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    And Sam Chang is not "most developers" but "the...

    And Sam Chang is not "most developers" but "the worst developer, either in New York or anywhere else in the world" so don't expect any nods to the city's heritage, history, architecture, quality of...
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    Don't worry, ASchwarz assures us that...

    Don't worry, ASchwarz assures us that Chang-Kaufman never, ever raze any buildings, much less historic ones.

    They always only build on surface lots, and their buildings will be the...
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    This one's a stunner. Really hoping it gets...

    This one's a stunner.

    Really hoping it gets saved -- which all depends on the developer now, since the city is pathetic on landmarking churches (i.e., it almost never does it, even though these...
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    Well, this is depressing, to say the least. ...

    Well, this is depressing, to say the least.

    One of New York's worst developers wants to knock down one of Midtown's ever-dwindling Beaux-Arts gems.

    Say goodbye to Old New York; say hello to an...
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    They're too busy worrying about the Manufacturers...

    They're too busy worrying about the Manufacturers Trust Building at 510 Fifth (i.e., Fifth and 43rd). You know, the miserable two-story glass box that served as the inspiration for every bank...
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    Merry, is there any particular reason why you...

    Merry, is there any particular reason why you posted those photos? Is it in conjunction with the listing of Mount Morris Park as one of the "6 Neighborhoods to Celebrate" and the fact that this...
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    Mister, you're creeping me out.

    Mister, you're creeping me out.
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    ^^ Empire of Humanity? I don't see any place on...

    ^^ Empire of Humanity? I don't see any place on Earth re-embracing the classical architectural precepts that evolved organically over thousands of years but were thrown out pretty quickly after WWII,...
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    Glad I'm not the only one who has that question...

    Glad I'm not the only one who has that question floating around in his mind at least 30% of every day.

    Short answer: WWII happened.
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    Because what you say is true: they don't really...

    Because what you say is true: they don't really care about preservation of the city's history and architecture, or creating an overall better environment, so much as they care about their views. When...
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    I thought it was an informative post, Derek....

    I thought it was an informative post, Derek. Thank you. I had been under the impression that London was pretty on top of its game with regard to preservation and am saddened to hear about the...
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    That's GREAT news! I work right near this and...

    That's GREAT news!

    I work right near this and have shared the exact same thoughts countless times, both about the presumed imminent destruction as well as about the Venetian qualities of the...
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    That's a great idea. Imagine Stuy Town full of...

    That's a great idea. Imagine Stuy Town full of buildings like the ones lost as well as great contemporary architecture (insofar as it does exist). It'd be a monument to individuality, innovation,...
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    ^^ Don't mean to nitpick; I'm genuinely...

    ^^ Don't mean to nitpick; I'm genuinely interested in getting your thoughts, Derek: Is there any place where the good contemporary architecture you allude to is being built (or can cost-effectively...
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    Hey, sometimes you have to look backwards to move...

    Hey, sometimes you have to look backwards to move forward when you're in a rut. Isn't that what the Renaissance -- the word we most use to describe a (successful) revisitation/transformation -- was...
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    Absolutely. I had this exact same thought last...

    Absolutely. I had this exact same thought last night walking on the UWS near Lincoln Center. The area immediately around Lincoln Center is such a hodgepodge of the absolutely disastrous -- much of it...
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    Woozle, you're right about one thing: the crap...

    Woozle, you're right about one thing: the crap built in 1940-80 was, for the most part garbage. If you look at what was built in that period in terms of area of territory occupied, the plurality of...
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    Would you say the WTC foursome (fivesome?) is not...

    Would you say the WTC foursome (fivesome?) is not International Style? What would you call it?
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    I'd say there's a case for the preservation of...

    I'd say there's a case for the preservation of the older buildings that set the tone and the likes of which will sadly likely never be built again and the destruction of the postwar garbage (and not...
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    Randy, you're right that "greed" these days is...

    Randy, you're right that "greed" these days is screwing up the city. But greed and ego are what built all of those beautiful ornamented palaces today's filth-whore developers (Moinian, Macklowe, Sam...
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    Any thoughts on how to save that unique and...

    Any thoughts on how to save that unique and beautiful space before another "Avalon Fort Greene" or McSam takes over the area?

    There was an article in the Times a few weeks ago about a nearby...
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    Convent of Mercy to Close

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    December 17, 2008
    After 146 Years, Brooklyn Convent to Close

    By DAVID GONZALEZ
    Behind the red-brick walls encircling...
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    I dunno, I had no idea that the former...

    I dunno, I had no idea that the former Biltmore/current BoA building had previously looked like it did. That building dominates my office view, and it's depressing as hell. Looks like a giant 1980s...
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    Sweet Jesus, I live a few blocks away from CCNY...

    Sweet Jesus, I live a few blocks away from CCNY and had wondered what that monstrosity replaced. Between that, the Grove Engineering School building and a few other disasters (including the brand new...
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    I couldn't agree with you more, Randy, that...

    I couldn't agree with you more, Randy, that razing the projects (or even a small fraction of them! Where I live, in Harlem, half the land is occupied by projects) and selling the land to developers...
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