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Old April 19th, 2013, 12:40 AM   #521
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I’ll try to answer as best as I can. While there had been a city wide re-zoning in Manhattan many years ago. The city is growing exponentially and re-zoning is needed to accommodate its growing needs.

A re-zoning citywide would probably not happen anymore in NYC, instead there are Zoning districts dividing up Manhattan. If change is needed then re-zoning would have to go through an approval process in their respective Zoning Districts.

There are 2 major re-zonings that I can think of that had occurred lately.

1) Hudson Yards. This is why we are having a very tall mini city being built here. 

2) Hudson Square re-zoning which just happened this year limits the height for new developments in that area.

Finally what is currently going on is the Midtown East Zoning. This is a biggie because it’s the city’s largest central business district. While zoning here already allows for taller, there is greater need to upgrade an ageing infrastructure and the desire to allow more density with even more taller buildings to accommodate a growing workforce.

Midtown East is getting old and it needs to stay competitive with other parts of the city and the world. Logistically midtown east is the most desirable area of Manhattan and the most expensive per sq ft in terms of office space because of its proximity to major transportation hubs. (Grand Central and Penn Station) The fear of not upgrading Midtown is that it will lose its edge to downtown and the soon to be emerging Hudson Yards, but more importantly lose its edge globally.

So now if we build a building like the proposed 1 Vanderbilt we could only build a max 1,200 ft vs. 1,700 + if the re-zoning is approved. Figures are not accurate it’s just to give an idea.

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Old April 19th, 2013, 12:50 AM   #522
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Thanks for the info
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Old April 24th, 2013, 10:24 PM   #523
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never seen or heard of this tower before. this is wickedly amazing
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Old April 25th, 2013, 12:41 AM   #524
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A re-zoning citywide would probably not happen anymore in NYC, instead there are Zoning districts dividing up Manhattan
You mean rezoning across all 5 boroughs. I'd like to see that too, and feel its very much needed. But as you pointed out, probably never going to happen. Borough residents will want to preserve their community character, and restrict building height.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 02:57 AM   #525
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I would like this building if they continued the bottom half the tower's design schematic into the top half instead of having jumbled blocks on top. It's not a bad building as it is, it's just I could see it being better.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 09:50 PM   #526
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It's fine as it is.

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Old April 25th, 2013, 11:51 PM   #527
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This tower is awesome. The only thing that would make it better is a few hundred more feet of height.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 11:54 PM   #528
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it's already outstanding, literally.
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Old April 26th, 2013, 12:17 AM   #529
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This tower is awesome. The only thing that would make it better is a few hundred more feet of height.
, it would fit great as supertall indeed!
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Old April 26th, 2013, 02:55 PM   #530
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i think i both love and hate it. it's so interesting to look at but all the balconies leave it looking a little ugly (in my opinion of course ). definitely one i will watch with interest either way!
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Old April 26th, 2013, 03:27 PM   #531
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Balconies are awesome, but they still could have made the building more regular while keeping those balconies. I'm still very skeptical about this building.
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Old April 28th, 2013, 04:58 PM   #532
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Old April 28th, 2013, 05:01 PM   #533
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what a fast progress
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Nice it's already above the fences, the shape of the base will be visible soon.
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Old April 28th, 2013, 10:52 PM   #535
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I've the feeling this will go up in no time
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Old April 28th, 2013, 11:28 PM   #536
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Wow, this work area seems tiny. The width of this seems very small even compared to 432 Park Avenue.

What are the dimensions?
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Balconies are awesome, but they still could have made the building more regular while keeping those balconies. I'm still very skeptical about this building.
You may or may not like this building, but the irregularity is the leitmotif of it. Of course they could have done it more regular, but obviously they expressly choose to do it that way. It is not just about the balconies and terraces, it is about to create very distinguished and unique apartments, particularly at the top, and to express that in the shape of the building.

If I had the money, I think this would be definetivelly one of my first choices of purchasing a luxury apartment, above of buildings like 432 park or One 57.

BTW, BrooklynFlyGuy, you seem to becoming the official updater of the construction sites in NY, keep them coming.
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Old April 30th, 2013, 12:12 AM   #538
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The building jumped and so I updated my diagram I estimate the building to be currently 9 meters or 30 feet tall .... that is, if some of the walls behind those forms we see are poured already

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Wow, this work area seems tiny. The width of this seems very small even compared to 432 Park Avenue.

What are the dimensions?
Yeah, I don't know the dimensions, but you're right - it seems very small, much tighter than 432 Park. And with such a thin frame, it'll seem that much more taller in the skyline, especially considering there really isn't anything of substantial height in its immediate vicinity. I'm soooo glad this tower is back on track! This will be a stunning addition - an instant classic!



BTW, BrooklynFlyGuy, you seem to becoming the official updater of the construction sites in NY, keep them coming.

Will do ... with pleasure!
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