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Thread: 50 East 57th Street @ 432 Park Avenue (former Drake Hotel site)

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    Still wondering what makes this building ostentatious.

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    The height makes it ostentatious. This tower is way too tall and looks absurd. It's the Tower of Babel.

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    Damn, must be the low pressure causing a few joints to ache today. Relax folks.

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    ^ The low pressure you percieve is brought to you by the latest ZtC Vortex (as you so eloquently described previously).

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    This building is rising very quickly. I think the architect was able to sell this design to the developer on the merits of its' cost-effective construct-ability; more so than its' curb appeal.

    I am amazed that we get as many 'artful looking' cutting design edge buildings in NYC as we do: the additional construction costs for going - off the grid - is astronomical in this town.

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    The building has no shear walls - the advantage in that the space from core to perimeter is open and design-flexible.

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    For a while I was on the fence about this tower, but I'm liking it now. What's best is how the distinct window grid restores some scale to the highest reaches of the skyline — you'll be able to count right up to to 89 stories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TREPYE View Post
    ^ The low pressure you percieve is brought to you by the latest ZtC Vortex (as you so eloquently described previously).
    Only peak over the edge. Near jump in!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeCom View Post
    It doesn't appear as narrow on the skyline as I was led to believe. Perhaps once it is at full height.

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    It looks very narrow to me when walking up Park.

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    Lousy phone shot...


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    Not lousy.

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    Nice that it tops that massive plateau created by the banal GM Building.

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    I think that the GM Bldg is much nicer than this concrete stick. GM has a nice facade.

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