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Old December 1st, 2007, 04:10 PM   #61
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It looks so good !! This tower rocks !!

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Old January 11th, 2008, 05:01 AM   #62
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School Principal Single-handedly Stops Ratner Drillers


One rendering (not necessarily final) of City Tech Tower.

by: Alec Appelbaum
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Bruce Ratner has plans to build Brooklyn's tallest structure using air rights from CUNY's NYC Technical College. The City Tech tower, to be designed by Renzo Piano, is being built with the collaboration of the school — and in return, they'll get a new class and lab building, built by Ratner. But there's one loser in this deal: George Westinghouse High School, which uses an auditorium and parking lot on the CUNY site where Ratner will be building. School officials only received a fax with the announcement a couple of days before a crew arrived to start work for excavation. "The principal asked the workers to leave the property, and they did," a community activist explained later. The school has rented the space from CUNY for years, and administrators have tried since September to learn what will happen to it. "They had one sit-down with construction people that ended poorly," says the activist. The school's PTA will meet with representatives of both Ratner and the Department of Education on January 19 (which would seem to make them more influential than dozens of celebrity protesters against Ratner's other Brooklyn projects, who can't seem to get a meeting with him). Ratner spokesman Lorin Reigelhaupt promises to restore lost parking spaces on-site or nearby, but neither Reigelhaupt nor the DOE will comment on the future of the auditorium.
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Old January 11th, 2008, 07:13 AM   #63
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I like the yellow, I like the design, please build it. It's not the iconic tower to put Brooklyn on the map; I think it would look great at 750', but it's a nice design nonetheless and I like the color. Brooklyn's skyline will be funky in a good way in 15 or so years.
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Old January 11th, 2008, 04:20 PM   #64
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I hope they would start expanding the "skyscraper zone" into Brooklyn. I don't think the design is that bad. In the US almost every tower is quite boxy and simple, so this fits there well. And this is very tall, especially when there's nothing to compare this to in Brooklyn.
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Old January 11th, 2008, 07:33 PM   #65
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I hope they would start expanding the "skyscraper zone" into Brooklyn. I don't think the design is that bad. In the US almost every tower is quite boxy and simple, so this fits there well. And this is very tall, especially when there's nothing to compare this to in Brooklyn.
I hate to be rude but that is a generalization that bears not even a glimpse of truth. I don't know what it is that makes you think that, but it is quite a shame that you do.
Also, many people are opposed to the "skyscraper zone" expanding into Brooklyn.
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Old January 11th, 2008, 07:52 PM   #66
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nice looking...nice to see some slender, glassy building still rising in the land of the skyscraper!
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Old January 11th, 2008, 09:09 PM   #67
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great design! go brooklyn!
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Old February 28th, 2008, 10:12 PM   #68
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sorry to ruin everyones day, but

No Piano: Ratner Pulls Plug on Downtown Brooklyn Tower

Thursday, February 28, 2008, by Robert
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Remember the renderings of the 100-story or so tall Renzo Piano tower developed by Bruce Ratner that would have gone up in Downtown Brooklyn? The Forest City Ratner plan is dead, apparently a victim of rising costs and the credit crunch. There are reports this morning in both the Daily News and the Brooklyn Paper that the plan to build a new dorm and lab for City Tech in return for $300 million and land to build the big Piano at Tillary and Jay Streets is finito. A CUNY exec tells the Brooklyn Paper that "It was a mutual decision." A statement, meanwhile, said that "timing and complexities" of development didn't match with the school's "immediate need" for a facility. Meanwhile, local City Council Member David Yassky says he thinks the credit crunch led Ratner to pull the plug. "He may be overextended right now," Yassky says, adding that "a lot of developers are re-evaluting their numbers and feel that residential buildings don’t work right now." The new CUNY buildings at Tillary and Jay will probably be about ten-stories tall. With another development put on ice just a few blocks away, is it the beginning of the end of the Brookyln development boom, at least downtown?
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Old February 28th, 2008, 10:48 PM   #69
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Damn that sucks!
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Old February 28th, 2008, 11:34 PM   #70
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That really sucks ass... I was really looking foward to this one!
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Old February 28th, 2008, 11:36 PM   #71
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Looks awsome!
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Old February 28th, 2008, 11:37 PM   #72
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Well not good news for this tower and not good news for Brooklyn as a whole. It's too bad that the boom is slowing down, I could only hope that it picks up once again.
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Old February 28th, 2008, 11:38 PM   #73
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Damn.
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Old February 29th, 2008, 12:07 AM   #74
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I really do feel bad for this planning being cancelled...



I am actually happy that it got scrapped, and I hope that the Atlantic Yds complex will be next.
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Old February 29th, 2008, 12:37 AM   #75
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By piano they mean a different tower right? Not the City Tech Tower?
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Old February 29th, 2008, 12:54 AM   #76
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By piano they mean a different tower right? Not the City Tech Tower?
No, they mean the City Tech Tower. This project is dead.

Bad news, of course.
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Old February 29th, 2008, 01:04 AM   #77
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We never had time to take in this project and it was hard to believe that Brooklyn would be going so hight so soon so it's not that much of a letdown. TalB, Brooklyn will have its new tallest within 15 years and is still booming. Because of population and what's going on now, I am sure that it will be the first part of NYC save Manhattan to have a supertall. Atlantic Yards is still going along with all of the other projects in the borough and I'm sure that you'll be seeing double or triple that amout of projects that make you squirm like a worm as time passes. As Manhattan booms and grows, so does its hands and feet.
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Old February 29th, 2008, 07:07 AM   #78
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make you squirm like a worm as time passes.
That'll be fun to watch.
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Old February 29th, 2008, 07:39 AM   #79
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I really do feel bad for this planning being cancelled...



I am actually happy that it got scrapped, and I hope that the Atlantic Yds complex will be next.

lol i really dont see why you're allowed to come here.. this is skyscrapers ENTHUSIAST website, so in my opinion you're nothing but a troll right?
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Old February 29th, 2008, 08:14 AM   #80
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That's too bad, it would've been cool to see a supertall across East River from Manhattan.
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