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Old May 7th, 2013, 11:43 PM   #3081
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OI think this looks like one of the best residential designs residents can ask for. Hope they go through with it.
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Old May 8th, 2013, 10:14 PM   #3082
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301 W. 46th St. Revived As 29 Story Hotel


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We haven't heard anything about 301 West 46th Street—a property currently occupied by a 19th-century building, a parking lot, and vacant land—since Glenwood Management picked it up back in 2010, but Jeremiah Moss reports that changes are afoot. Scaffolding has risen around the empty building, and DOB filings confirm the structure is not long for this world. Demolition permits were issued at the end of February.

But we won't be seeing the 38-story condo-hotel tower that was previously planned for the site. DOB documents show that the building has been chopped to 29 stories and it lost the 35 condo units, as well as more than half of the 375 hotel rooms. New filings show there will be just 146 rooms, and floors three through five will be occupied by an atrium. The ground floor and cellar level will have retail. The architecture firm listed is still Berg+Flynn, so we'll likely be seeing a shorter version of the tower depicted in the rendering above.
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Old May 8th, 2013, 10:18 PM   #3083
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Council green-lights Cornell tech campus
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Cornell's new tech campus on Roosevelt Island got the official go-ahead from the City Council Wednesday, paving the way for the school to break ground in 2014.

The 2 million-square-foot applied science and engineering school, first announced by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in Dec. 2011, will occupy the site of the old Goldwater Hospital on the island's southern tip. Councilwoman Jessica Lappin said Wednesday's vote signals the beginning of the construction phase for the campus.

"It keeps Cornell well on track to break ground in 2014 and to open the campus in 2017," Ms. Lappin said.

Residents of Roosevelt Island, while generally supportive of the endeavor, had expressed concerns about how the massive project would affect their tiny community's infrastructure. Roosevelt Island has only one road and a single bridge connecting the island to the rest of the city, both of which may be choked with construction equipment after the groundbreaking.

But Ms. Lappin says she and her council colleagues have secured a number of commitments from Cornell and the Bloomberg administration to reduce the impact on the community. The university has agreed to transport construction equipment via barge to limit traffic on the island's main road. Cornell will also monitor air quality throughout the project to determine whether the demolition and excavation create any pollution.

The Police Department has also agreed to appoint a police captain to meet with residents to examine building plans and consult on terrorism risks.

Cornell will "adopt" the local school on Roosevelt Island, PS/IS 217, to assist with teacher training and student development. Starting this summer, Cornell will sponsor an immersion program for girls in that school and several others to learn coding, web design, robotics and mobile development.

"We've been talking about this project for a while now," Ms. Lappin said. "It's fantastic to be past this very significant hurdle, and to have the land-use process come to a conclusion and allow them to really get started."

Ms. Lappin was joined by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to announce the vote. Both are running for higher office—Ms. Lappin for Manhattan borough president and Ms. Quinn for mayor—and are hoping to associate their names with the Cornell project to appear tech-friendly and forward-looking about the city's economy. Ms. Quinn also plans to attend the launch of a new high-tech manufacturing hub in the Brooklyn Navy Yard Thursday.
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Old May 8th, 2013, 10:33 PM   #3084
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Steinway Hall Project Could Soar to Near Record Height


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NEW YORK CITY-A chief official with JDS Development Group, which recently agreed to purchase Steinway Hall, says a new residential building to be built at the site will definitely be a high-rise.

“It will certainly be taller than 900 feet,” says Michael Stern, managing partner of JDS Development Group, which is buying the 16-story Steinway Hall and land beneath it with Property Markets Group and Atlantic Development Group. “What its ultimate height will be is yet to be determined.” The building could eventually rank as New York City’s third tallest residential building, according to Bloomberg News.

The company is currently engaged in informal talks with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and others to determine what they can build on the property that includes Steinway Hall, home to piano maker Steinway & Sons, and at an adjacent parcel at 105-107 W. 57th St. they purchased last year.
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Old May 8th, 2013, 10:36 PM   #3085
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Old May 8th, 2013, 10:45 PM   #3086
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New Governors Island park taking shape:

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Old May 9th, 2013, 12:55 AM   #3087
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Madison Square Park apartment plan
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The sale of a bright, yellow-painted townhouse will soon pave the way for a 40-story tower near Gramercy Park and down the street from Related Companies’ One Madison Park.

45 East 22nd Street, which once housed the tony Ciano restaurant, was bought by Gerald Lieblich for $3.2 million, according to city records.

Sources close to the deal say Lieblich has also bought the air rights for a group of townhouses next door, buildings 31-43 East 22nd Street, and will build a bridge over the existing townhouses for his tower.

Lieblich did not return calls and e-mails for comment.

Ironically, the rumored Lieblich tower sounds similar to once-proposed Rem Koolhaas 22-story tower 23 East 22nd Street, which was to cantilever in the other direction.

The Koolhaas site is now where the construction of One Madsion Park lobby, as well as apartments on top, is taking place.

New York City zoning maps set the north side of East 22nd Street C6-4M, but sources say that the one block between Park Avenue South and Broadway where the property sits has no height restrictions.

The Lieblich tower would be the third such new luxury development taking place on the two-block stretch of East 22nd Street.

Toll Brothers, which has a sales office right across the street from the Lieblich property, is also completing a building a block and a half east, at 160 East 22nd Street.
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Old May 9th, 2013, 01:02 AM   #3088
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Spectrum Group Management Announces the Closing of a Mortgage Loan Secured by Property and Associated Air Rights in Manhattan
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Transaction Continues Strong Activity for Spectrum's Real Estate Related Investments
NEW YORK, May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Spectrum Group Management LLC ("Spectrum") is pleased to announce that an affiliate has recently closed a $24mm first mortgage loan, the proceeds of which were used to fund the acquisition of 215-221 West 28th Street in Manhattan.

Peter Locke, a Principal at Spectrum stated, "Spectrum's ability to close the loan in an accelerated time frame, enabling the borrower to effectuate a time of the essence closing, was a key factor in sourcing and closing this transaction."

The loan is secured by a first mortgage on approximately 7,500 square feet of land and associated air rights that will allow for the development of approximately 150 multifamily units. The borrower, a major New York City developer, plans to begin construction on the site later this year.
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Old May 9th, 2013, 06:15 AM   #3089
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But could you please leave out the [ QUOTE ] tags when actually quoting content?
It's pretty much impossible to directly re-post your posts then to show them elsewhere.

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Old May 9th, 2013, 07:13 AM   #3090
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After long delay, demolition on the way for West Side development site
http://therealdeal.com/blog/2013/05/...medium=twitter



"Five years after it was slated for demolition, it appears that plans to tear down 301 West 46th Street may finally be underway, Vanishing New York reported, citing tips from readers.

In 2010, Glenwood Management moved to foreclose on developer Tribeach Holdings’ $78.6 million in loans on the property. In August 2011, Glenwood and Tribeach settled the lawsuit, and Glenwood closed on the site, which consists of vacant land, a vacant mixed-use building and a parking lot.

Tribeach had planned to tear down the building, located on the corner of Eighth Avenue and West 46th Street, in order to build a 38-story hotel and condominium. Then the market crashed, and by 2009 the project had ground to a halt.
Bank of Scotland, the original lender on the project, declared loans given in 2007 for the acquisition and development of the project in default in September 2010. A lawsuit filed by Glenwood in New York State Supreme Court shows that about two weeks later, the bank sold the note for an undisclosed price to Glenwood’s entity, West 46th Street LLC, as previously reported."
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Old May 9th, 2013, 10:28 AM   #3091
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Long-Stalled UES Condo The Charles Will Launch Sales May 1



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Upper East Side condo The Charles has been stalled so long we'd given up hope of its reanimation—until last fall, when a tipster spotted signs of construction on the lot. Now, after an epic wait, the building is finally ready to sell. The offering plan was approved last week, which means The Charles can legally put units on the market, and it plans to do so on May 1, with a pop-up sales gallery somewhere in the neighborhood. And we've got a few early renderings to share! Above, a living room—interiors were designed by David Collins Studio in the firm's first residential commission.

Architect Ismael Leyva design the structure and the apartment layouts, but the design has evolved a bit since Leyva's first stab at the project.



The 31-story will have 29 units, including a duplex penthouse, and prices will range from $5 million to $15 million, with the penthouse obviously at the higher end. The units will be three- and four-bedrooms. There isn't much in the way of new luxury construction along that particular segment of First Avenue, so perhaps it will appeal to buyers hoping to profit from the Second Avenue subway
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Old May 10th, 2013, 01:14 AM   #3092
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ArchiCriticNIMBYS 1 - MOMA 0?

It Might Not Be The End For The Folk Art Museum After All


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After scores of critics—including James Russell, and this guy, and some of these people—lambasted MoMA's plan to tear down the former American Folk Art Museum on 53rd Street in the name of its expansion, it seems that the modern art titan is reconsidering the controversial move. Before, architects were going to completely raze the AFAM building, including its lauded 12-year-old bronze sculpted facade by TWBTA, to achieve aesthetic continuity (a.k.a. extending the museum's existing glassy vibe).

But today, as Metropolis and the Times have reported, Diller Scofidio + Renfro issued a statement that they might not have to tear down the building after all. "We have asked MoMA, and they have agreed, to allow us the time and flexibility to explore a full range of programmatic, spatial, and urban options," the architects said. "These possibilities include, but are not limited to, integrating the former American Folk Art Museum building, designed by our friends and admired colleagues, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien." A seamless fusion of bronze and glass? It's time to hit the drawing board.
Erm, ok. But get that damn Tower Verre going!
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Old May 10th, 2013, 01:22 AM   #3093
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Enigmatic Condos Near The High Line; Another Ugly Rental



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WEST CHELSEA—Last we heard about developer/architect Cary Tamarkin's new project on 24th Street between Tenth and Eleventh avenues, it was mere speculation that the High Line-neighboring site would get a smallish tower of condos. Now, thanks to a tipster, we've got the teaser site for 508 West 24th Street, which unfortunately divulges absolutely no information but does include a closely cropped photo of what the white-and-glass development will look like (above). DOB records tell us a bit more—it'll be 10 stories with 15 units and retail space on the ground floor, with a rooftop terrace, some duplexes with their own terraces, a gym, and bike storage. The tapped architecture firm is Goldstein, Hill, and West, which has designed such projects as The Aldyn and The Laurel.
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How utterly original and exciting.
Nothing wrong with a little art moderne/bauhaus throwback, though it's probably a little too austere for the Gehry generation.
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1 WTC spire complete. Beacon lifted a hour ago.

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Old May 10th, 2013, 05:47 PM   #3097
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That rendering is encouraging. This building is well underway, they should be pouring the foundation soon (if they haven't already).

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Old May 10th, 2013, 05:52 PM   #3098
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Cuomo Kiboshes Queens Casino Chaloshes


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New York City will not be getting a casino – at least not for the next five years.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined a plan to bring New York’s first three commercial gaming franchises to upstate destinations, the New York Daily News reported. Cuomo’s plan, which is subject to approval by the Legislature, also calls for a ban to casinos in the five boroughs, Long Island, and the city’s northern suburbs, in a bid to spread tourism and push gamblers upstate.

“Tourism is a great economic generator,” Cuomo said. “We need jobs in upstate New York and economic activity in upstate New York like we need oxygen.”

He expressed his hope that city voters would support legalized gambling when the vote comes up in 2013, as a portion of the revenue would go toward public schools in the state.

An “independent selection committee” will choose locations for the first three upstate casinos, Cuomo said. The legislature will not be involved.
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New Look Unveiled for Williamsburg's Giant 204 Wythe


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Last summer, things started moving along at the massive 204 Wythe Avenue site. Now Brownstoner reports that a new rendering has been released, and it's quite a bit different than what we saw back in 2011. The project has grown from five to seven stories, and there wil now be 229 rental units instead of 157. It clocks in at 248,000-square-feet, and the ground floor will have 275-feet of retail frontage. 'Stoner notes that Area Property Partners is still involved with the building, but the press release says Mack Real Estate Capital and Urban Development Partners are the developers. Evidently, the building should be complete by the third quarter.
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