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Old January 7th, 2014, 02:37 PM   #161
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I love how a 700 foot plus tower barely breaks above the skyline. Most cities in the world would kill for something like this.
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Old January 20th, 2014, 11:04 PM   #162
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Old January 20th, 2014, 11:10 PM   #163
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Doesn't seem like much as been done at all.

At least when it is done it will complement the Seagram nicely.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 08:04 PM   #164
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The crown on this tower looks very familiar.. Is it Barclays tower..? No.. That tower that went up a few years back close to esb.. Doh.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 11:21 PM   #165
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You mean the Barclay tower next to the Woolworth Building?
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Old January 22nd, 2014, 04:55 AM   #166
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Yeah, I was originally thinking the crown reminded me of that. There is another building that recently went up right by the Empire State Building that has a crown bearing a striking resemblance to this one. Just went up in the past five years...
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Old January 22nd, 2014, 05:10 AM   #167
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Setai 5th Avenue
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Old January 22nd, 2014, 10:45 AM   #168
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Nice and elegant... wasn't this one of the spots that a supertall was rumored to be considered? Love the effect of the lighting.. is the current height written in stone or could there be an upward adjustment?
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 03:40 AM   #169
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Very nice
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Old February 22nd, 2014, 07:40 PM   #170
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having trouble posting the picture, but excavation is definitely underway here. the road is partially blocked, and there are workers on site every day.
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Old February 22nd, 2014, 07:45 PM   #171
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New members can't immediately post pics. But good to hear.
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Old February 23rd, 2014, 03:11 AM   #172
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The man seems to be right. From EastMillinocket on Wired NY.
There's even a completion date, 2017, so another one under construction.
2008 came back with a vengeance!

http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showth...t=5616&page=28


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Old February 23rd, 2014, 03:46 AM   #173
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Nice early modernist revival design!
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Old February 23rd, 2014, 04:24 AM   #174
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The man seems to be right. From EastMillinocket on Wired NY.
There's even a completion date, 2017, so another one under construction.
2008 came back with a vengeance!
From your lips to god's ears. If 2008's gonna come back, I want One Madison Avenue to be the next revived!

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Old February 24th, 2014, 02:40 AM   #175
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Sweet! Finally.
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Old February 25th, 2014, 05:33 PM   #176
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Cool to see this beginning construction after all
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Old February 26th, 2014, 06:14 PM   #177
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610 Lexington marks the first of the condo towers for the ultra-rich to be backed by a Chinese Investment firm

China Vanke in Joint New York Development
Shenzhen-Based Property Developer to Join in Residential Tower With RFR Holding and Hines
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Shenzhen-based property developer said Wednesday it will team with U.S. developers RFR Holding and Hines on a residential tower in New York City, as part of its drive to expand abroad.

Financial terms weren't disclosed.

Vanke will jointly develop 610 Lexington Avenue, a 61-story high-end condominium project located in Midtown Manhattan, it said in a statement. The developers are targeting New York and international buyers, it said. The developers plan to start sales in the fall of 2015 and hand over the units starting 2017, Vanke added.

"Internationalization is Vanke's long-term strategy," said Yu Liang, Vanke's president in the statement. "The U.S. is a mature market, and it has a wealth of experience that Vanke can learn from," Mr. Yu added.

Compared with its earlier San Francisco project, Vanke will have a deeper participation in the management and operations of the Lexington Avenue project, the statement added. Last year, Vanke invested $175 million in the high-end condominium project in San Francisco.

Large Chinese property developers have been expanding overseas to tap demand from Chinese home buyers looking for an address abroad, as well as to diversify their income streams after the Chinese government imposed property-cooling measures to rein in speculation.

Vanke joins two other Chinese developers, Greenland Holding Group and Xinyuan Real Estate Co, in building projects in New York City.
RFR’s Long-Stalled High-Rise at 610 Lexington Ave. Breaks Ground
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The final design, by Foster + Partners, is a slim white tower at that will rise 700 feet and 61 stories, with its entrance on 53rd Street.

The top two floors will be used as a mechanical space, and 17 residential units will sit between floors 52 and 63, above a hotel. RFR and Hines will work together on construction of the building through a joint development management agreement.

“The 610 Lexington Avenue project is our first in New York City, and our second in the United States. It truly reflects Vanke’s globalization objective of forging strategic partnerships with world-class developers and learning through close collaboration,” said YU Liang, President of Vanke, in a statement. “Its fine architecture will undoubtedly transform the New York City skyline and redefine modern urban living.

We are also excited to see Sir Norman Foster’s incredible vision take shape and become reality in the midst of such distinguished architectural neighbors.”
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Foster + Partners’ design for 610 Lexington Avenue features a pure white façade with undulating glass, in a sleek, slim, simple shape. In shaping the design, Foster + Partners focused on the relationship between 610 Lexington Avenue and the Seagram Building, aiming to create an appropriate counterpoint to the classic office tower designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson, and owned by RFR.
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Old February 26th, 2014, 06:23 PM   #178
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Nice, another start this year.
Although I think it would've been better if the tower was turned around so that the tower was facing the street and the lower part was behind the tower. Then it would've been 700 straight up from street level.
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Old February 26th, 2014, 06:44 PM   #179
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From your lips to god's ears. If 2008's gonna come back, I want One Madison Avenue to be the next revived!

Lol. Wouldn't that be great. But right now, pretty much all the projects that died in 2008 came back to life, perhaps at the exception on Calatrava's 80 South street (most tragic) and OMA's 23 east 22nd street. So not bad at all.

Hines is really kicking other developers butts in the city, they're now behind 3 great buildings in the city, 2 of them classics. Tower Verre, 56 Leonard and now this. I remember reading an article where they claimed to want to provide great architecture with their projects, they really weren't joking.
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Old March 3rd, 2014, 09:55 PM   #180
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