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Old February 25th, 2013, 08:51 PM   #2761
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I was actually deferring to you but I'd be happy to quote that interview!
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Old February 25th, 2013, 08:56 PM   #2762
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Here's the terrific interview:

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Interview With the Architect: 80 South Street's Anthony Morali

As 80 South Street comes closer to a reality, New York YIMBY sat down to discuss the skyscraper with its chief architect, Anthony Morali. Mr. Morali is still fine-tuning the tower's design—now set to rise 1,018 feet—but unlike the original Calatrava proposal, Morali's iteration of 80 South Street seems like it will actually get built.


Left, 80 South Street. Right, Frank Lloyd Wright's Rogers Lacy Hotel, image from Architecture Theory


Q: In creating your vision for 80 South Street, did you draw on Calatrava’s old design?

I liked his design when I first saw it, I found it very interesting. I always like fragmentation—there’s attachment and detachment. It’s my own personal philosophy, but I believe in detachment, and that you can never really be attached to one single idea. Detachment and segmentation allow more creativity. In this instance, and in Calatrava’s, you have multiple things going on within each segment of the tower. So I like detachment, segmentation.

Q: What else inspired you, looking back historically?

I’m always fascinated by roof gardens, and I’m into green roofs and solar integration. Paul Rudolph designed a tower in China and every 10 floors he would break up the volume and create a space. I was also looking at Frank Lloyd Wright’s work, and his never-built Rogers Lacy Hotel was also an inspiration, from Broadacre City. The diagonals are key, and one of Wright’s sketches showed a spire—we’re actually considering adding some kind of spire element to 80 South Street as well.

In contemporary terms, Herzog & de Meuron’s 56 Leonard Street reminds me of Positano and the villages of Santorini. You know, you look at the square forms in those Italian villages, Greek villages, rising straight from the sea. That’s great design. So I drew on that as well.

Q: What’s innovative about 80 South Street?

Now, we can say people are creating a new architecture. And we can say that new architecture is including, well—we’re starting to study sky gardens, sustainability, and solar is coming into play. New forms come into play, dynamic forms.

It’s taking the horizontal city—like townhouses, shops, gardens—and then flipping it on its side. In 80 South Street you have residences and hotel rooms, but you also have interspersed gardens that are much more dynamic than anything else today. This would be new.

Q: Is the tower strictly residential? How close are you to securing financing?

Right now our zoning lot has a floor-to-area limitation of twelve for residential. We’re going to have a discussion with the neighbor in the back—we don’t need to take away from his commercial floor area, but if he agrees to sell, then we can make 80 South Street fully residential with limited commercial at the base. We’re having a meeting next week for that. For now, the tower is mixed-use hotel and residential.

For the hotel, we’re having great meetings right now. We had a very good meeting today, and we have a big meeting next week. We've also met with someone who’s doing a 300,000 square foot hotel in Times Square. So we’re coming close to securing a hotel tenant.

Q: So if it’s residential, would you say it’ll be more Gehry or Herzog & de Meuron?

I would say it’ll be more in line with Herzog & de Meuron’s Tower rather than Gehry’s. I mean, our contractors—KBF and Gilbane—built Gehry’s building. These are the guys who will probably build this building, so they know how to build a tall building. But I would say yes, it’s more in line with 56 Leonard, also because Herzog’s tower works with those different terrace levels.

Q: How has Sandy affected the design process?

Well the Federal Government raised the base sea level elevation—they call it the BFE—I mean, we were already at about four feet above ground. But for any habitable space, I think it’s going to go up to about eight or nine feet, so no habitable space can be below that at the Seaport. So basically what we’re doing is raising the level of our city.

Eventually, all of our connections—this is what I’m visualizing when you talk about raising the base plane to ten feet—we’re going to have to start a second level of our city. It’s almost like parts of Rome, where you can look down and see the ancient city twenty feet down. And now, there’s the new city. So, our city is becoming layered, and I think the new sidewalk for our new city is going to be approximately eight feet to nine feet above, and that’s going to create a plane of existence.

80 South Street will integrate that potential for a new plane, and who knows—maybe we’ll have elevated walkways between our tower and 151 Maiden Lane next door. And then maybe more neighbors will join in. Creating a new plane opens a ton of opportunities. Why not have the High Line—or something like it—wrap all the way around Manhattan?

Q: So you think Sandy will have major & long-lasting ramifications for Lower Manhattan?

Everyone’s talking about ‘I’m going to put up a damn and I’m going to fight the water,’ but for me it’s that you don’t fight—let it come in. As far as I’m concerned, I would have canals going all the way through the island with guys on little gondolas, and then I would put my second city on top and we’d all have our walkways up above, and it would be totally romantic and fun.

Q: Tentatively, when would you expect 80 South Street to be finished?

It’s coming close. Nothing is certain, but things are coming together. 2016 is a rough deadline for now. Cord Meyer is on board, so we’re very excited. We'll have renderings coming out in the next few weeks and we're about to get a model built, so it's definitely moving along.



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Old February 26th, 2013, 06:46 AM   #2763
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The price of air in Manhattan apparently knows no bounds.
The developers William L. and Arthur W. Zeckendorf are paying a record $600 per square foot this week for unused development rights, sometimes called air rights, so that they can add floors to a planned ultraluxury tower on 60th Street in the old Silk Stocking District, according to real estate executives.

The prior record for the cost of air rights was set only last fall when another developer snapped up rights from an adjacent parcel in Chelsea for $500 a square foot for a planned tower at 21st Street and 11th Avenue.

Now the Zeckendorf brothers are topping that number by paying more than $40 million for 70,000 square feet of air rights from Christ Church, at the northwest corner of Park Avenue and 60th Street. Prices for the 30 apartments in the new 51-story building are expected to fetch upward of $8,000 a square foot, which would be $48 million for a 6,000-square-foot apartment.

“They’re building what I call a Viagra building: a tall slender tower with great views at a great location,” said Robert I. Shapiro, a real estate broker who specializes in these kind of deals. “What difference does it make if you pay $100 more per square foot if you’re selling condos at over $4,000 a square foot? But there aren’t many sites where you can do this.”

Height matters, especially in an era when Russian oligarchs, Arab princes and South American billionaires are snapping up apartments for tens of millions of dollars in New York, which is considered a relatively safe haven for their capital.

So developers are willing to pay a premium for development rights that will allow them to add more floors, building higher than they otherwise could.

Under the city’s zoning code, a taller building could sit on the land occupied by the church. Air-rights rules allow the property owner to transfer the unused development rights — the difference between the existing building and what is allowed under the zoning code — to an adjoining property owner.

Some other cities allow similar transfers, but only in Manhattan do the prices reach eye-popping levels.

The Zeckendorf brothers built 15 Central Park West, one of the city’s most successful condominium buildings, which was designed by the architect Robert A. M. Stern, who will also design the new tower.

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Full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/ny...w-nytimes&_r=0
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Old February 27th, 2013, 12:50 AM   #2764
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I didn't see a thread for 500 West 30th St. Is there one?
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Old February 27th, 2013, 02:09 AM   #2765
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Doesn't look particularly interesting. The windows look like they could be interesting...

First Look: New Condos That Will Rise Around the High Line
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Old February 28th, 2013, 07:34 AM   #2766
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New York is getting some awesome slivers! Every city needs some great infill to improve its street life.
There is going to be one rather ugly sliver, however it is making a huge impression because of its height. That is, the Gene Kaufmann Holiday Inn.
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Who ever heard of a Holiday Inn dominating New York City high-rises?
I hope the cladding will be at least bearable.
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Old February 28th, 2013, 02:55 PM   #2767
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Demolition progressing for a 563 foot rental building in Brooklyn, with a handful of DOB permits being filled in the past month. Thanks to NYRebel on SSP for finding the link.

Demolition Looms at the Hub Development Site

Categories: Demolition, Development, Downtown Brooklyn

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Old February 28th, 2013, 09:35 PM   #2768
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Amazon looking for 300,000-500,000 sq. ft. in Manhattan, may go into WTC: http://therealdeal.com/blog/2013/02/...-in-manhattan/
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Old February 28th, 2013, 09:42 PM   #2769
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It was better if they would go to the 2WTC or 3WTC than to the 1WTC.
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Old February 28th, 2013, 09:56 PM   #2770
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5 Franklin Place Shows Off New Look



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Tribeca's 5 Franklin Place, one of those boom-time new developments that's been regrettably redesigned several times since 2008 but never built, can't let 56 Leonard get all the unarrested development glory. Now just called Franklin Place, the building announced earlier this month that sales would resume soon, and that there was a new architect, ODA, on board. Above, the first teaser rendering of the ODA design.
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Old February 28th, 2013, 10:01 PM   #2771
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New Renders Of The Hudson Yards Culture Shed Coming In 2017













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Old March 1st, 2013, 03:02 AM   #2772
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^ Was just gonna post that 5 Franklin Place rendering, it looks pretty good from that. Not as good as the original pre 2008 building, but definitely better than what was planned there a couple years ago.
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Old March 1st, 2013, 03:08 AM   #2773
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wow!!! amazing!!!!!
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Old March 1st, 2013, 06:50 AM   #2774
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i hope new york will hold the title of having the tallest syscraper in d world...
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Old March 1st, 2013, 07:23 AM   #2775
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i hope new york will hold the title of having the tallest syscraper in d world...
No, I doubt it. FAA limits the height of buildings in NYC.

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Old March 1st, 2013, 07:36 AM   #2776
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i hope new york will hold the title of having the tallest syscraper in d world...
I doubt it too. That's a matter of pride -- not economics. NY will leave the willy measuring contest to cities with insecurities.
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Old March 1st, 2013, 01:29 PM   #2777
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Yes, that will unfortunately never happen.
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Lincoln Square sees residential surge



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Lincoln Square on the Upper West Side has seen a surge of new residential development, and will add over 1,000 rental apartments over the next few years, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Developers and brokers tout the area’s family-friendly reputation and demand for amenity-rich buildings as big incentives for new projects. One of the larger ones is Dermot Company’s 21 West End Avenue, a 43-story, 616-unit rental building on 61st Street. The building, set to open in 2015, will include a four-story public school, and in a move unusual for Dermot, will include three-bedroom apartments.

21 West End Avenue is the first project in a series of buildings planned at the Riverside Center complex between 59th and 61st Street, whose five buildings will eventually contain 2,500 housing units. Nearby, a 54-story, 339-building at 160 West 62nd Street is being developed by Glenwood Management, which will also break ground this year on a 48-story, 257-unit rental at 175 West 60th Street.

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Old March 4th, 2013, 07:24 AM   #2779
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I am putting this here but there is also a specific thread for the Domino Sugar Plant. There are nice design changes and I'm excited to see how many of these ideas make it through to the next stage of design and development. http://gothamist.com/2013/03/04/firs...ne.php#photo-1
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I am putting this here but there is also a specific thread for the Domino Sugar Plant. There are nice design changes and I'm excited to see how many of these ideas make it through to the next stage of design and development. http://gothamist.com/2013/03/04/firs...ne.php#photo-1
Wow! That looks cool!
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