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Old July 8th, 2013, 02:25 PM   #3341
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Actually, it's a rather small footprint since the blocks on The east side of Madison in the 40s, which adjoin the west side of Vanderbilt, are quite small. (Check it out on Google Earth.) This bodes well for the height. If a residential/hotel is built here, it will be at least 300m, even without the rezoning.
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Old July 8th, 2013, 09:00 PM   #3342
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Re: very tall tower by SHoP.

Another potential site is the J&R Music Building on Park Row across from City Hall Park. I walked by today, and all stores were closed, but for the one in the building on the south corner at 1 Park Row. Signs said that all of J&R's departments, which were located in various buildings on Park Row, will consolidate into the multi-story building located at 1 Park Row.
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Old July 8th, 2013, 09:10 PM   #3343
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Another potential site is the J&R Music Building on Park Row across from City Hall Park. I walked by today, and all stores were closed.
I noticed that and It did not occur to me for the potential there!

If this site would be purchased by one developer.. this site can be HUGE! Super Duper Tall HUGE! That was a lot of buildings that J&R vacated.

What makes you think this would be a SHoP project? This can be another potential site for that supertall you where talking about.
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Old July 8th, 2013, 10:22 PM   #3344
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I did a search and found this, in regard to J&R music to see what is up with this site for those who are interested.

Seen & Heard: J&R’s Consolidation Is Complete
http://tribecacitizen.com/2013/05/08...n-is-complete/

They consolidated into one superstore on a 5 storey building 1 Park Row.

The reader comment is interesting..

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I saw this account of the J&R re-org on another forum. I have no personal knowledge on the subject, other than my own observation that J&R Baby is virtually empty every time we’ve gone there.

“This is the inside scoop.

I heard they are close to bankruptcy. Suppliers were withdrawing credit, insisting on cash on delivery. Very low stock.

Very many old time employees are being fired, in large numbers.

The “baby store” experiment was a huge failure, cost them a lot of money.

Business is WAY down from previous levels.

They own the buildings and are looking for new rental income, possibly selling them or making some sort of offer to tenants. They will not re-open the closed ground level stores.

There seems to be some infighting and reorganization.

I heard this from gossip from employees and corporate staff there. I don’t know if everything is 100% accurate but they have no reason to lie and I personally know a number of very long time employees who were let go.

They were shocked and had no warning and almost no severance.”


I hope they will just elect to sell those buildings on Park Row to a developer.
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Old July 8th, 2013, 10:33 PM   #3345
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Thanks, VG. I think that the one with the Canon sign is definitely coming down. Can someone post an aerial shot of the site from Google Earth. It's actually a pretty small footprint and therefore, any residential tower would be pretty tall.
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Old July 8th, 2013, 10:45 PM   #3346
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Thanks, VG. I think that the one with the Canon sign is definitely coming down. Can someone post an aerial shot of the site from Google Earth. It's actually a pretty small footprint and therefore, any residential tower would be pretty tall.
I think J&R owns all the buildings left of the Canon building as well. I don't know what the tenant situation is there on those other buildings... but if J&R decides to sell, they will sell all of those buildings too including the Canon building! (A total of 5 buildings on Park Row) If one developer decides to buys those buildings as a package, they could raze them all and assemble something pretty nice for development.

I believe they own the building to the right of Canon and maybe they could include that also.

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I believe that they own them all as well.
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Old July 8th, 2013, 11:13 PM   #3348
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John Lam buys NoMad parking garage from Extell, plans hotel
http://therealdeal.com/blog/2013/07/...o-hotel-tower/

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Prolific hotel builder John Lam is buying a parking garage on between West 24th and West 25th Streets, with plans to raze the structure and set up a 270,000-square-foot hotel tower in its place, Crain’s reported.

The spot is Lam’s second planned building in the area: he already aims to break ground next year on a 300,000-square-foot hotel that will run along Broadway from West 29th to West 30th streets.

At his latest building site at 110 West 25th Street, just west of Sixth Avenue, Lam is buying property from Extell Development. He did not disclose the purchase price to Crain’s as he said the deal, arranged by Massey Knakal’s Robert Knakal, is in contract but not yet completed.

In recent years, Lam has also developed a successful Four Points Hotel at 160 West 25th Street, operated by the Sheraton brand.

Lam has ambitious plans along Broadway, aiming to spend around $300 million to build hostelry that will begin to emerge next year. He told Crain’s he has reached a deal with Virgin Hotels to open the British company’s first U.S. hotel on the property, and that he is also in talks with another operator to manage a second hotel at the site. The latter will also include 50,000 square feet of retail space on three lower floors, a spot that would make for the largest new store space in the neighborhood. [Crain’s] –Julie Strickland
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Old July 9th, 2013, 12:04 AM   #3349
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More on J&R:

http://www.twice.com/articletype/new...usiness/107135
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Old July 9th, 2013, 02:37 AM   #3350
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Gantry Park Landing in LIC starts leasing



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July 5, By Christian Murray The latest luxury rental building to be developed alongside the East River starts leasing next week. The 12-story building, called Gantry Park Landing, is located at 50-01 Second Avenue, and provides plenty of amenities to pamper and entertain residents. Brokers will begin leasing the 199-unit building on July 12 and will offer prospective tenants a mix of studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments that range from 460 to 1,256 square feet.

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Old July 9th, 2013, 06:16 PM   #3351
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Out of Thin Air
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Everyone, or almost everyone, was taken off guard, when the State Legislature approved a series of major changes to the 1998 Hudson River Park Act.

The most significant of these allows the park to sell its unused air rights for development one block inland.

According to the Hudson River Park Trust, the park — on its commercial piers — has about 1.6 million square feet of unused air rights. The Empire State Building has 2.77 million square feet of floor area, and the Trump Soho condo-hotel 300,000 square feet. So the park’s air rights equal more than half an Empire State Building, or more than five Trump Soho’s. In short, 1.6 million square feet is a whole lot of air rights.

What’s good about this is that any air rights sold from the park are, by definition, no longer in the park — meaning this limits large-scale development in the park. It could even happen that part of Pier 40’s pier shed could be razed and those now newly unused air rights then sold across the highway — thus, opening up the West Houston Street pier to views to the river.

Moving air rights out of the park is definitely a good thing. But what will it mean for the western edge of the Village and Chelsea? Tribeca has no commercial piers. Does that mean none of the park’s air rights will be transferred into Tribeca? Most of the park’s commercial piers are in Community Board 4 (Chelsea/Hell’s Kitchen). So will most of the air rights get transferred up there? How much of the park’s air rights will be able to be stacked at any one site? Will there be designated sites? Will Pier 40’s air rights have to transfer directly across the highway to the St. John’s Building, or can — and should — they go elsewhere?

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Old July 9th, 2013, 07:22 PM   #3352
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Latest on Stonehenge's 101 West 15th, which will not have tumors on top. Not amazing, but the new retail is nice -

Construction Update: 101 West 15th Street

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Old July 9th, 2013, 11:18 PM   #3353
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Construction is (Probably) On at 3 WTC With New Anchor Tenant



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Back in January, it was reported that GroupM, an advertising company and media firm that did $90 billion worth of business last year, would likely sign a lease at 3 World Trade Center, and now Steve Cuozzo of the Post reports that the deal is this close to being complete. GroupM signed a term sheet (a document that outlines the terms of a proposed lease) with Silverstein Properties, and while term sheets don't guarantee a deal, they lead to signed leases 90 percent of the time. An official lease is expected to be signed later this year. The deal would release $1.3 billion in financing, allowing construction of the Richard Rogers-designed tower to be complete by 2016. Currently, the 80-story tower stands as a seven-story podium.

GroupM would take 515,000-square-feet on nine lower floors of the 80-story tower. Five of the floors have massive 70,000-square-foot open floorplans, a feature that was originally thought would appeal to financial firms. But Wall Street companies have been skittish since the crash, and non-financial groups—primarily tech and media companies—are stepping in...

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Old July 10th, 2013, 12:43 AM   #3354
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A 96th floor? Why not!

432 Park Gets Just What It Needed: A Second Penthouse



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When one $95 million penthouse isn't enough, why not just add another? After scouring filings with the Attorney General's office, the Real Deal reports that superscraper 432 Park Avenue's developers, Macklowe and CIM, are rejiggering the top floors in order to sell a 96th-floor unit for $95 million—Penthouse No. 1, count it—and a 95th-floor unit for a discounted $85 million. And there we have Penthouse No. 2, even though it's not on the tippy top of the 1,396-foot-tall tower. Go figure. It appears that the "developers created the new 96th floor by apparently using extra high ceilings in the former 95th floor unit." New York City's soon-to-be tallest residential building is also planning to slash the number of units in the building from 141 to 125, while increasing the amount of residential space to 412,637 square feet
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Old July 10th, 2013, 10:12 PM   #3355
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Fear of Glass

West Village NIMBYs Sharpen Knives Over Condo Proposal



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Architect Peter Samton's designs for a five-story (plus two-story penthouse) mixed use condominium building on Seventh Avenue between Charles and West 10th streets drew scorn and derision from local business owners and residents at a Community Board 2 meeting last week. Things weren't much different when the project, which is being developed by Continental Ventures and the Keystone Group, was presented at Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing yesterday afternoon, although in the addition to the many detractors, there were also a handful of residents who showed up to offer words of support for the new building.

The fifteen or so Village residents, including French novelist Marc Levy, who criticized the building's design, which combines brick masonry with a modern glass "slice" that extends up to the penthouse, pointed to it being out of context with the surrounding neighborhood. "In places like the West Village, the value comes from a mutuality of buildings," said one Charles Street resident. "This building will take its value from the surroundings."
Maybe the developer should have chosen a Karl Fischer design for these schlumpehs to live with.
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25-Story LIC Tower Will Hug Iconic Pepsi-Cola Sign On Purpose



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As TF Cornerstorne's massive six-building, 2,100-apartment East Coast megadevelopment continues to take shape along the Long Island City waterfront, its latest under-construction project has taken into account the 147-foot-long Pepsi-Cola sign that has been a neighborhood staple since the Depression. Building Blocks guru David Dunlop chronicles the city's modern-day love affair with the bright red, Gothically lettered billboard, which sports an oversized bottle at its edge. Turns out the principal architect behind 4610 Center Boulevard, Bernando Fort-Brescia of Arquitectonica, is a big ol' fanboy, and purposely made the edges of the building rounded rather than perpendicular, and recessed the bottom eight floors by 12 feet, in order to appropriately frame the ad. This video love letter to the sign and its past that TF Cornerstone has on its site is worth a watch, and maybe some of Fort-Brescia's excitement will rub off.

Built in 1936, the sign used to top a Pepsi factory nearby, which shut down in 1999. When Pepsi sold much of its land to TF Cornerstone's head honchos, the Elghanayan brothers, it cleverly held onto a parcel of prime real estate for its well-positioned endorsement. The sign moved to its current spot, within Gantry Plaza State Park, in 2009, and then the East Coast buildings started to rise closer than expected.

But Fort-Brescia was so inspired that he decided to work around it—not because Pepsi asked, though whether his choice was due to the billboard's aesthetic value, historical significance, or the general trendiness of retro things we'll never know—telling told the Times: "It is almost as if the face of the sign shaped the volumetrics of the building... I didn't want the sharp corners of a rectangle competing with the letters. I chose to curve the corners so the building seems to fade away."
Construction of 4610 Center Blvd. is well underway.

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Old July 10th, 2013, 11:54 PM   #3357
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Maybe the developer should have chosen a Karl Fischer design for these schlumpehs to live with.
I won't understand why people oppose new development like this, especially when there seems to be nothing wrong with it? Afraid of change, or something?
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Old July 11th, 2013, 03:47 AM   #3359
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Cant wait to go back to New York in September
Lucky, I won't return until March.... though, I hate having to fly there. I have extreme anxiety issues with planes, and I always end up having to circle for an extended period before we get clearing to land.
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Old July 11th, 2013, 08:59 PM   #3360
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Maybe the developer should have chosen a Karl Fischer design for these schlumpehs to live with.
Looking at this new development next to those older tenements, people will see the windows are too large, floors too high. Glass at the top is weird. As much as I like new developments, I think more people will appreciate them if they were built along the same dimensions of older buildings, especially if the neighborhood they're built in is highly valued for its architecture.
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