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Re: New York: 15 Penn Plaza
« Reply #90 on: August 30, 2010, 02:55:46 PM »
McKim, Mead, and White's legacy and the people of the city already took it on the chin when Penn Station was demolished for the abomination that is Madison Square Garden.  This is just rubbing salt in the wound.  I say let them build it, though.  None of the opposition has sufficient ground to stop a project of this magnitude.

I thought MSG was built on top of Penn Station, no?

Penn Station was moved underground. It didn't used to be. Google "original penn station"

It wasn't moved underground per se.  MSG and the Penn Plaza buildings were built above the existing tracks/platform (although they were renovated).

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New York: Low Line
« Reply #91 on: September 21, 2011, 03:45:38 PM »
this idea is inspiring although kind of out there, but its getting local publicity lately. it's a plan to turn an old abandoned manhattan underground trolley terminal into a two acre underground park:


The Low Line

A plan for a new park banks on subterranean photosynthesis.

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Published Sep 16, 2011



as it appears today



as it appeared back in the day (delancey street, 1919)



trolley terminal still in action in this 1935 photo
(it was abandoned in 1948 during the 'streetcar holocaust')



a render



read and see more here:
http://nymag.com/news/intelligencer/the-low-line-2011-9/

and here:
http://www.thelodownny.com/leslog/2011/09/a-conversation-with-the-low-line-team.html

Q&A:
http://gothamist.com/2011/09/20/your_basic_low_line_questions_answe.php#photo-1

the old terminal:
http://www.columbia.edu/~brennan/abandoned/willb.html

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Re: New York: Low Line
« Reply #92 on: September 23, 2011, 05:57:48 AM »
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A sunken garden?

On the other side of the bridge...in Brooklyn somewhere...is this place called Gowanus Creek, that sort of snakes its way into Brooklyn as sort of channelized watercourse.

I recall reading way back that they were talking about doing some sort of restoration of it.  Have you heard anything about this?

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Re: New York: Low Line
« Reply #93 on: September 23, 2011, 07:35:31 AM »
That ceiling is sort of scary in that fear and loathing Las Vegas way.

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Re: New York: Low Line
« Reply #94 on: September 23, 2011, 08:04:37 AM »
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A sunken garden?

On the other side of the bridge...in Brooklyn somewhere...is this place called Gowanus Creek, that sort of snakes its way into Brooklyn as sort of channelized watercourse.

I recall reading way back that they were talking about doing some sort of restoration of it.  Have you heard anything about this?

jeffery yes the gowanus has been reclaimed from neglect and pollution in recent years. the pumping tunnel that cleans the stagnant upper end of the canal was reactivated in 1999 and has vastly improved the water quality, although it still is very bad and the mechanisms are frought with problems as i understand it. the area is currently undergoing a lot of random redevelopment along it's route. high on my list to do a thread on someday!

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Re: New York: Low Line
« Reply #95 on: September 27, 2011, 03:27:16 PM »
The Low-Line: An Underground Park For New York City’s Lower East Side

New York City's High Line - the now famous abandoned train-track-turned-park - has become well known around the world as a spectacular example of urban revitalization through smart design, even inspiring copycat elevated parks. Now Manhattan is considering another abandoned train track park renovation project called "The Low Line" - this time in the Lower East Side neighborhood. The catch with this new proposal is that the abandoned train station in question is entirely underground (below Delancey Street) - a subterranean challenge which would require a high-tech, innovative approach to lighting in order to facilitate plant growth and human comfort.

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http://inhabitat.com/nyc/the-low-line-a-spectacular-two-acre-underground-park-to-be-constructed-in-nycs-lower-east-side/
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Re: New York: Low Line
« Reply #96 on: November 30, 2011, 11:01:38 AM »
no $ for this, but...mta video!


Video: Inside The "Low Line" Trolley Terminal Beneath The LES

Remember The Low Line, the out-of-left-field underground park some guys are proposing be put in the abandoned trolley terminal beneath Delancey Street? Well, it is still being talked about! But parks don't generally produce money (quite the opposite) and the MTA, which owns the terminal, can really use some extra dough. So its actively seeking any ideas that anyone might have for the suddenly hot spot beneath the LES. So they went and made a real estate porno:

http://gothamist.com/2011/11/29/video_inside_the_low_line_trolly_te.php

After all those pictures of the space, there is something fascinating about watching a legal video shot down there (as opposed to an illegal one nearby). Plus, MTA Real Estate guy and narrator Peter Hine seems really eager for something to happen down there. Even if it is just a fancy restaurant with views of the trains. Also, love how he just kind of glosses over the unending SPURA development process above the terminal. Still, what this video really does for us is hammer home the fact that this space really must be made into something. Preferably soon! [Via Curbed]


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this project reminded someone of brookpark -- a somewhat similar older project/idea in the bronx that would revive an abandoned partially underground rail trail:


Though the NY Times claims no one knows who owns it, our research shows that theNew York Central Lines, LLC (NYC) and CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT) are responsible. In 2003 they filed a notice of exemption pursuant to the National Transportation Board’s regulations of exemption for abandonment and discontinuance of service, respectively, of the "Lowline" of railroad between Melrose and the southernmost edge of the tunnel at Southern Boulevard in Bronx County, New York, a distance of approximately 1.5 miles.

NYC sought authority to abandon the line. CSXT seeks authority to discontinue service on the line. A map depicting the rail line in relationship to the area served are posted with this blog. The exemption became effective, the railroad worked to to salvage track, ties and other railroad appurtenances, and to dispose of the right-of-way. This is where community groups come in to create a rails to trails project! Let's do it!


more:
http://friendsofbrookpark.blogspot.com/2009/12/lowline-in-ny-times.html#links




from the nytimes:
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/17/mott-haven-swamp-was-deeper-than-thought/

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Re: NYC: Random Projects
« Reply #97 on: February 06, 2012, 01:40:46 PM »
What a complete A$$!

E. Village outrage at Schwimmer’s home raze
By JENNIFER GOULD KEIL
Last Updated: 6:10 AM, February 6, 2012


Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/no_friend_to_nabe_AtGKjJxuP3Pwr0qmvg7aiI#ixzz1ldSCUaK1


David Schwimmer isn’t making any friends in the East Village — and he hasn’t even moved in to the ’hood yet.
The former “Friends” star bought a beautiful East Village townhouse built in 1852 — and then promptly destroyed it just months after the city told him it was destined for landmark status.

The townhouse, at 331 E. 6th St., was one of the oldest on the block, and sat just two doors down from the Community Synagogue, a National Historic landmark.

Schwimmer, 45, snapped up the property for $4.1 million in 2010 — and the city Landmarks Preservation Commission send him notices on March 31 and May 27 of last year that it could get landmark status by the end of 2012, said commission spokeswoman Elisabeth de Bourbon.


But by September 2011, the building was gone, just four months after the city’s latest letter was sent to Schwimmer’s representatives.
Now the five-story building will be replaced by a six-story mansion with an elevator and roof terrace, records filed with the city show.
The building’s original listing said the 25-foot-wide townhouse had the zoning permits to grow from its current 7,750 square feet to 9,000 square feet. It added, “Please note, this lovely home needs work!”

Neighbors are furious at the actor, saying he’s just another greedy celebrity wrecking the character of the neighborhood in order to build a modern monstrosity.




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Re: NYC: Random Projects
« Reply #98 on: February 08, 2012, 11:18:42 AM »
woah you pulled this thread back from the dead! i forgot about it. yeah what a dipshit tearing down a beutiful old townhouse like that. d-list hollywood idiot.

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heres a big new hitter & i guess the luxury market is doing well:



Out of sight
 
The high-end market headed higher in 2011
 
By MAX GROSS
 
Last Updated: 9:28 AM, December 8, 2011
 
Posted: 6:06 PM, December 7, 2011

Extell Development’s newest building, ONE57, isn’t slated to be ready for occupancy until summer 2013 — but as far as NYC real estate is concerned, it might be the biggest story of 2011. And 2012.
 
The building will be mammoth — 90 stories. Its 95 condos sit atop a plush, 210-room Park Hyatt hotel. And ONE57 has been aggressive with prices. “Units start at $6.375 million,” says Tony Mannarino, executive vice president at Extell, “and go up to $98.5 million.”

Yes, penthouses for almost $100 million. One-bedrooms for $7 million...

...“There were 91 sales over $10 million [in 2011 throughout Manhattan],” says Pam Liebman, president and CEO of the Corcoran Group. “Twenty were over $20 million!”...

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/realestate/residential/out_of_sight_7fnailbcTSPec5OdJaCgoO



ONE57 won’t be ready until 2013, but the 90-story hotel and condo is already inking sales and offering a $98.5M unit.


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Re: New York: Low Line
« Reply #99 on: March 15, 2012, 05:18:08 AM »
lowline supporters met their first fundraising goal through the use of kickstarter and social media:


http://www.thevillager.com/?p=2716

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Re: New York: Low Line
« Reply #100 on: March 15, 2012, 07:03:30 PM »
here in Cleveland would be interesting to explore a similar use for the sublevel below Detroit/Superior

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Re: New York: Low Line
« Reply #101 on: December 31, 2012, 12:08:15 PM »

Lowline Creators Think Underground Park Could Boost SPURA

 Wednesday, December 26, 2012, by Jessica Daile


Development proposals for SPURA are due in January, and the Lowline creators are hoping that the project will bring more momentum to their underground park. The Journal reports that Dan Barasch and James Ramsey have, finally, prepared more financial information about the Lowline, and they believe that the futuristic green space could really boost SPURA's real estate values.

By their calculations, the park could increase the land values of some SPURA sites by as much as $10 to $20 million and "create between $5 million and $10 million in sales, hotel and real-estate taxes over 30 years based on a net-present-value basis."

HR&A Advisors consultants worked with Ramsey and Barasch to create the financial summary, which also says that the Lowline could cost between $44 and $72 million (significantly less than the High Line cost). The creators seek to raise $55 million, in addition to between $7 and $14 million in tax credits from the city.

The park would need an operating budget of $2 to $4 million, and the summary says that the park hopes to be self-sufficient, earning revenue through events like festivals and public art performances.

But the MTA says the underground terminal has "serious operational constraints," so the Lowline may not even happen.


· Neighborhood Boost Seen From the Lowline [WSJ]
 · Lowline coverage [Curbed]

more:
http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2012/12/26/lowline_creators_think_underground_park_could_boost_spura.php

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Re: New York: Low Line
« Reply #102 on: January 23, 2013, 04:30:06 PM »
more bloggery low line:



The Lowline Will Be A "Culture Park" Not Just A Subterranean Playground


The Lowline's proof-of-concept for its fiber-opitc light sources from last year (Garth Johnston / Gothamist).


Ever since the idea was first introduced a little more than a year ago, we've been quite interested in the idea of the Lowline, an underground park intended for an old trolley terminal beneath Delancey Street. We've looked at the space now, gone over the basic logistics, followed its fundraising and even checked out a proof-of-concept built nearby. And yet there are still so many questions! Now we can cross a few more off our list.

Curbed's Jessica Dalley chatted up the project's top dogs Dan Barasch and James Ramsey recently and came back with some interesting things to keep in mind about the still-gestating project:

 ■It is only half park "It would be a culture park that hosts art shows, performances, and events, and it would be tied to the neighborhood gallery scene. There would be a densely planted 'ramble,' but this would be accompanied by a gallery, plaza, and connecting grassy common."

 ■This will take a while Because the land is owned by the MTA, which has bigger fish to fry, getting a park going is slow. And while lots of people seem eager to give it money, they aren't exactly throwing cash at it until the land is transferred.

 ■SPURA should spur it along Because the Lowline is located directly within the long-gestating Seward Park Urban Renewal Area it is expected to greatly increase the property values there. So expect the up-to-$72 million (in mostly private funding) park to open about when the buildings in that project (which appears to finally be starting to move) open. They guess the whole project should take about ten years to complete.

■The subway will be a crucial part Y'know how the J/Z goes right by the rail yards in question? "The park's design would incorporate a demising wall or transparent material as a border, providing protection and noise and air quality while framing views of the subway."


Still, can't wait for the next big thing in parkland to open? Well, while you wait you can always go and buy yourself some cool Lowline gear so that your friends know that you are on the cutting edge of subterranean landscaping!


http://gothamist.com/2013/01/23/the_lowline_will_be_a_culture_park.php

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Re: NYC: Random Projects
« Reply #103 on: February 15, 2013, 12:28:31 PM »
a hopefully pretty cool hotel tower for brooklyn unveiled today,
spinoff from barclays and general downtown brooklyn redevelopment:



HOME > NEWS > NYC LOCAL > BROOKLYN

Hotel for BAM and Barclays

By RICH CALDER
Last Updated: 6:15 AM, February 15, 2013





...The hotel is being designed by Thomas Leeser, who has received rave reviews for projects including the London 2012 Olympic Park and Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens...


more:
http://m.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/hotel_for_bam_and_barclays_TdNAFOdxa1YVQTBLF0tBPP

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Re: NYC: Random Projects
« Reply #104 on: August 15, 2013, 09:35:18 AM »
they closed our hospital, tore it down and now are putting up condo apts in its place.
the project includes a bunch of facade saves:



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Re: NYC: Random Projects
« Reply #105 on: August 15, 2013, 10:01:17 AM »
They're preserving that whole 400ft-long façade?

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Re: NYC: Random Projects
« Reply #106 on: August 16, 2013, 12:23:55 PM »
400ft? where did you get that?

they are preserving the old facades and tore down the hideous 1980s addition.

the saves include a corner on 7th ave, a long wall on w11st and an odd section on w12st you can see on the far right of the photo. its supposed to be several individual bldgs.


http://www.thegreenwichlane.com/#home

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Re: NYC: Random Projects
« Reply #107 on: October 26, 2013, 09:14:28 AM »
^ a model and more about this large former village hospital turned apt bldg complex in the times today:


where st. vincent's one stood



http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/realestate/where-st-vincents-once-stood.html?hp


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Re: NYC: Random Projects
« Reply #108 on: October 28, 2013, 03:36:57 PM »
Good lord that project is gigantic and ridiculously complicated from a developer's perspective.  Makes Mercer Commons in Cincinnati look like a doll house. 

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Re: NYC: Random Projects
« Reply #109 on: October 28, 2013, 03:37:47 PM »
I love that term "real estate family".  Yeah, when you inherit 2,000 paid-for apartment units from your dad like Donald Trump did you can get the loans to build casinos when you're 29. 

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Re: NYC: Random Projects
« Reply #110 on: October 30, 2013, 04:54:22 PM »
here is a funky retro futuristic one called the tribeca royale by ismael leyva.
its going up right across the street from the 99 church tower.




robert a.m. stern's 99 church 1000fter is definitely underway



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Re: NYC: Random Projects
« Reply #111 on: October 31, 2013, 06:51:41 PM »
heres another one -- they are really working almost night and day busting out 432 park ave, vinolys new tallest residential, its at 600' already:




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Re: NYC: Random Projects
« Reply #112 on: November 17, 2013, 10:40:44 PM »
something unusual thats now u/c - the durst pyramid bldg:















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Re: NYC: Random Projects
« Reply #113 on: December 12, 2013, 05:38:38 PM »
something pretty cool that caught my eye going up on the les:



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Re: NYC: Random Projects
« Reply #114 on: December 13, 2013, 10:00:46 AM »
^ That's a photo and not a rendering, right?

(It's getting harder to tell the difference)
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Re: NYC: Random Projects
« Reply #115 on: December 13, 2013, 04:03:35 PM »
^ yeah i know some renders are getting scary real looking!

i think its still a construction site, but its on the way.
its called 100 norfolk st
http://m.ny.curbed.com/tags/100-norfolk-street

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Re: NYC: Random Projects
« Reply #116 on: December 16, 2013, 12:07:26 AM »
something pretty cool that caught my eye going up on the les:




I'm willing to bet that that photo was taken with a Canon 17mm TS-E.  Interesting how in the rendering they match the blowout of the sunny side so perfectly with actual blown out highlights in the photograph. 

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Re: NYC: Random Projects
« Reply #117 on: December 22, 2013, 01:50:17 PM »
432 park ave yesterday












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Re: NYC: Random Projects
« Reply #119 on: January 18, 2014, 06:43:23 PM »
cornell is building a tech college campus on roosevelt island.
thom mayne is on it.
*note the residential towers in the renders are placeholders.
















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