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Old April 19th, 2007, 10:22 PM   #861
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I really don't understand why people keep asking if proposed building with fight into the skyline. I mean if you have been to New York, i think you understand the diversity of the skyline as it is. We have old school with the The Flatiron Building and the civic area, art deco with the Empire State and Chrysler building, modern with the Citigroup buildings and even ultra modern with any black box Trumps throws up and the Hearst Building. Almost anything can fit in New York because just like its people, cuisine, entertainment and culture, the skyline is diverse.
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You're totally right; NY is the only city in the world where any building will fit in almost anywhere because it's so damn diverse. We have the great classics like the Chrysler, the most beautiful skyscraper in the world, to sexy, futuristic glass towers like the TWC. In a decade, we'll have so many diverse supertalls that no one else will even be able to come close. This city is about to have its biggest skyscraper building boom ever and the results of it will forever transform the skyline into something so utterly amazing that everyone will be envious.

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http://www.nypost.com/seven/04192007...ie_edozien.htm
HIGH RISE IN CITY BUILDING

By FRANKIE EDOZIEN

April 19, 2007 -- The Big Apple is experiencing its biggest housing building boom in 30 years, according to an analysis from city Comptroller Bill Thompson.

Officials issued building permits for 62,526 residential units in 2005 and 2006. This two-year total is the most since 1971 and 1972.

According to Economic Notes, Thompson's quarterly publication, even though the number of permits dropped 14 percent in the fourth quarter of 2006, from the fourth quarter of 2005, permit issuance remains high in 2007.

Thompson also noted that the city added 62,200 payroll jobs last year.
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Volume 19 Issue 49 | April 20 - 26, 2007

City issues new stop work order on Tribeca project

By Brooke Edwards

Northern Tribeca is rife with controversial development projects currently underway within blocks of each other, and 415 Washington St. is no exception.

The city Department of Buildings last week issued another stop work order on the seven-story development, which counts actor James Gandolfini as one of its principal investors.

Thirty-two complaints have been registered with the D.O.B. since demolition work on the former parking lot and gas station began last May. D.O.B. has issued five violations, three stop work orders and nearly $5,000 in fines that have yet to be paid, all for vibrations caused by the demolition in neighboring landmarked buildings and for construction crews working without the proper permits.

As planned, 415 Washington will have 30 residential units for sale, ranging from 1,200 to over 3,500 square feet in the penthouse, according to project architect Joseph Pell Lombardi. He expects construction to be completed around February of next year on the Atlantic Walk building, near Laight St.

The project first raised red flags for many nearby residents when the developer applied for a special rebuilding permit, based on a foundation from a building that burned down in 1932.

To qualify for a rebuilding permit, which can allow developers to construct a bigger building than what is legally allowed in the area, the original structure has to be mostly intact or it must have its original foundation untouched. The permit for 415 Washington was granted on the basis of using the original foundation.

Mark Stern, a resident of neighboring 430 Greenwich St., along with his attorney Jack Lester and a group of residents, challenged Atlantic’s acquisition of a rebuild permit and has been putting pressure on the developer and the D.O.B. for months.

Last week, Atlantic Walk changed their building permit application to a new construction. “It will be a new building,” Lombardi said.

But Stern and other residents are still concerned about the size of the project.

The developers applied for a variance from the Board of Standards and Appeals that would allow them to build outside the zoning restrictions. Currently, Northern Tribeca is still zoned as a commercial district, although there have been plans in the works to rezone the area as residential for some time.

The B.S.A. eventually allowed 415 Washington St. a variance for a residential conversion, but refused their request to build beyond the zoned 5.0 floor to area ratio.

However, Stern says that to make the property conform to the required F.A.R., they simply removed interior floor space but did not change the bulk of the building.

Stern says there is nothing to stop the owners from adding the removed floor space down the road.

Lombardi explained that there are some duplex units with 22-foot ceilings, a feature the developer can’t change.

“It’s not possible in that it’s illegal,” Lombardi said.

Stern and other residents also distrust the developer’s engineer, since the company, Cifron Environmental Services, has been found guilty by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection of falsifying data about hazardous substances seeping into a lake.

“Unfortunately, very often the Department of Buildings is willing to take the work of a developer or an engineer hired by a developer or a property owner as the final word with very little critical thinking or follow-up to check and see that what they are saying is true,” Stern said.

A Buildings spokesperson declined to comment on the agency’s followup procedures.

Though the developer has scaled back their original plans, neighbors are still concerned for the safety of their buildings with the track record that has been established.

Stern said he watched from the window of his apartment on May 1 as two moving trucks pulled up at midnight. He says 10 guys got out, running and shouting, and had put up fencing and padlocks around the existing parking lot in about 10 minutes.

The next day, Stern says, they brought in a large mechanical digger and began work before any permits had been filed with the city. This resulted in the first stop work order issued on the property.

“These people are operating recklessly and not proceeding with any indication of caution for the surrounding buildings,” Stern said.

Community Board 1 has heard Stern’s concerns, but they have tabled the issue until they can get more documentation and information from the city on the complicated and ever-changing development.

“We’re fortunate in that we can deal with it ourselves,” Stern said. “We can raise the $20,000 to hire our own lawyers and engineers. But what about people who cannot afford to do that? People are being left vulnerable by those we think we are paying to protect us.”
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Old April 21st, 2007, 11:59 AM   #867
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Ok this is a list of alot of proposed buildings over 12 floors in Manhattan. I know there are probably more but I don't have those renderings yet. But if someone has one that I haven't posted please let me know.


Manhattan Proposed Buildings:


200 Greenwich Street (WTC2): 78 floors - 1,254 feet



175 Greenwich Street (WTC3): 71 floors - 1,155 feet



150 Greenwich Street (WTC4): 65 floors



West Street Residential Tower: 65 floors



610 Lexington Avenue: 61 floors



440 West 42nd Street: 60 floors



605 West 42nd Street: 60 floors



160 West 62nd Street: 55 floors



Intercontinental Hotel (On Nassau Street): 55 floors



80 South Street: 50 floors - 835 feet



110 West 57th Street: 50 floors



70 West 45th Street: 50 floors



West 57th Street Tower (Next to 9A): 48 floors



22 East 23rd Street: 47 floors



301 Forty Sixth Avenue: 46 floors



Radisson Financial (99 Washington Street): 42 floors



11 Times Square: 40 floors - 600 ft



400 Park Avenue Tower: 40 floors - 417 ft



Port Authorhority Bus Terminal Office Tower: 40 floors



Two Sutton Place: 40 floors



Gold Street Hotel: 38 floors



Global Diamond Exchange Tower: 35 floors



Holiday Inn Financial (50 Trinity Place): 35 floors



Times Square Hotels (337-343 West 39th Street): 35 floors/32 floors



Sheraton Downtown (100 Greenwich Street): 35 floors



176 Madison Avenue: 34 floors



The Remy (On West 28th Street):



47 East 34th Street: 32 floors



510 Madison Avenue: 30 floors



808 Columbus Avenue: 29 floors



West 60th & 61st Street Residential Complex: 28/15/10 floors



Fairfield Inn (126 Water Street): 26 floors



210 West 91st Street: 25 floors



Chelsea Hotel (128 West 29th Street): 25 floors



1800 Park Avenue: 24 floors



Sundari Lofts (On Madison Avenue): 22 floors



160 East 22nd Street: 21 floors



Horizen (On 23rd Street): 21 floors



Museum For African Art Tower (On 5th Avenue): 21 floors



Linden 78 (On West 78th Street): 20 floors



250 East 49th Street: 20 floors



4070 Broadway: 20 floors



Holiday Inn Express (20 Maiden Lane): 20 floors



241 Fifth Avenue: 20 floors



Strand Hotel (33 West 37th Street): 19 floors



Sheraton Four Points (66 Charlton Street): 19 floors



211 East 51st Street: 19 floors



87 Lafayette Tower: 19 floors



2075 Broadway: 19 floors



Wyndham Hotel (37 West 24th Street): 18 floors



Hilton Herald Square (59 West 39th Street): 18 floors



Marriot Fairfield (116 West 28th Street): 17 floors



The New School Tower (Corner of 14th & 5th Avenue): 16 floors



East River Science Park (Complex): 15/12 floors



Delancey Tower: 15 floors



37 East 4th Street: 15 floors



The Avant (559 West 23rd Street): 13 floors



John Jay College (524 West 59th Street): 12 floors



122 Greenwich Avenue: 12 floors



245 10th Avenue: 12 floors




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Westside Tower (34th Street & 10th Avenue): ? floors



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Old April 21st, 2007, 02:39 PM   #868
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, delete the pics from your Quote!! because members with a slow connections have a big problem with that!
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Old April 22nd, 2007, 03:07 AM   #870
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Nation's Tallest Hotel Tower May Rise in N.Y.


By ELIOT BROWN
April 19, 2007

A developer has proposed building a 90-plus-story hotel near the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, people familiar with the plans say. The tower would be the tallest hotel in the country as currently planned, rising 980 feet.

The group proposing the tower, Extell Development, is one of three entities vying for a state contract to build a huge hotel on 35th Street and Eleventh Avenue. The facility would serve the Javits Center, which is planning an expansion, and act as a key piece of the city and state's ambitious efforts to completely reinvent Midtown's far west side.

The other two developers, said to be the Moinian Group and FaulknerUSA, are proposing towers that would rise 58 and 70 stories, respectively. All three proposals, which include between 1,200 and 1,300 rooms, could be altered before the final bids are submitted.

The designs come as the state is seeking a hotel to accompany its plans for an expansion of the Javits Center, which has long been criticized as being too small to accommodate the city's needs for convention space. A 340,000-square-foot expansion was approved last year, though the new Spitzer administration is currently reviewing the proposal and is likely planning revisions.

A vice president at the real estate firm CB Richard Ellis who specializes in the hospitality industry, Jeffrey Dauray, said the area will have a tremendous need for hotel space as the surrounding area is developed.

"The Javits Center is really positioned to attract a significant amount of business with an expanded convention facility," Mr. Dauray said. "I really believe that hotel, serving as the convention center's hotel, will benefit from the demand that New York should provide."

The push for the hotel is but one item on a laundry list of giant projects planned for the area. The state will soon put out to bid up to 13 million square feet of residential and office space over the Hudson rail yards; the city is planning a $2.1 billion extension of the No. 7 subway, and developers are negotiating with the state over plans to build a giant mixed-use project comprising a stadium and rail station across from Pennsylvania Station.

The state had initially hoped to select a developer by March. A spokesman for New York's Empire State Development Corporation, Errol Cockfield, did not offer a timetable but said the state has asked developers to give more specifics in their proposals.

Numerous people familiar with the project said the state intends to strongly consider the need for subsidy from developers.

"What they told us is at the end of the day, the best financial plan is going to win," a land use chairwoman at Community Board 4, Anna Levin, said.


© 2007 The New York Sun, One SL, LLC.
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Old April 22nd, 2007, 06:54 PM   #872
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Office space demand up at Ground Zero site



Rents are up and vacancies down in the financial district surrounding the World Trade
Center site, improving the market prospects for the four office towers now being built
at Ground Zero, including the 1,776-foot, $2.9 billion Freedom Tower.



By Martha T. Moore
April 19, 2007

NEW YORK — A hot office market is casting a glow over the controversial Freedom Tower.

Rents are up and vacancies down in the financial district surrounding the World Trade Center site, improving the market prospects for the four office towers now being built at Ground Zero, including the 1,776-foot, $2.9 billion Freedom Tower.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the Freedom Tower, says it has talked to investors who want to buy into the building.

"A building that only a year ago people were describing as everything from a high risk to a white elephant is now being viewed as a valuable property," says Anthony Shorris, Port Authority executive director. No deals have been struck, he says.

Office rents in lower Manhattan returned to pre-9/11 levels for the first time during the first quarter of 2007, according to a report from real estate agency Cushman & Wakefield. The vacancy rate for prime office space in the neighborhood fell to 6.3% for the first three months of the year from 12.5% in the first quarter of 2006.

As lower Manhattan struggled to recover from the 9/11 attacks, government agencies promised to lease almost half the space in the Freedom Tower in order to make it financially feasible to build.

The strong real estate market now puts the 10 million square feet of office space being built at Ground Zero "in a very positive light," says John Cefaly, vice chairman of Cushman & Wakefield. There's "tremendous demand" for office space.

Demolition on the former Deutsche Bank building, the black-shrouded building across the street from the Trade Center site, finally began this month after years of delay. The investment and commercial bank J.P. Morgan Chase may build a tower on the site. When the office market was weaker, the site had been considered for an apartment building.

The cultural building planned for Ground Zero, which originally was to be occupied by four different groups, continues to shrink. Current plans call for the building to house one theater company. Like the World Trade Center memorial, it must be redesigned to cost less, city officials said this week.

The cultural building has been altered so much that planners should scrap it and start over, says Tom Healey of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a non-profit arts group. He'd prefer an outdoor amphitheater on the site.


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"Demolition on the former Deutsche Bank building, the black-shrouded building across the street from the Trade Center site, finally began this month after years of delay. The investment and commercial bank J.P. Morgan Chase may build a tower on the site. When the office market was weaker, the site had been considered for an apartment building."

is that site maybe for the WTC5 or another tower which has nothing to do with the WTC?
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That's where 5WTC will be built, 130 Liberty Street.
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Tall tower, high rents


By Dana Rubinstein
April 21, 2007

Talk about the Manhattanization of Brooklyn: A new mega-development slated for the booming border of Fort Greene and Downtown is being built by the same real-estate giant that built a luxury Xanadu with a Whole Foods in the lobby on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

AvalonBay, a Virginia-based development group, will build a $250-million luxury “community” on the land bounded by Myrtle Avenue, Gold and Prince streets. The massive development will hold 600 market-rate rentals — more than three times the number of units in the iconic Williamsburgh Savings Bank building, the tallest building in Brooklyn.

“It will be similar to the Avalon on Chrystie Street,” said Joe Korbel, a spokesman for the developers. “I’m not sure there will be a Whole Foods, but there should be ground-floor retail. And there will be a lot of amenities.”

Korbel said that the building was still “in creative design,” so no renderings were available.

The $70-million land purchase was first reported in the New York Sun.

If the Lower East Side development is anything to judge by, this project should come laden with perks — for those who can afford them.

In addition to the Whole Foods, the Chrystie Street building has a rooftop sundeck, a fitness center, a resident lounge complete with billiards, and 24-hour concierge service.

And tenants pay through their organic-produce-loving noses for it.

According to the leasing office, the average studio runs $2,500 a month, the typical one-bedroom runs $3,500 and two-bedrooms run $5,000.

Construction will begin on the 42-floor Brooklyn project in September, and the units will be ready for occupancy by March 2009.


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Allthe projects posted above look cool and diverse say does anyone have info on the Museum for African Art Tower I will greatly appreciate it if somone could inform me about this project
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Designs were unveiled Thursday for a building by Robert A.M. Stern that will be the permanent home for the Museum for African Art, on Fifth Avenue at 110th Street. It will be the first museum built along Museum Mile since the Guggenheim, 1959.

February 9, 2007, Friday
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The Museum for African Art, which has had a nomadic existence since it opened in 1984, will finally gain a permanent home in a soaring new building designed by Robert A. M. Stern, on Fifth Avenue between 109th and 110th Streets, officials announced yesterday.

Models and renderings of the new structure, which will face the northeast corner of Central Park, were unveiled at a news conference at the Guggenheim Museum, some 20 blocks south of the site.

Presiding over the event, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg hailed the project as ''the first new construction of a museum on Museum Mile since the great Guggenheim opened in 1959.''

With 90,000 square feet, including 16,000 square feet of exhibition space, the building will give the Museum for African Art a long-coveted base, said Elsie McCabe, the institution's president. Officials hope to break ground in the spring of 2008 and complete construction by the end of 2009.

The estimated cost is $80 million, of which $49 million has been raised, including $12 million from the city.

A tower of 115 luxury condominiums will be built above the museum, under a partnership between the museum and two developers, Brickman and Sidney Fetner Associates. Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the structure will be a shimmering glass wall made up of what Mr. Stern's firm calls ''dancing mullions,'' after the slender vertical members that form the division between window units

At the museum's center will be a great hall entered from Fifth Avenue, with the mullions on the left and a soaring wall on the right, made of richly colored etimoe wood from Ghana, that curves upward to form the ceiling.

The wall ''suggests, if you look at it, the woven shapes of baskets and so forth -- and weaving is so much a part of African art,'' Mr. Stern said in an interview. ''It's not a literal interpretation. It's an abstract one.''

At the rear, a cylindrical enclosure sheathed in perforated copper that Mr. Stern likened to a drum will house a staircase. Mr. Stern, who is dean of the Yale School of Architecture, called it a ''21st-century version'' of the concrete stairwell enclosures at Louis I. Kahn's Yale University Art Gallery, considered a Modernist masterpiece.

The New York firm SCLE Architects will work with Mr. Stern on the project.

He noted that his other works of public architecture -- the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.; the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, an ornithology center in Jamestown, N.Y.; and a planned American Revolution Center at Valley Forge, Pa. -- have revolved to some extent around a personality.

''This, like the Rockwell, is a major art museum, but it's not built around a person, but around a continent,'' Mr. Stern said. ''It takes Africa out of the museums of natural history where it sometimes is -- and also out of museums of the modern art.'' He noted that over the last century, African masks and figures have sometimes been displayed as if their function were to inspire the Cubism of Braque or Picasso.

Founded as the Center for African Art in 1984 by Susan Mullin Vogel, now a professor of art history at Columbia University, the museum gained broad recognition for its innovative conceptual approaches to exhibiting African art.

It occupied two adjacent town houses on East 68th Street before moving to rented quarters in SoHo in 1993. Around 2000, Ms. McCabe arranged a partnership with Edison Schools, the for-profit education company, to buy a parcel on Fifth Avenue from a housing developer. (She said the site had once housed a low-rise commercial building.)

Plans called for Edison to build a school and a corporate headquarters on the site while providing space for the museum to build a structure for itself. In 2001 the company's stock price nose-dived, and it abandoned the project in 2002, shortly after the museum had moved to a temporary location in Long Island City, Queens.

With a loan from the Community Preservation Corporation, the museum secured the land from Edison by 2003. Then, with help from two of its trustees -- John L. Tishman of the Tishman Realty and Construction Corporation and Jonathan D. Green of the Rockefeller Group Development Corporation -- the museum arranged a partnership with the two developers, Brickman and Sidney Fetner.

The city's Economic Development Corporation recently arranged the sale of four other parcels to the partnership, clearing the way for the work to begin.

Mr. Stern said the challenge was to design a museum with ''a strong civic public identity within the larger framework of a commercial apartment house -- and at the same time, to make a building that is glassy and open, but not a knee-jerk glass block.''

Ms. McCabe said: ''We knew if anybody could marry us distinctively with a residential building, he could. And God bless him, he did.''

A Harvard-trained lawyer who worked for Mayor David N. Dinkins from 1990 to 1993, Ms. McCabe has led the museum for nine years. She oversees a staff of 18 and an annual budget of roughly $3 million.

The museum has organized about 55 exhibitions, many of them traveling across the United States and so far to 17 other countries. It has published more than 40 books and provided teacher training and curriculums to more than 350 schools.

Although the museum has eschewed collecting in favor of borrowing works from other institutions, it does plan a small permanent exhibition at the new site.

''We're a small museum that's populated by zealots,'' Ms. McCabe said. ''We not only want to introduce children and adults to the beauty of African art, we want to introduce them in a variety of ways to the beauty and the majesty of the people who created it too.''


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Port Authority Is Reviving Plans for Bus Station Tower


By CHARLES V. BAGLI
Published: April 25, 2007

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is resurrecting plans to build a skyscraper over the north wing of the bus terminal on Eighth Avenue between 42nd and 41st Streets.

The authority plans to enter into exclusive negotiations for the next six months with the developers — Lawrence Ruben Company and Vornado Realty Trust — to build a 1.39-million-square-foot, glass-and-steel tower. If a deal cannot be struck, the Port Authority will allow other developers to bid. The authority’s board is expected to approve the plan today.

The new agreement revives an eight-year-old project and brings an end to litigation between the authority and the two developers. After a competition in 1999, the Port Authority selected Vornado and the Lawrence Ruben Company to build a $500 million office tower with large electronic signs.

The developers agreed to pay more than $110 million for the development rights and to renovate the terminal’s north wing. But the project fell by the wayside in 2001 after the dot-com collapse and a decline in the economy. Shortly after, Vornado sued the authority in an attempt to retain control of the project.

Late last year, Steven Roth, chairman of Vornado, approached the authority’s chairman, Anthony R. Coscia, about settling the litigation and restarting the project.


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