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    It think this one is alos done by this HACK architect.

    Excerpt from Brownstoner -
    http://www.brownstoner.com/brownston...ent_wat_43.php

    All the brick you see there has been painted on. Very cheap construction. People won't realize this for about two years, at which time things will start to fail -- or peal off.

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    The crux of the matter:

    Quote Originally Posted by NoyokA View Post

    As far as the construction methods and the build quality that doesn't have to do with union or non union labor that has to do with a competent developer and contractor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandySavage View Post
    When building heated up again in 60s-2000s, something happened. The architects/developers no longer cared about the top of the top of the building - a plain box on a flat top roof became the overwhelming norm.
    I'll tell you what happened...

    Mammon paid a visit to NYC and ate up all the profits. He then evacuated all of these modernist/international fecal matters all over our great city.

    Being graceful in design just clashes with profitability.

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    An Interview with Mr. Kaufman at Curbed ...

    Gene Kaufman's Buildings Would Go Over Better in France

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    I was naturally suspicious, but "brownstone-style facade of red brick, limestone, and iron Juliette balconies" sounded quite good...until I saw the rendering. Too good to be true, of course .


    Controversial Village Hotel Switches Out Hot Karl for Gene Kaufman

    by Sara Polsky



    Back in 2008, 52-54 West 13th Street was slated to become a big and glassy 16-story hotel from architect Karl Fischer, to the despair of neighbors who wanted to save a shorter eighteenth-century building nearby. How much things...change? Two years later, foundation work is finally beginning, and the project has a new architect: the equally-reviled Gene Kaufman. We haven't been able to dig up a rendering of his design, but the Wall Street Journal describes it as an 18-story, 113-room hotel with a "brownstone-style facade of red brick, limestone, and iron Juliette balconies. The interior will feature wood and tile to mimic Greenwich Village styles." We're sure those extra two stories will thrill the neighbors! The Gem Hotel Union Square will be the chain's fourth in Manhattan.



    In Tight Hotel Market, Gemini Builds Flagship [WSJ]
    52-54 West 13th Street coverage [Curbed]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2010/1...ufman.php#more

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    o...m...g...... ..... ..... .....

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    The Sheraton at Valley Forge.

    The hotel bar should definitely be named "Ye Olde" something or other.

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    Fabrizio might be pleased to see that GK has included [some] gridded windows.

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    ^ That... and this: "the interior will feature wood and tile to mimic Greenwich Village styles."

    I can't wait.

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    How can someone be responsible for so much garbage in this city and get away with it? New York Magazine, NYT, NY1 need to do prominant stories about bottom-line developers and the soulless architects who enable them. I think their lack of shame is partly due to the fact that the media is failing to drum up the enthusiastic anger and derision they deserve. Akin to shaming a pervert, someone has to turn on the lights.

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    The real crime is that an 18th Century building was razed for this rank POS.

    I apologize in advance to everyone who gets apoplectic when I mention London, but there -- in a city with thousands of buildings from the 18th Century -- they simply would not raze a 200+ year old building -- let alone do so and replace it with such a fetid POS.

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    How come the ground floor protudes out in front of the neighboring buildings but the rest of the building then gets setback behind everyone else?

    What's going on in the mind of that dude?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merry View Post
    Is this really so bad?

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    The real crime is that an 18th Century building was razed ...
    Amen, bro.

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    Is this really so bad?
    When built they are much worse in person than the renderings...
    Wait till it's finished, will probably use some job lot left over brick from
    a Mc Donalds- glazed a bright shiny red.
    Shoddy workmanship, cheap materials- yes it's really bad.

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