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Old February 8th, 2014, 12:19 AM   #1141
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Developer Doubles Open Space in Plan for Manhattan West Towers

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HUDSON YARDS — More public space is coming to Brookfield Properties' massive $4.5 billion skyscraper complex on the West Side, the developer announced this week.

Brookfield Properties has filed a proposal to slightly change the zoning of its Manhattan West development to build just more than 2 acres of public plazas next to the towers. When the project is completed in 2020, it will be composed of five huge buildings between West 31st and West 33rd streets, from Ninth Avenue to Dyer Avenue, above a portion of the West Side Rail Yards.

Work has already begun on a platform above the yards, where a pair of 2 million-square-foot commercial skyscrapers will be built. Under the original plan for the space, the developer was only required to build 1.13 acres of public space.

The new proposed public space will be a series of plazas, including a platform built over Dyer Avenue that will allow pedestrians to enjoy the outdoors while vehicles pass beneath them to the Lincoln Tunnel.

"Brookfield prides itself on great place-making, not just developing buildings," said Sabrina Kanner, a senior vice president for the developer, at a recent meeting of Community Board 4.

The board gave its conditional support to the plan, though it encouraged Brookfield to keep the plazas open 24 hours a day, and not close them late at night.

The plazas were designed by James Corner Field Operations, the same firm that designed the High Line's iconic walkway.

A 10,080-square-foot Entry Plaza facing Ninth Avenue will greet visitors with trees, tables and chairs. A Central Plaza will extend between a pair of towers, from Ninth Avenue to Dyer Avenue, and will also be filled with trees.

"We see this very much as a lush garden landscape," said Keith O'Connor, an associate partner with James Corner Field Operations.

The Central Plaza will have an event space for concerts, art exhibits and performances, along with a 100-foot-wide retail pavilion. The event space will close for private events up to 12 times a year, Brookfield said.

On the corner of Ninth Avenue and West 31st Street, an 7,480 square-foot Art Plaza will show off artwork and sculptures approved by the city's Public Design Commission.

The open space plan will need approval from the City Planning Commission and the City Council before Brookfield can move forward.








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Old February 8th, 2014, 12:24 AM   #1142
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this huge bulky building in the front of this development can and should be taken out and something else way more bigger built there. simple waste of space.
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Old February 8th, 2014, 09:23 AM   #1143
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Which building is that? If it's the one I'm thinking of it's the main Post Office building, which is going to be used as a rail station as well(supposed to have been that Madison Square Garden would be moved to that complex, but current ownership wanted to stay in the present Garden)... to think where the Garden is and that hideous Penn Plaza monstrosity exists there once was the splendor of Penn Station. God damn the soul of Robert Moses for inflicting us with so many urban catastrophes back in the 50's and 60's.
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Old February 8th, 2014, 06:27 PM   #1144
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No he means the one in the first pic. The one with the blue stripes caused by someone who's discovered a saturation slider.
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Old February 9th, 2014, 10:28 AM   #1145
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No he means the one in the first pic. The one with the blue stripes caused by someone who's discovered a saturation slider.
Ah, the horrid brutalist style building that's getting glass cladding, as if it will render much of an improvement. Isn't it the AP building or something? Yeesh, someone should buy this building, level it and rebuild it to seize on the potential of the Hudson Yards development which that strangely colored cladded side is directly opposite.
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Old February 9th, 2014, 06:09 PM   #1146
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It's technically called the Westyard Distribution Center, built in 1970. But yes, it's one of AP's headquarters.

It's not going anywhere soon because it's one of only a handful of office buildings in Manhattan that can offer contiguous 100K sqf floor plates. So it's got value in it's own way.
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Old February 9th, 2014, 09:51 PM   #1147
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I thought they were going to reclad it?
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Old February 10th, 2014, 12:29 AM   #1148
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That's what Brookfield has been saying... we'll see.
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Old February 10th, 2014, 09:39 PM   #1149
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Brookfield Office Properties to Commence $200-Million Redevelopment of 450 West 33rd Street

New Glass Skin and Street-Front Retail Designed by Joshua Prince-Ramus of REX; Property to Be Integrated Into 7-Million-Square-Foot Manhattan West Development
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/brookf...190000593.html



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Brookfield Office Properties Inc. (NYSE: BPO) (TSX: BPO) today announced a highly anticipated new component of its Manhattan West development, currently under construction in the Hudson Yards district one block west of Penn Station and across the street from the new Moynihan Station. A $200-million redevelopment of the adjacent 450 West 33rd Street office building, to be known as Five Manhattan West, will modernize and fully integrate the 1.8-million-square-foot building through an exterior recladding and interior renovation program.

"Manhattan West is a vital mixed-use real estate development and the redeveloped 450 West 33rd Street gives the urban campus even greater depth and diversity," said Dennis Friedrich, chief executive officer of Brookfield Office Properties. "The building's unique mix of high ceilings and large, open floorplates are especially attractive to companies seeking this type of collaborative, 'loft-like' space."

The architectural firm REX designed the redevelopment of Five Manhattan West, including a new pleated glass façade which will create floor-to-ceiling windows on every floor, maximizing daylight penetration while reducing solar gain through geometric 'self-shading.' The interior program includes a redesigned lobby, upgraded and expanded elevators, and enhanced HVAC and other mechanical systems. New retail storefronts will provide a welcoming streetscape. The renovation is expected to be completed in 2016.

"We believe that maximizing the potential of our urban cores' existing vitality and infrastructure must be the basis for any definition of sustainability," commented Joshua Prince-Ramus, Principal at REX. "We are therefore thrilled to be involved with the repositioning of this significant, 44-year-old Manhattan landmark adjacent to Penn Station and at the heart of several major developments in Midtown."

Mr. Prince-Ramus has been credited as one of the "5 greatest architects under 50" by The Huffington Post, one of the world's most influential young architects by Wallpaper*, one of the twenty most influential players in design by Fast Company, and listed among "The 20 Essential Young Architects" by ICON magazine.

450 West 33rd Street was acquired by Brookfield in 2011. It is one of only eight office buildings in Manhattan to offer more than 100,000 square feet of contiguous space on a single floor. The property's footprint stretches from West 31st to West 33rd Streets, taking up a half block between Dyer & 10th Avenues. In addition, the numerous loading bays provide the opportunity to create a private entrance for tenants.

The five-acre Manhattan West campus will also include two new premium-grade office towers, a luxury residential tower, retail and a two-acre park. Located steps away from the High Line, it also will feature a boutique six-star hotel, health and fitness facilities, rooftop gardens and multiple restaurants and cafes.

A team led by Bruce Mosler and Josh Kuriloff of Cushman & Wakefield is the exclusive leasing agent for office space at Manhattan West, including 450 West 33rd Street.

Brookfield kicked off development at Manhattan West in January 2013 with the construction of a platform scheduled to be completed in late 2014.
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Old February 10th, 2014, 10:15 PM   #1150
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"Five Manhattan West," hmmm. Presumably the office towers are MW1 & MW2, so if the residential tower were to be MW3, what's MW4?
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"Five Manhattan West," hmmm. Presumably the office towers are MW1 & MW2, so if the residential tower were to be MW3, what's MW4?
My guess it's the retail portion colored orange in that Brookfield Map I made below. (Probably a 4-5 story building is my guess)

MW 1 - South Tower
MW 2 - North Tower
MW 3 - Residential
MW 4 - Retail
MW 5 - 450W33

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Old February 10th, 2014, 10:34 PM   #1152
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My guess it's the retail portion colored orange in that Brookfield Map I made below. (Probably a 4-5 story building is my guess)

MW 1 - South Tower
MW 2 - North Tower
MW 3 - Residential
MW 4 - Retail
MW 5 - 450W33

Vertical, could you link me to the thread about the David Mark project? I am unaware of it. Thank you!
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Old February 10th, 2014, 11:03 PM   #1153
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Vertical, could you link me to the thread about the David Mark project? I am unaware of it. Thank you!
David Marx buys back Javits Center hotel site for $30M
http://therealdeal.com/blog/2013/08/...r-hotel-dream/

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which is near another Marx development site at West 34th Street and 10th Avenue, according to Crain’s.
Hudson Yards' lucky No. 7
http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article...TATE/310069976

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David Marx, another developer in the neighborhood, said he will buy air rights from the city to increase the size of a hotel he plans to build on the northeast corner of West 34th Street and 10th Avenue.
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It's a cleared out empty lot just right across the street of the Hudson Spire site on 10th Ave.
https://maps.google.com/maps?q=34th+...ed=0CCQQ8gEwAA
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Am I seeing things or is there a crease in the north tower? Maybe the architect is finally designing more than a massing.
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Old February 10th, 2014, 11:44 PM   #1155
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Another convoluted address system. I can just imagine out-of-town businesspeople wandering west from Penn Station scratching their heads, asking where 2 Manhattan West or 50 Hudson Yards is.
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Thank you, Vert. The west side is poised to become a monster!
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Old February 11th, 2014, 12:52 AM   #1157
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More Renderings:

REX Unveils Details of Five Manhattan West Development
http://www.archdaily.com/475334/rex-...t-development/















Note: On the map you can see where the hotel will be.
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Old February 11th, 2014, 02:55 AM   #1158
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http://therealdeal.com/blog/2014/02/...200m-overhaul/

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Brookfield Office Properties has officially decided to give its 1.7 million-square-foot tower at 450 West 33rd Street a $200 million renovation.
The upgrade will include a pleated glass façade and a deck over the Lincoln Tunnel entrance to better integrate the 16-story building with the developer’s $4.5 billion Manhattan West project on the Far West Side, Bloomberg News reported.
Brooklyn architecture firm REX was hired to handle the renovations. Josh Kuriloff and Bruce Mosler of Cushman & Wakefield are serving as exclusive leasing agents on Manhattan West. Once complete, the five-acre site near the High Line is slated to hold two office towers, one condominium as well as retail space and a more than two-acre park.
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That rendering of the reskin of the AP building looks a lot better than previous versions did. If only they would fill in the corners...
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