 15th, 2013, 11:41 PM   #2716
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Old February 16th, 2013, 12:31 AM   #2717
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Lovely hotel.I hope they use a transparent glass facade,so we can see the structure inside of it.
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Biggest developers eyeing massive LES project
Interest in building a six-acre, mixed-use project just south of the Williamsburg Bridge that is 40 years in the making draws 300 to a meeting with the city. Top architects are also queuing up.



"...Among the developers who sent representatives were such heavy hitters as Forest City Ratner, The Related Cos., the Lefrak Organization and Douglaston Development. Avalon Bay, the Arlington, Va.-based company that recently developed two large complexes on the Bowery, sent someone, as did Edward J. Minskoff Equities, which is developing a new office tower on Astor Place.

There were a few high-profile upstarts at the presentation, including Ziel Feldman's HFZ Capital and DDG Partners, a developer of a number of downtown boutique condo projects. Affordable housing builders also made a strong showing, with Jonathan Rose Cos. and L+M Development among them...

...This will include 1,000 apartments, 50% of which will be set aside as permanent affordable housing. EDC wants a 60/40 mix between housing and commercial development, with a mix of shops, community and cultural spaces and public open space, including a redesigned Essex Street Market.

Bids are due May 6.

In addition to the city's top developers, many well-known design and construction names turned out for the meeting, including architects Robert A.M. Stern, SOM, Rafael Viñoly, Ishmael Leyva and Aquitectonica; engineers ARUP, Consentini Associates and Stantec; contractors Lend Lease and Cooper Robertson; and brokers Cassidy Turley and CBRE Group Inc..."
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Old February 19th, 2013, 04:55 AM   #2720
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The design is cool, but if only the cladding colour was more black or blue.
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