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    Quote Originally Posted by sfenn1117 View Post
    It's also very similar to his proposed tower in Boston:



    The Boston proposal was better. More structural detail and a better skyline presence :-/

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    Default piano building not on piano website

    Although its on ArteFactory, the Renzo Piano website itself doesn't list this building. I'm inclined to think that means something is still in flux on the building that will really be built, although I guess it could just mean they haven't updated their website in a while.

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    Means nothing. I doubt the design and construction drawings are even finished. They haven't demo'd the building currently on the site either, so I'm guessing we'll get a press release once all that is done.

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    Default NY Post confirms Piano building with added detail !!!!

    DEVELOPER RATNER TO BUILD BROOKLYN'S TALLEST BUILDING

    By RICH CALDER

    November 27, 2007 -- Say hello to "Mr. Brooklyn."

    Despite having to shave nearly 100 feet off his planned Atlantic Yards tower dubbed "Miss Brooklyn," mega-developer Bruce Ratner could still wind up with the borough's tallest building.

    Preliminary renderings of another Ratner building - the proposed "City Tech Tower" on Downtown Brooklyn's Jay Street feature a design by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano showing a massive structure - which some online estimates yesterday put at 1,000 feet tall.

    One image supplied by France-based Artefactory of the little-known plan even shows the reflection of the Empire State Building on City Tech Tower's glass-and-steel façade.

    While the developer's Forest City Ratner Companies declined to comment on the specifics, a spokesman said estimates of the height "were way off base."

    Sources familiar with the project say they expect it to top off at around 700 feet - which would still far exce
    ed the 512-foot Williamsburg Savings Bank tower in Fort Greene as the borough's tallest building.

    A year ago, Ratner agreed to trim the height of "Miss Brooklyn" from 620 feet to 511 feet to guarantee political support for the massive $4 billion NBA arena/residential/commercial space complex in Prospect Heights.

    City Tech Tower, which is not part of Atlantic Yards, would hold 600 market-rate apartments, office space for New York City Technical College and retail space, city documents show. The tower would also serve as the new front entrance for Ratner's MetroTech office complex. Construction is expected to be complete in 2011.

    A 2004 rezoning for Downtown Brooklyn allowed for unlimited height restrictions along a 20-block stretch of its commercial core, and as the Post previously reported, at least one other mixed-use project, called "City Point" is also expected to tower over the Williamsburg Savings Bank site.

    City Point would bring 900 apartments and 600,000 square feet of retail to the former Albee Square Mall site. Several sources said they expected City Point to edge out Ratner's project as the tallest tower but said that could change when final plans are submitted.

    Ratner spokesman Loren Riegelhaupt said the developer "is very excited about the project's potential but we are in the beginning phases and can't discuss specifics." He said the renderings were preliminary and not authorized to be released.

    Joseph Chan, who heads the city's Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, said he is "excited" that Piano is the latest critically acclaimed architect to sign on to contribute to downtown Brooklyn's new skyline – joining a list that includes Frank Gehry, who is designing Atlantic Yards.

    In Downtown Brooklyn, some shoppers had mixed reactions about the planned tower.

    Joseph Amadano, a 43-year-old banker, said the project would be a big boost to City Tech while helping alleviate the Big Apple's housing shortage.

    "I'm sure a lot of professionals working in MetroTech will be vying to move here," he said.

    But Lisa Gerringer, a 28-year-old actress, said she believes this project is all about Ratner looking to get back some of the cash he lost by agreeing to lower the height of "Miss Brooklyn."
    "It's like this is his new ‘Mr. Brooklyn,' and I'm sorry but I have a real problem with just how high a lot of these buildings in the downtown are being allowed to go," she added.

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/11272007...all_451333.htm

    Hooray! I stand corrected on any skepticism.
    Last edited by BrooklynRider; November 27th, 2007 at 11:31 PM. Reason: Posted text from article in case linked article becomes archived by NY Post

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    Guess I was too optimistic with the 1,000' estimate.

    http://mcbrooklyn.blogspot.com/2007/...-klitgord.html

    Digging for Gold at City Tech's Klitgord Auditorium

    Tuesday, October 23, 2007

    City Tech's Klitgord Auditorium building at Jay and Tillary Streets in Downtown Brooklyn is scheduled to be replaced with a huge new building (or buildings) containing six hundred units of housing -- developed by Forest City Ratner -- as well as 300,000 square feet for academic-office use.

    Though details have been hard to come by, the plan is proceeding apace: over the last week the Jersey Boring and Drilling Co. conducted test borings around the auditorium as part of the subsurface investigation of the site.

    The building will be designed by architect Renzo Piano. It could be nearly as big as Miss Brooklyn.





    Photos by MK Metz




    From the City Tech website...

    http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/aboutus...ook/book.shtml

    The authors go on to note that City Tech is situated in what today is “the exciting, resurgent center of Downtown Brooklyn, rapidly acquiring a skyline that will rival Manhattan, London or Tokyo. City Tech will soon be the home to what is sure to be the architectural landmark of Brooklyn. Standing at the corner of Tillary and Jay Streets, directly across from the Namm Building, will be the most original piece of architecture since the Brooklyn Bridge, a masterpiece conceived by the celebrated architect Renzo Piano.”

    As The City University of New York’s first public-private construction partnership, the new City Tech building will provide more than a quarter of a million square feet of state-of-the-art classrooms and labs, academic offices, a sprawling entertainment center and top-flight athletic and recreational facilities. In addition, a major makeover now in progress is transforming the College’s Voorhees Building, the center for its engineering technology programs “from a drab representation of the Industrial Era into a sleek icon of the Information Age. The new face of the building,” the authors note, “will make it clear to everyone who sees it that it is a place where you can create the future and can learn the technological skills necessary to thrive in it.”




    Another blurb...
    http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/aboutus...donation.shtml

    Gift from Amalgamated Bank

    A recent gift from Amalgamated Bank, America’s union bank, fits nicely with New York City College of Technology’s ongoing efforts to enhance the working environment for faculty and staff as it also upgrades Voorhees Hall, refurbished Namm Hall and moves toward finalization of plans to construct what is sure to be the architectural landmark of Downtown Brooklyn. Standing at the corner of Tillary and Jay Streets, directly across from the Namm Building, will be the most original piece of architecture since the Brooklyn Bridge, a masterpiece conceived by the celebrated architect Renzo Piano.





    http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/aboutus...udy_report.pdf

    The College is now fiscally sound, with an adequate reserve. An aggressive program of repairs and updating of the physical plant is well underway. A public-private partnership plan with Forest City Ratner to develop a new academic facility on the site of Klitgord Auditorium has been approved by CUNY and the State. When completed in approximately three years, this building, designed by architect Renzo Piano, will provide dedicated teaching and lab space for many of the science and health services departments, as well as a state-of-the-art theater. A number of other improvements, scheduled or underway, while causing some disruption and space constraints, promise significant changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by investordude View Post
    But Lisa Gerringer, a 28-year-old actress, said she believes this project is all about Ratner looking to get back some of the cash he lost by agreeing to lower the height of "Miss Brooklyn."
    "It's like this is his new ‘Mr. Brooklyn,' and I'm sorry but I have a real problem with just how high a lot of these buildings in the downtown are being allowed to go," she added.
    And what exactly is the problem, Missy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek2k3 View Post
    Guess I was too optimistic with the 1,000' estimate.
    Hehe. You realize that you sent off shockwaves across the blog world today?

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    ^^Well, at least she has no real influence. Letitia James, on the other hand...

    Proposed 1,000 foot skyscraper would be Brooklyn's tallest structure

    BY JOTHAM SEDERSTROM
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

    Here's a building that's high on Brooklyn.

    Developer Bruce Ratner has plans to build a skyscraper downtown that could eclipse the Williamsburgh Savings Bank, making it Brooklyn's tallest structure.

    The City Tech Tower by Italian architect Renzo Piano would rise up to 1,000 feet tall, by some estimates, on Jay St. and include a mix of residential, commercial and office space for New York City College of Technology.

    Artist's renderings for the tower, which is separate from Ratner's controversial Atlantic Yards project, may not reflect the developer's current vision for the building, sources said.

    But even a modified version would likely be taller than the bank, they said.

    "This model is an old model," said Forest City Ratner spokesman Loren Riegelhaupt, who said a height for the building has not been decided. "It's an early rendering and not a reflection of what we're considering today."

    Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Joe Chan praised the plan to build in the area, but insisted the renderings, which were leaked to the Internet, were nearly a year old and would likely change.

    "The combination of Renzo Piano, one of the world's most celebrated architects, and Forest City Ratner is extraordinarily exciting for us," said Chan. "It promises not only to be a dynamic addition to the skyline, but also a project that will further enhance downtown Brooklyn."

    Piano designed The New York Times' new building in Manhattan.

    However, City Councilwoman Letitia James (Working Families Party-Brooklyn) reiterated her position that no new construction should be higher than the Williamsburgh Savings building.

    jsederstrom@nydailynews.com

    Copyright 2007 The New York Daily News.

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    It will interesting to hear her argument against this tower's height beyond the "it shouldn't be higher that the Williamsburg Bank Building."

    Considering that blow-hard and borough-embarrassment Marty Markowitz made the same comment back in the Atlantic Yards developmet, I look forward to his usual assinine spin as well.

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    Considering the Williamsburg Bank Building is soon to be to be the 8th tallest building in Brooklyn, are they going to continue to make this absurd statement?

    Why not pick the 17th tallest or the 23rd tallest for your BS design review?

    Thankfully, most of downtown Brooklyn has no height limits, and these blowhards can't restrict these as-of-right developments.

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    Piano remains one of my favorite architects. His designs are always very crisp, subtle and sophisticated and I've always applauded his use of color.

    Having said that the yellow in this building could be fantastic if its the right yellow and pretty horrid if its not. I won't judge on this sort of rendering where none of the colors are real.

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    why would it be a bad thing if one of these new towers in downtown was to be the tallest in nyc, or the tallest in the US? put an observation deck on there, it's a walk from the bk bridge, and wham - instant tourist destination, and instant toursit revenues.

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    Because "towers breed more towers". That was a direct quote from a Nimby from some article.....

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    sheesh, that answer is on par with "because i say so."

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    They really have nothing else to rest their argument on. Maybe one day the nimbys will figure out that fat buildings block more light than tall ones, but that day is not today.

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