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Old April 3rd, 2013, 12:18 AM   #2901
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From Gas Station to Glass Station at Houston and Lafayette



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One of SoHo's most visible intersections will get a gleaming new building, if owner Marcello Porcelli's plans to transform the Lafayette lot long home to a gas station into 60,000 square feet of office and retail space make it through the city's various channels for approval. The businessman unveiled the long-anticipated plans for 300 Lafayette Street, at the hot corner at Houston Street on top of the Broadway-Lafayette subway station, to Community Board 2 last night. Porcelli's family has owned the lot since 1976, when they bought it for the price of a cup of coffee $100,000, and developed the iconic Gaseteria chain that would anchor the spot until 2003, when British Petroleum took over, holding regular court for cabbies.



The new building—check it out in the renderings above—is what architect Rick Cook of Cookfox Architects (also the designer of One Bryant Park) calls "biophilic design….people feel good when connected to nature." The nature, in this case, will be plants indigenous to New York City before it was a city, planted on the building's balconies.

Of course, the sleek and very modern glass building is not exactly in the character of the extended SoHo Cast Iron historic district, and residents in attendance said so. "I'd prefer a two story building, not a seven story monstrosity," said a well-dressed gentleman, who assured us he was a resident of the area (and introduced himself to the board that way) but refused to divulge his name. "It's a shame to block off the view of the Puck Building."

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Old April 3rd, 2013, 04:48 AM   #2903
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New towers turn Big Apple into Spec City


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Two new Manhattan office towers now going up will soon bring 900,000 expensive square feet to market. Not a square inch of that space has been pre-leased. Yet their developers seem unfazed.

How can this be, given conventional wisdom that spec projects are so likely to ruin their developers and glut the market that they’re rarely attempted? The Times last week, for example, called Minskoff Equities’ 13-story 430,000-square-foot 51 Astor Place, opening next month, “an unusual move” in that Edward J. Minskoff is putting it up without pre-signed tenants. Big Apple developers of skyscrapers like the International Gem Tower (above) and 7 Bryant Park are bringing it on—and up—before they sew up tenants.

So why isn’t Minskoff sweating? Or, for that matter, Texas-based Hines over its own sure-to-be white elephant, the 457,000-square-foot 7 Bryant Park on which it just broke ground?

The fallacy that spec towers are wildly irresponsible disruptions to an otherwise disciplined development scene is impossible to shake — especially among commercial brokers who don’t happen to represent the developer of any particular new spec project. In fact, Manhattan is Spec City — and then some.

Recent history makes nonsense of boilerplate pronouncements often stated as fact.

It’s crucial to keep in mind as city planners and developers tackle the eternal question of whether we “need” new office space, and make crucial decisions about Midtown East rezoning, new World Trade Center construction and strategies for the Far West Side. The record is clear and indisputable. Even in an erratic market, companies snatch up freshly minted space. All of it, even when it’s an untested type of product.

Gary Barnett’s Extell has already sold 70 percent of 400,000 square feet of condominium units for diamond-industry users at its International Gem Tower on West 47th Street — which boldly went up with zero pre-commitments. And while 300,000 feet of rental offices remain, the tower won’t even open for another year.

At least five large-scale spec office towers comprising more than 5 million square feet of prime state-of-the-art space have been completed since early 2000, when 4 Times Square was finished.

None failed.

One gave its developer some anxious moments — but found its footing soon enough. In projects under 500,000 square feet, like 51 Astor Place and 7 Bryant Park, history suggests the developer’s risk is nil. The market’s weakness lies not in spec construction, but in older buildings that are merely serviceable.

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Old April 3rd, 2013, 01:25 PM   #2904
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High a-spire-ations at WTC

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Last Updated: 4:15 AM, April 3, 2013
Posted: 12:22 AM, April 3, 2013

We’re finally convinced that the One World Center antenna is going to be deemed a spire.



Yesterday, we got a peek at the faceted, rocket-like crown of the 408 foot-long “antenna” structure that looks like it will take off for another planet. While this roughly 100 foot section will soon leave terra firma on a crane ride to its 1,700 foot-high perch on top of other “antenna” pieces, the capsule will only appear to touch the stars.

Inside the shiny skin, workers are wiring up hundreds of individual LED lights, whose beams will comprise an architectural beacon flooding the tri-state area via a spinning mirror. An FAA beacon will also wink on the top. A short lightning rod will top off the tower at 1,795.4 feet above the north lobby, and all will be lit at night by a colorful array of LED lights.

With a pinnacle worthy of Major Tom and a long, curvy perch that can been identified from the Tappan Zee Bridge, we have no doubt now that One WTC will get its height certified all the way to the 1,776-foot top.

With a half-moon poised over the building yesterday morning, the Port Authority owners brought its board; partner-developer Douglas Durst; and its new One World Observatory partners, Legends Hospitality, to the unfinished 100th floor for an introduction to the upcoming one-hour visitor “experience” that they subtitle “See Forever.”

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Old April 3rd, 2013, 01:41 PM   #2905
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So it will be official 541m tall, nice
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Another tower for 57th Street. Definitely the hottest street in town!
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 09:51 PM   #2908
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Another tower for 57th Street. Definitely the hottest street in town!
Yes indeed it really is amazing what is being planned and built along this corridor.

Off hand there are currently 9 projects that I can think of:

1) 625 W 57 (450 ft)
2) 606 W 57 (45 Story)
3) 1715 Broadway (753 ft)
4) 225 W 57 (1,550 ft)
5) One57 (1,003 ft)
6) 120 W 57 (300 ft)
7) 107 W 57 (900 ft)
8) 432 Park Avenue (1,397 ft)
9) 250 E 57 (712 ft)

Did I miss anything??

I have in mind 3 development zones that are currently undergoing in the city and 57th Street corridor is the biggest imo.

1) WTC Complex Zone
2) Hudson Yards Zone
3) 57th Street Corridor Zone

Now I’m waiting for the Midtown East rezoning that would get built around Grand Central Area. J
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City courting community approval of Culture Shed at Related’s Hudson Yards



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City officials are trying to stir up interest in the Culture Shed, a massive exhibition and event space in Related Cos. Hudson Yards development, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Officials have taken a series of steps in recent months to get the project on its feet and attract community support. They revealed designs showing a transparent 125-foot-tall shell that runs around the building and would roll out to surround an 18,000-square-foot plaza adjacent to the High Line. They have secured tax-exempt status for a nonprofit group that would operate the space and have assembled a board of directors, whose three members include one current and one former member of the Bloomberg administration.

The proposal has also received the endorsement of cultural stalwarts such as the directors of the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation.The board is still to estimate the cost of construction, however, and no hiring or fundraising has yet begun. The delay in appraising the cost of the project, Ryan Max, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs, told the Journal, was because of difficulty in estimating the cost of the high-tech material on the shell that “has not been used very much on projects in the United States.”

“The idea here is to see a space that serves the broadest spectrum of the creative sector in New York City,” Kate Levin, the city’s commissioner for cultural affairs and a member of Culture Shed’s board, told the Journal. A project of this type, Levin added, was key to the the city’s capability to remain on the forefront of innovation.

Construction could start in the summer of 2014 and is slated to be finished at the end of 2017, Levin said. The shed must be built in tandem with the platform over the West Side rail yards and a 70-story residential tower which will connect to it.

Despite the city’s efforts, members of Manhattan’s Community Board 4 are skeptical. The board is expected to recommend on Wednesday that the City Planning Commission deny the city’s zoning application, unless the city can devise an alternative 20,000 square feet of public space at Hudson Yards.

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Old April 4th, 2013, 01:14 AM   #2910
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Clinton Hill’s Myrtle Avenue to be transformed by Silverstone residential development


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Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill is going to have a radically different look, with a new residential project by Silverstone Property Group going up where a string of small shops now do business, DNAinfo reported.

Silverstone bought the buildings for $5.6 million in December, giving the firm control of the south side of Myrtle Avenue from Hall Street to Grand Avenue. Plans call for renovating and increasing the height of the buildings, which zoning regulations permit to rise up to eight stories. Silverstone also applied for a Department of Buildings permit to renovate and expand the site’s commercial space.

The site is currently home to an Associated Supermarket, a post office, and local businesses such as Nikki Beauty Supply and New Fantastic Cleaners.

“The recent revelation that the owner of the Associated building and post office building plans to build up on his sites has forced many retailers who were on month-to-month leases to relocate,” M. Blaise Backer, director of the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, told DNAinfo. “As of now, we believe every retailer in that strip except one has found another space on Myrtle who wants one.”

Silverstone did not immediately respond to DNAinfo’s requests for comment.

Also coming to the area, by next summer, is a public plaza on the south side of Myrtle Avenue between Hall Street and Emerson Place. It will include include “improved crossings, new bus stops, dozens of new trees, large planters with ornamentals, game tables, a water fountain, a permanent art installation, moveable tables and chairs,” according to the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership.

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The Whitney Museum, framing out:

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160 Imlay St. To Shine in Red Hook:



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Although Red Hook is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, Red Hook gentrification continues apace. Architects Adjmi & Andreoli are in the process of converting two enormous derelict warehouses in the neighborhood, and since both projects are still in the planning stages—luckily for everyone involved—there wasn't really anything at either site for the storm to ruin. The first project, at the century-old 160 Imlay Street, has been in (and out of) the works for years. Adjmi & Andreoli are currently reworking the plans, which originally called for 144 rental units, and instead making the former New York Dock Company warehouse into a 72-unit mixed-use condo building with a market and restaurant on the ground floor and artists' studios on the second floor, in effect turning it into its own ecosystem for the new Red Hook aristocracy. (62 Imlay, the basically identical building right next door, was turned into an art warehouse a couple years ago.)



The development, which will be called the New York Dock Building, is, as you can see from the above photo gallery, currently little more than a shell of a building, but a very impressive shell nonetheless with 13-foot ceilings (15-footers on the 6th floor), enormous windows offering both Manhattan and Brooklyn views, and an expansive rooftop that will be decked out with a swimming pool. Although sales were initially expected to go live in January, that date has clearly been pushed back.

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West 42nd Street's Resurrected Atelier 2 May Look Like This


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We know that construction has restarted on the long-stalled Atelier 2 at 605 West 42nd Street—we have the photographic evidence to prove it—but we don't know much else. How tall will it be? Who's the new architect? What, exactly, will it look like? Today, we may have an answer to the latter. New York YIMBY spotted a new rendering on the website of RSpline Studios that looks like a higher quality, more detailed version of the rendering we saw back in October. RSpline, a visualization firm, does not list an architect for the project (previous plans listed Costas Kondylis), but from the image, the development looks taller and a bit more "schizophrenic" than previous plans.

The facades are a mishmash of blue and white checks, and a detached cube has been plunked atop the eastern tower. The anchoring commercial space is still huge, and its roof appears to be covered with lawns for the residential buildings, which, last we heard, will be rental. As for the height of the towers, we've heard 57-stories or 45-stories, and NY YIMBY points out that they look taller than the neighboring 653-foot-tall Silver Towers, so these bad boys could rise somewhere in the vicinity of 700 feet.
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Atlantic Yards To Develop Along Vanderbilt Avenue In First Phase



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While construction has just begun on the first residential tower at Forest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn, the developer may be plotting the next construction site. SHoP Architects designed three towers clustered around the Barclays Center arena, but the Atlantic Yards Report blog reported in late March, citing documents from Forest City, that the developer is including a parcel at the southeastern corner of the site at Vanderbilt Avenue and Dean Street ( Buildings 11-14 above) in its first phase construction plans. No design exists for the four buildings planned there, but an early site model by Frank Gehry and a massing diagram from the Municipal Art Society based on the approved Gehry site plan show the buildings will not be the tallest in the project.

Critics like AYR-blogger Norman Oder are upset that development atop the railyards at the center and north of the site aren’t being prioritized and have accused Forest City of delaying real investment in the area.

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Forest City being accused of a bait and switch regarding their promise to build an expensive platform over the railyards. Obviously they're timing everything to a return of the condo market while still moving forward on SHoP's value-engineered prefab B-2.
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Boutique hotel planned for site adjacent to historic Williamsburgh Savings building



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A 250-room hotel will go up next to the historic Williamsburgh Savings Bank building in Brooklyn, a spokesperson for the developer, Juan Figueroa, confirmed to The Real Deal today.

The hotel is still in the early planning stages but should rise 40 stories on a site adjacent to the old bank building, at 175 Broadway, which has undergone an extensive renovation and will open later this year as an event space. “It is going to be the hottest hotel in Brooklyn – no question in my mind,” said Edward Eschmann, a director in CBRE’s evaluation group, who is familiar with the project.

The boutique hotel will probably be ready for business by early 2015, both Eschmann and the developer’s spokesperson said; Figueroa, though doesn’t have financing yet for the project, Eschmann told TRD. Previous reports had speculated that Figueroa would convert the bank itself into lodging; the next-door space, empty but part of the same plot, will let the developer build a much taller hotel.

Proximity to the Williamsburg Bridge and Peter Luger Steakhouse should help boost the hotel’s profile. The domed bank is one block south of the bridge, at Driggs Avenue.

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An earlier contest-winning concept rendering by Miami-based architecture firm Oppenheim A+D of a hotel at that location. No word on the architect or a render for this development.


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Avalon West Chelsea (lower portion) and 529 W. 29th St:


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Big article about Staten Island Wheel with new renderings of redesigned wheel:
http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf...the_new_y.html

It says that approval process is going to start in this month and will take about 7 month. So, we can expect beginning of construction later this year!
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Wow, I remember this one from years ago. Hope the design doesn't change, it's a beauty.
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