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    Marketing to start soon for 8 Union Square South





    13-APR-06

    Marketing is expected to begin soon for 8 Union Square South, a 15-story residential condominium building that is being erected by the Claremont Group, of which Stephen Lari is a principal, on the southwest corner of 14th Street and University Place.

    The site was formerly occupied by a yellow-brick low-rise building with a four-story glass stair tower designed by Morris Lapidus for Crawford Clothes that for many years housed Paterson Silks and finally Odd Job. The tower was demolished last year over the protest of some civic groups that felt it should be declared an official city landmark.

    Roger Lang of The New York Landmarks Conversancy, a civic organization, for example, testified March 29, 2005 before the Landmarks Preservation Commission on its possible designation the Crawford building and another Lapidus building, the former Summit Hotel, now the Doubletree Hotel on Lexington Avenue at 51st Street. “Crawford Clothes exemplies his playful, glamorous early retail designs; it was created in 1948, barely three years after he opened his own firm in New York….Think of Lapidus as the anti-Mies. No elegant, severe, serene modernity for him. In fact, his 1966 autobiography was entitled “Too Much is Not Enough,” a direct riposte to Mies’ “Less is More.”

    The most famous building by Lapidus, who died in 2001, is the Fontainbleau Hotel in Miami.

    Arpad Baksa is the architect for the project, which will have an illuminated top as shown in the “night” rendering” at the right.

    The building will have 20 two- and three-bedroom apartments and prices are expected to start at about $1,500,000.

    The building is also known as 36 East 14th Street.


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    The site was formerly occupied by a yellow-brick low-rise building with a four-story glass stair tower designed by Morris Lapidus for Crawford Clothes
    Anyone has a photo of what was demolished?

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    Default was odd lot or odd job forgot exact name

    sorry don't know how to post pic but I know there's one on curbed.

    http://www.curbed.com/archives/2006/...s_odd_lots.php

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    Is that an awesome sky in the backdrop or what? I think the acid is kicking in.

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    Default the claremont

    How bummed are the people who bought those condos a few years back at the claremont next to this site? If I recall they paid ~1,300 per square foot without a doorman and part of the sell was a view over the odd job building into union square park

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    Nice-looking building in a Third Avenue kind of way. Good massing, interesting corners and top --and it meets the street well. Let's hope they don't put a bank in the ground floor.

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    It is nice. Sort of late deco "moderne"...let´s hope the materials used aren´t a let-down. Imagine glazed brick. Clobber me, but I´d make it white. I don´t see a parking entrance... how classy and urbane. Notice how they varied the ground floor ... the corner commercial space is cool... with the corner entrance. For that you´d want granite with aluminum detailing... how ´bout a real coffe shop with booths and BLT´s ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigkdc
    How bummed are the people who bought those condos a few years back at the claremont next to this site?


    And the developer of that building even put in LOT LINE windows to entice buyers ...

    As can be seen ^ in this shot from last year as the Lapidus building was coming down.

    Buyer Beware!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc
    Let's hope they don't put a bank in the ground floor.
    B of A tore down the old building with the excuse that they wanted to put a branch there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peteynyc1
    Is that an awesome sky in the backdrop or what? I think the acid is kicking in.
    LOL! I think it might be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m123456
    sorry don't know how to post pic but I know there's one on curbed.

    http://www.curbed.com/archives/2006/...s_odd_lots.php


    That was one interesting building for 1948 though.

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    My impression is that the building to the right (on 14th Ave) isn't all that wonderful. Just wish they could incorporate that site into this one.

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    You're right ^ There is a cruddy looking 3 story building on a single lot just to the west of this site on 14th St. that could easily come down.

    Beyond that to the west are terrific old buildings w/ cast iron facades @ 5 - 6 stories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabrizio
    ... Clobber me, but I´d make it white...
    Even if it was white, it would end up looking like the color in the rendering after a month or so.

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    Construction has begun at 8 Union Square South at University Place





    26-JUN-06

    Marketing has begun for 8 Union Square South, a 14-story residential condominium building that is being erected by the Claremont Group, of which Stephen and John Lari are the principals.

    The building is now in construction and should be at grade in a few weeks and completed in about a year. It is on the southwest corner of 14th Street and University Place and is also known as 128 University Place and 36 West 14th Street.

    Arpad Baksa is the architect for the project. The façade is white, sandblasted, precast concrete with Artic Blue windows.

    The building will have 20 apartments and prices are expected to start at about $1,500,000.

    The apartments will have 10-foot ceilings and Bang & Olufsen pre-wiring, Valcucine kitchens with Sub-Zero refrigerators and Miele cooktops, dishwashers and wall ovens and bathrooms will have textured limestone floors and walls and Waterworks fixtures and tower radiators.

    The two duplex penthouses will have ceilings that are almost 11 feet high.

    Many apartments will have corner windows overlooking Union Square Park. These corner windows will have inward-opening “French doors” with “fake Juliet” balconies that do not project from the façade.

    The building will have a doorman and a gym and concierge service by Quintessentially.

    Eric Choler is the interior designer for the public spaces and is available for customized design services for the residents.

    The residential entrance to the building will be on University Place.

    One bedroom apartments are located in the middle of the University Place façade and have living rooms whose west walls are the open kitchens.

    Two- and three-bedroom apartments have corner windows overlooking Union Square Park and their living rooms have open kitchens on the south walls.

    The duplex penthouse on the 11th and 12th floor has a 2,000-square-foot terrace.

    The site was formerly occupied by a yellow-brick low-rise building with a four-story glass stair tower designed by Morris Lapidus for Crawford Clothes that for many years housed Paterson Silks and finally Odd Job. The tower was demolished last year over the protest of some civic groups that felt it should be declared an official city landmark. Roger Lang of The New York Landmarks Conversancy, a civic organization, for example, testified March 29, 2005 before the Landmarks Preservation Commission on its possible designation of the Crawford building and another Lapidus building, the former Summit Hotel, now the Doubletree Hotel on Lexington Avenue at 51st Street. “Crawford Clothes exemplies his playful, glamorous early retail designs; it was created in 1948, barely three years after he opened his own firm in New York….Think of Lapidus as the anti-Mies. No elegant, severe, serene modernity for him. In fact, his 1966 autobiography was entitled “Too Much is Not Enough,” a direct riposte to Mies’ “Less is More.” The most famous building by Lapidus, who died in 2001, is the Fontainbleau Hotel in Miami.

    This site has excellent public transportation and is convenient to the Strand bookstore and Whole Foods, Greenwich Village and the Flatiron and Chelsea districts.

    Plans for the rooftop mechanical floor enclosure have not yet been finalized.


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