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  1. #511


    Bad enough that Gene the Hack is actually getting a chance to ruin the hotel Chelsea, but if you look at his website,
    you will see he's been given reign to hack his way through another masterpiece -Temple Court at Beekman St.
    Sad to say it would probably be better off left to rot than let him get his tasteless hands on it... (so sad)

  2. #512
    NYC Aficionado from Oz Merry's Avatar
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    Oh, god.

    What's worse, the Kaufman touch or the idiots who made this decision?

    He'd better get those exterior restorations right

    At least there's this:

    We were retained to convert the building to residential use. Ironically, the historic architectural character presented numerous difficulties: atriums are not permitted by New York City Code in residential buildings, thick masonry bearing walls, wide corridors that encircled the atrium, sloping mansard, the remote towers with no access, and the two unenclosed stairs in awkward locations.

    We embarked on a public campaign to permit certain special dispensations for the building due to its unique historic status. We won approval from the Landmarks Commission to preserve and restore the building, recreate the original entrance and replicate the original storefronts. We won approval from the Board of Standards and Approvals and the Fire Department to retain and reopen the atrium by providing compensating fire protection and egress.

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    Gene Kaufman Gets CB1 Smackdown Over 396 Broadway

    by Pete Davies

    The building in question: 396 Broadway at Walker Street.

    We don't usually head to a Community Board landmark committee meeting expecting comedy and drama, but both were on view last night when architect Gene Kaufman presented a proposal for a residential conversion of 396 Broadway in the Tribeca East Historic District. Mr. Kaufman came equipped with a portfolio of line drawings for the plan. The usual practice when proposing a roof-top addition, as is planned for 396 Broadway, is to show mock-up photos of how the addition would look from streets below. But that necessary component wasn't done, starting the GAK presentation off on a very wrong foot. Local committee members noted that there is a long history between the committee and Kaufman, and that on-going relationship is filled with suspicion and distrust. Ultimately Gene was sent packing, his plan recommended for rejection.

    The building in question at 396 Broadway is 10-stories of steel-framed bricks with limestone and terracotta detailing, completed in 1899 by architect William H. Berkmire. It runs for a full 175 feet along Walker Street and faces onto Cortlandt Alley, a place that echoes with past eras and is described by the committee as one of the last pre-war streetscapes still to be found downtown. The plan is to convert the former commercial space into 27 residential units, and comes from the Chetrit family, cousins of Joe Chetrit. What was seen in Kaufman's limited presentation gave no indications of glowing red tumors, any array of flashing lights, or Ronald McDonald color schemes. From what was shown so far, GAK is proposing a rather restrained transformation at the edge of Tribeca, which might come as a relief for those folks worried about his 'subtle' renovation of the Hotel Chelsea. Preservationists in search of entertainment can only hope for more substance when Kaufman and crew go before the Landmarks Commission on September 20th.

    Tribeca Building to Become Gene Kaufman-Designed Rentals [Curbed]

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    Fearless Photog RoldanTTLB's Avatar
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    This really isn't so bad so far...

  5. #515


    It's absurd that when a project is as-of-right and not within a historic district, there's no review of minimum architectural standards in NY. This building sucks.

  6. #516


    This building at least has a nice base (NOT designed by Kaufman). That singlehandedly makes it the best Kaufman building there is.

    But, yes, even as someone who has moderately libertarian views, I agree that NYC would benefit from some minimal architecture standards for as-of-right buildings across Manhattan. Gene Kaufman alone makes a very strong case for this, and after seeing him ravage the Garment District (the most "Gotham" part of New York) with his atrocious setback budget hotels, you would hope that Burden or Bloomberg or someone would realize that this has got to stop.

  7. #517


    I agree.

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    This one turned out better than the renders warned.

  9. #519


    Not only is this building bad it flies in the face of every design convention. Buildings are suppossed to get lighter the higher they go not heavier, the two treatments should be reversed, but even if that was done it would still suck.

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    Disgruntled Optimist lofter1's Avatar
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    Looks really CH-EE-AP

    Notice that they've chopped off the parapet atop the original base building ...

    From last February:

    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    You can see in the render that GAK is going to F-Up the old limestone parapet. Now it stands atop the old part of the building, but GAK's render shows that he's filling in the gaps and adding some height to it -- with what looks like a dryvit covered addition.


    Quote Originally Posted by RoldanTTLB View Post

  11. #521


    Herald Square Gets Double-Whammied By Marriott

    The new SpringHill Suites designed by Kaufman in the middle (35 W 37th Street).

    The two hotels book-ending it are the recently completed Strand on the left (also by Kaufman) and the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Poon on the right.

  12. #522


    Probably the single most depressing aspect of present-day New York architecture is the fact that this a$$hole is the most prolific "architect" in the city today. This really needs to stop, or New York will be too hideous to attract the tourists who stay in his godawful budget hotels.

    The second most depressing thing is that Kaufman continues to get a pass from the city's architecture critics and reporters. Although any sentient being immediately recognizes his buildings as wholly destructive to the city, for reasons I don't understand the architectural journalists in New York refuse to criticize him, and the Post even recently said Karl Fischer was "the worst" architect in New York ... I'd take Fischer's worst over Kaufman's best any day. Architecture reporters need to hold the feet of developers who use Kaufman to the fire, or they are unlikely to ever stop flooding the city with this dreck.

  13. #523


    I know. It's strange how oblivious everyone is to this and how reputable national chains are putting their names on these things. Maybe American tourists feel more at home in cardboard architecture.

    The lack of attention in New York may be because these hotels aren't going up in well-heeled residential areas.
    When they do, like the one that's now topped off on 13th Street/6th Ave, they cause an uproar. I've also noticed residents of neighborhoods with upcoming rezonings are seeking to restrict hotel development.- like in Hell's Kitchen, Tribeca, Hudson Square. Not sure if this is a reaction to Poon/Kaufman's aesthetically bankrupt buildings or because residents just don't like the seediness of hotels in general.

    A new 21 story hotel by Kaufman was filed yesterday by the way. Cheers!

    333 West 38th Street

    It's the cream colored walk-up to the left. The construction site on the right is part of Glenwood's new 25 story tower.
    Calcutta on the Hudson we come.
    Last edited by Derek2k3; November 11th, 2011 at 07:22 AM.

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    I think the dung will hit the oscillating air mover when these guys have been up for ~10 years and start falling apart (noticeably).

    But for now, there is a willing blind eye in the name of cheap, quick, meaningless "improvements".

    His buildings look like something out of a Nintendo add... wait a second.....

    Maybe THAT is why nobody is complaining!!!!

    Subliminal messages on the DS!!!!!

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    There's still seedy hotels left in Manhattan?

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