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    Too bad Durst and Bank of America didn't do more retail spaces in their building. That whole block is so sterile and boring.

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    Conde Naste and BofA have a lot of retail on 42nd St: Aureole, H&M, Verizon, etc.

    Also, a huge multistory retail space is rising where that crappy flea market was, and Gap occupies a huge site in the Knickerbocker.

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    ^ We're talking about OBP's ground floor. There's the perpetually darkened Aureole, a Verizon, a BOA bank and the rest is just a large entrance lobby for the bank. Not an exactly exciting block.

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    Oh and that passageway has been a major disappointment. Constantly lifeless and empty even though there are like 80 gazillion people just a few steps away in TS. How do they manage to do that?

    Turn that space into some kind of market or something for chris sake's.

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    I often see very cute young babes crossing through there, and ergo, I like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by londonlawyer View Post
    While walking across 42nd St yesterday, I thought about how it has transformed from a rank dump over the past ten years.

    We have gotten rid of:

    that filthy, busted down flea market on 42nd and 5th where CIT is now;

    The disgusting corner where BofA is;

    The pig site where 7 Bryant Park is rising; and

    The putrid flea market where the hotel is rising.

    While the HBO building is not offensive, I hope that it's replaced by a stunning hotel when HBO vacates.
    Yikes. That Bank of America tower was a massive improvement.

    Those pictures are shocking as I visited NYC first in 2006 and moved here in 2011 so I can't believe such a plot had that gross one story hovel.

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    It was a 'taxpayer' type building put up in the '90's.

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    What's shocking was the city had to chip in $800 million in Liberty Bonds to help the 2nd largest bank in the country and a rich developer build it.

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    I'm glad that they did. It's a stunning tower, and it has added to the redevelopment of this formerly disgusting area.

    I was walking by the former pieces of junk on B'Way near the Ed Sullivan Theatre and was struck by how yet another dilapidated corner has been transformed.

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    Those innermost panels are awkward, at least at this point. Will they get exterior metal panels on the curved edge?

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    I agree. It's beautiful. It is utterly amazing, moreover, how this formerly forlorn area has blossomed into a gem. I speculate that a very nice hotel tower will rise on the site of the HBO building in a few years.

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    I am liking this building a lot more now while it is under construction, however, this building has no originality. Being that it is the same architects who built 200 West Street, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects, the facade is an exact replica. Additionally they are using the same lighting effects as the Bank of America Tower. 7 Bryant Park is a valuable location; wouldn't a more innovative and aesthetically beautiful design be more appealing?


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    Looking at this close up today it seems that those white-ish panels inside the concave cut-away will be for image projection, most likely internal LEDs. If so I fear that's too lively for this corner opposite Bryant Park. Looking at the 7 Bryant Park website, I see that the entire curved glass area, from top to bottom, is shown as illuminated. You can see it in the Architect's Vision Video (right at the beginning and again about ⅔ of the way through) and, fleetingly, in the Renderings [pdf].

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    Wow, I just noticed that this building ans 200 West are using the same cladding, almost down to a tee!

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