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January 1st, 2003, 10:22 AM
Another year of predominantly bland architecture. We only completed 2 500 footers this year compared to the 7 of last year. Completed 29 bldgs. over 12 stories compared to 41 in 2001. My *project of the year was Perry West followed by the Austrian Cultural Institute.

Ernst & Young Building
5 Times Square/590 Seventh Avenue
37/38/40 stories 575 feet
Kohn Pedersen & Fox
Completed Fall 2002
Photo by DDNY.
8/10 *I don't really get this building, My opinion on it changes from view to view. It sure doesn't look good from ESB.

Ewalk Westin Hotel
270 West 43rd Street
45 stories 532 feet
Arquitetonica/D'Agostino Izzo Quirk
Completed Summer 2000-October 2002
8/10 *I like it other than the base. The night view is disappointing too.

The Atlas
1010 Sixth Avenue/66 West 38th Street
46 stories 463 feet
SLCE Architects
Completed 2000-2002
7/10 *I'm a little disappointed but it's better than most.

Millennium Point/The Ritz Carlton Downtown
25 Battery Place at West St.
28 stories 449 feet
Gary edward Handel & Associates/Polshek Partnership
Completed 1999-2002
Photo by David Desroches

222 East 41st Street
25 story 375 feet
HOK Architects
Completed 2002
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6/10 *Not interesting and their are no views of it in the skyline.

The Avalon Riverview
2-01 50th Avenue
32/34 stories
Perkins Eastman & Associates
Completed December 2000-Occupancy starts Spring 2002-Completion October 2002
6/10 A good start for Queens West but nothing special about it.

Austrian Cultural Institute Building
11 East 52nd Street
24 stories 278ft 6 inches
Atelier Raimund Abraham
Completed September 1998-April 19, 2002
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Photo by *Robert Polidori

360 Madison Avenue
Madison *Avenue & E. 45th
24/26 stories
Richard Cook & Associates
Completed 2002
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Photo from PermasteelisUSA
7/10 It looks a lot better than the rendering. The glass is good but the shape is awful.

School of Visual Arts Residence Hall/Art Deco Apartments
215 East 23rd Street
22 stories
Dev-Levine Builders
Completed 1999-January 2002
Photo from Levine Builders.
3/10 *dear god why?...and to think they had the nerve to call it Art Deco Apartments in the beginning.

The Residence Tower of the Chinese Consulate General
544 West 43rd Street
22 stories
Completed 2001-2002
5/10 Nothing special

Post Luminaria
385 First Avenue
20 stories
Gerner, Kronick & Valcarel
Completed *Summer 2001-Fall 2002 (Occupancy Summer 2002)
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Photo from Post Properties.
8/10 *One of the best looking residential towers built in that area.

U.S Federal Courthouse
275 Washington at Tillary Street, Brooklyn
18 stories
HLW/Cesar Pelli & Associates
Completed 2000-Summer 2002
Photo by JMGarcia.
7/10 *Maybe if the skin didnt look like his other buildings I would like it more but it's still nice rare modern-looking building for Brooklyn

The Benson
143 East 34th Street *
18 stories
Completed 2002
Photo from City-Realty.
5/10 Average.

The Donald F. & Mildred Topp Othmer Residence Hall
Tech Place, Brooklyn
18/20 stories 174 feet
Davis Brody Bond
Completed 2000-2002
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7/10 It looks nice and a modern-just a lil boring.

The Samuel Priest Rose Building/Jewish Community Center in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue
A.J. Diamond/Donald Schmidt and Co., Toronto
ARCHITECT-OF-RECORD: Schuman Lichtenstein Claman & Efron, NYC
11/14 stories 165 feet
Completed January 2002
7/10 It looks interesting.

173 Perry Street/Perry West North Tower
173 Perry Street, The West Perry
15/16/17 stories
Richard Meier & Partners
Completed 2001-July 2002

176 Perry Street/Perry West South Tower
176 Perry Street, The West Perry
15/16 stories
Richard Meier & Partners
Completed 2001-July 2002
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9/10 The buildings of the year in my opinion.

The Westminster/The Metropolitan
180 West 20th Street/153-69 Seventh Avenue
15/16 stories
Robert AM Stern
Completed 2000-2002

The Sierra Tower I/The Related Armory/Armory Place *
130 West 15th Street
13/14 stories
Costas Kondylis & Partners
Completed June 2002
4/10 *I hate these buildings, especially how they are wider than they are tall.

The Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life
Washington Square South and La Guardia Place
12 stories
Roche Dinkeloo & Associates
Completed *2000-Fall 2002
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7/10 *The community groups really hated this building. I remember one article talking about how it looks like a giant Mcdonalds with that roof.

Second Street Dormitory
1-19 East Second Street
12/13 stories 128ft
Developer-Coral Realty/Alex Forkosh
Completed 2001-fall 2002

I haven't seen a good picture of it but i heard it sucks.

Nolita Place
199 Bowery Street
12 stories 125ft
H. Thomas O'Hara
2000-Completed May 2002
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6/10 *Photo from Citi-Habitats

224 West 18th Street
12 stories
Gene Kaufman
Completed 2001-2002

7/10 The photo is from June and by Nate Lindsey

171 Lexington Avenue
12 stories *41,000-sq
Herbert L. Mandel & Associates
Completed Summer 2002

The Chelsea Garden Tower I
151 West 17th Street
12 stories
Swanke Hayden Connell
Completed 2002-2002

The Chelsea Garden Tower II
151 West 17th Street
12 stories
Swanke Hayden Connell
Completed 2001-2002
5/10 *

Oceana Condominiums Tower I
60 Oceana Drive West
12 stories
SLCE Architects/Sandy Babock International
Completed 2002
5/10 Photo by Paul Cucuzza

Best Western Convention Center Hotel
522 West 38th Street
11 stories
Peter F. Poon
Completed 2002 *

I haven't seen a good view of the building but it looks hideous so far. 2/10 I counted 11 story buildings *because all have water towers but are not counted as a story.

Dance Theater Workshop Building
217-219 West 19th Street
11 stories
Ed Rawlings
Completed 2000-September 2002
5/10 *The transparent top looks good.

(Edited by Derek2k3 at 10:46 am on Jan. 3, 2003)

January 1st, 2003, 10:59 AM
Excellent post. Thanks.
Could you remind us, for the record, the list of the seven 500 footers completed in 2001 ?
TWT, Bear Stearns and Morgan Stanley are among them if I got it right.

TLOZ Link5
January 1st, 2003, 12:45 PM
Yeah...2002 was a pretty slow year for new [office] development because the economy is in really big trouble.

You'll notice that most of the buildings completed this year were devoted to residential or hotel use, because there isn't much demand for offices at this time.

Great post, Derek.

January 1st, 2003, 06:24 PM
Lets start 2003 on a good note. Alot of optimism on my part. Proposals for supertalls in midtown and downtown. Taken from a similar standpoint last year the progression at the World Trade Centers is remarkable.

January 1st, 2003, 10:17 PM
ok Fabb

1. Trump World Tower
845 United Nations Plaza
72 stories 881 feet
Costas Kondylis & Associates
Completed 1999-2001

2. Bear Stearns Building
383 Madison Avenue
45/47 stories *757/773/777 feet
Skidmore Owings, & Merrill
Completed 1999-2001

3. W Times Square Hotel
1567 Broadway
52/53 stories 582 feet
Frank Williams & Associates
Completed late 2001

4. Lehman Brothers Building
745 Seventh Avenue
32/33/38 stories 575 feet
Kohn Pedersen & Fox
Completed Fall 1999-November 15, 2001

5. Reuters Building
3 Times Square
30/32 stories *555ft *(659ft to tip)
Fox & Fowle Architects
Completed 1998-2001

6. The Metropolis
150 East 44th Street
48/52 stories 528/550 + feet
SLCE Architects
Completed 2000-2001

7. The Pennmark
315 West 33rd Street/304 West 34th Street/17 Penn Plaza
35/36 stories 500 feet
SBLM Architects
Completed 2001

January 1st, 2003, 10:25 PM
The expected completions for this new year include the AOL Time Warner Center (750 feet), the Times Square Tower (725 feet) the CIBC headquarters (535 feet), and groundbreaking on the New York Times Tower and the rise of the steel beams on the Bkoomberg Tower.

Any status on the Random House Tower? i heard reports that it's already completed.

January 1st, 2003, 10:37 PM
Next year 8 500 footers will be completed. Random House is not quite finished. Also FYI, only 1 500+ was completed in 2000 and 4 in 1999.

1. AOL Time Warner Center Tower I
10 Columbus Circle
55 stories 750 feet
Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill
Under Construction 2000-late 2003

2. AOL Time Warner Center Tower II
10 Columbus Circle
55 stories 750 feet
Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill
Under Construction 2000-late 2003

3. Times Square Tower
10 Times Square/7 Times Square
47/49 stories 689 feet/721 feet/726/730 feet
Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Under Construction 2001-late 2003/January 2004

4. Random House - Park Imperial
1739 Broadway/230 West 56th Street/1745 Broadway
50/52 stories 675/682/684/686 feet
Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Under Construction 2000-2003

5. *425 Fifth Avenue
55/56/60 stories 618 feet
Michael Graves & Associates/ H. Thomas O' Hara
Under Construction 2001-2003

6. 220 Riverside Boulevard
Building B @ Trump Place
542 feet 49 stories
Costas Kondylis & Partners
Under Construction 2001-2003

7. CIBC Tower
300 Madison Avenue
35 stories 575 feet
Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Under Construction 2001-August 2003

8. The Biltmore Tower
261-269 West 47th Street
51 stories
SLCE Architects
Under Construction 2001-2003

January 2nd, 2003, 03:35 AM
Derek - great thread and posts. I would agree that things are "bland" now, and the difference between now and other years is that *the best architecture that we saw was not necessarily the tallest for 2002. Perry West is a breath of fresh air. New York always seem to send styles elsewhere but seeing a bit of Los Angeles "pure modernism" here is a good change. Austrain Cultural center is nice too, with the exception of it being wedged in between other buildings. Is it just me or does it look vaguely like the statues on Easter Island? Maybe I've been staring at buildings too much...

* * Glad to see that 2003 will be a better year for design and completion of tall buildings. 2005 is the big year though. I think Hearst, NYTT, and Bloomberg get done that year. I remember a thread on here that had all the proposed towers, their height and estimated completion date. We should get that back up!

While we're at it? What was the best year/best decade for skyscrapers in this city? I think more was built in the 60's or 70's than any other decade, but most of those were Emery Roth/SOM shoeboxes! Any takers?

Rich Battista
January 2nd, 2003, 01:26 PM
that is true that most of them were bland black boxes, i feel the best decade in numbers of buildings were either the 60's or the 70's. I feel the best decade of innovation was in the period of 1925- 1935. That period was architecture at its finest.

January 2nd, 2003, 03:22 PM
Nice recap. The American Folk Art Museum should be included (unless I've missed it).

January 2nd, 2003, 03:35 PM
Hey Stern, I stole your avatar. But that's 'cause you're my hero.

January 2nd, 2003, 03:37 PM
Quote: from Rich Battista on 1:26 pm on Jan. 2, 2003
that is true that most of them were bland black boxes, i feel the best decade in numbers of buildings were either the 60's or the 70's. I feel the best decade of innovation was in the period of 1925- 1935. That period was architecture at its finest.

I feel that actually we are in another period of great innovation in architecture. The difference being that the public is less able to accept the new styles now than they were in the 20s due to changes in modern culture and its willingness to deal with change.

January 2nd, 2003, 03:48 PM
No problem Kris, Im honored this isnt skyscraperpage.com afterall.

January 2nd, 2003, 03:54 PM
I see a progression with innovative residential architecture but we have a long way to go. Robert A.M. Stern, Michael Graves, and Richard Meier have left their name on the skyline. I expect this trend to continue, but notice that this trend is only in lower profile areas. Still I expect prime sites not to go for creative architecture, as long as they can still sell location, but big name architecture can compensate for location in Manhattan, likewise I expect this trend to continue.

January 2nd, 2003, 04:24 PM
Derek, excellent compilation.

I, as well, count the Austrian Cultural Institute & Perry West to be the top two additions of the year... Though I may put the Austrian Cultural Institute in the lead.

Also, while it won't be reaching for any record breaking heights, they are making progress on the new Alvin Ailey Dance Theater on 9th. I'll have to get some images when there's enough progress worth posting.


TLOZ Link5
January 2nd, 2003, 04:27 PM
The Seville was finished this year, as well. *I live two blocks away from it.

TLOZ Link5
January 2nd, 2003, 04:28 PM
I can check on Random House next week; I'll be on Central Park West for a doctor's appointment and have a view of it from uptown.

(Edited by TLOZ Link5 at 4:30 pm on Jan. 2, 2003)

Rich Battista
January 2nd, 2003, 04:38 PM
i do feel that we are on the nidst of another great era in the architecture world. We are back to building buildings over 800 feet again, which is always an accomplishment. However, the architecture has changed for the better as well, i happen to like most of the new designs that have come about with their curved structures and angular appearance. It gives the city a whole new look. I look forward to seeing other great projects in the near future.

January 2nd, 2003, 09:03 PM
Thanks Kris but the Folk Art Museum is only 6 stories and 85 feet. I only did buildings over 11 stories else it would be too much.

Quote: from TLOZ Link5 on 4:27 pm on Jan. 2, 2003
The Seville was finished this year, as well. *I live two blocks away from it.

I usually follow the articles and they said a Fall 2001 completion but I'll take your word on it. Thanks.

The Seville
1470 Second Avenue/300 East 77th Street
31 stories
Robert AM Stern/SLCE
Competed November 2001/2002

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January 2nd, 2003, 09:10 PM
It is now complete.

January 2nd, 2003, 09:53 PM
Quote: from TLOZ Link5 on 4:27 pm on Jan. 2, 2003
The Seville was finished this year, as well. *I live two blocks away from it.
Interesting. *I live one block away, and yes, it was completed this spring.