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  1. Thread: 888 7th avenue

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    888 7th avenue

    Here's an interesting skyscraper- 888 7th avenue, formerly known as the Arlen Building opened in 1972 and designed by Emery Roth and sons. I have to admit, I like the coloring on this one- that green...
  2. Did they ever take down the fence around this...

    Did they ever take down the fence around this building's plaza, or is it still no-man's land? I've got a half a mind to make a joke sign and affix it to the fence if it's still there. Hmm,...
  3. Thanks for the laugh, I needed that! I wonder how...

    Thanks for the laugh, I needed that! I wonder how many people danced in that fountain the whole time it was there? (Clothes on, mind you)
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    I've always liked the Secretariat, but it looks...

    I've always liked the Secretariat, but it looks freaking nice now! Is it completely finished, or are they still working on its insides?
  5. Pretty much that. I thought the intent was that...

    Pretty much that. I thought the intent was that eventually the memorial plaza would become an integrated part of the fabric of the area, the only reason it's so set apart now is all the construction...
  6. With the Deutsche bank tower, it wasn't so much...

    With the Deutsche bank tower, it wasn't so much its looks that had me wishing they could save it- it was more the principal of the thing- hadn't we lost enough skyscrapers thanks to 9/11?
    People...
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    Yeah, I like the old base design- too bad the...

    Yeah, I like the old base design- too bad the tower sucked. Now we've got a decent looking tower, but the base kinda sucks.
  8. ^Yeah, it's amazing that it held together as well...

    ^Yeah, it's amazing that it held together as well as it did. What a shame it couldn't be saved. Something that tough deserved to live:(
  9. I suspected that the deferred work was part of...

    I suspected that the deferred work was part of the problem. A shame, really.
  10. Duetsche Bank Tower- why couldn't they save it?

    On another site I'm on, the subject of Duetsche Bank Tower came up, with somebody wondering why it couldn't be saved post 9/11. It wasn't just the structural damage- the building held up okay despite...
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    Give me a harness and I'd give it a shot:)

    Give me a harness and I'd give it a shot:)
  12. LeCom, I'd love a copy of your piece, it sounds...

    LeCom, I'd love a copy of your piece, it sounds really cool.
    Yeah, I've heard that Rockefeller Center and Lever House close their plazas for one day a year, to maintain its status as private...
  13. I guess I'll always be an animist and a mystic:)...

    I guess I'll always be an animist and a mystic:) I don't just hug, I do lay on hands, feeling steel, stone, and glass under my fingers, feeling out the "presence" within those magnificent structures....
  14. ^Yeah, it makes you wonder! I think it SUCKS...

    ^Yeah, it makes you wonder! I think it SUCKS what's happening with Chase Plaza, absolutely. I've got an adorable pic of me hugging one of the marble sheathed base columns of One Penn Plaza, and I've...
  15. Wow..I just got caught up reading this thread,...

    Wow..I just got caught up reading this thread, and sadly, I can't say I'm surprised. A disturbing number of kids these days seem to think that showing any sort of respect for other people, or other...
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    Too bad I'm from out of town, I'd be in!

    Too bad I'm from out of town, I'd be in!
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    ^Yeah, pretty freaking cool!

    ^Yeah, pretty freaking cool!
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    ^That would be a lot easier to take than that...

    ^That would be a lot easier to take than that awful rendering which removed them. Metal might look pretty sweet in sunrise, or sunset. Perhaps use the same alloy as was used on the late WTC towers,...
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    It must have happened before I joined up, I would...

    It must have happened before I joined up, I would like to see it for sure. And yes, I am sure those fins are part of the building- I think they're mechanical risers or something. A reclad that left...
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    We'll have to agree to disagree then, I love...

    We'll have to agree to disagree then, I love Astor's crown and fins:) I remember a local friend and I playfully hugging one of those fins when I was in town last october.
    I've been doing some...
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    Irony? I take it you don't like One Astor? I love...

    Irony? I take it you don't like One Astor? I love that crown, it was one of the first to break with the strict flat-roofed mandate of the International style.
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    I know, horrible isn't it? It just looks so...

    I know, horrible isn't it? It just looks so generic and bland, rendering a pretty cool looking skyscraper completely unrecognizable, and utterly forgettable. It sucks, right?
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    I saw a rendering from a few years ago, showing a...

    I saw a rendering from a few years ago, showing a proposed reclad. It was freaking terrible. They would have ripped off that lovely crown, and those long vertical fins, and replaced it all with a...
  24. Wow, this whole thing SUCKS. The first time I...

    Wow, this whole thing SUCKS. The first time I went to NYC in 2010, the plaza was closed off, due to work or inspection being done on the tower's facade. I saw the scaffolds and rigging, so obviously...
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    I have to admit, that looks good! As for...

    I have to admit, that looks good!
    As for recladding One Astor, I hope they don't! I like that one, it just needs a good scrubbing.
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