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Old March 8th, 2014, 10:56 PM   #2161
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Why this gem is not approved yet? For God's sake we hit 2014 already. Someone in this forum told me that was because of the NIMBYs. Well then, where were those nimbys when the Drake hotel and three cute little houses were destroyed for building the outdated monstruosity that is the frigging 432 park ave? That thing is bigger than the Empire Estate Bulding and it's already being built while Tower Vere is'nt even approved. Shit.

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Old March 9th, 2014, 08:29 AM   #2162
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Why this gem is not approved yet? For God's sake we hit 2014 already. Someone in this forum told me that was because of the NIMBYs. Well then, where were those nimbys when the Drake hotel and three cute little houses were destroyed for building the outdated monstruosity that is the frigging 432 park ave? That thing is bigger than the Empire Estate Bulding and it's already being built while Tower Vere is'nt even approved. Shit.
??? The 1,050ft version has been approved for years now. The 1,250ft version was what Burden had problems with. Construction begins in a few months.
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Old April 8th, 2014, 01:50 AM   #2163
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Nice to see the bronze panels will remain.
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Old April 8th, 2014, 02:02 AM   #2164
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MoMA Files $1.6M Plan to Raze Folk Art Building



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The Museum of Modern Art has filed an application with the city’s Department of Buildings for what amounts to a $1.6 million demolition job at the American Folk Art Museum site on West 53rd Street.

The major alteration application, filed last Friday, calls for a series of jobs including removal of all above-grade stories, plumbing fixtures and piping as well as the mechanical equipment. The DOB plans come about a year after the museum announced its intention to demolish the folk art building, at 45 West 53rd Street between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas. Architecture firm The Mufson Partnership, led by designer Christina Powaday, is handling the project.

Following much protestation and controversy over the building’s demolition, MoMA called for the restoration of the 82-foot-high sculptural ensemble of 63 panels, which make up the majority of the facade of the Tod Williams Billie Tsie Architects-designed folk art building, the New York Times previously reported. The rest of the building will be demolished and the replacement structure will link with existing MoMA galleries as well as with space to the west that MoMA owns, three floors of a residential tower being developed by Hines at 53 West 53rd Street. The project is slated for a 2018 or 2019 completion and includes a MoMA building redesign. The 40,000-square-foot expansion, including 14,000 square feet in the new folk art museum building, will allow the museum to improve public accessibility in its public spaces and galleries and allow the museum to reconceive the presentation of its collection and exhibitions.


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Old April 8th, 2014, 02:02 AM   #2165
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I was just wondering the other day, "what is the status of Torre Verre?" Well seems now we know.
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Old April 8th, 2014, 07:31 AM   #2166
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Nice to see the bronze panels will remain.
it is not bronze. it is cast iron painted bronze. nothing special really.
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Old April 8th, 2014, 01:36 PM   #2167
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So the status isn't prep but approved (or demo soon)?
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Old April 12th, 2014, 07:20 PM   #2168
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I think the moment we've all been waiting for is getting closer.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/12/ar...door.html?_r=0
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The Museum of Modern Art’s controversial decision to demolish a neighbor, the former American Folk Art Museum, is about to become reality.

On Monday, scaffolding and protective netting will begin to go up around the folk art building, at 45 West 53rd Street, the museum confirmed on Friday.....

...The redeveloped site will link MoMA’s existing galleries to a planned 82-story residential tower to the west, which will include exhibition space for the museum. The tower, designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel, is being developed by Hines, a company based in Houston.
My guess is they will coordinate construction of both buildings. We should be seeing some renderings/ activity soon.

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Old April 12th, 2014, 08:50 PM   #2169
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It would be great to see this and 111 west 57th street rise at the same time!
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this, 220 CPS, 215 w 57th, and 111 w 57th will all likely rise between 2015-2017, with construction beginning this year on some. (prep work is already underway at 220 CPS and 215 w 57th)
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Old April 12th, 2014, 09:52 PM   #2171
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Yay!!
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Old April 16th, 2014, 02:10 AM   #2172
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Demo time

Architects Mourn Former Folk Art Museum Building
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/16/ar...g.html?hp&_r=0
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Old April 16th, 2014, 03:20 AM   #2173
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Sweet! Really good news.
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Old April 16th, 2014, 03:35 AM   #2174
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If the facade will be kept I don't see why they worry.
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Which I appreciate.
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True the façade will be kept…

but not where it is now. They are going to dismantle it and store it in some facility preserved waiting for a new home to build it back up somewhere in the city for someone that would want to display it.

Now that this is going, we can finally look forward to the start of the Tower that will be designated as the tallest midblock building in NYC and what a gift to NYC it will be.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 01:53 PM   #2177
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Works for me. We have similar preservation of facades here in some projects. Some facades are just pieces of art and deserve preservation.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 04:05 PM   #2178
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True the façade will be kept…

but not where it is now. They are going to dismantle it and store it in some facility preserved waiting for a new home to build it back up somewhere in the city for someone that would want to display it.

Now that this is going, we can finally look forward to the start of the Tower that will be designated as the tallest midblock building in NYC and what a gift to NYC it will be.
111 west 57th is also a midblock building and will be taller
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Old April 17th, 2014, 04:57 PM   #2179
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111 west 57th is also a midblock building and will be taller
So is 432! As a matter of fact it is EXACTLY centered in the block
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111 west 57th is also a midblock building and will be taller

True. I forgot about that so my info is a bit outdated. lol.

Re: 432 Park
Imo, I would not really consider it a midblock tower technically as it's property line reaches Park Avenue, anyway I think the Steinway may very end up taller than 432.

Now that I'm thinking about it & can't believe I forgot about it as well is the Nordstrom Tower and it will ultimately wear the crown to be the tallest midblock tower in NYC bar none.
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