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    The view I'm worried about.

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    This is another crime. I can't believe that these schmucks will raze that beautiful limestone building.

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    Well there's a chance it won't be demolished. They might build on top of it.

    "Allied Partners is working with the British architect Norman Foster on the design for a mixed-use project that would build on top of 54 West 40th and cantilever to the 50 West 40th Street building. Construction, however, is unlikely to take place for a number of years. "-NYT

    Hope I'm just not offering false hope, but the developers must have some taste if they hired Foster.
    There are four rundown lots (43-49) on 39th St behind the Daytop Village Building that will likely be part of the project. Its already reported Hadler owns 43.

    The low annex to the Radiator Building is going to be a new CUNY college so nothing should change there. I was wondering how that little building could be 91,000 SF but found out it goes through block to 39th Street. It's the black building in the attached photo of 39th St.
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    I hope that you're right, but I don't think so based upon the Post's initial article about this site. Let's keep our fingers crossed because that limestone building is really nice.

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    When they say they want to build "on top" of 54 W 40 St, does that mean they will keep the facade ala the Hearst tower?

    Also, we are posting in the wrong thread as this is about "the View" which is a few doors down.

    Last edited by antinimby; December 27th, 2010 at 11:54 AM.

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    I hope so. That would be a good reason to commision Foster. However it would be a lot of money just to preserve that facade being that it's an 11 story building. Still say there's an 80% chance this building will be demo'd.

    I am thinking something like this where just the rear portion of the building is demolished.

    Hotel 3030

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    Wasn't the Knox building just restored. Guess it was by the developers of this project.

    Quote Originally Posted by londonlawyer View Post
    From's Nov. 1, 2006 edition:

    "New mixed-use tower planned for Bryant Park"

    The landmarks committee of Community Board 5 last night approved by a vote of 6 to 2 a resolution that, pending research into prior plans involving the site, that endorses a plan, which must be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, for a 31-story, mixed-use tower designed by Morris Adjmi at 14 West 40th Street facing Bryant Park.
    The limestone-and-glass tower will have about 150 hotel rooms and about 64 residential condominium apartments.

    The proposal seeks to use a restoration plan for the former Knox Hat Building that had been approved in 1994 when the Republic National Bank intended to develop this long-vacant site, which extends through to 39th Street. The bank had developed the large office tower directly south of the Knox Hat Building in 1981 and at that time received a building bonus for agreeing to maintain the Knox Hat Building, which was incorporated into its new building program at the site, in good condition. The 1994 plan would have permitted the bank to seek various building waivers, but not increases in bulk, for the new building in return for a major restoration program for the Knox Hart Building, but the bank, which is now part of HSBC, decided not to proceed with the new building and therefore did not start the restoration program.

    Joyce Matz, co-chair of the landmarks committee of Board 5, suggested that the 1981 new building benefited from its incorporation of the Knox Hat Building by being able to build a larger structure and she questioned whether the new owner of the undeveloped site, 40th St. Partners LLC, was trying to reuse the same benefits.

    Historical preservation consultant William Higgins assured Ms. Matz that was not the case, but the committee passed its resolution conditioned on verifying that claim.

    The new building would continue the “saw-tooth” street-wall of 40th Street between Fifth Avenue and the Avenue of the Americas, which is punctuated by several tall buildings. Mr. Adjmi said he designed a small west wing of the new-foot-high tower to continue that up-and-down geometry of the street-wall. The new building, which is directly south of the New York Public Library would have a frontage of 20 feet on 39th Street, but 102 feet on 40th Street. Mr. Adjmi said that the new, 338-foot-high tower will have the same square footage as the 220-foot-high plan in 1991. The top of the new tower, Mr. Adjmi, whose other projects include 345 West 14th Street, 450 West 14th Street, and 40 Ganesvoort Street, said, would be illuminated at night and have its rooftop mechanical spaces enclosed in glass behind a loggia.

    The new tower would be a couple of doors to the west of the 29-story tower at 450 Fifth Avenue that was erected by the Republic National Bank in 1985 and designed by Eli Attia with a staggered north façade that wraps around the former Knox Hat Building. The Knox building was designed by John H. Duncan in 1902 and sensitively remodeled into a bank building by Kahn & Jacobs in 1965.

    Mr. Higgins said that the restoration of the former Knox building will recreate a curved glass entrance marquee on Fifth Avenue, replace a missing cast-iron railing on a cornice, replace non-original multi-pane windows with single-pane windows, make various needed repairs, but retain the non-original storefront configuration on 40th Street because, he said, it is bettered centered to the upper façade.

    Recently, a plan to convert the former Rogers Peet Building on the northeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 41st Street to condominiums was abandoned and the property sold to Global Hyatt, which plans to convert it to a hotel and some condominium apartments, and the Durst Organization is currently building a major new skyscraper on the northwest corner of 42nd Street and the Avenue of the Americas.

    The redone HSBC Building entrance is nice.

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    Haven't seen this rendering. Still the project is pretty underwhelming given its location/

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    It sucks. Hopefully, it won'tbe built any time soon, and the design will change.
    Last edited by londonlawyer; August 11th, 2012 at 08:37 PM.

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    Sad that they couldn't see that.

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    New York Post

    Skating for deal at Bryant Park

    • Last Updated: 10:47 AM, March 7, 2013
    • Posted: 11:57 PM, March 6, 2013

    Ziel Feldman has brought in a new investor and still intends to develop a condo-hotel on his prime site opposite Bryant Park.

    Feldman’s joint venture for 12-20 W. 40th St. sold the site for $83 million, but the developer will remain in the deal with the new partnership, The Post has learned.

    He recently invested with Related Cos., CIM Group and Vornado Realty Trust on other projects. Related and CIM said they aren’t partners on this one.

    Feldman, Acro Real Estate and the Taiber family initially gained control of the stalled site by buying the debt and then cutting a deal with the owners for about $50 million.

    Globes, an Israel-based website, reported the transaction as a “sale.”

    Laurie Golub, general counsel with Feldman’s company, HFZ Capital, told The Post the developer is still in the deal.

    “HFZ’s plan is to develop it as a mixed-use hotel and residential in a dynamite location,” Golub said.

    She did not believe an earlier design by Morris Adjmi for the prior developer would be resurrected but approvals are in place for a 32-story project of 186,940 square feet.

    It could not be learned which of the two other investors sold their stake or which company is the new partner.

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    Hopefully, the new architects come up with a better design. Adjami usually does nice work, but his proposal for this site was crap.

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