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Old February 10th, 2010, 03:22 PM   #1681
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wow cool picture!thx
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Old February 10th, 2010, 06:02 PM   #1682
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wow cool picture!thx
indeed it is, it shows the complete skyline (from left to right): jersey city, lower manhattan, downtown brooklyn, midtown manhattan.

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Old February 10th, 2010, 08:38 PM   #1683
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Old February 10th, 2010, 09:42 PM   #1684
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Is the pano taken from Brooklyn?
btw great rooftop!
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Old February 10th, 2010, 09:59 PM   #1685
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very nice cladding! takes a good position in the skyline!
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Old February 10th, 2010, 10:20 PM   #1686
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Excellent photos! Thanks. Tower looks great.
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Old February 10th, 2010, 11:07 PM   #1687
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yes. and i agree, this guy has a great view!
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Old February 10th, 2010, 11:11 PM   #1688
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Brilliant pictures indeed, thank you for posting!
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Old February 11th, 2010, 11:16 AM   #1689
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you are welcome. i'm watching the beekman very closely since it's my favourite tower U/C in NYC right now.

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Old February 11th, 2010, 09:28 PM   #1690
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Old February 11th, 2010, 10:38 PM   #1691
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this building is phenomenal
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Old February 11th, 2010, 10:39 PM   #1692
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wow! very nice pic!! this tower is my favourit tower U/C in the world!
i like the cladding, the position, etc.
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Old February 11th, 2010, 11:35 PM   #1693
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OMFG!!!! This skyscraper is amazing

These pictures are great
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Old February 12th, 2010, 01:37 PM   #1694
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Forest City Ratner Addresses Debris Scare at Beekman Tower

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Weeks after pieces of debris blown from the 77-story Beekman Tower, under construction at 8 Spruce Street, brought much of Lower Manhattan to a standstill, developer Forest City Ratner promised new steps to prevent a repeat of the dangerous incident.

...Earlier this week, Forest City Ratner Senior Vice President Joseph Rechichi said the company has installed new rigging for the orange safety nets surrounding the outer edges of the building’s unfinished floors, as well as reinforced tie-downs for the plywood hole covers throughout the tower. Rechichi said that while the rigging and plywood restraints the company had in place before the Jan. 25 storm met city standards, the company acknowledged that even more needed to be done.

“We are absolutely committed to safety,” Rechichi said during a Feb. 9 meeting of Community Board 1’s Seaport/Civic Center Committee. “We’ve done new engineering calculations, and the reinforced systems will withstand winds of up to 125 mph. I’m professionally confident that the events of that day will not occur again.”

During the storm, sustained winds between 70 and 100 mph caused more than 40 of the metal turnbuckles holding up orange safety nets to come unscrewed, flying as far as 700 feet from the building into City Hall Park. He explained that the nets were left hanging over the edge of the building while the turnbuckles themselves were scattered over the city blocks below.

“The nets were shredded in place, you could see them dangling all the way up the building,” said Boris Faiguenbaum, a construction superintendent for Kreisler Borg and Florman, Ratner’s general contractor on the project. Apart from the netting, the unusually high winds also tested the limits of the metal tie-downs holding more than 20 plywood hole covers in place throughout the building’s unenclosed floors.

Days before the storm, the city told all construction crews to secure their sites against high winds. At the Feb. 9 meeting, Faiguenbaum told committee members that he and his workers believed they had taken the proper precautions.

“[This storm] was completely above and beyond what we expected to happen,” Faiguenbaum said. “In 30 years, I never saw something like this.”

Rechichi said the company has switched to self-locking turnbuckles and added a second layer of netting throughout the building. The company has also doubled the number of tie-downs on each of the plywood covers. Construction on the 867-foot tower finally resumed on Feb. 4, after workers were barred from the site for more than a week.

“We’re comfortable with all of the remedial work that’s been done and all of the documentation that’s been provided to us,” DOB spokesman Steve Figueiredo said during the Feb. 9 meeting, adding that since the beginning of above-ground construction in 2008, the Beekman site has been one of the “cleanest” in the city in terms of safety violations.

“Until this incident, we really haven’t any issues as far as the building’s construction is concerned,” Community Board 1 District Manager Noah Pfefferblit said. “Some people don’t like the height, but that’s a separate issue.”
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Steven Figueiredo, with the D.O.B., said the city is pleased with the new measures.

“It’s been a very good site,” Figueiredo told the Seaport Committee.

Figueiredo said the D.O.B. would look into strengthening the city’s building codes to apply the lessons learned at Beekman to other high-rise projects.

John Fratta, chairperson of the Seaport Committee, worried that the high winds predicted for Wednesday’s snowstorm could endanger the public again, despite the new safety measures. Figueiredo replied that the city inspected the building on Tuesday and would have a team on call just in case an issue arose.

Rechichi said the building would be safer once the Frank Gehry-designed, undulating stainless steel facade was done being installed.

“We want to enclose that building as fast as possible,” Rechichi said. “An open building is a lot more unsafe than a closed building.”

A Ratner spokesperson said the building would be entirely enclosed this summer.

Ratner plans to start leasing the Beekman Tower’s 903 apartments in the spring of 2011, and the K-8 Spruce Street School in the base of the building is scheduled to open in fall 2011, Rechichi said. The building will also contain an ambulatory care center for New York Downtown Hospital.
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Old February 14th, 2010, 02:48 PM   #1695
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Old February 15th, 2010, 01:48 PM   #1697
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Old February 16th, 2010, 06:43 AM   #1698
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By lofter1, WNY, 2-15-10. The cladding installation has resumed!

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Old February 16th, 2010, 01:14 PM   #1699
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glad to hear that! it's about time, can't wait anymore...
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