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    Does anyone know what is going on there? Some kind of reconstruction?

    Any recent photos would be much appreciated
    Thank you!

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    Can't be too drastic. Looks like some exterior restoration, especially since scaffolding goes all the way up to the turrets.
    A permit from the DOB website:

    http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/Jo...ssdocnumber=01

    FACADE REPAIRS AND COLUMN RESTORATION WORK. IT INCLUDES BRICK REPLACEMENT, MASONRY REPOINTING, LINTEL REPLACEMENT, LINTEL PAINTING, WINDOW REPAIRS, STONE REPAIRS, STONE COLUMN REPLACEMENT WITH GFRC AND COPPER REPAIR.


    Wishful thinking to believe they might reinstall some of the removed original details. Also you can see in this photo the buildings that J&R now occupy befoe they were ruined/destroyed.



    The turrets once had spires and flagpoles.

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    Tim Archibald


    The building only looks good when looking at it dead on. Like 5 other frontages have completely unadorned walls. And people complain about 8 Spruce....


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    That top photo represents an intriguing tear down. The peach monstrosity in that spot right now does not appear to have been an improvement.

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    I still wished that Post Office building was still there instead of that little traffic island/triangle that's there now posing as a park.

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    The Post Office building took some of the park, almost to the fountain. It never should have been built on historic land, The Commons.

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    January 3, 2012

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    I love this building. I was looking at some rentals it recently, they have very odd layouts. The leasing agent was telling me the owner might convert those two rounded towers on top into penthouses which would have amazing views for whoever can afford to live there.

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    Post #2, third photo:

    I remember when the building was landmarked, there was a directive from the LPC to remove the rooftop shed.

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    What a beauty.


    15 Park Row's Rare 'n' Raw Top Two Floors, Cupolas Want $20M

    by Hana R. Alberts



    An unusual listing surfaced this morning, asking a buyer to shell out $19,900,000 for a FiDi penthouse. The tippy top of residential conversion 15 Park Row—a landmark built in 1899 with a rich history that was the tallest building in the world until 1908—it's made up of two full floors (on the 26th and 27th stories), plus two three-story cupolas above that whose roofs are all patina-y and green. There's also a large private terrace and two balconies. The brokerbabble explains the uniqueness of the property:

    The Cupolas Penthouse at Park Row is being offered for the first time in over 100 years as a private residence. ... This incredibly rare offering of raw space is one of the largest Penthouses to ever come to market in all of Downtown New York City.

    There's just one catch... the space is not even livable right now, and will require the guttest of gut renovations. Common charges are $8,345/month. But when architects are given thousands of raw square feet to play with... amazing things can happen. Perhaps, then, we should bracing for another mindboggling Skyhouse. Enough talk, let's look at the raw space, some architectural details, and its stellar views.



















    A bit more history, via NY Songlines: "At 30 stories and 391 feet, this was the tallest building in the world from 1899, when it was built by a syndicate headed by August Belmont, until 1908, when it was eclipsed by the now-demolished Singer Building. The design, by R.H. Robertson, was scorned by contemporary critics; it's notable for the twin cupolas on its roofline and the four heroic caryatids above the entrance. The building housed Belmont's Interborough Rapid Transit Company as well as the first offices of the Associated Press, incorporated in 1900."

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    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/1...s_want_20m.php

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    I sincerely hope that J&R's big building north of this (with the huge signs) is razed. It's a massive eyesore.

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    Quite the opposite. J&R is repurposing all of its ground level outlets into the main building on the corner and is making use of the two vacant floors near the roof. They're not going anywhere anytime soon, unless Westfield grants them leasing rights to a mega store in the Mall at the WTC.

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    That would be the building to the south. I think the buildings to the north would be ok if they had the advertising removed and cleaned up some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BStyles View Post
    Quite the opposite. J&R is repurposing all of its ground level outlets into the main building on the corner and is making use of the two vacant floors near the roof. They're not going anywhere anytime soon, unless Westfield grants them leasing rights to a mega store in the Mall at the WTC.
    J&R has vacated all but the two southernmost buildings on the block.

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    What an amazing space. Does anyone know who occupied it in recent years?

    This place is straight out of central casting for a spiderman or batman movie

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    15 Park Row's Rare 'n' Raw Top Two Floors, Cupolas Want $20M

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