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Old August 21st, 2010, 04:17 AM   #521
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Honourable Sir Robert Walpole, many thanks for your updates and photos.
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Old August 21st, 2010, 03:53 PM   #522
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Old August 21st, 2010, 04:16 PM   #523
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That looks sick! Love it.
I agree. Another condo was built across the street. It's traditional and beautiful.

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Old August 26th, 2010, 03:55 AM   #524
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15 Penn Plaza got approved. Lets start accelerating this
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Old August 26th, 2010, 07:58 PM   #525
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It's a beautiful tower but does anyone else feel like it's facing the wrong direction?? I feel like the curve makes it look like it's facing away from the park.
Why do so many people think looking at a sea of trees or water is mor impressive than a sea of buildings?? In my opinion I'd rather get an overview of Lower Manhattan over looking at the park...
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Old August 26th, 2010, 08:51 PM   #526
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How is this facing away from the park?



Have the same orientation as Citigroup Center on the other side....

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Old August 26th, 2010, 09:45 PM   #527
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The morning (before work) of 26 Aug. 2010.


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Old August 26th, 2010, 10:48 PM   #528
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How is this facing away from the park?
From this angle it does...

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Old August 27th, 2010, 12:33 AM   #529
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nope, still looks like its facing to the park
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Old August 27th, 2010, 01:35 AM   #530
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nope, still looks like its facing to the park
I can see how it is facing away. I guess I usually consider the more detailed side of a buildings the "front". As in the case of Beekman, I would never call the straight side the front. So maybe he is referring to how the sloping side faces away from the park.
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Old August 27th, 2010, 01:49 AM   #531
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Very exciting topic. Unfortunately, I just now "discovered" it. Great shots, and this is just "the beginning"!

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Old August 27th, 2010, 03:30 AM   #532
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I see wooden scafolding and armature up there, so looks like they're gettin' ready for some concrete pour..
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Old August 27th, 2010, 04:12 PM   #533
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Ugly and tacky looking. Looks like it belongs in Times Square. I sure hope it looks better than those renders.
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Old August 27th, 2010, 06:14 PM   #534
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Filed on 26 Aug 2010:

http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/Jo...ssdocnumber=01
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Old August 27th, 2010, 08:29 PM   #535
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Ugly and tacky looking. Looks like it belongs in Times Square. I sure hope it looks better than those renders.
The renders of buildings with a more "artsy" cladding always end up looking a bit shoddy, see Chicago's Aqua or Lower Manhattan's Beekman Place, both had pretty damn hideous renderings that many people - myself included - had reservations about, but once built the towers turned out looking great, no comparison to the poor renders. I don't like the renders for this building either, but I think that once it is built is will look infinitely superior to all renders.
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Old August 29th, 2010, 01:27 PM   #536
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nice, construction has resumed. this tower will shoot up in no time.
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Old August 31st, 2010, 06:35 PM   #537
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interesting article, posted over on SSP:

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/busines...6pAbsiTsX8aSoO

Flat note on Carnegie 57

By STEVE CUOZZO
August 31, 2010

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Don't worry, says Extell Development Co. chief Gary Barnett -- it's coming! Even though it doesn't yet look that way.

"It" is Carnegie 57, the endlessly awaited, 74-story super-luxury condo/hotel tower Extell is building on a vast site across from Carnegie Hall, from midblock West 57th Street to West 58th between Sixth and Seventh avenues.

"In just a couple of weeks we'll be poking our heads above the sidewalk," Barnett said yesterday. "Come by in another two or three weeks and you'll see us above grade."


After Extell spent years assembling and excavating the site, Barnett told the New York Times on May 25 that the project would be "going vertical in three weeks."

Once completed, the project designed by French architect Christian de Portzamparc -- which also includes a 5-star Park Hyatt Hotel, as we first reported -- will make an impressive addition to the Midtown skyline.

But if "going vertical" means steel rising and tower cranes whirring, we saw none of that yesterday when we peeked in through an open gate, more than three months after the Times story -- only a maze of foundation and infrastructure below sidewalk level. Work was being done but not nearly at the pace Barnett had seemed to suggest.

Asked to explain the apparent discrepancy, he said the project was going vertical.

"We've poured the slab for the first basement level," he said. "You're right about the tower crane -- but it's being prepared."

"It's going forward. It just took a little longer than we expected."

Earlier this month, Barnett told Abu Dhabi's The National newspaper he was "just beginning discussions with banks" for a construction loan for the $1.3 billion project.

Did that mean the $133 million that Abu Dhabi's Aabar fund paid for a stake last year didn't cover things like cranes and steel?

Barnett said, "We're in active [loan] negotiations and I predict we'll have it in two months."

Did that mean Aabar wouldn't pay for construction?

"Our partners would fund it all-cash," Barnett said, "but I don't want to do it that way."

He said of his Abu Dhabi partners, "They came in two and a half years ago. They've been with us through the market collapse. They had to put in much more money than we anticipated.

"But the bottom line is, they have a deep commitment."

Would you, could you build without a loan?

"The answer is yes," Barnett said.
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Old August 31st, 2010, 07:01 PM   #538
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Should look great from the park along with the new MOMA tower
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Old August 31st, 2010, 07:45 PM   #539
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Awesome NY is powering Ahead,great to see it as a beacon compared to the way in which the rest of the UnitedStates is in.
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Old August 31st, 2010, 10:44 PM   #540
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NYC is doing better than the rest of the US vis-a-vis recovering from the recession.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/31/ny...1&ref=nyregion
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