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Old April 22nd, 2010, 04:34 AM   #41
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I was in NY for business and saw that demolition of the existing structures is well underway. Here's an ad for the new Whole Foods grocery store that will be located at the base of the tower.

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/fiftyseventhst/

Welcome to the 57th Street store

250 East 57th Street
New York, NY 10022 USA



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Old April 22nd, 2010, 06:18 AM   #42
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absolutly great!
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Old April 24th, 2010, 05:54 AM   #43
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wow so this is actually going to be built. thats great for building more and more skyline. NYC #1
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Old April 24th, 2010, 02:16 PM   #44
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wow so this is actually going to be built. thats great for building more and more skyline. NYC #1
yes, but first they have to knock down the school.
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Old April 24th, 2010, 03:24 PM   #45
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Demolition of the primary school is complete. Recall that there are two schools on this site: a primary (the three story building in the middle of the photo, which is located mid-block on East 57th between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) and a secondary school (the 7 story building on the left side of the photo, which is located on the corner of East 57th and 2nd Avenue).

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The primary school has been razed, and the students were relocated to a new building nearby. A new primary and secondary school and retail (including the Whole Foods Market) will rise on the site of the old primary school. (See the mid-rise building with the mansard roof in the photo below.) When that building is completed, the existing secondary school will be razed and the tower will rise on the corner of 57th and 2nd. (See the photo below.)


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Old April 24th, 2010, 08:05 PM   #46
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interesting, so how long will it take till we see the first sign of construction? does 2011 sound too optimistically?
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Old April 24th, 2010, 11:09 PM   #47
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Construction on the lowrise, school/retail portion should start within months. Construction of the tower won't start until the new school is completed which will probably be in about one to two years. Once the new school is completed, the existing secondary school on the corner will be razed, and the tower will begin construction on that site.
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Old April 30th, 2010, 03:22 AM   #48
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They have started construction for this project on 56th Street. It is difficult to walk on that side of the street now without fearing for your life. The renderings show the building to be the only tall building in the neighborhood for symmetry purposes. What happened to the Capri Condo (46 stories) or the the Milan on 55th Street and the Mondrian on 54th Street in the rendering showing the building from the East River. OMG, they're "Photoshop-ed" right out!! Can we only hope that a redesign conforms to height of the buildings that already exist in the neighborhood. Also, I thought that Whole Foods was invested in being the "GREEN SHOPPING" venue. If so, how about designing this building around sustainability and environmental excellence. There's a brilliant thought for ya!!! Does anyone really cares about living in a shiny obtuse tower in these economic times? Aren't greedy developers a little more concerned about their skyscraper footprint? I know that mayor is totally in favor of the proliferation of green buildings. How is this happening? Clue: They paid $4.5 billion dollar in the air rights deal, there it is.
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Old May 21st, 2010, 05:31 PM   #49
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http://therealdeal.com/newyork/artic...ds-two-schools
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Old May 21st, 2010, 11:12 PM   #51
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Great news!
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Old May 21st, 2010, 11:20 PM   #52
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yay, so this one will be 100% build?
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Old May 21st, 2010, 11:29 PM   #53
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yay, so this one will be 100% build?
i think it will, at least the article sounds promising.


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Phase one will include the construction of 38,000 feet of retail space for Whole Foods, which is scheduled to open in Dec. 2012. It also includes the new PS 59, which will be expanded to accommodate 730 students, versus the 400 the old school could hold, as well as the new 1,400-student public High School of Art and Design.

The two new schools will occupy approximately 360,000 square feet, and each will be significantly larger than their prior homes, World-Wide executives said.

The two schools, slated to open in Sept. 2012, will feature expansive open spaces for recreational activities.

PS 59 will boast a 7,000-square-foot outdoor play area on the sixth floor. Art and Design will include a 4,700-square-foot play area on the 11h floor.

Phase two of the project, slated to start in the fall of 2012, will usher in the construction of an additional 78,000 square feet of retail space and 350 units of luxury housing that will encompass about 450,000 square feet.
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yay, so this one will be 100% build?
Yes. It's being built in two stages. The tower is the second stage because it will be built on the site on which a secondary school is located currently. The housing market in Manhattan is rebouding strongly.
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http://www.cityrealty.com/new-york-c...h-street/31963

Construction plans scaled back for phase one of mixed-use project on East 57th Street

May 21, 2010 By Carter B. Horsley




The retail portion of the major mixed-use project planned by The World-Wide Group and the New York City Educational Construction Fund for the west side of Second Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets has been reduced by about 10,000 square feet to 38,000 square feet, according to an article today by Barbara Thau at therealdeal.com.

In addition, the article continued, the amount of excavation has been reduced by 30 feet through the redesign of the entire retail space and space for two schools in the project, which will also include a tower with 350 apartments.

The developer and the city cut a ribbon at the site of the $500 million project this morning and said that the cuts will reduce the project's budget by about $100 million.

Julia Hodgson, director of development for World-Wide, told therealdeal.com that "we reduced the cost of construction of phase one by $80 million."

Phase One will include the construction of 38,000 feet of retail space for Whole Foods, which is scheduled to open in Dec. 2012, according to the article, and "also includes the new PS 59, which will be expanded to accommodate 730 students, versus the 400 the old school could hold, as well as the new 1,400-student public High School of Art and Design."

"The two new schools will occupy approximately 360,000 square feet, and each will be significantly larger than their prior homes, World-Wide executives said. The two schools, slated to open in Sept. 2012, will feature expansive open spaces for recreational activities. PS 59 will boast a 7,000-square-foot outdoor play area on the sixth floor. Art and Design will include a 4,700-square-foot play area on the 11h floor," the article said.

Phase two is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2012 and will include an additional 78,000 square feet of retail space and 350 apartments, but the article indicated that World-Wide has made no decision yet on whether the apartments will be condominiums or rentals.

The old PS 59 at 250 East 57th Street was demolished in the fall of 2009. Students have been housed in an interim home at 250 East 63rd Street. Meanwhile, Art and Design will remain in its existing building at 1075 Second Avenue for the duration of construction.

"The partnership between ECF and the World-Wide Group, ECF's largest ever, is a model for how the public and private sectors can work together to help our communities," New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein said in a statement.

The dramatically shaped apartment tower has been designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
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Old May 22nd, 2010, 03:09 PM   #57
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curbed says phase 1 is already U/C, good news.
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Old May 23rd, 2010, 12:43 AM   #58
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Does anyone think this skyscraper will be seen from the west side of the skyline when its completed?
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Old May 23rd, 2010, 01:18 AM   #59
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Does anyone think this skyscraper will be seen from the west side of the skyline when its completed?
I don't think so.
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Old May 23rd, 2010, 01:36 PM   #60
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Sorry for all the lovers of this tower, but I don't like it, in New York alleyway's. When I look at the development's in New York, I see more and more Dubai like structures. I think the architectural strength of New York lies in new developments like 15 Central Park West.
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