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    Thumbs down Intercontinental hotel - Nassau St. (by the horrible Gene Kaufman)

    Intercontinental Hotel
    Nassau St. (Financial District)

    From Gene Barfman's...err...Kaufman's website:

    A 55-story tower with an aspect ration of 10:1 gives superb views through an glass curtain wall to 360 luxury rooms. The multiple floors of public space house two restaurants, conference facilities and spa, crowned by a rooftop pool 500 feet above street level.

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    One wouldn't expect Intercontinental to hire schleps like Chang and Kaufman to build its hotels. Where on Nassau is it? Aren't these schmucks building this hideous green brick POS on Nassau and Maiden?



    Also, why would I/C build a stunning hotel in SF and a POS in NY?
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    Well be greatful its one color, and not a psychodelic collage.

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    True. The toilet is half full.

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    Quote Originally Posted by londonlawyer View Post
    One wouldn't expect Intercontinental to hire schleps like Chang and Kaufman to build its hotels. Where on Nassau is it? Aren't these schmucks building this hideous green brick POS on Nassau and Maiden?
    Yes, they are the same ones and they're not slowing down either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby View Post
    True. The toilet is half full.
    Oh man, the title of this thread and your comment above have me rolling. Too funny.

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    I think the tall monstrosity is going at Pearl Street. Not Nassua. Browsing though Kaufman's website he has posted the proposal for Nassau, its shorter and ugly (surprise, surprise). Three Kaufman's proposed downtown, for shame.


    http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/sh...postcount=1350

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    I agree, London. This is totally out of character with Intercontinental. And to think their other property in the city is the stunning Barclay.

    The saving grace to this design is that there isn't any brick on the front facade, and hopefully they go with some decent glass. Hard to tell anything from Kaufman's cheap-looking rendering.

    I assume the blank concrete wall goes up only as high as its neighbor to the right?

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    Unlike most Kaufman's this one will impact the skyline as the building in front of it is only 400 feet. It'll damage the classic NY downtown skyline along with 2 Gold Street.

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    Quote Originally Posted by londonlawyer View Post
    Also, why would I/C build a stunning hotel in SF and a POS in NY?
    Just continuing a trend...

    Quote Originally Posted by krulltime View Post
    So in Chicago the new InterContinental Hotel looks like this nice tall one...



    and their first one in NYC looks like this dump?



    The new Gene Kaufman?

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    I thought there's an InterContinental up by the Waldorf-Astoria in a classic pre-war building.

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    S.F. has an extremely stringent architectural review process, while we have nothing of the kind.

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    Why don't we? We need it badly.
    The only way you can make greedy developers spend more to give the city what it deserves is by forcing them. They want to do business here and make oodles of profit, they should be held up to standards. Otherwise, the appearance of the city goes to hell. The decent skyscrapers we do have from the past will drown in a sea of cheap and tacky Kaufmanesque crap. It's happening, and it will continue. They'll do what they can get away with. The tacky nouveau riche of New York have already demonstrated a willingness
    to pay top dollar for units in buildings that look not much better than projects. It's time for intervention. New York has the world to compete with. Do we have pride and standards, or are we just cheap temple whores, turning tricks for any offered price and worshipping mammon?

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    Isn't this planned for the empty lot at 115 Nassau Street? GKA's website indicates its on Nassau and the hotel planned for Pearl is on a corner with a larger footprint.

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