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Old March 13th, 2013, 12:17 AM   #2821
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800 feet (but higher if Solow acquires adjacent properties on 56th St.) This would be a very thin tower so that it does not block views from Solows One 57.
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Old March 13th, 2013, 01:58 AM   #2822
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the New Beach Structures seems really nice
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Old March 13th, 2013, 07:33 PM   #2823
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Fulton St. Transit Center and adjoining restored Corbin Building:

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Old March 14th, 2013, 06:14 AM   #2824
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Cornell Tech Campus Plans Well Ahead of Schedule



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By 2017, Cornell's New York tech campus on Roosevelt Island may have as much as 800,000 square feet of space built. That is more than twice as much as is required by the school's agreement with the city, according to campus planners. In its bid to create the new tech campus, Cornell agreed to build a minimum of 300,000 square feet by 2017, but the current plans well surpass that. Plans for phase one of construction is moving well ahead of schedule and calls for four buildings.

Current plans call for construction of four buildings: an academic building; an executive education center with a hotel; a so-called corporate co-location building; and a residential building for students, faculty and staff.

At a recent presentation hosted by Cornell, the university's real estate consultant Karen Backus said the corporate co-location building would be about 150,000 square feet.

Two thirds of it will be rented out to tech businesses in an effort to foster close relationships between those firms and the school.

"In a typical campus there are real boundaries between business and academia," Ms. Backus said, adding that Cornell hopes to do away with those boundaries.

Cornell is in the process of selecting a developer for the three non-academic buildings, and is considering using a master developer, Ms. Backus said. The academic building will be developed separately.

Meanwhile, the school is prepared to lessen any danger of flooding. Even before Superstorm Sandy, the team planning the Cornell-Technion campus on Roosevelt Island had planned to create higher ground on which to build. The school had planned to put all of the buildings at least 19 feet above sea level after studying the 100-year flood plain Mr. Whang said. After the storm, Cornell re-thought the positioning of equipment and decided to move it up from the basement level.

In addition to flooding dangers and all the other considerations the school is juggling, planners are also concerned about aesthetics. That is especially important, given that the campus will be clearly visible from both sides of the East River.

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Old March 14th, 2013, 06:40 AM   #2825
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Is there any sence to build this wheel when Dubai announced a higher one?
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Most people who go to visit this wheel will never step foot in Dubai nor will most care about the height of the wheel in comparison to Dubai's one. It is being built to provide a tourist attraction for an area that could use some economic development, not really to be the tallest wheel in the world. Dubai is irrelevant as regards to whether or not this wheel will be constructed.
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Old March 14th, 2013, 08:41 PM   #2826
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Hi everyone. Does anybody know, if this projects is alive:
http://inhabitat.com/nyc/nycs-high-l...ne-fake-train/

It is amazing

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Old March 14th, 2013, 11:25 PM   #2827
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beautiful Corbin Building restoration!!
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Old March 15th, 2013, 06:14 AM   #2828
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Hi everyone. Does anybody know, if this projects is alive:
http://inhabitat.com/nyc/nycs-high-l...ne-fake-train/

It is amazing
No, it is a joke obviously.
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Old March 15th, 2013, 09:20 PM   #2829
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This could result in a very tall tower, but I hope that it does not because there are some beautiful old structures that would be razed.


Gary Barnett puts vacant W. 57th site on block
By LOIS WEISS

March 12, 2013

EXCLUSIVE
Gary Barnett finally wants to give up his pawn in a high-stakes game on West 57th Street.

The developer, who has been selling many noncore assets, is placing the entirely vacant 16-18 W. 57th St. on the market and expects to get back the $80 million he paid in 2011 while outbidding Sheldon Solow Ś who would be the logical buyer....


Just steps off Fifth Avenue, the structure is sandwiched between 10-14 W. 57th and 20-22 W. 57th St., which are both owned by Solow, as is 6-8 W. 57th.
Some say Solow, an irascible billionaire octogenarian, has kept these properties semivacant to ensure nothing blocks the views of his 9 W. 57th office tenants, who pay well over $100 to $200 a square foot to enjoy both Central Park and city views....

The addition of 16-18 would give Solow 237.5 feet of frontage and a plot of 23,750 square feet for a tall building of 356,250 square feet.

His spokesman did not return a call for comment.
So will this be across the Solow Building right?
I think it will, because the Solow Building is 9 west 57th Street, and this will be right across it, so it will be thin to not blocking their view. But 800 feet is really tall. That is as tall as the Cityspire Center.
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Old March 16th, 2013, 12:01 AM   #2830
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Checking on One of the BAM District's Residential Towers



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The BAM Cultural District's residential developments are keeping pace with the artsy ones, and a tipster pointed us to the Facebook page for one of those residential projects. Now known as 66 Rockwell Place, the Dermot Company rental building began life as 29 Flatbush Avenue and broke ground in early 2011. And, judging by the most recent photo posted on the Facebook page, it should be ready for residents in the not-too-distant future, with leasing to begin this summer.
New name (the old one was better).
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Old March 16th, 2013, 12:09 AM   #2831
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So will this be across the Solow Building right?
I think it will, because the Solow Building is 9 west 57th Street, and this will be right across it, so it will be thin to not blocking their view. But 800 feet is really tall. That is as tall as the Cityspire Center.
It's right across the street where any tall tower would block city views (and sunlight) leaving poor old Sheldon with just the CP views. It's a great spot for high-end retail and maybe a tall sliver...or big fat bulk office.
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Old March 16th, 2013, 12:21 AM   #2832
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Old March 16th, 2013, 12:56 AM   #2833
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L&L Holding’s David Levinson dropped some details yesterday about the reinvention of 380 Madison Ave. and the Lord Norman Foster design for 425 Park Ave.

Levinson, speaking before brokers at the YM/WREA, said the firm won a beauty contest against seven other contenders and has been hired by ground owner RREEF to overhaul 380 Madison — what will become a 1 million square-foot building on the blockfront between East 46th and 47th streets. The building was developed by Harold Uris and then redeveloped by Howard Ronson’s HRO International. RREEF bought the ground and Sheldon Solow owns the leasehold, which ends January 2014. Current tenant the United Nations is on track to leave early, Levinson said. Documents show options by the leaseholder to purchase the building have expired.

Levinson said, “380 is being re-imagined” because even if reskinned, “it would not be the forward-thinking building that would attract tenants.” The biggest risk, he said, would be that “you put a ton of money into it and it’s just another glass-and-steel building in the Grand Central District. You have to deliver a trophy headquarters.”

They are working with architects KPF to literally take out floor slabs and add the removed floor area to the top, bringing more height and views. The engineering is very difficult, and Levinson has hired the Severud Associates team to work on it. One pencil rendering shows the base facade leaning out at an angle over the sidewalk. It would be easier to tear it all down and rebuild, but the city previously downzoned areas of Manhattan. So if a building is completely torn down, the owner loses the ability to construct the same amount of space.

Levinson said this is also an issue at 425 Park Ave., where they are negotiating with city officials for the reinvented building to cantilever over an open plaza, where he foresees art exhibitions. Current zoning calls for retail stores and a straight up 85-foot streetwall before setbacks can be taken to the fašade. “The city wants retail,” said Levinson, who would like to avoid adding stores even though that income would be twice what he would get for top-of-tower office floors.

The current plan is to leave 25 percent of the building in place so as to rebuild as of right, but Levinson is upset that the city now wants them to “pay” for the “overbuilt portion” — that is, the 3-FAR that is over the current allowed 15-FAR.

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4545 Center Blvd finishing up while 4610 Center Blvd gets going behind the Pepsi sign:

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Old March 17th, 2013, 06:48 PM   #2835
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Columbia U. Manhattanville is a giant construction site:

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The Peter Poon hotel at 136 W.42nd St. begins its ascent towards hideousness:

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Alchemy reveals its 35 XV designs for the 299 ft tall - 35 W 15th Street Condo:
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Moed de Armas & Shannon To Head Herald Center Renovation



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In the pantheon of great New York City squares, Herald Square doesn’t rate very highly. Without the international renown of Times Square or the hip, downtown vibe of Union Square, Herald Square has been relegated to Manhattan’s mid-market chain shopping district.

And while nearby buildings have attracted some of the trendier bargain retailers, like Uniqlo and H&M, Herald Center at 1293 Broadway has had to content itself with Modell’s, Payless Shoes and the New York State DMV. (We’re guessing that Imelda Marcos, who once owned the building with her Philippine strongman husband—through front men Joseph and Ralph Bernstein—wouldn’t have deigned to buy shoes there.)

But JEMB Realty, which has owned the property since 1986, wants to change that. They’ve already announced a $50 million overhaul of the square, and just this afternoon they announced that they’ve tapped Moed de Armas & Shannon architects for the project.

“The stated goal from ownership was to create a three-story retail storefront that’s commensurate with the needs of today’s retailers,” Dan Shannon, a principal at the firm, told The Observer by phone this afternoon, “and transparency is an important part of that.” (That is, in addition to the Times Square-like electronic billboards.)

On the first three floors, Mr. Shannon said that “the combination of both the black glass that was put on in the ’80s and the various retail storefronts in the base—that’ll all be removed.”

Mr. Shannon said that the architects planned to transform the three-story base by “putting in insulated glass units, so that it complies with the New York City and state energy codes.” He compared the glass to that of 120 West 42nd Street and its Avenue of the Americas retail front, which the firm also worked on. (They also collaborated with Harry Macklowe on the General Motors Building retail makeover that accompanied the construction of Apple’s cube.)

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Port Authority expected to tap Legends to run WTC observation deck



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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is slated to strike a 15-year deal with Legends Hospitality Management to operate 1 World Trade Center’s observation deck, the New York Times reported. This deal is the newest sign that the 1,776-foot-high building is approaching the finish line.

The three-story observation deck could rake in $875 million during the 15 years of the deal, the Times said, and the company has committed annual rent payments and a percentage of revenues to the Port Authority.

Legends does not have experience running observation decks. However, Legends does run luxury boxes for the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys. The group has also tapped the Hettema Group’s Phil Hettema, who has developed theme park attractions, to design the deck, which will cost roughly $62 million.

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Extell moves closer to building city's tallest spire



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With Tuesday's approval by the Landmarks Preservation Commission of plans to raze part of the old BF Goodrich Building on Broadway, the developer can advance its plan for a 1,550-foot spire on West 57 Street.

Extell Development Company has moved a small step closer to putting up the city's tallest spire. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously approved plans to demolish a section of the BF Goodrich building at 1780 Broadway. That decision will pave the way for Extell to do excavation and foundation work on its second tower on West 57th Street. The first one at One57 is currently well under way.

The new building, set to rise at 225 W. 57th St., will reach at least 1,550 feet, according to building permits, though Gary Barnett, Extell's principal, has said it could go even higher if he can assemble more air rights.

Either way, it would become the tallest building in the city, eclipsing the 1,368-foot One World Trade Center (minus its 400-foot spire) and rival developer Henry Macklowe's 1,397-foot spire at 432 Park Ave. The new tower will also stand taller than Mr. Barnett's own One57 one block over, which at 1,005 feet will be, for a time, the tallest apartment building in the city when it is completed next year.

The planned 88-story tower at 225 W. 57th St. will boast 220 apartments, a hotel on its seventh through 12th floors, and a Nordstrom department store in the base, which will have an entrance inside 1780 Broadway. Tony Mannarino, Extell's executive vice-president, said after the commission vote that he expected to receive city approvals by April or May, at which point demolition and excavation work can commence. That would take about 15 to 18 months, at which point the tower could begin to rise.

"If everything goes according to plan, we're looking to be finished in the middle of '18," Mr. Mannarino said.

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