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Old November 20th, 2009, 08:34 AM   #1341
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Bank Of America Tower is 1200 ft. high.

The New York Times Building is 1046 ft. high.

Beekman Place is 876 ft. high.
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Old November 20th, 2009, 09:32 AM   #1342
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i think in this case you need to look at roof height when it comes to impacting the skyline...

269 - Bank of America

267 - Beekman

227 - New York Times
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Old November 20th, 2009, 09:34 AM   #1343
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Well ... in lower Manhattan anyway. Don't forget its only been a year and a half or two since the Bank Of America and New York Times buildings went up in Mid-town Manhattan.
What those buildings did for midtown, Beekman and 1WTC complex will do for downtown. Just might take 5 years? Can't wait to see both clusters rise.
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Old November 20th, 2009, 07:09 PM   #1344
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Old November 20th, 2009, 08:22 PM   #1345
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Old November 20th, 2009, 09:24 PM   #1346
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Topped Out!!

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Old November 21st, 2009, 04:50 PM   #1347
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Tylow, the sidewalk is right in the middle as perfectly pictured on the first picture, what amazes is me is that the pictures are taken from an angle right above the right lanes of the bridge. A better look at the angle it seems like he is standing right above the right lanes. Or he would have been walking on the iron horizontal pilars.


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Old November 21st, 2009, 04:59 PM   #1348
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Do you get it now?
Oh yes! thanks.
I 've never been walking over the bridge actually. Will surely do so next time.
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Old November 21st, 2009, 10:23 PM   #1349
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some interesting information NYguy posted on SSP:

http://www.observer.com/2009/daily-t...-his-own-tower

Frank Gehry Will Wait to Ascend His Own Tower


Things are looking up for Gehry.

By Reid Pillifant
November 20, 2009

At a topping-off ceremony for his Beekman Tower yesterday, 80-year old architect Frank Gehry took to the podium and made one of those slightly randy jokes that men can get away with when they're 80. Mr. Gehry pointed his finger upright toward the 76-tower residential complex and bluntly proclaimed: "No Viagra."

Mr. Gehry said he will wait awhile to see the view from what will eventually be the tallest residential building in Manhattan. "I can't wait till it's finished. I have height frights, I'm not going to go up. I'll wait till the real elevators are in," he said. The Pritzker-prize winner told Eliot Brown that his tallest building prior to the Beekman Tower was only about 40 stories. Eliot has a slideshow of the ceremony, which was the first time Mr. Gehry has been seen in public with Bruce Ratner since Mr. Ratner scrapped his plans for Atlantic Yards.

While Mr. Gehry seemd to have a good time, the day was probably less enjoyable for Bruce Ratner, who now has another Atlantic Yards lawsuit to litigate.

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Topping Out Beekman's 867 Feet



Developer Bruce Ratner (left) took some time away Thursday from fretting over his planned Atlantic Yards project to host a topping out soirÚe for his Frank Gehry-designed Beekman apartment tower, capping the vertical rise of what is to be the tallest residential building in the city.

Filling half of Beekman Street at the Lower Manhattan tower's base, Mr. Ratner and a host of union officials and others involved in the project all lauded the development--started pre-Lehman crash, when filling a luxury tower at high rates seemed a bit more realistic--before hoisting a concrete bucket up 867 feet to the building's top.

I snapped some photos and briefly caught up with Mr. Gehry (right) to chat about the tower.

-Eliot Brown



The Ceremony
The event was infinitely more successful than the last time Mr. Ratner and his firm, Forest City Ratner, tried to have one for the Beekman tower.

The prior attempt was in February 2008, and with a set of government officials and executives set to arrive—and renderings readied for their unveiling—a crane collapsed on East 91st Street, killing two people. Apparently keen to the realization that the announcement of major work beginning on one of the city’s taller skyscrapers-to-be on the same day might draw more bad press than good, the event was scrapped.

Thus Mr. Gehry had said little in a public forum about the tower, beyond magazine interviews.



Simple, Without Tricks
I grabbed Mr. Gehry after the event for a few minutes, and he talked some about how he came to design the tower.

“First of all, it’s a New York building, and so I respected the body of the New York skyscraper,” he said. “I think, for me, the best model of how to do it was Cesar Pelli,” he said, adding that his style is “very simple, doesn’t try any tricks, just respects the language.

“We built many models of this. I holed myself up two days in a tall hotel room here and just looked at the skyline while I was designing it.”




Inspired by Bernini Folds
The tower’s most defining characteristic is its skin, which has undulating streaks that ride up the building, like small aluminum waves.

Mr. Gehry said that in a skyscraper project of this size he was constrained by the need to make the apartments conform to a general set of what is needed: walls without sharp edges, predictable layout, etc.

“There’s very little room to mess with it inside. The marketplace dictates, pretty much, how apartments are laid out, for better or for worse,” he said.

This led to the waves.

“There is a need to follow that, and the only thing I could play with was the idea of having bay windows, so if you put a bay window in every living room, they would line up; you’d have a stripe.

“And I wanted to loosen that up. So I found out that if I moved the bay window at each floor, I could get these softer, drawn images. So most of those bumps are actually nothing more than a conventional bay window,” he said, pointing to the waves.

That undulation is, he said, inspired by Bernini folds, the folds on the clothing of marble sculptures carved in the 17th century.

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Architect Frank Gehry, front center, looked up at Beekman Tower during a topping-off ceremony in lower Manhattan Thursday. The high-rise will include 903 apartments, a public school, an ambulatory care center, retail space, parking and two public plazas. It is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2011. (Mark Lennihan/Associated Press)
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Old November 22nd, 2009, 01:06 AM   #1350
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Old November 22nd, 2009, 04:10 AM   #1351
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What a tower, amazing pictures!
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Old November 22nd, 2009, 05:20 AM   #1352
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Nice pics........Awesome tower
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Old November 22nd, 2009, 02:26 PM   #1353
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You know what, if Beekman had had a crown like the Chrysler, that would have a been the most elegant skyscraper ever.
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Old November 22nd, 2009, 03:06 PM   #1354
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great Updates! anyway,I have a one question,Does 'Beekman' mean street name ,or Person's name in Manhattan?
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Old November 22nd, 2009, 04:09 PM   #1355
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Amazing!

I love this tower,i love new york.
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Old November 22nd, 2009, 05:31 PM   #1356
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Old November 22nd, 2009, 11:59 PM   #1357
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You know what, if Beekman had had a crown like the Chrysler, that would have a been the most elegant skyscraper ever.
I was thinking the same thing.
It's like something is missing on top.
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 02:12 AM   #1358
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I just can imagine how it would feel to have been the designer of this wonderful and unique skyscraper and look up and see the building being topped out.

Can't wait to see it fully cladded.
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 02:10 PM   #1359
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 09:23 PM   #1360
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Topped out... wow. And it was going to be capped at the 38th floor. What a story . Every good tower needs an interesting story .

I am not even a huge fan of Gehry but this tower is BRILLIANT. The work that must have gone into calculating all those undulations. And the materials, the orange brick and silver cladding. It's a piece of architectural heaven on earth.
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