Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 20

Thread: More Horrific Destruction: 6-12 W. 57th?

  1. #1

    Default More Horrific Destruction: 6-12 W. 57th?

    There is something genuinely wrong with Lois Weiss. She extolls creeps like Macklowe and Solow who raze magnificent structures. She writes below that Solow "could combine No. 6 and No. 12 and create a lovely boutique building, but he has a grander scheme." Is she nuts? These buildings are magnificent.

    GOING SOLOW ON 57TH ST.
    EYEING PARCELS FOR NEW TOWER September 12, 2007 -- A high-stakes development chess game is under way on West 57th Street, with savvy Sheldon Solow right in the middle.

    Solow, the owner of the city's premier office tower at 9 W. 57th St., has been quietly trying to in-fill properties to build yet another tower on the south side of the street.

    He's owned 6 W. 57th St. for many years, and has quirkily left it empty since Arista Records moved out.

    Now, as we first reported, the Henri Bendel Building next door at 12 W. 57th St. is on the market through Cushman & Wakefield, and sources say that Solow is among three finalists vying for the ability to redevelop that plot.

    Solow could combine No. 6 and No. 12 and create a lovely boutique building, but he has a grander scheme.
    The question is, how much will it take to buy out everyone else, with at least one other group having the same idea?

    Another bidder for No. 12 is a European seeking an investment and redevelopment opportunity on that shopping strip.

    But Solow is also competing with a deep-pocketed Israeli group that just bought the building on the other side at No. 16-18 W. 57th St., and paid $60 million to do so, city records show.

    Solow, whose representative declined to comment, must be schvitzing over missing out on that deal.

    That's because back in July, Solow also paid Dale Hemmerdinger's Atco Properties $60 million for No. 20-22, which is just west of the buiding to the west of the Israelis.

    Kenneth Aschendorf of APF Properties scooped up No. 24 last October for $69 million after yet another developer made an unsolicited offer - sending the owner to the free market.

    That art gallery building is a key parcel that runs 200 feet south through to 56th St., making it important for curb cuts and deliveries to any larger tower.

    "We have been approached to sell the building," Aschendorf told us. "Our game plan is a long-term hold on the building and we are excited about what is happening on the block and so not interested in making the fast one."

    Aschendorf also has 30,000 feet of air rights that could be transferred to another parcel but insisted they are not for sale.

    "You are down the block from the most valuable retail in the world and across from the most valuable office building in the world," Aschendorf said of Solow's tower.

    But how long can Aschendorf say "no thanks," as offers go up?

  2. #2

    Default

    Lois Weiss makes me sick. She seems to think that it's great news that Solow plans to raze beautiful structures on 57th. This slimy creep purchased, as per Lois, the ACS building on 56th which apparently is behind the assemblage that the creep is creating.

    Here's the story:

    The American Cancer Society Building deal to sell its 25,000-foot small, mid-block office building at 19 W. 56th St. to United American Land was flipped to Sheldon Solow, who closed on it for $15 million, city records show.

    United was in contract for a couple of years as the ACS was waiting to relocate to its new facility on West 31st Street.

    As we previously reported, Solow is glomming buildings on West 57th and West 56th sreets with an eye on erecting a tony tower.

    Yoev Olsner, Jon Epstein and Charles Kingsley of Cushman & Wakefield handled the original sale for the Cancer Soci ety.
    Last edited by stache; October 24th, 2007 at 10:01 AM.

  3. #3

    Default

    So Solow wants to put up a tower between the Crown Building and the new Frank Williams proposal? Probably can't be that big, he should just convert the buildings.

  4. #4

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Derek2k3 View Post
    So Solow wants to put up a tower between the Crown Building and the new Frank Williams proposal? Probably can't be that big, he should just convert the buildings.
    Yes. The problem is that the two buildings just west of the Crown Bldg. are stunning. I hate this guy as much as Macklowe.

  5. #5
    Build the Tower Verre antinimby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    in Limbo
    Posts
    8,976

    Default

    Stop hating and start getting them landmarked. Without landmark protection, it would only be a matter of time before someone comes along to replace them. That goes for all other buildings in this city as well.

    If it isn't Solow, it only be someone else later on, so hating this developer or that developer is really just a waste of your time and just hurts your health.

  6. #6

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby View Post
    Stop hating and start getting them landmarked. Without landmark protection, it would only be a matter of time before someone comes along to replace them. That goes for all other buildings in this city as well.

    If it isn't Solow, it only be someone else later on, so hating this developer or that developer is really just a waste of your time and just hurts your health.
    Not really. Certain NY "developers" are care only about their profits. Developers in London or Paris would never touch buildings that reprehensible * like Solow and Macklowe raze.
    Last edited by stache; October 25th, 2007 at 12:07 AM. Reason: Over the top language choices.

  7. #7
    Build the Tower Verre antinimby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    in Limbo
    Posts
    8,976

    Default

    While I'm not familiar with the situation in Europe, I suspect that may be because they're not allowed to raze any older buildings.

    Besides, different country, different continent, people have different mindsets. What's sacred there isn't here.

    londonlawyer, I suggest you make good use of that form to submit a petition to the LPC any building you think is worthy of landmark status.

    In the long run, you'd get more accomplished that way than constantly slamming the Macklowes, Solows, Zuckermans of the world.

    Just my suggestion.

  8. #8

    Default

    I have an extremely busy job and a baby and therefore, no time for pointless landmarking crusades. Scores of people have tried to prevent Vornado's planned demolition of the Hotel Penn and Macklowe's razing The Drake, and their efforts are for naught. Therefore, my sole attempt to save magnificent structures on 57th from destruction would be a waste of time that I don't have. Creeps like Macklowe and Solow should respect the old structures that differentiate NY from lesser US cities.
    Last edited by stache; October 25th, 2007 at 09:04 AM. Reason: Ten point infraction for quoting the immediately preceding post.

  9. #9
    Build the Tower Verre antinimby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    in Limbo
    Posts
    8,976

    Default

    ^ Hey, congratulations on the baby.

    stache, that's a bit harsh of a penalty for just including a quote in a post. Some people do it and some don't, it's just some people's style.

    Is that even allowable (the infraction points) under the rules of this forum?

  10. #10

    Default

    Re: "congratulations on the baby."

    Thanks, hombre!

  11. #11

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby View Post
    ^ Hey, congratulations on the baby.

    stache, that's a bit harsh of a penalty for just including a quote in a post. Some people do it and some don't, it's just some people's style.

    Is that even allowable (the infraction points) under the rules of this forum?
    http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=15554

  12. #12
    Build the Tower Verre antinimby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    in Limbo
    Posts
    8,976

    Default

    I noticed from that link that issue was only brought up very recently (just last week). I don't think that's fair to give someone infraction points already considering he didn't even get a warning.

  13. #13
    Disgruntled Optimist lofter1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    NYC - Downtown
    Posts
    32,654

    Default

    Isn't this ^^^ how traffic cops everywhere get folks to follow the rules?

  14. #14
    Build the Tower Verre antinimby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    in Limbo
    Posts
    8,976

    Default

    It depends on which particular cops you run into. The nicer ones will let you off with a warning and the meaner ones will not.

  15. #15
    Crabby airline hostess - stache's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Nairobi Hilton
    Posts
    8,511

    Arrow This had been going on for a long time.

    Zippy and Edward have been nicely asking people to not quote immediately preceding posts since I joined WiredNY. The same goes for quoting photos ad nauseum. The idea is that the following post can be a direct comment on a preceding post, just like in a conversation. The ten points expire in two weeks, as it is a minor infraction.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Solow Building - 9 West 57th street
    By Rich Battista in forum New York Skyscrapers and Architecture
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: July 5th, 2011, 03:30 PM
  2. CyberCenter - Durst - West 57th
    By Edward in forum New York Real Estate
    Replies: 30
    Last Post: November 6th, 2010, 03:18 PM
  3. East 57th Street Tops Retail List Highest Rents In the World
    By noharmony in forum New York Real Estate
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: January 30th, 2008, 12:33 PM
  4. Director's Guild on W 57th is dead
    By londonlawyer in forum New York Real Estate
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: August 2nd, 2003, 12:04 PM
  5. Director's Guild of America Tower -110 West 57th Street
    By londonlawyer in forum New York Real Estate
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: July 18th, 2003, 11:37 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  


Google+ - Facebook - Twitter - Meetup

Edward's photos on Flickr - Wired New York on Flickr - In Queens - In Red Hook - Bryant Park - SQL Backup Software