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Old July 22nd, 2006, 02:38 AM   #301
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You can thank the NIMBYs for that.
They didn't want to see tall thin towers so now they got short bulky ones.
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Old July 22nd, 2006, 09:06 AM   #302
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I agree. They totally stand out in a bad way on Houston. Major error in approving them there. They are too big and bulky. I pass by them everyday going to work and wonder what else should have gone there.
Yeah. Major error. Theres more on the way too.
You pass by everyday, huh...
So do i. Ive probably seen u without knowing.
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Old July 22nd, 2006, 09:13 AM   #303
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Old July 22nd, 2006, 09:17 AM   #304
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Old July 24th, 2006, 06:55 AM   #305
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Cool projects, I like the One York Street and the ONYX Chelsea.
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Old July 24th, 2006, 08:47 AM   #306
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Only 82 floors in 1,776 ft building? ( the freedom tower) Are there going to be 20 ft ceilings?
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Old July 24th, 2006, 08:58 AM   #307
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Vacant Lot Was Their Paradise



Geraldo Justiniano watched a crew last week work on the foundation of a three-family home being put up
on East 139th Street in the South Bronx.



By MANNY FERNANDEZ
July 24, 2006

Technically, the lot on East 139th Street near Willis Avenue in the South Bronx was vacant, according to city records.

Yet there was nothing vacant about it.

Over here was the camper where the guys from the neighborhood watched football games on Sundays. Over there was Izzy’s 1981 Yamaha motorcycle, an old motorboat, a wheelchair, three Rottweilers and the cages for Mr. Lopez’s chickens. Children from across the street used it as a playground. There were parties, domino games, volleyball matches, auto-repair workshops and pig roasts.

About 12 years ago, Geraldo Justiniano decided to reclaim the abandoned lot for the neighborhood. He put up a chain-link fence, laid down some gravel and mowed the grass. And though he lives in a two-bedroom apartment a few blocks away, he would often sleep in the camper on weekends, soaking up life in the great outdoors of East 139th Street, the morning crows of a rooster his alarm clock.

When the construction crew arrived this month, no one was really surprised. Mr. Justiniano — people call him J. J. — watched one day last week as a giant claw tore a deep hole in the soil. Five three-family homes are going up on the lot, which had become known in this corner of Mott Haven by two names: La Yarda and Paradise.

“A lot of memories,” said Mr. Justiniano, 39. His friends and neighbors have been feeling equally nostalgic: On the Fourth of July, they threw him and La Yarda a farewell party.

The commercial and residential development that has transformed the South Bronx in recent years has done more than added jobs and housing. It has altered the physical landscape, filling in the empty topography that in the 1970’s and 80’s came to symbolize the decline and abandonment of entire parts of American cities.

The vacant lots of the area’s past — the eerie urban prairies strewn with garbage and the rubble of dead tenements — graced the covers of books and the pages of newspapers. They starred in Hollywood movies like “Fort Apache, the Bronx.” They drew visits from local politicians, a president, a future president and even a pope.

Yet for many South Bronx residents, the empty land was something more than an eyesore or an emblem of urban blight. Lots remained abandoned for so long that they took on an unexpected, improvisational life of their own in one of the poorest communities in the country. Now, as new apartment buildings, homes and businesses rise in the area, this small piece of gritty South Bronx history — the abandoned lot — is disappearing.

These lots were unloved for the most part, but not unused. They were dumps, drug bazaars and a breeding ground for illegal activity, but they also became community gardens, outdoor churches and places where streetwise entrepreneurs set up shop. They were home to wooden crosses, discarded couches, oil spills, beat-up cars and people like Jorge Luis Manzo, known as Choco, who years ago lived in a small wooden shack on a burned-out stretch of St. Ann’s Avenue, one of many streets devastated at the time by rampant arson.

Anthony Perez Cassino, a lawyer who is the chairman of Community Board 8 in Riverdale and grew up in the South Bronx in the 1970’s, said the abandoned lots cast the entire borough in a negative light, a reputation that continued long after they began to be replaced by much-needed housing. “It’s good to see it go,” he said of the empty spaces. “In the bigger picture, it’s for the better.”

According to land-use and geographic data from the Department of City Planning, there were 1,300 vacant parcels in the South Bronx in 2005. Many are now construction sites or are no longer empty, the result of the borough’s building boom. Since 2002, $3 billion in private and public money has been invested in residential, commercial and institutional development projects in the Bronx, according to figures from the borough president’s office. The number of new Bronx addresses issued in 2005 was 1,352, nearly double the number in 2001.

The empty lots that remain are narrow slices of pavement or large expanses of urban wilderness. Some are impromptu junkyards. Others have five-foot-tall weeds. Chain-link fences act as billboards advertising mattresses for sale and Carlo’s Lite Mover. The fences do not keep people out so much as keep them in. There are dining room chairs set on the grass, crushed beer cans, cigar butts and tables.

At a lot on Fox Street, there is a touch of gallows humor: a freshly dug mock grave and a cross at the edge of the sidewalk. At a lot at Prospect Avenue and East 156th Street, there is Mama Isabels Place, a food van that has been a neighborhood staple for years. People sit beneath the van’s canopy on cafeteria-style chairs, eating $1.25 pastelillos de carne, or meat turnovers.

And there is La Yarda.

The 100-by-100-foot space, which is being developed by the Jackson Development Group of Bellerose, N.Y., has been the scene of an unusually friendly property dance, as Mr. Justiniano, the lot’s unofficial tenant, moves out and the company, which bought the site six months ago, moves in. The developer even hired Mr. Justiniano to work as a security guard during construction.

Mr. Justiniano is short and stocky, and he has a tan as deep as any lifeguard’s from spending so many hours in the lot. He grew up in the apartment building next door, and his unorthodox view of public and private property began early, when he took over one empty lot on the block at age 9 and another at 19. Now he runs an office-supply delivery company and is the vice president of the Bronx chapter of the Lunatics, a New York City motorcycle club.

As he sat on a bench that used to be the back seat of someone’s van, he talked about the old times in Paradise. He and his friends brought in a projector to show movies on the wall. They had an Easter egg hunt for neighborhood children and once hitched a motorized water scooter to the back of a Jeep during a snowstorm. “Our own field of dreams,” said Mr. Justiniano’s friend Izzy Fortuna, 45.

At the goodbye party on the Fourth, neighbors signed a banner spray-painted with the words “Farewell La Yarda.” A woman named Sandra wrote: “We will miss the good times.” Someone else scrawled: “Home never has a name.” José E. Serrano, the Bronx congressman whose district includes Mott Haven and who happened to be in the neighborhood that afternoon, signed the banner and took home a plate of food.

“This is an example of a spot in the neighborhood that became sort of an oasis,” Mr. Serrano said. “I’ve always seen people using a lot. I’ve never seen anyone say goodbye to one.”

Mr. Justiniano is storing the camper, the children’s toys and other items at another lot at the corner. It is much smaller than La Yarda. But he thinks it will be perfect for a pig roast.



Justino Lopez greets a Rottweiler that was relocated, along with the camper, from Paradise to another lot.


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Old July 24th, 2006, 09:06 AM   #308
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I hope to see that area progress.

Thanks for the info.
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Old July 24th, 2006, 05:17 PM   #309
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Old July 24th, 2006, 05:37 PM   #310
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NEW DOWNTOWN B'KLYN 'HEIGHTS'
FLATBUSH TOWERS




Developer: Thor Equities
Location: Albee Square West
Use: Tentavtive plans for hotel, offices and condos
Cost: Unknown
Height: 60 stories



By PATRICK GALLAHUE
July 24, 2006

Just call them the "Lords of Flatbush."

Developers are lining up to build Downtown Brooklyn's storied main drag into a billion-dollar thoroughfare.

At least eight new construction projects are in the pipeline for a now-gritty three-block stretch of Flatbush Avenue between Tillary and Willoughby streets, just blocks from Bruce Ratner's $4.2 billion planned complex of residential and commercial towers around the new Nets basketball arena.

"It'll be a completely new vista of Brooklyn when you come off the [Manhattan] Bridge," said Michael Burke, of the Downtown Brooklyn Council.

Among the projects being planned is a 60-story, multimillion-dollar hotel, office and condominium tower over a city-owned parking garage at Albee Square West, to be built by Thor Equities.

Down the block, on Myrtle Avenue, a $450 million pair of buildings - comprising a million square feet of space - are planned, according to John Catsimatidis, who will develop the projects.

"It's five minutes away from Wall Street and it's one-third the price of Manhattan. Why not?" said Catsimatidis, the Gristedes supermarket magnate. Catsimatidis said his tentative plans are to build just shy of the 400-foot building-height limits, with retail on the first and second floors.

Just across the street, BFC Development is hoping to break ground later this year on a roughly $200 million, 40-story residential and retail tower, by the architectural firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill, which designed the Freedom Tower.

"It's going to be in the area of a billion dollars between all [these] projects," said Ron Hershco, who broke ground on his own luxury 35- and 40-story buildings on Gold Street.


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Old July 24th, 2006, 06:22 PM   #311
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NEW DOWNTOWN B'KLYN 'HEIGHTS'
FLATBUSH TOWERS




Developer: Thor Equities
Location: Albee Square West
Use: Tentavtive plans for hotel, offices and condos
Cost: Unknown
Height: 60 stories



By PATRICK GALLAHUE
July 24, 2006

Just call them the "Lords of Flatbush."

Developers are lining up to build Downtown Brooklyn's storied main drag into a billion-dollar thoroughfare.

At least eight new construction projects are in the pipeline for a now-gritty three-block stretch of Flatbush Avenue between Tillary and Willoughby streets, just blocks from Bruce Ratner's $4.2 billion planned complex of residential and commercial towers around the new Nets basketball arena.

"It'll be a completely new vista of Brooklyn when you come off the [Manhattan] Bridge," said Michael Burke, of the Downtown Brooklyn Council.

Among the projects being planned is a 60-story, multimillion-dollar hotel, office and condominium tower over a city-owned parking garage at Albee Square West, to be built by Thor Equities.

Down the block, on Myrtle Avenue, a $450 million pair of buildings - comprising a million square feet of space - are planned, according to John Catsimatidis, who will develop the projects.

"It's five minutes away from Wall Street and it's one-third the price of Manhattan. Why not?" said Catsimatidis, the Gristedes supermarket magnate. Catsimatidis said his tentative plans are to build just shy of the 400-foot building-height limits, with retail on the first and second floors.

Just across the street, BFC Development is hoping to break ground later this year on a roughly $200 million, 40-story residential and retail tower, by the architectural firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill, which designed the Freedom Tower.

"It's going to be in the area of a billion dollars between all [these] projects," said Ron Hershco, who broke ground on his own luxury 35- and 40-story buildings on Gold Street.


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Old July 24th, 2006, 07:01 PM   #312
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Housing Advocates Take Count Of Vacant Lots In Manhattan





July 23, 2006

In a city where real estate is at a premium, Manhattan's borough president wants to know just how many abandoned properties are in his borough.

Scott Stringer, along with a group of 100 volunteers, scoured Manhattan yesterday to count the number of abandoned buildings and vacant lots in the borough. The street by street count will be used to identify places affordable housing could be built.

"We don't know why, in a hot housing market, we have vacancies like this in this," said Stringer. "We don't know who owns these properties. Are they tax delinquent? Does the city own them? We want to know specifically, exactly what is going on with this borough."

Similar counts in other cities have been successful. After Boston did a count, it was able to reduce the number of vacant lots and buildings by 43 percent.


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FLATBUSH TOWERS has a very nice looking.
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Old July 25th, 2006, 02:18 AM   #314
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Old July 25th, 2006, 02:45 AM   #315
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Updates of one of the Ariel Bldgs from Curbed.

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How can you guys not mention the new visual and performing arts library thats being built right next to Brooklyns Williamsburg bank, and right across from the proposed new Nets STADIUM! Im shocked!
Since im not sure how to post a pic, i will just offer a link...
Someone please upload the pic if you get the chance.


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NEW DOWNTOWN B'KLYN 'HEIGHTS'
FLATBUSH TOWERS




Developer: Thor Equities
Location: Albee Square West
Use: Tentavtive plans for hotel, offices and condos
Cost: Unknown
Height: 60 stories



By PATRICK GALLAHUE
July 24, 2006

Just call them the "Lords of Flatbush."

Developers are lining up to build Downtown Brooklyn's storied main drag into a billion-dollar thoroughfare.

At least eight new construction projects are in the pipeline for a now-gritty three-block stretch of Flatbush Avenue between Tillary and Willoughby streets, just blocks from Bruce Ratner's $4.2 billion planned complex of residential and commercial towers around the new Nets basketball arena.

"It'll be a completely new vista of Brooklyn when you come off the [Manhattan] Bridge," said Michael Burke, of the Downtown Brooklyn Council.

Among the projects being planned is a 60-story, multimillion-dollar hotel, office and condominium tower over a city-owned parking garage at Albee Square West, to be built by Thor Equities.

Down the block, on Myrtle Avenue, a $450 million pair of buildings - comprising a million square feet of space - are planned, according to John Catsimatidis, who will develop the projects.

"It's five minutes away from Wall Street and it's one-third the price of Manhattan. Why not?" said Catsimatidis, the Gristedes supermarket magnate. Catsimatidis said his tentative plans are to build just shy of the 400-foot building-height limits, with retail on the first and second floors.

Just across the street, BFC Development is hoping to break ground later this year on a roughly $200 million, 40-story residential and retail tower, by the architectural firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill, which designed the Freedom Tower.

"It's going to be in the area of a billion dollars between all [these] projects," said Ron Hershco, who broke ground on his own luxury 35- and 40-story buildings on Gold Street.


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That's sexy, and it's gonna be in Brooklyn Heights!? I guess thse will be some incredibley expensive penthouses.
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Old July 25th, 2006, 08:23 PM   #319
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all the boros are getting redone. the bronx is making a comeback. glad to see all the vacant lots get counted. more and more will be filled in the years ahead.
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M.T.A. Slated M.T.A. Slated to Consider Railyard Bid


By THOMAS J. LUECK
Published: July 26, 2006

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board is expected today to consider New York City’s offer of $500 million for development rights to 26 acres of railyards on the Far West Side of Manhattan, the site of the city’s failed attempt last year to develop a football stadium for the Jets.

The authority, which received the latest offer this month in a letter from City Hall, has not brought it up for public discussion before any of the committees that advise its board, including those dealing with finance and real estate. Although the matter had not been included on a preliminary agenda of the authority’s board, which is to meet this morning, Tom Kelly, a spokesman for the authority , said yesterday that it would be discussed, but added that it was not known if the board would take action.

The prospect of such high-level discussion provoked heightened tensions yesterday over the city’s offer, which has been characterized by some critics as a low-ball bid for one of Manhattan’s largest and potentially most valuable development sites, between 10th to 12th Avenues from 30th to 33rd Streets. Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who is running for governor, has called the offer “grossly under market value.”

Others have urged caution. In a letter last week to Peter Kalikow, the authority’s chairman, Local 100 of the Transport Workers Union, the main transit union, and the Straphangers Campaign, a riders’ advocacy group, said that the authority would “look very bad if it turns on a dime and just swallows the proposal whole.’’

Gene Russianoff, staff lawyer for the Straphangers Campaign, said any action taken by the board today would deny the public sufficient warning or input since the city’s bid was not submitted to prior discussion at open meetings.

One option for the authority’s board is to give Mr. Kalikow authority to negotiate with the city. Mr. Kalikow, a real estate executive, said after the city’s $500 million bid was outlined in a letter from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn that his top priority was getting top dollar for the site “to support our ongoing enormous capital needs.”

Mr. Kelly declined further comment yesterday.


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