View Full Version : These guys did not want to sell - New York Holdouts
December 23rd, 2002, 05:34 PM
I guess the Macy's is the most well known example of a holdout in the corner of the building. These guys did not want to sell or asked a rediculous price for it so they decided to built around it:
There is a great book about this kind of stuff:here (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0486294250/qid=1040682730/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_1/103-2383354-6293464?v=glance&s=books&n=507846) is the Amazon link to it.
December 23rd, 2002, 05:37 PM
Odd. I hadn't even noticed it due to the huge sign.
December 23rd, 2002, 06:47 PM
Quote: from Kris on 5:37 pm on Dec. 23, 2002
Odd. I hadn't even noticed it due to the huge sign.I think that's the idea behind the sign. *It would lessen the impact to see that Macy's does not actually take up the entire block.
Another very famous holdout is the Russian Tea Room on W.57th st. between 6th and 7th avenues. *There are two huge skyscrapers built on two sides of the restaurant (Metropolitan Tower and Carnegie Tower). *Had it not been for the holdout, it would have been one scraper.
December 23rd, 2002, 08:48 PM
I love holdouts. They add so much more character to the streetscape and certainly provide a historical footnote to the otherwise modern surrondings...
January 1st, 2003, 04:40 PM
The old City Investing Building downtown, on the site of One Liberty Plaza, is an example of building around a holdout. *The developers combined several different lots on that block, but the owner of one lowrise building refused to give up his parcel. *So they had to build around that one building, creating a very asymmetrical tower.
skyscrapers.com has a few pictures of it; the most well-known painting is on the link below:
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