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  1. Hmm, The "sliced" real-estate leftovers when...

    Hmm, The "sliced" real-estate leftovers when parts of the grid were rather ruthlessly extended south and west - Varick and the southward subway construction destroyed what had been a particularly...
  2. Bait and switch . . . Again . . .

    Bait and switch . . . Again . . .
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    I'm with you on that architecture front - that...

    I'm with you on that architecture front - that building should have been restored. It's worth noting that their commercial properties are not tax-exempt, according to their financial summary they...
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    In defense of Trinity Church -

    I understand the frustration with the coming demolition of that building behind Trinity and its replacement by something ordinary. Deteriorated on the inside, which is one of the "justifications" I...
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    Brasilia - "That Man from Rio"

    Just saw that classic French 1964 film "That Man from Rio" starring the young Jean-Paul Belmondo (at Quad Cinema on W. 13th). The architectural interest lies in the fact that a middle section of the...
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    Poll: You're right. Just making fun. Barcelona's looks...

    You're right. Just making fun. Barcelona's looks bizarrely weird if you look at it from Sagrada Familia.
  7. What a memory. As a young securities lawyer in 30...

    What a memory. As a young securities lawyer in 30 Rock in the 80s embedded in the Investment Company Act of 1940 (whatever you do, defend dog rapists or whale molestors, just don't do that, deadly),...
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    Poll: London has a gherkin, Barcelona has a gherkin,...

    London has a gherkin, Barcelona has a gherkin, come on, we need one too.
  9. I'm sure I was as unhappy as many of you were...

    I'm sure I was as unhappy as many of you were when the whole Grand Central re-zoning went down with Bloomberg. At least as a general positive concept. But then you see the buildings that would have...
  10. It's nice not to be actually responsible for our...

    It's nice not to be actually responsible for our notions, right? Live in the Financial District now, and the weather being more clement tonight, went up to the roof to look out at the city. 432 Park...
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    But we might want to see it just for fun, right? ...

    But we might want to see it just for fun, right? Oh hell, just call Zaha Hadid.
  12. At least it seems more confident in what it is...

    At least it seems more confident in what it is than the Extell 57th St. horrors. This is something that it wants to be and is. Don't have to like me but I am a thing. It was thought about, maybe...
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    Poll: One could wish for some sort of Architectural...

    One could wish for some sort of Architectural Review Board, for projects in general, with bonuses for good design, except that opens up that "law of unintended consequences" issue. Landmarks as it...
  14. And unto Trinity Church what is Trinity Church's.

    And unto Trinity Church what is Trinity Church's.
  15. Question: does anyone know if anything will be...

    Question: does anyone know if anything will be done about that now-exposed blank southern wall of that badly-dated office building on the SW corner of Park and 57th? It will detract from the...
  16. I'm glad I'm not the only person who kind of...

    I'm glad I'm not the only person who kind of likes it . . . in the flesh . . . but it's come to the point in architectural circles where saying that is akin to being in favor of incest.

    That said,...
  17. It's worth remembering that the Seagram Building...

    It's worth remembering that the Seagram Building - one of our, and the world's, modernist gems, wasn't cheap at all, thanks to a daughter's intervention in a rich family enterprise, and a father's...
  18. Clearly this is one of those contentious...

    Clearly this is one of those contentious buildings . . . I've seen it from 2 different perspectives recently, not in midtown often but I was at that corner last week, and then I accompanied the...
  19. Yale - new Robert Stern-designed residential colleges

    I'm so glad/relieved this project is finally going forward. I wanted to post renderings but I guess I'm too new at this to figure out just how to do it. No "Limestone Jesus" for New Haven, but I...
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    Poll: The Rubin is a vital Manhattan institution, with...

    The Rubin is a vital Manhattan institution, with possibly fragile finances - their permanent collection of Himalayan Buddhist art is an invaluable resource, and their special exhibitions offer topics...
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    First, I want to say thanks to all the...

    First, I want to say thanks to all the commentators who have kept me in touch with my city for so many years. I feel like I know your personalities by screen name at this point. You're bright and...
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    further air rights info

    According to a mailing I received this week from St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, Extell has also purchased the unused development rights from the St. Thomas Choir School on West 58th Street - at $185...
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