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Thread: Tower 111 @ 883-889 Sixth Avenue (W. 31st & W. 32nd) - by Costas Kondylis

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    Default Tower 111 @ 883-889 Sixth Avenue (W. 31st & W. 32nd) - by Costas Kondylis

    A construction shed has just gone up at a number of lots at the SW corner of Sixth Avenue & W. 32nd Street.

    The project appears to be called Tower 111.

    The addresses are 883 - 889 Sixth Avenue / 100 - 108 W. 32nd / 109 - 11 W. 31st. The lots surround the Greeley Square Building, a 25-story building from 1927 at the NW corner of Sixth & W 31st.

    Department of Finance documents show that the Developer is "Atlantic Realty Development Co.", a New Jersey company headed by David Halpern, who seems to be on good terms with Costas Kondylis.

    DOF documents show that the developer has made an Agreement with the owner of the building to the west (110 - 114 W 32nd, aka 113-117 W. 31st) which is owned by RJF 110 Realty / Jack R. Franco. That building is the home to Jack's World 99 Cent Store. The Agreement allows for a "Cantilever Easement", where by the new building will cantilever over the existing Jack's World building. It seems by the easement that the cantilever will extend 8' over that property.

    DOB shows that permits have just been issued for sidewalk scaffolding during remedial facade repair, and nothing has been filed for Demolition or New Building. No doubt that applications for those permits will be showing up soon. Don't be too surprised if Kondylis turns out to be the architect of the project.

    A photo from today of the existing buildings (the two coming down along Sixth are at center -- the one
    with the "Going Out of Business" sign and the one with the big white "S & A" sign; the Greeley Square Building
    is at the far left) ...



    The new building site includes a 41' 8" wide lot(s) just to the west of the 25-story Greeley Square Building; the new
    building has a "cantilever easement" allowing it to extend over the existing 7-story building at 113-117 W. 31st
    (with the red cornice) ...



    The lots where buildings will come down for Tower 111 and the cantilever easement
    over the neighboring building ...



    Department of Finance Documents outlining the development plan ...







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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek2k3 View Post
    On the next block at 885 Sixth Avenue, this will rise. Basically every block on the west side of Sixth, from 23rd to the Manhattan mall has a new building built or going up.


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    Hate those silly looking frames on the facade.
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    Default I don't mind this building.

    It reminds me of a poor man's version of the NY Times building.

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    Thanks lofter and Derek....I know I've seen the rendering before, but what a pile of junk.

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    Question Does anyone happen to know

    if the old Gimbel's pedestrian bridge is landmarked?

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    DOB doesn't show a Landmarks designation for either the South side of 32nd Street Gimbels (annex) or the North side of 32nd Street Gimbels (main building).

    A search at the Landmarks website revealed NOTHING.

    So an educated guesser could say that the pedestrian bridge is NOT protected.

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    Arrow Yikes

    Thank you lofter. As always you are a great asset to this board.

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    Mixed feelings - happy to see a brand new tower spicing up this potential-filled yet grimy block, yet it takes out a good chunk of classic neighborhood architecture. Oh well, it's got to go then, I guess. The old buildings were nice but there was nothing special about them. Besides, a tower of this scale would build up the skyline of the MSG cluster nicely. It would be great to see a cluster of supertalls and 700'+ towers flanked by some 600-footers like Friars Tower, itself flanked by smaller towers such as this, which eventually connect the new developments to the neighborhood's existing modrise fabric. Would be quite an antitheris of the neighborhood's current highrise dominant - the blank monster slab of 1 Penn plopped right in the middle of the delicate pre-war city fabric.

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    This one will really be a viewkiller for the folks who bought east-facing units in the Epic on the west end of the block



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    But folks on the lower floors here will have great views of the old Gimbel's Sky Bridge ...







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    Angry Yes until it gets torn down -

    Just call me Crabby McCrab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    This one will really be a viewkiller for the folks who bought east-facing units in the Epic on the west end of the block
    Isn't the Epic a rental?

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    Yes it is.

    By the way, that Gimbel's building needs to be landmarked, now!

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    yeah, the gimbels looks like it deserves landmarking. They could build a condo out of the roof though like they did in the upper east side Gimbels - I think if it was done right that would work OK.

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    Wikipedia entry for Gimbels has lots of einfo.

    Unfortunately the north (original) building has had the facade re-done, so there's no real chance that the building will be Landmarked. The architect was Daniel Burnham, who designed the Flatiron Building. It went up in 1910.

    The 16-story south building (the Gimbels Administration Building) looks to be much more in the original condition. It was built in 1912. The architect was William H. Gompert:

    William H. Gompert (1875 -1946) was the Architect & Superintendent of School Buildings for the New York City Board of Education. According to research [1] published by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, Gompert was educated at Adelphi Academy, Pratt Institute, and the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences. The Landmarks Commission report on Gompert was included in its study of its decision to grant landmark status to the building that once housed The High School of Music & Art. It states:

    "After employment in the firms of McKim, Mead & White, Maynicke & Franke, and Harding & Gooch, he established his own practice around 1906 and specialized in the design of commercial and institutional buildings. He was elected president of the Brooklyn chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1923. Gompert was hired in February 1923 by the New York City Board of Education as an expert to assist in the reorganization of the Bureau of Construction and Maintenance and to facilitate the construction of public schools; his initial six-month contract gave him the 'powers and duties of Superintendent of School Buildings.'

    In his nearly five years as school architect, Gompert was credited with overseeing the design and construction of some 170 new schools and additions, including DeWitt Clinton and Theodore Roosevelt High Schools (1929), the Bronx; James Madison High School (1926), Brooklyn; and Jamaica High School (1927) and Far Rockaway High School (1929), Queens, in austere versions of such contemporary institutional styles as Collegiate Gothic, Georgian, and Spanish Colonial. The towered Public School 101 (1929), Forest Hills Gardens, has been considered Gompert's most stylistically interesting design.32 The New York Training School for Teachers/New York Model School was one of the most significant school commissions produced by Gompert's office ...

    Gompert was the architect who devised the theater which became Symphony Space on the UWS:


    The Symphony Theatre has a rather interesting history. Occupying land that once belonged to the super-rich Astor family, the building first opened as a food market in 1915. Two years later, it became the Crystal Ice Skating Palace, which soon went bust due to refrigeration problems. In 1918, architect William H. Gompert converted the rink into the 1,500-seat Symphony movie theatre by adding a shallow balcony that ran along three sides of the rectangular auditorium. Built underneath the Symphony Theatre, with an entrance around the corner on 95th Street, was a dance palace, which later would be converted into the Thalia Theatre.
    The 1.100 seat Eagle Theater stood on the original Gimbels site. until 1909, when it was torn down to make way for the Gimbels store.

    "The Eagle Theater, New York City"

    "The Eagle Theater, New York City:
    The Eagle and its emblem are at the center of the picture.
    It stood on Sixth Avenue between 32nd and 33rd Streets.
    It was opened in 1875 and remained in business until 1909."



    It seems that Gompert designed the first NYC parking garage to use ramps for access to upper and lower levels:

    A.C.A. OPENS MOST MODERN GARAGE

    New Building on East 72d Street Is Unique
    in Having Ramps Instead of Elevators.

    NY TIMES
    January 31, 1915

    The new garage which the Automobile Club of America has just opened for the service of its members is a remarkable building in many ways. Located on Seventy-second Street near Avenue A, it is very convenient for members living on the east side of Central Park ...

    Each chauffeur is provided with a roomy, metal locker, where there is space for robes, spare tires ...

    The architect of the building was William H. Gompert ...

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