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    Glass was progressive in 1951 (Lever House) and 1954 (Seagram Building).

    Over half a century later, is it still progressive?

    Or is it merely tiresome and disruptive of the few masonry ensembles we have left?

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    Glass is far more interesting when done right...However, we should be moving on to seamless glass buildings rather than the usual facade you see today. That would give the city a light air to it which contrasts nicely with the heavy stone/brick. Glass shoudl be seamless in the future when costs come down... leaving no visible external frame

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    Quote Originally Posted by futurecity View Post
    Glass is far more interesting when done right.... That would give the city a light air to it which contrasts nicely with the heavy stone/brick.
    The smooth glassy fašade does serve as a good foil to that pretty little masonry building on the corner; two buildings, one glass/metal the other masonry – often compliment each other quite nicely.

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    Looks like they have extensive foliage and an metal tree sculpture on the south west side of the tower, 1st floor. It could be for the Shake Shack that is going in at this location, or just something to look at through the lobby?

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    From Eater.com

    Walked by the site last week I notice next to the Shake Shack is Lace a strip club and and next to Lace is a peepshow shop, grab a burger and catch a show.

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    Nothing like Dinner and a Show, an old American tradition.

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    Looks like they are fast putting the final details on the interior of the restaurant. The new smooth cement is quickly drying out front. Its nice to have this sidewalk back! My guess is they will be open for next weekend.

    Update: Shack reps tell us the opening will actually be in “late June/early July.” Still exciting!

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    At least it will have interesting retail instead of the usual bank branch or chain pharmacy.

    Also, it's good to have neon signs back again. This fugly base could use all the flashy signs it can get (to cover up its fugliness as much as possible).

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    If this one is as popular as the Madison Square SS, I don't see where they're going to keep the crowds. Looks pretty small inside, with hardly anywhere close by to sit and eat.

    Hotel Guides says the hotel opens July 12. For the hell of it I just walked through "make a reservation" looking at the end of July and up popped a slew of options, ranging from $341 - $469 / night (1 person).

    The doo-doo brown pebble-ized faux stone panels on the base look much better in the renders on the HG site than they do in person (where they're just plain fugly).

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    DOB lists a Place of Assembly Application (Plan Approved 05.28.2010) for the Shake Shack at the 1st Floor, showing occupancy max is 100 people:

    B-SCAN Document - PA1 Place of Assembly

    Original PA Paperwork shows at first they were aiming for 186 capacity.

    The max occupancy includes employees. Back in February DNAinfo reported that the SS will seat 68.

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    Well, it didn't take long before the lines for the Shake Shack started to resemble those at Madison Square Park.

    They said it was an hour-long queue.


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    pic from curbed of the queue (in this heat...what's wrong with these sheeple!?)

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    iphones I can understand (except they ended up being faulty!), but a burger and fries???

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    Hotel's Stripes Add Character and Space .ArticleCommentsmore in NewYork-Real Estate ╗.EmailPrintSave This ↓ More.

    By ANTON TROIANOVSKI

    The four stripes running down the north fašade of the new InterContinental at 44th Street and Eighth Avenue add depth and character to the hotel's appearance. But what looks like an architectural flourish also has a business purpose: The stripes let the developer squeeze more rooms into the glass tower.

    That's because those four stripes—each roughly 16 stories tall, 8 feet wide, and 18 inches deep—slightly reduce the square footage of the floors they intersect. Taken together, that reduced floor area allowed the project's design team to increase the number of guest rooms in the hotel by 4% to 607 while conforming to zoning requirements, adding an entire story to the tower, the hotel's architects said.

    "It creates an interesting experience for the guest from the inside when they're in the room," says architect Peter Wang, who led the project's design for the architecture firm Gensler. "But at the same time, going back to the business strategy, we were able to create more guest rooms for the owners."

    The 34-story InterContinental New York Times Square, which was opened last month by developer Tishman Hotel & Realty LP, is the latest glass skyscraper to sprout in the once-seedy Midtown stretch of Eighth Avenue. But the sex shops and dilapidated brick buildings that remain still pose a challenge for architects who want to create a shiny, corporate, and visitor-friendly environment.

    On a recent afternoon, the line outside the new Shake Shack burger restaurant at the InterContinental's base stretched almost to the crimson awning of the Lace Gentlemen's Club next door. But the flashy checkerboard on the InterContinental's Eighth Avenue distracted wandering eyes.

    "That white fašade draws your eye to it so the adjacent building ends up being pushed a little bit more to the background," says Leslie Jabs, a principal with Gensler.

    Write to Anton Troianovski at anton.troianovski@wsj.com

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...171999784.html

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