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  1. MidtownGuy, just a mental exercise, I hope the...

    MidtownGuy, just a mental exercise, I hope the sacrilegious tremors have abated already... but I'm really curious how the near perfect proportions of the ESB might be married with modern building...
  2. Derek, wonderful shot that makes WTC 7 look...

    Derek, wonderful shot that makes WTC 7 look positively ethereal. I wonder how the ESB would come off clad in such glass?
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    That has to be a Botero. It's all in the wierdly...

    That has to be a Botero. It's all in the wierdly proportioned body parts.

    I like the place. It's a decent enough step in the right direction - New York should have competitive and indeed...
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    That is a wonderfully spruced up dwelling. It...

    That is a wonderfully spruced up dwelling. It takes more than a physical and mental gutting to go for that kind of presence. Great panache and a sure sense of style!

    I wonder how it will weather.
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    Ah, tactical deployments in key places as a...

    Ah, tactical deployments in key places as a surrogate for careful planning. 8)

    You mention Red Hook businesses on the uptick. Do you know what kind they are? The city is not being helpful at all...
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    Some emotion to begin with: reading about the...

    Some emotion to begin with: reading about the City Council panel's stamp of approval for the defacement of potentially promising New York waterfront was like getting slapped in the face the whole day...
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    Pour fixer les idées

    A juicy tidbit for this thread from an otherwise unrelated, but very informative article about Battery Park City in the Downtown Express.

    Urstadt, who ran the authority from 1968-1980, said before...
  8. Thread: Comedy Clubs

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    I'll second the motion when it comes to the GCC....

    I'll second the motion when it comes to the GCC.

    Then there's a new Comedy Club in the Lower East Side that's getting very positive reviews:
    Laugh Lounge NYC
    LL NYC on CitySearch


    @ Triple...
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    Dear yyy, The signs of New York are not...

    Dear yyy,

    The signs of New York are not rushing to plant themselves on your doorstep, and you are under no obligation to come and look at them.

    If you feel like picking the city apart by your...
  10. Regarding the glow of 7 WTC as so wonderfully...

    Regarding the glow of 7 WTC as so wonderfully illustrated on yepole's pic, I guess those are the magic spandrels doing their job? Anyway, it's heartening to see this symbolic and highly useful...
  11. Thread: A-10 Warthog

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    A-10 Warthog

    An excerpt from the current issue of Air Force Mag that might be of interest to the other admirer of this simple yet effective plane:


    The B-1B experience provided a model for USAF’s handling of...
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    There are buildings that can instill a sense of...

    There are buildings that can instill a sense of awe and wonder, or that can impart a spring in one's step. Then there are the countless fillers of varying quality whose overall level of execution can...
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    Reactions to the food and service at Per Se have...

    Reactions to the food and service at Per Se have been ecstatic, but the pressure is really on to get four stars. And with the French Laundry in the midst of a tenth-anniversary celebration, he’s here...
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    Since I live in the vicinity of a Herzog & de...

    Since I live in the vicinity of a Herzog & de Meuron architectural jewel, I assumed a further example of Swiss precision in construction would be a nice addition to the article above.

    Here, the...
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    SAKS to come under Gehry's pen?

    Saks Seeking Riches in Yet Another Incarnation - NYT 07/27/2004

    Last year, Saks Fifth Avenue spent an estimated $125 million in improvements that, among other things, turned the main floor of its...
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    A side note in the interest of accuracy. The...

    A side note in the interest of accuracy.

    The term "political Islam" I used risks dumping people like the Turkish Prime Minister and his party, who definitely view western style democracy as...
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    The point could be that you are using deafening...

    The point could be that you are using deafening language as a surrogate for discussion.

    The Union's state is obviously not to your liking. Fine. I'd caution against measuring it according to...
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    Olympics prospects

    I'd like to underline a point made in the article posted just above:

    The most unusual aspect of the current stadium plan is the mayor's desire to "have a shovel in the ground" by next year. There...
  19. Thread: Fireworks

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    Interesting to find such a comment here, but I...

    Interesting to find such a comment here, but I agree. And as far as I know, it's just been decided to upgrade the 600 to 700 remaining ones.

    Ah, I even found my source:
    ...
  20. [quote="matt3303"]Nice photos Zippy! All the...

    [quote="matt3303"]Nice photos Zippy! All the little details that used to go into buildings....

    Yes. And there's no reason why we should permanently and universally dispense with them! The cost of...
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    Happy Buildings

    "Happy Buildings" - the expression has an Asian ring to it, but I can't find an equally short and precise description of what I mean.

    Since architecture has decided that taste and style are...
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    2001 Scene

    http://www.wagna.net/NYC/Architecture/Mulberry%20St.%20-%20MED%20CHNG%202004-06.jpg

    The scene rang a bell.
  23. I think this is David Child's accidental...

    I think this is David Child's accidental masterpiece, and also expect it to be a perfect addition to this part of the cityscape. The renderings over at SOM make it look clean, and the slightly skewed...
  24. Definitely.

    Definitely.
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    Wow. Spin-inducing, eyes-as-big-as-saucers pix. ...

    Wow. Spin-inducing, eyes-as-big-as-saucers pix.

    I have a soft spot for the El's, but New York replete with horse-drawn buggies, carts and the faint whiff of manure seems positively alien.
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