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Old September 15th, 2007, 05:29 AM   #1121
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New Chelsea condo has curved top and 22 duplex units





13-SEP-07

Cary Tamarkin is developing a residential condominium building at 456 West 19th Street on the southeast corner at Tenth Avenue in Chelsea that will have 22 duplex apartments.

The building invokes the architectural spirits of the Starrett-Lehigh Building, not too far away on the full block between 11th and 12th Avenues and 26th and 27th Streets. The Starrett-Lehigh Building is one of the city's major landmarks of modern architecture. It was designed by Russell G. and Walter M. Cory and Yasuo Matsui. Mr. Matsui previously was a collaborator with H. Craig Severance on the design of the Manhattan Company tower at 40 Wall Street that competed, unsuccessfully, with the Chrysler Building for bragging rights as the city's tallest skyscraper.

In their great book, "New York 1930, Architecture and Urbanism Between The Two World Wars," (Rizzoli International Publications, 1987), Robert A. M. Stern, Gregory Gilmartin and Thomas Mellins noted that the 19-story Starrett-Lehigh Building of 1931 replaced the Lehigh Valley Railroad freight terminal and "came as close as any American building of its time to the stylistic tenets of the International Style...and was included in..."Modern Architecture: International Exhibition," held at the Museum of Modern Art in 1932....The sweeping lines created by the ribbons of windows contrasted with horizontal spandrel bands of concrete and brown brick, and were accentuated by the building's curved corners."

In their fine book, "The A.I.A. Guide to New York City Architecture, Fourth Edition," (Three Rivers Press, 2000), Norval White and Elliot Willensky noted that the 9 miles of strip windows at the Starrett-Lehigh Building were "streaking and swerving around" the building.

Mr. Tamarkin's 19th Street building, which also has an address of 140 Tenth Avenue, almost seems to swivel its billowing curvilinear upper portion atop its rectilinear base. The building plays with scale and two floors are actually behind each of its huge, industrial-size, multi-paned windows. Each apartment has a living room with a 20-foot-high living room, Mr. Tamarkin told Cityrealty.com today, adding that the facade will be a "dusty black brick."

Even more distinctive and bold than the enormous windows are the sinuous lines of the top of the building, which is set-back from the base and has four undulating bands of brick that enclose balconies. The windows do not extend to the building's corners and the rippling balconies are in the center of the north facade and at the avenue corner.

Curved facades are rare but not new in the city and are employed in such recent projects as 100 Eleventh Avenue, where Jean Nouvel has designed a tower with a curved corner facing Frank O. Gehry's I.A.C. building with a billowing-sails-like facade fronting on West Street, and One Astor Place, where Charles Gwathmey conjured in reflective glass the sinuous curves of the great Lake Point Tower in Chicago but anchored them in a rectilinear base unlike the Chicago building.

Excavation work is proceeding now on the as-of-right Tamarkin building, which will have a canopied entrance on the sidestreet and is expected to have units range in size from about 1,100 to 2,800 square feet and in price between $1,500 and $2,800 a square foot.

H. Thomas O'Hara is listed in the Department of Buildings as the architect for the project.

Mr. Tamarkin had "first rights" to acquire this site and another at 397 West 12th Street from Victor Zupa, but had to sue Mr. Zupa to get them when Mr. Zupa tried to sell them to Madison Capital Management for $22 million, according to an article in the August 16, 2007 edition of The New York Sun by Jill Priluck. The article added that Mr. Tamarkin purchased the two properties from Mr. Zupa for $24 million.

Mr. Tamarkin was the developer of the handsome 9-story apartment building at 47 East 91st Street.


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Old September 15th, 2007, 05:31 AM   #1122
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Plans filed for mixed-use tower at 45 Broad Street


07-SEP-07

Swig Equities filed plans Wednesday with the Department of Buildings for a 53-story, mixed-use tower with 92 residential units at 45 Broad Street.

Phil Jones, director of development for Swig Equities, told Cityrealty.com today that its plans for the site are still in the "very early, conceptual stages."

It is south of the company's recent residential conversion of 25 Broad Street, where he obtained permission last April from the Landmarks Preservation Commission for permission to demolish a rear wing.

25 Broad Street was declared an individual landmark in 2000.

The demolition would cut off the top 20 stories of the 21-story wing, which would remove about 17 percent of the building's mass and 36 apartments. The wing extends to the south from the middle of the building and extends into the middle of the block and is not very visible because of nearby high-rise buildings including a new residential tower under construction at 15 William Street.

Swig Equities hopes to use the cut-off mass, which would amount to about 80,000 square feet, at 45 Broad Street. The transfer would add about 12 stories to the 35-story building then planned for the site.

Kent Swig, a principal of Swig Equities, told CityRealty.com after the commission's meeting that details still had not been finalized for 45 Broad Street, but that it would contain retail space, a hotel and residential condominiums.

Mr. Jones today said those plans had not changed. James Davidson of SLCE is the architect of record for the new building and Mr. Jones said that Moed de Armas & Shannon will design the tower.

25 Broad Street is a 21-story building that was the world's largest building when it was completed in 1902. Located on the southeast corner of Broad Street and Exchange Place, it is one block south of the New York Stock Exchange. It was designed in 1899 by Robert Maynicke and his plans were revised the next year by Clinton & Russell.

The building is distinguished by its very handsome facade and entrance and its stunning and huge lobby. It has a three-story rusticated base with a five-step-up entrance.

In their wonderful book, "The A.I.A. Guide to New York City, Fourth Edition" (Three Rivers Press, 2000), Elliot Willensky and Norval White observed that the building is "worthy of the best on Park Avenue." In fact, the building predates most of the buildings on Park Avenue and its huge marble lobby with coffered ceiling is worthy of the world's most luxurious hotels.

According to the Skyscraper Museum, the building remained the world's largest building from 1902 to 1907 when it was surpassed in size by the City Investing Building. When it was completed, the "Broad Exchange Building," as it was known, was "the largest and most valuable office building in all of Manhattan" and, according to the Swig Equities's website, "was instantly recognized as one of the most desirable addresses for Wall Street's brokers and bankers, providing headquarter facilities for Paine, Webber and Company for nearly seventy years."

The building was converted from an office building in 1997 by Crescent Heights to 346 rental apartments. The building had been vacant for several years after the stock market crash of 1987. Mr. Swig acquired the building from Crescent Heights in 2005 for about $200 million.

John Cetra, the architect in charge of the conversion and renovation plans for 25 Broad Street, told the commission that the plans for the building would restore the rear wall of the building and replace an angled parapet wall with many small arches that had been removed in 1928.

The site at 45 Broad Street was once occupied by the firm of Joseph Meeks & Sons, one of American's most prominent furniture makers in the mid-18th Century, and more recently by an 8-story commercial building that Swig Equities demolished.


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Old September 15th, 2007, 07:20 PM   #1123
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Old September 21st, 2007, 07:35 PM   #1124
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Can anyone give me more info on the Sky House, like location, and the architect.?

that building is awsome.!!!!
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 09:33 PM   #1125
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does anybody have knews on the cintas tower, or any of the westside development new?? BTW there all lookin rele good
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 11:00 PM   #1126
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Old September 23rd, 2007, 01:42 AM   #1127
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does anybody have knews on the cintas tower, or any of the westside development new?? BTW there all lookin rele good
Cintas Tower? isn't that a vision-project with over 600m?
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Old September 23rd, 2007, 01:52 AM   #1128
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talklest building evr propose din nyc
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Old September 23rd, 2007, 01:53 AM   #1129
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sorry bout that
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Old September 23rd, 2007, 01:56 PM   #1130
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talklest building evr propose din nyc
hmmm...don't think we'll hear anything about this project in the future.
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Old September 23rd, 2007, 02:13 PM   #1131
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Actually ZZ-II I believe the NYSE tower was taller with a final height of 700m with the spire but it was cancelled eventually, I think the main culprit being 9/11.
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Old September 23rd, 2007, 10:13 PM   #1132
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never heard from this project
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Old September 26th, 2007, 12:32 AM   #1133
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http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/23/ny...ml?ref=thecity
Raised Eyebrows for a Hotel on the Outskirts

By JENNIFER BLEYER
Published: September 23, 2007


Rob Bennett for The New York Times

A new hotel is making a neighborhood suspicious.


There are no heralded restaurants or strobe-lit nightclubs nearby. The area has no tourist attractions. Finding a yellow cab would be akin to spotting a U.F.O.

Still, a hotel is in the final stage of construction in a remote stretch of Hunts Point, wedged between the Sheridan Expressway and the Bronx River. Neighbors of the four-story, butter yellow building, which will have at least 60 rooms, include a body repair shop, a boiler repair outfit and a junkyard.

But rather than hailing the hotel as an economic boon to the gritty industrial area, community leaders wish it would simply go away.

“Who in their right mind is going to come from Oklahoma and stay in a location like that?” demanded Francisco Gonzalez, the district manager of Community Board 9. “It’s a deleterious location.”

Central among local concerns, said Albert Alvarez, chief of staff to City Councilman Joel Rivera of the Bronx, is that “this hotel, opening up in an area that’s pretty much desolate, is going to be a haven of prostitution and drugs.”

Five telephone messages left with Dasr Corporation, a Long Island company listed on Buildings Department permits as the developer of the hotel, were not returned.

Last month, Adolfo Carrión Jr., the Bronx borough president, wrote to the hotel’s representatives, expressing reservations about its viability for business travelers or tourists.

He also asked the Buildings Department to impose a one-year moratorium on permits issued to hotels and motels in similarly zoned manufacturing districts, which allow commercial uses.

The hotel, which is on a service road leading to the expressway, was built legally under existing zoning regulations. But Mr. Gonzalez of the community board hopes that it will never be allowed to open. “We’ve worked for too many years to change the borough’s image to allow a hotel that would detract from that,” he said.
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Old September 26th, 2007, 05:37 AM   #1134
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Taking Back the Streets (39th and 40th, to Be Exact)


Vehicles on First Avenue at 39th Street. Residents want 39th to continue farther east, as it once did.

By SAKI KNAFO
Published: September 23, 2007
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About a century ago, Consolidated Edison established a power plant on nine acres of East River waterfront property, generally bounded by First Avenue, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive, and 35th and 41st Streets. Gradually over the years, the utility also took over segments of East 39th and 40th Streets that ran through the property. By cordoning them off, Con Ed effectively made the two Midtown thoroughfares each one block shorter.

In 2000, the land, one of the largest development sites in Manhattan, was sold to Sheldon Solow, who plans to develop residential and office space there. According to drawings shown to the public, Mr. Solow’s company, East River Realty, intends to build public walkways on the former segments of East 39th and 40th Streets.

“Our aim is to create an open, inviting riverfront destination that the whole neighborhood and city can enjoy,” said Michael Gross, a spokesman for East River Realty.

But some Midtown residents say these walkways, which will be privately controlled, are no substitute for the public streets that once were.

And while residents were willing to accept the logic of allowing a critically important utility company to occupy the streets, some say a realty company should not enjoy the same privilege.

“The best way to have access to the waterfront would be to have public streets that look like public streets,” said Edward Rubin, chairman of the land use committee of Community Board 6. “Public spaces designed by private bodies never work well.”

The City Council is expected to rule next year on the future of the property, which lies in full view of the United Nations tower.

Today, the parcel is a field of dirt and rubble, bounded along First Avenue by a chain-link fence.

A visitor one recent evening was Mary Beth Maslowski, a freelance journalist who was walking her Yorkshire terrier along the fence. She said she had not heard about the proposal to re-establish the grid to the East River but thought the idea sounded like a good one.

“New York City is for the public,” Ms. Maslowski said. “It’s not like a bunch of subdivisions, like on Long Island.”
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hopefully they'll build some pretty nice towers on that site
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http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/26/ny...l?ref=nyregion
Manhattan: Plan for Manhattanville

By CHARLES V. BAGLI
Published: September 26, 2007

At the urging of the Manhattan borough president, the Department of City Planning has agreed to work with community groups and others to develop a long-term plan for development in the Manhattanville neighborhood that would take into account the surrounding character and the need for moderately priced housing. The borough president, Scott M. Stringer, and many residents have said they fear that Columbia University’s $7 billion plan to expand its campus on 17 acres will lead to a wave of gentrification in the surrounding area. Columbia’s proposal is in the midst of a highly contested public review. In the meantime, Mr. Stringer proposed the creation of a special zoning district that would preserve the low scale of the neighborhood and encourage the development of lower-cost housing and the retention of local businesses. In a letter to Mr. Stringer, Amanda M. Burden, director of city planning, said she hoped to begin work on the rezoning this fall, with the goal of creating a proposal by June.
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Columbia Announces Deal on Its 17-Acre Expansion Plan

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Published: September 27, 2007
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Lee C. Bollinger, the president of Columbia University, and Scott M. Stringer, the borough president of Manhattan, announced yesterday that they had reached an agreement relating to the university’s plans to expand its campus in Harlem.

The university said that in moving forward with its plans it would contribute $20 million to start a fund to build affordable housing in the neighborhood, and contribute additional money for local parks and playgrounds. It also promised to use environmentally friendly construction and design.

The university also said it would create a community resource center to tell local residents about its construction plans, hiring for jobs and how to apply for the housing financed by the school.

“We want to be a good neighbor,” Mr. Bollinger said.

Columbia’s plan to expand its campus into 17 nearby acres has drawn criticism from many in the neighborhood because it would displace residents and businesses. The school already owns about two-thirds of the land required for the expansion and is negotiating with owners to acquire the rest.

Mr. Bollinger did not rule out the possibility of asking the city to acquire that property through eminent domain, but said that the school would prefer to use other means.

The university’s plan will be reviewed by the City Planning Commission and the City Council and must be approved by both bodies before moving forward. Community Board 9, whose vote is advisory, has already voiced strong opposition to the plan.

Yesterday, some Harlem officials said the agreement by Columbia was a good-faith effort to begin discussions about the project and its impact.

City Councilman Robert Jackson, whose district is in Harlem, said: “I am pleased that Columbia has basically put forward this particular step to say, ‘we are willing to sit down and negotiate with anyone who is willing to do that.’”

At the press conference yesterday to announce the agreement, reporters asked Mr. Bollinger about the visit by the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to Columbia University on Monday.

One reporter asked whether Mr. Bollinger agreed with criticism by some that he had spoken harshly during the visit. Mr. Bollinger replied by stressing the need for open discussion but did not directly answer the question.
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NEVER EVEN HEARD OF IT, BUT I LIKE IT!!
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Old September 28th, 2007, 12:11 AM   #1139
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never??? it is not old but already one of the most famous towers in NY
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New York city is the best of the world for me,best architecture buildings,best skyscrapers and best skylines.And the statue of Liberty is at NYC.I love "the BIG BIG apple"
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