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    Untrue, exposed floor plates do promote heat loss...

    Untrue, exposed floor plates do promote heat loss - we just erected a green building and were actually reprimanded by our commissioning agent for only covering the concrete floor plates with metal...
  2. Hold on, you want to contract your attorney...

    Hold on, you want to contract your attorney because the drain was not installed? The reason for a walk-through is so the buyer can make a list of all the things that need to be fixed before closing -...
  3. I actually went by on my bike and looked at the...

    I actually went by on my bike and looked at the building today. The glass is spectacular, no question about it, but I'm afraid that since glass is all there is that the building will end up being a...
  4. I think I understand the suburban comment. For me...

    I think I understand the suburban comment. For me it comes from a flat glass facade reflecting clouds, with no articulation to give it a sense of scale or proportion. But it's true that the glass is...
  5. That sure ain't the biggest swimming pool ever...

    That sure ain't the biggest swimming pool ever built. Although it's got to be right up there in terms of view. The lobby is quite nice, very understated.
  6. This is the part that I can't understand. If the...

    This is the part that I can't understand. If the company bought the land BEFORE the rezoning, then you would expect them to get it for a low cost. But after? And where exactly is the subsidy? The...
  7. Oh, it's the consulate, all right. I've been in...

    Oh, it's the consulate, all right. I've been in there. Plus, the Falun Gong people are always across the street meditating.

    I'm sure the building serves as housing too, but there is actually...
  8. Yeah, like "If youse guys don't shape up, we'll...

    Yeah, like "If youse guys don't shape up, we'll turn on The Sign."

    ("No, not the sign!!!")
  9. My response to this was, if they're so desparate...

    My response to this was, if they're so desparate for any kind of retail, why did their pharmacy and bodega close? It doesn't make sense. There could be other factors out of the control of the...
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    My personal opinion only. First, I think Harlem...

    My personal opinion only. First, I think Harlem is very safe, especially the area you're talking about. You can check actual statistics on the web at the New York Times real estate section, and maybe...
  11. They may not be. I doubt if the developer...

    They may not be. I doubt if the developer promised anyone they would be. It is not only common but ubiquitous for developers of both condo and rental buildings to move people in before the building...
  12. I'm a little confused. Are you saying the floor...

    I'm a little confused. Are you saying the floor plates will be covered up, and if so, how do you know?

    I would say that exposed floor plates are cheap - not on the construction side, they build...
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    OK, but you have to play fair. I would say just...

    OK, but you have to play fair. I would say just as the NYC region has 5 business districts (more if you count Westchester and Stamford,) Hong Kong has at least two, Shanghai has three, and Tokyo...
  14. I walked by today and there is steel above ground...

    I walked by today and there is steel above ground on the tower section. Just a few columns, but it was at 9:00 am so there might be more now. Exciting!
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    OK, this is off topic, but I was curious too, and...

    OK, this is off topic, but I was curious too, and look what I found thanks to Google:

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/en/doc/2003-12/11/content_289290.htm

    If the China Daily says it, it must be...
  16. It's all those writer babes who work for the New...

    It's all those writer babes who work for the New Yorker. Delish.
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    Not to mention Shanghai. The whole place is river...

    Not to mention Shanghai. The whole place is river mud.
  18. No! That side has the main entrance to the...

    No! That side has the main entrance to the building, and it gets a lot of foot traffic. There's no retail, true, but it's hardly dead.

    You're probably right about the pedestrian passage, though.
  19. There aren't going to be any additional retail or...

    There aren't going to be any additional retail or services (except an indoor park/winter garden) when the building's done - that's one of the few flaws of this project. So get used to it! :-)

    And...
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    Um, did I miss something? The Plaza is being...

    Um, did I miss something? The Plaza is being turned into a smaller hotel and condos, and I think most of the meaningful interior spaces are being retained. Not at all in the same league as tearing...
  21. Someone questioned earlier whether the designers...

    Someone questioned earlier whether the designers had thought of ice and snow formation on the rods. This from the Metropolis article linked earlier:...
  22. I know there is steel which is intended to rust a...

    I know there is steel which is intended to rust a mm and then stop, and have seen it in various exposed places. But that stuff is a nice even rust color all over, it actually looks quite good. The...
  23. Well, that's obvious, no New Yorker would buy in...

    Well, that's obvious, no New Yorker would buy in this location. Most of my friends think I'm insane to live between 9th and 10th, 2 1/2 long blocks west. Only someone who doesn't live here would...
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    Quality design

    Reading this thread you would get the impression there are only two kinds of buildings, brilliant strokes of genius and crap. But in fact there is a crying need, especially in New York, for...
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    I'm not Irish, but sometimes I think the Irish in...

    I'm not Irish, but sometimes I think the Irish in NYC are more Irish (or more Irish-identified, anyway) than the Irish in Ireland. I went to a show in an Irish bar on St. Patrick's day once, and...
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