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Old July 26th, 2013, 03:28 AM   #3421
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View-Blocking, Neighbor-Hated 1110 Park Rendering Revealed



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Neighbors have had beef with Toll Brothers' Park Avenue project at 1110 Park Avenue since the very beginning, even deploying the decidedly un-tony sheet-with-oppositional-slogan tactic. It's unclear, though, whether the UES nay-sayers are against destroying the two parcels of 19th-century Carnegie Hill history that were razed in the name of this project... or whether they're more concerned about losing their views (not to mention the plummenting of their property values). Let's be charitable and say it's all of the above, and inform them that instead of some vague idea of a 16-story building, now we at least know what their enemy looks like. Voila!

The image was posted at the construction site, and Toll Brothers obligingly sent us a copy, noting that it will contain 11 residences. Do the math, or check the DOB filings, and it works out to be a bunch of duplexes and triplexes.
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Old July 26th, 2013, 04:06 AM   #3422
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Ha! I walked by this yesterday and was surprised a building was razed which never happens here on Park and i was just wondering what will be built and viola... a render released the next day! Nice to see this render. Honestly I'm not sure what kind of views lost the people are complaining about. I like the design and think it fits in and looks great for Park Ave. Wish I knew what the razed building looked like. I guess if I had not noticed, then it probably looked like a typical Park Ave building.
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Old July 26th, 2013, 08:52 PM   #3423
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Now that's a building that people should be proud to have in their neighborhood.
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Old July 27th, 2013, 05:49 AM   #3424
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Pelli Clark Pelli chosen as architects for new Trinity Church Tower: http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/0...ondo_tower.php





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Old July 27th, 2013, 05:48 PM   #3425
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Old July 27th, 2013, 08:45 PM   #3426
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gorgeous!!
Have you seen what they're tearing down to build this?
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Old July 28th, 2013, 03:02 AM   #3427
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An in-depth report on the coming Cornell NYC Tech campus on Roosevelt Island. The two billion dollar project will break ground next winter with students and faculty expected to arrive in 2017. In addition to graduate applied sciences and computer engineering courses, a dual-degree master's program in Information Systems will be offered due to a collaboration between Israel's Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Cornell University. Host Rafael Pi Roman interviews Dan Huttenlocher, Dean and Vice Provost of Cornell NYC Tech, and Professor Craig Gotsman, Founding Director of the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute, about building a culture for tech innovation, the challenges facing a new graduate school and how Cornell Tech will contribute to New York's growing tech economy.
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Old July 28th, 2013, 02:47 PM   #3428
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yes, that facade is wonderful
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Old July 28th, 2013, 09:27 PM   #3429
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I don't think the first render is correct
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Old July 29th, 2013, 08:27 PM   #3430
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Columbia U. Manhattanville rising:


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With LIC complex complete, TF Cornerstone looks to Battery Park City for inspiration



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TF Cornerstone has completed construction on its seven-tower complex on Long Island City’s waterfront, and is now focusing its efforts on building a vibrant surrounding community, Crain’s reported.

Tom and Fred Elghanayan – who split from their brother Henry, of Rockrose Development, recently – paid $85 million for the 21-acre site about a decade ago. Now, with the final building at 4610 Center Boulevard topping out, TF Cornerstone will look to shape the complex — which has 3,193 apartments, a handful of shops and a 12-acre waterfront park — in the mold of Battery Park City, the Lower Manhattan community that is home to a growing number of families. “We took a lot of what we learned over there and applied it here,” Jon McMillan, TF Cornerstone’s director of planning and a former Battery Park City Authority executive, told Crain’s.

The developer was able to build out the project, called East Coast, at a significantly lower cost than Battery Park City, due to the lower land costs in Long Island City and excellent access to the 7 train. As a result, rents at the complex are 20 to 30 percent below those seen across the river.
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Old July 31st, 2013, 07:08 PM   #3432
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A new development site!

Parson’s New School of Design on the block


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The Times Square building that is home to the Parsons New School for Design is for sale.

560 Seventh Avenue is expected to fetch as much as $60 million as developers eager to tap into the area’s lucrative tourist trade vie for the plot.
“There has already been tremendous interest in the site,” said Massey Knakal chairman Bob Knakal, who is marketing the building on the corner of 40th Street with David Kalish.

Zoning allows for up to approximately 98,760 buildable square feet as-of-right, and up to a maximum of about 128,388 buildable square feet through bonuses and transfers, according to the brokerage.

Garment Center Congregation has leased a portion of the ground floor and basement through 2076, but terms of the lease allow the landlord to provide the congregation with an alternate location for their synagogue and offices after May of 2017 if the landlord wishes to demolish the building. According to the lease, the congregation pays $1 rent annually.

The property was gifted to the New School by the millionaire philanthropist Albert List in 1978, according to documents filed with the NYC Department of Finance. List also arranged the lease with the Garment Center Congregation.

The property is in the Special Midtown District, and zoning allows for hotel and commercial development. No asking price has been set.

New School, of which Parsons is a part, is building a new, 16-story, Skidmore Owings and Merrill-designed University Center in Union Square, scheduled to partially open this fall. The school is also expanding another building on 16th Street, The Albert and Vera List Academic Center.

“Given the tremendous location, we expect that any new development on this site will contain a significant retail space component which could consist of three or four floors, including the basement,” said Knakal.

Just north of the site, at 701 Seventh Avenue, a venture between the Witkoff Group, Maefield Development, Infinity Urban Century and Vector Group last year paid $430 million for a site where it plans to build a 340,000 s/f, 36-story, multi-use complex.

Dubbed the Times Square Gateway Center, it will feature retail space, a hotel tower and a massive LED sign.

An existing eleven-story office building at 701 Seventh Avenue was demolished to make way to the complex in a part of the city that sees some 500,000 people daily, according to the Times Square Alliance.

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Old July 31st, 2013, 10:15 PM   #3433
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A Guide to the Completion of New York City's Megaprojects



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Don't let the Cronut craze fool you. New York City is a wilderness akin to none and it takes a mean set of skills to survive here. So, inspired by the new TV show "Get Out Alive!" starring infamous British mountain man/elephant-poop-eater Bear Grylls as he forces a group of Americans to scramble around Middle Earth (aka New Zealand), we've decided to observe the talents of NYC's grittiest survivors real estate developers as they battle to bring their mega-projects to safety. Who's nearing the finish line? Let's find out!


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· Extell's projects: Developer Extell is building two towers on 57th Street: One57 is almost done, while 217-225 West 57th Street—which, at 1,550 ft, is destined to be the tallest building in New York and contain a massive Nordstrom—is just getting underway.

· 432 Park Avenue: LA-based developer CIM is partnering with Harry Macklowe to build an ultra-luxury, supertall residential tower where the Drake Hotel once stood. The developers are pulling some crazy stunts to sell out the building.

· Hudson Yards: Related has been working for years to transform the area over an MTA railyard into New York's next hottest neighborhood, with the High Line running through the middle of it...The project will add millions of square feet of office, residential, and retail space.

· SPURA: The Seward Park Urban Renewal Area—better known as SPURA—is supposed to revitalize a largely vacant six-acre Lower East Side site. An announcement detailing the final development team is expected soon.

· World Trade Center: While designs and plans have been set for a while, WTC #2 and WTC #3 still have yet to hit full speed while owner Larry Silverstein secures tenants and financing. His WTC #4 is just about done, as is Port Authority-owned WTC #1.




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· Greenpoint Landing / 77 Commercial Street: Greenpoint Landing is a major project (ten 30-40 story towers totaling 5,000 units) while 77 Commercial Street is much smaller (two towers). Both towers have to make it through the ULURP process before they can happen, and neighbors don't seem thrilled about either one.

· Domino Sugar Factory: After a long fight for control, DUMBO developer Two Trees Management took control of the long abandoned Domino Sugar Factory site last summer. Now Two Trees is doing its best to make friends in surrounding Williamsburg while it mulls some pretty hefty designs for the waterfront project.

· Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner's Forest City Ratner opened the Barclays Center to great fanfare, but that was only one part of the project: now Forest City is working on 6.7 million square feet of residential buildings, including significant modular construction.

· St. George Terminal: Oft-forgotten Staten Island is making headlines with a number of big-time development projects, including the world's tallest ferris ("observation") wheel, which is planned for St. George Terminal. That might sound crazy, but it's being built by someone quite familiar with wild rides: Rich Marin, a former CEO at Bear Stearns.
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Old August 1st, 2013, 12:37 AM   #3434
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July 31, 2013 - MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS TO STUDY DEVELOPMENT OF ‘SEAPORT CITY’ TO PROTECT LOWER MANHATTAN FROM IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
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Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced a request for proposals (RFP) to study the potential development of ‘Seaport City,’ a resiliency project that will protect Lower Manhattan from coastal flooding and provide opportunities for economic development
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Seaport City would be built as a part of a multi-purpose levee to protect a 1.5-mile area along the eastern edge of Lower Manhattan from the Battery to just north of the Manhattan Bridge. The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) issued the RFP to advance the next stages of technical planning for the levee system and related development of Seaport City. Responses are due by Thursday, August 22, 2013.
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Today we are taking another important step forward towards realizing a critical piece of Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to make the City less vulnerable to the effects of climate change,” said NYCEDC President Seth W. Pinsky. “Seaport City presents a landmark opportunity not only to protect Lower Manhattan’s neighborhoods and infrastructure, but also to spur economic development and potentially to generate revenues to pay for this and other resiliency measures.
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Multi-purpose levees can provide a cost-effective mechanism to pay for coastal protection by creating land for development that is also elevated and therefore not at risk of flooding. A multi-purpose levee in the study area would not only act as a barrier to protect Lower Manhattan from flooding in the event of storm events such as Hurricane Sandy, but it would also function as the foundation of a possible new Lower Manhattan sub-district that includes storm-resilient infrastructure and creates economic development opportunities in the area by supporting residential, retail or commercial uses, providing open space, serving as transportation infrastructure, and/or providing parking.
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An optional pre-proposal session will be held on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM at NYCEDC’s office at 110 William Street, New York, NY 10038. Additional information, including detailed submission guidelines and requirements are outlined in the RFP, available at www.nycedc.com/rfp. Responses are due no later than 12:00 PM on Thursday, August 22, 2013.

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Old August 2nd, 2013, 12:44 AM   #3435
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Baccarat's Crystal Palace Gets Glassy On West 53rd Street



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The hotel portion of the 50-story Baccarat Hotel & Residences at 20 West 53rd Street now dons its sleek, dark glass exterior, a custom curtain wall created by the architects at Skidmore Owings & Merrill. Installation of the facade is now underway for the higher floors, which hold the 61 condos. The curtain wall system consists of "insulated glass units with a high performance low-E coating," and in some units, it encloses double-height living spaces with sliding glass doors that lead to outdoor terraces. The street-level facade features a three-story, 55-foot "multi-faceted glass panel system," pictured above.


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Old August 2nd, 2013, 01:18 AM   #3436
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The worst thing about "seaport city" that it will almost block the great view of Downtown from Brooklyn...
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Old August 2nd, 2013, 04:07 AM   #3437
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Wow! This is awesome news. 7th Ave between 30th and 42nd has many beautiful Pre-war towers (though many could use a cleaning). This dump was the exception. It will be nice to see it razed.
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Old August 2nd, 2013, 04:46 AM   #3438
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Wow! This is awesome news. 7th Ave between 30th and 42nd has many beautiful Pre-war towers (though many could use a cleaning). This dump was the exception. It will be nice to see it razed.
It's classic mid-century stuff but definitely in the wrong place. Should have been a mission to the UN instead of a crappy building impeding progress in the area.
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High-Rises to Replace an East Side Eyesore
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Countless New Yorkers have driven by the construction rubble that lines the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive from East 35th Street to East 41st. The eyesore has lingered there for more than a dozen years, the target of virulent community opposition, fraught City Council hearings and a lengthy approval process.

Now the first shovels have hit the ground, and the block-front on First Avenue between 35th and 36th Streets will soon be transformed into two curving, copper-clad residential towers, creating some 800 new high-end rental units.

“These buildings will really be a game-changer for the neighborhood, which is one of the most underdeveloped in Manhattan,” said Pamela Liebman, the president and chief executive of the Corcoran Group. A division of the company, Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group, is working with Citi Habitats to market the project.

The neighborhood, a slice of Midtown East sandwiched between Kips Bay to the south and Turtle Bay to the north, is ripe for development. The Second Avenue subway will eventually make it more accessible by mass transit, and the massive Midtown East rezoning — when and if finally approved — will probably result in new office buildings. Some builders have already taken notice, with the Zeckendorf brothers, for example, recently topping off an 88-unit condominium nearby at 50 United Nations Plaza.

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The 9.2-acre mud pit on First Avenue between 35th and 41st Street will be an eyesore no more. Two luxury rental towers, developed by JDS Development and designed by SHoP Architects, are now rising on the site. The curving, copper-clad buildings will be the stars of the East Side, according to SHoP principal Vishaan Chakrabarti, who told the Times that the 49- and 40-story towers "dance with each other [...] like Shawn and Beyoncé." They will hold 800 apartments and be connected by a "show-stopping" skybridge (look familiar?) that has an indoor pool and lounge. SHoP is also designed the interiors, and the rooftop will feature an infinity pool, fitness center, squash court, and boxing gym. Other amenities include a "demo kitchen" with a dining room, a playroom, and a screening room. Construction began in July, and the buildings should be complete by 2016.






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