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Old September 9th, 2013, 06:58 PM   #3561
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Politicians join locals to oppose UES cancer center


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Upper East Siders are organizing in the wake of plans for a 750,000-square-foot cancer center in their coveted neighborhood. On Friday, area activists and politicians met to protest the City Planning Commission’s approval of the 23-story Memorial Sloan Kettering facility, calling the plan a “vanity project.”

As The Real Deal previously reported, many Upper East Side residents have opposed the plan from the start — with one source quipping that the massive project is “the equivalent of trying to squeeze a fat lady into a too small girdle.”

But on Friday, politicians, such as Manhattan Borough President hopeful Gale Brewer and City Council District 5 candidate Ed Hartzog, came to show their opposition, indicating that the struggle is gaining momentum, according to DNAinfo.

“Sloan-Kettering wants everything near their 68th Street campus,” Terry Grace, a UES resident at the protest told DNAinfo. “In my opinion, it’s vanity.”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg awarded Sloan Kettering and CUNY the bid to develop the site — currently a garage on York Avenue – in September 2012. In August the City Planning Commission approved a “bulk variance” for the proposal allowing it to go before a City Council vote, the final step before the project can break ground.
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Old September 9th, 2013, 07:06 PM   #3562
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Chinatown developer plans 26-story FiDi hotel


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A Chinatown-based developer has filed plans to build a 26-story hotel at 11 Stone Street in the Financial District, according to Department of Buildings records.

The new 170-room hotel will total 56,023 square feet, the plans show. It will be designed by Brooklyn-based architect Shining Tam, whose projects include the Sheraton Hotel at LaGuardia Airport and the Excel Tower condominium at 31 Monroe Street on the Lower East Side.

The development site, a 3,623-square-foot lot between Broadway and Broad Street, currently houses a five-story, 17,425-square-foot building. It is home to Italian restaurant Ancora, which has been there since 2009.

The site was acquired by two individuals with an address on Hester Street, Jackson Mak and Nancy Mak, for $10.2 million in 2006 and transferred to a limited liability company, Premier Emerald, in 2010. Andy Mak, seemingly a relative of Jackson and Nancy Mak, now appears to be heading up the development.
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Old September 9th, 2013, 07:16 PM   #3563
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Fortis Plans Mixed Use Maiden Lane Development
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The waterfront site, made up of two contiguous lots and spanning an entire block bounded by Maiden Lane, South Street, Fletcher Street and Front Street, will give Fortis an opportunity to develop, without height restrictions, a 249,242-square-foot mixed-use building, which could encompass residential, commercial and hotel space, according to C&W.

The historic neighborhood is home to the Pier 17 South Street Seaport, which is scheduled to begin construction in the fall; and it will be home to the new Fulton Street Transportation Hub. Since 2002, the neighborhood has seen an influx of residents after more than 11 million square feet of office space was converted to residential, according to C&W.
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Old September 9th, 2013, 08:37 PM   #3564
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West Side twins, 500 W.30th and Avalon Chelsea today:

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Old September 9th, 2013, 09:10 PM   #3565
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66 Rockwell Place looking sharp:


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Old September 9th, 2013, 09:24 PM   #3566
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Last-Minute Push for Approval of Domino Design Before Mayor Leaves Office



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Two Trees is seeking approval for SHoP’s unexpected design for the Domino complex from city planning before Amanda Burden steps down and Bloomberg leaves office. Approvals after that will have to wait at least a year while the new mayor appoints commissions, according to a story in Crain’s. While the design has been met with much more critical and public acclaim than the previous plan, Burden’s approval is by no means certain, said the story.

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The scheme deviates considerably from what Ms. Burden spent years crafting up and down the East River waterfront, and Two Trees is struggling to bring her around to its proposal, according to sources. Two Trees had hoped its 2,200 apartments on the site would have been certified by June—the first step in the six-month review process. Now, with negotiations ongoing, the developer hopes for a September certification. That would still leave enough time for Ms. Burden and the planning commission to approve the project, but it would fall to local Councilman Stephen Levin to shepherd Domino through the City Council next year.
The new plan calls for much higher towers than the old one — 60 stories instead of 30- and 40-story towers — but allows more open space and light, with more public access to the waterfront. The new design is more playful and imaginative than the old one, with towers with cutouts in the middle.
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Old September 9th, 2013, 09:35 PM   #3567
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Dean Street To Close For Atlantic Yards B2 Work On September 9

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Old September 10th, 2013, 08:47 AM   #3568
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USTA Gets Green Light For $500 Mln Expansion

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Old September 10th, 2013, 09:51 AM   #3570
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New green roof with glassed atrium proposed for historic Empire Stores Building in Dumbo:

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Old September 10th, 2013, 10:01 AM   #3571
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Old September 10th, 2013, 04:40 PM   #3572
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Awesome updates...I can't keep up with so much going on!!
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Old September 10th, 2013, 06:50 PM   #3573
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3 WTC Buildings To Open In The Next Year; The Rest To Follow



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As the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks looms, it's time to take stock of what's going on at the protracted World Trade Center site—namely, when everything is finally gonna open the heck up. Good news for the impatient folks: The year ahead will be a busy one, with One World Trade Center (which is already topped off and spired and the like) opening in early 2014 to anchor tenant Conde Nast and others. Meanwhile, the three-level observatory at its top (she of the stunning views), One World Observatory, will take longer to complete and open to visitors in 2015. But before that, 4 World Trade Center will kick its doors wide open this very fall—November, in fact—and count Port Authority as its main tenant. Also within the 12-month horizon? The underground 9/11 Museum, which is expected to start welcoming visitors in the spring after many delays related to funding, Sandy damage, and other logistical issues. Its glassy entrance will round out the existing two-year-old memorial plaza that houses the twin reflecting pools.

Next up is the much-debated transportation hub designed by starchitect Santiago Calatrava at a revised cost of $4 billion. The PATH train hub, which will connect Jersey commuters to Lower Manhattan will have a host of retail shops and a rather swoopy main hall and oculus, is on track for a 2015 grand opening.

After that comes Larry Silverstein's 3 World Trade Center, which was stalled for quite while but is now back on track with a new anchor tenant: GroupM. Once the t's are crossed and the i's are dotted on that lease, Silverstein can forge ahead with construction, aiming for completion in 2016.

Poor 2 World Trade Center. The proposed 88-story tower at the site's notheast corner may be included in each rendering of WTC, but the Associated Press reports that it "will not be built until the market improves enough to fill it." Similarly, the plans for a Frank Gehry-designed performing arts center on the site are in flux, having downsized; it's also on the hunt for more financing.

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Old September 10th, 2013, 07:54 PM   #3574
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Seaport Site Changes Hands; Will This Tower Soon Rise?



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The South Street Seaport shopping mall Pier 17 is officially on its way to becoming Pier 17 2.0, but it's not the only site to watch on the downtown waterfront. Globe Street reports that at a block-long property at 151-161 Maiden Lane recently sold to Fortis Property Group (of 30 Henry Street, 20 Bayard, and more. The site, which has no height restrictions, can accommodate a 249,242-square-foot mixed-use building with up to 138,468-square-feet of residential development. The seller was Key Development Group, who previously commissioned John Fotiadis Architect PLLC to design a 40-story tower, pictured above, for the site. Fotiadis tells us that they have not yet been contacted by the new owners, but they hope that Fortis will reach out.













I really hope that Fortis sticks with this excellent design. No place for backward steps...
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Old September 10th, 2013, 08:40 PM   #3575
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Old September 11th, 2013, 04:39 AM   #3576
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The Walker Tower in Chelsea is nearing exterior completion. I walk by it often (on the way to work) so here are a few photos I've taken over the past few weeks:

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Old September 11th, 2013, 09:43 PM   #3577
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That strange glow emanating from Annabelle Selldorf's Sky Garage:


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Old September 11th, 2013, 10:06 PM   #3578
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City officials got an earful from members of Community Board 3 and local residents last night concerning their
plans for “Seaport City,” Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to create a new $20 bln neighborhood on the East River.




The NYC Economic Development Corp. is in the process of selecting a planning consultant to conduct a feasibility study. Last night’s briefing was led by Dan Zarrilli, the city’s director of resiliency. Seaport City is one of 250 recommendations detailed this past June by Bloomberg for protecting New York from future Hurricane Sandy-like storms. Using Battery Park City as a guide, planners are looking at whether a new land mass could be built as a way of protecting the densely populated communities along the East River.

But CB3 members expressed a huge amount of skepticism because city officials have signaled (although they denied this last night) that a complex levee system could potentially be paid for with large-scale market rate commercial and residential development along the waterfront. Zarrili said, repeatedly, that the plans are very preliminary and there are no pre-conceived notions about the project. But local activists in attendance, who have been fending off luxury development schemes on the East River for decades, were not buying it.

Zarrilli highlighted projections indicating that the city, already vulnerable to catastrophic flooding (as Sandy so vividly showed), will be in increasingly greater peril. He noted that last year’s hurricane cost the city $19 billion in damage and lost productivity, and warned that number could climb to $90 billion by the year 2050. Once a planning firm is selected, their mission will be to study an area from Pier 35, near Clinton Street, all the way to the Battery Maritime Building. He said the initial report could be ready by the end of the year, before Mayor Bloomberg leaves office.

David McWater, the co-chair of CB3′s land use committee, was not impressed by what he heard. “You come here and it’s the fear” of another storm, he said. “The only way to deal with (rising sea waters) is to build luxury housing” and to say to “the little people who got hurt in (Hurricane Sandy), the billionaire (developers) are coming in. It sticks in my craw.” Damaris Reyes, executive director of Good Old Lower East Side, a group that has pushed for public access on the East River, agreed wholeheartedly. “You are taking advantage of fear to further the city’s waterfront development agenda.” David Crane, another longtime CB3 member, said, “I don’t like the idea of building a wall around the neighborhood. It sounds like the Ninth Ward of New Orleans. A lot of people could die.”

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As the city officials continued to insist that CB3′s alarm about the plan was premature, McWater strongly suggested they knew precisely how the process is going to go. “On December 31, there will be a report. You know exactly what it is going to say.” An official with the Economic Development Corp. countered, “we won’t be deaf to what we heard today.”

Community activists are not going to be waiting to hear from the city. They’re already mobilizing to fight the Seaport City proposal.
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Old September 11th, 2013, 11:59 PM   #3579
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Board approves plan for giant Ferris wheel on Staten Island

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City's Planning Commission has approved a plan for a Ferris wheel on Staten Island that is billed as one of the world's largest.

The project also includes an outlet mall. It now goes before the City Council for a final decision.

The CEO of New York Wheel LLC, Rich Marin, said the company is pleased with the commission's action.

The 625-foot Ferris wheel would have a view of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and the Manhattan skyline.

The New York Wheel would be the world's tallest Ferris wheel if it were built today. But developers in Dubai are planning to build a 689-foot Ferris wheel called the Dubai Eye.

Construction of the New York Wheel is expected to begin in 2014, with a grand opening in 2016.

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Old September 12th, 2013, 12:49 AM   #3580
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