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Old November 20th, 2014, 09:17 PM   #5041
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Ben Shaoul's Verizon Tower Conversion Actually Looks Nice



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Renderings for Shaoul's Magnum Real Estate Group's conversion of Tribeca's Verizon building into condos have surfaced, and like other Ralph Walker-designed tower conversions before it (Walker and Stella), it looks lovely. The Magnum and CIM Group-led redevelopment of 100 Barclay Street, formerly known as 140 West Street, will bring 161 apartments ranging in size from 1,200 to 3,500 square feet to the 32-story building's top 22 floors. YIMBY notes that the Times has quoted asks in the building starting around $2,000 per square foot. Champalimaud and GRADE are reworking the building's interiors, and Ismael Leyva is the project architect. Things must really be moving along; the building has launched its teaser site which says occupancy will begin in 2015.






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Old November 20th, 2014, 09:26 PM   #5042
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SHoP's Revised, Shorter South Street Seaport Tower, Revealed!

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Last night, developer Howard Hughes Corporation presented 300 slides worth of information to community members, all about the revised version of the neighbor-hated residential tower they want to build along the waterfront at the base of Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport. In short, their concessions—mainly, to shorten the building by 10 stories, but also to build a middle school and a waterfront esplanade—were simply not sufficient to satisfy community members or elected officials. This morning, at their offices in the Woolworth Building, SHoP architects held an unveiling of the new design, showcasing the now-42-story structure, which is striated and narrows slightly as it rises.

Before: a 50 story, 600 ft. tower looming over the East River and the redeveloped Pier 17





Now: chopped and redesigned











Special bonus! A tortured attempt at integrating historical Seaport District elements ( a reconstructed Tin Building) into SHoP's characteristic modernism:



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Old November 20th, 2014, 10:11 PM   #5043
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America's largest screen, and world's largest HD screen, has just opened at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Times Square



http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...0J228120141119

Billboard in NY's Times Square is world's largest high-def display

(Reuters) - The biggest advertising billboard in Times Square history, longer that a football field and eight stories high, will light up for the first time on Tuesday.

The world's largest high-definition video display will turn on its nearly 24 million LED pixels at 7:30 p.m. EST and make its debut with an exhibition of digital art by Universal Everything Studio. Next week Google will become the billboard's first advertising client, said Clear Channel Outdoor, the firm selling the gargantuan ad space.
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Old November 20th, 2014, 10:12 PM   #5044
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Special bonus! A tortured attempt at integrating historical Seaport District elements ( a reconstructed Tin Building) into SHoP's characteristic modernism
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Old November 20th, 2014, 10:22 PM   #5045
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The highway needs to be buried. Throughout the country they are burying waterfront highways recently (Seattle, Boston for example).. It's time for NY not to be the exception to this welcome phenomena.

The tower is OK! Windows are very weird though.

The Verizon Tower is very nice -- classy art-deco revival.

The Sign on TSQ is very large and impressive -- but I would prefer less signs and more NEON lights because too many signs is overwhelming.

The Seaport was always a tacky place but had nice river views. Now I hope it will be more like a place NYC denizens will use and not just your average tourist.
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Old November 20th, 2014, 10:29 PM   #5046
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The Verizon Tower is very nice -- classy art-deco revival.
The interior, yes, the tower is from the 1920s.
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Old November 20th, 2014, 10:58 PM   #5047
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I saw the new Times Sq screen yesterday.. Very awe-inspiring.. my jaw dropped. Great addition. Can't wait for the retail underneath to open up and the pedestrian plaza to be done there.
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Old November 21st, 2014, 08:05 PM   #5048
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More Luxury Sneaking Into Astoria



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Another day, another new development in the books permits. This time, look to Astoria, where 6sqft has the renderings and details about a building with very square windows that's set to rise near the Museum of the Moving Image and Kaufman Astoria Studios. Fogarty Finger is designing the 33-unit structure, clad in gray brick, which will likely be rentals. SDS Procida is the developer. The best part? It's called The Marx.
All that squarish modern style will be replacing some classic Astoria vernacular:

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Old November 21st, 2014, 08:14 PM   #5049
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Macklowe to Convert One Wall Street into Condos and Rentals



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When the inimitable Harry Macklowe (known, most recently, for being the man behind the record-breaking 432 Park Avenue) bought One Wall Street in May for $585 million we all held our collective breath waiting to see what he was going to do with the iconic building, while at the same time assuming that he was going to convert it to condos because, you know, condos. Now the Daily News has revealed Macklowe's plans, and it turns out that he's going to convert the building into condos...and rentals. Apparently Macklowe learned his lesson (or, at least, a lesson) after losing most of his portfolio in the financial crisis of '07, and is hedging his bets by using half of the building's 800,000 (!) residential square feet for rentals in case the condo market takes a hit. There will also be 350,000 square feet of retail.
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Old November 21st, 2014, 09:38 PM   #5050
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New York’s tallest residential building, 432 Park Avenue, reached its full height on Friday, at 1,396 feet. It opens next year and the penthouse views, in all directions, are spectacular.
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Old November 21st, 2014, 09:56 PM   #5051
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Hell's Bargain Basement

City to sell land and development rights worth $110M for $1


525 West 52nd Street in Hell’s Kitchen

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Transfer to non-profit will make way for new development on West 53rd Street

Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to sell a lot on the south side of West 53rd Street, including a development rights package, for $1 to the Clinton Housing Development Corporation.

City officials need to approve the transaction of the 25,204-square-foot plot and 22,241 square feet of transferable development rights on West 53rd Street between 10th and 11th avenues, according to the New York Observer.

The deal would help realize a 103-unit affordable development slated for 530-548 West 53rd Street and Taconic Investment Partners and Ritterman Capital‘s upcoming 405-unit development with 81 affordable units at 525 West 52nd Street, according to a new proposal from the Department of Housing and Preservation cited by the newspaper.

The land and the development rights are worth $110.6 million.

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Old November 24th, 2014, 11:53 PM   #5052
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Old November 24th, 2014, 11:57 PM   #5053
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Old November 25th, 2014, 05:02 PM   #5054
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New York Boosts Lead on London as Leading Finance Center

By John Glover Nov 23, 2014 7:01 PM ET

"New York is extending its lead over London as the world’s most important financial center as the City reels under a string of scandals and question marks over the U.K.’s continued membership of the European Union.

New York was picked for the top spot by 59 percent of respondents, against 38 percent who named London, according to a Kinetic Partners survey of almost 300 finance professionals carried out for the consultancy’s 2015 Global Regulatory Outlook, published today. New York went into the lead last year, when 49 percent named it as the preeminent financial center and 44 percent said London.

“This shift from just two years ago is a testament to the resilience of the New York market,” said Julian Korek, chief executive officer of London-based Kinetic. “New York has proven that it can draw and maintain institutions that believe it is the best place to grow their businesses...”
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Old November 26th, 2014, 02:32 PM   #5055
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http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article...ys-culture-biz

Building boom lifts city's culture biz
Nearly $2 billion in museum expansions are underway or planned.



BY THERESA AGOVINO
NOVEMBER 24, 2014

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Even the pens handed to visitors will be cutting-edge when the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum reopens next month. Visitors can use the tech tools to draw shapes on special tables, and then see museum objects with a similar motif. The device will enable interior-design wannabes to create wallpaper patterns that are projected onto large screens. And with a tap on an exhibit's label, the slender stylus records information about the display that can be downloaded to a computer.

The last function might come in especially handy. After its three-year, $81.3 million renovation, the Cooper Hewitt has 60% more exhibit space, so there will be much more to explore for the 300,000 visitors it hopes to attract.

"Everything has been redone from A to Z," said Caroline Baumann, the museum's director. "We really wanted people to be able to see the collection."

"If you build it, they will come" has become the mantra of many New York City cultural executives during the past few years. After one major museum expansion last year, there are at least six other additions either near completion, underway or planned. Plus, two new major cultural institutions are on deck. Already close to $1 billion has been spent on ventures that are either finished or nearing completion. A similar price tag for the projects that aren't as far along can be expected.

The Whitney Museum of American Art will debut its new $760 million downtown building early next year, which almost triples the size of its former Madison Avenue home. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is taking over the 85,000-square-foot former Whitney building and plans to start showcasing its modern and contemporary collection there in 2016.

Meanwhile, the Museum of Modern Art plans to gain 40,000 square feet of gallery space through an expansion on the site of what was once the American Folk Art Museum. The latter institution is now located on the Upper West Side at 2 Lincoln Square and, according to published reports, plans to open a 17,000-square-foot Queens annex next year that will be used primarily for storage but will also feature a 2,000-square-foot gallery.

And by the end of 2015, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum is slated to begin an $8.5 million construction project to add more exhibit space in the building it acquired seven years ago for $7 million. Last year, the Queens Museum doubled in size, to 105,000 square feet, in a $68 million expansion.
More major renovations may be on the way. Earlier this year, the Frick Collection announced it wants to increase the space of its 180,000-square-foot Fifth Avenue mansion by about 25%. However, the mansion's landmark status means the Frick needs city approval to move forward, and there's been significant opposition to the plan.

Not all the new cultural space will be in the form of expansions. Daniel Doctoroff, former deputy mayor and soon-to-be ex-president and CEO of Bloomberg LP, is chairman of Culture Shed, a 170,000-square-foot, multipurpose space that has already received a $50 million appropriation from the city. Mr. Doctoroff is busy raising money and seeking an executive director for the project. Additionally, there are plans to construct a performing arts center at the World Trade Center, though it's unclear when that will happen. A Frank Gehry design with an estimated $400 million price tag was scuttled earlier this year.

Accommodating the increasing flow of visitors to the city is often cited by museum officials as a reason for the cultural construction boom. This year, a record 55.8 million tourists are expected, up 3% from last year. Museum directors say the great works their institutions possess should be displayed, not stored. In the Frick's case, Mr. Wardropper said, the desire to grow stems as much from a wish for more gallery space for its 320,000 annual visitors as a need to increase the size of its auditorium and add its first classrooms.
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Old November 26th, 2014, 06:30 PM   #5056
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I might as well add this as well.

Near $10B in higher-ed construction planned
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Higher education institutions in New York City will undertake nearly $10 billion in construction projects over the five years ending in 2017, nearly double the amount spent over the previous five years, according to a report to be released Wednesday morning by the New York Building Congress.

The report, entitled “NYC EDU; Building a 21st Century College Town,” will be unveiled at a morning forum keynoted by New York University President John Sexton. Underwritten by several of the schools it surveyed, the report delivers an auspicious view of the development efforts.

The building boom, which in some corners of the city is already well underway, is a “continuation” of some $2 billion in investments made over the proceeding three years, the report finds. The new construction starts represents a recovery from the recession years, when many projects were shelved for better times. Some $2 billion in construction activity is expected this fiscal year alone.

Much of the work that's ongoing or nearing fruition will be the result of major expansion and renovation projects commissioned by the likes of N.Y.U., Columbia University, Cornell Tech and the city and state university systems. Some, the report notes, “are massive in scope.”

Columbia is building a 6.8-million-square-foot expansion of its Manhattanville campus, in addition to other projects that include the creation of a 450,000 square foot center neuroscience research.

N.Y.U. plans a 1.9-million-square-foot expansion—one still hotly contested by some faculty and Greenwich Village neighbors. The school plans 14 major projects over the five-year period, including a $345 million Center for Urban Science and Progress in Downtown Brooklyn.

On Roosevelt Island, Cornell Tech—a new joint program that has just 100 students this fall but plans to grow to 2,000 over coming decades—is just starting work on a campus on Roosevelt Island in the East River. Over three phases, the campus is planned to grow to 2 million square feet and cost $2 billion to construct.

The City University of New York anticipates work on 11 different projects in coming years, including a $406 million, 360,000-square-foot academic building at New York City College of Technology.

More broadly, though, there are other projects planned by additional schools and teaching hospitals, according to the report, which is based on a survey of higher education officials in New York. The report notes the big-ticket efforts account for “a fraction of the work” being undertaken.

“Dozens of other institutions throughout the five boroughs are in the planning or construction phases with a wide range of projects designed to improve libraries, student housing, performance venues, athletic facilities, nursing programs, and other facilities that house a variety of academic disciplines,” the report says. “In addition to strengthening each individual institution, these projects are providing multiple benefits to the New York City economy in general and the construction industry in particular."

Colleges that disclosed plans for annual maintenance and repairs anticipated, on average, that they would spend 17 percent more on outlays “as a result of development that is underway or anticipated.”

The report was commissioned by the Building Congress’ higher education committee, which is co-chaired by officials at N.Y.U., Columbia and CUNY. A letter from the three opens the report.

“The fact that New York City is in the early stages of a higher education building boom is certainly great news in the near term for the construction industry and the local economy,” they wrote. “Far more important, however, is what it means for our future. By investing billions of dollars to maintain, upgrade, and expand their facilities and campuses, these schools are confirming that they are thriving today while also preparing for an even brighter tomorrow.”

Among the recommendations is for the city to establish a Mayor’s Office of Higher Education, build on the city’s Allied Science NYC competition and for governments and industry to collaborate with higher education on “big data” projects meant to design for efficient and “smart cities.”
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Old November 27th, 2014, 10:53 PM   #5057
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Old November 30th, 2014, 05:50 AM   #5058
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Riverside Center Development? New to me.
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