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    This area reminds me of apartment skyscrapers you see in Hong Kong.

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    Having owned and lived there, I am biased, but I actually think the Orion is an interesting builiding.

    From a distance, it appears to be another glass box, but studied more closely it is a bit more nuanced with than that with mid-level cut-aways for the Loge areas, extended areas in the center's of the front and flanks of of the building which provide the appearance of depth and texture and slimming tendancy as the building moves toward the rear

    In addition the placement of the archetecural panels which varies on each 1/8th section of the building (4 qtrs each on the lower and upper tower), is visually interesting, at least to me. The building has a bit of depth and style which in my view set it apart from some of the other newer construction in the area.

    It is also a nice place to live.

    I am far from a design expert, but to me some of the other newer buildings are a bit boring. The obvious exceptions are the NY Times building and the office tower on the SE corner of 42nd and 8th, across from the Port Authority North Tower. The hotels on 41st street are downright hideous.

    But again, I acknowledge my bias.


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    Noted!

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    I like the Orion.

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    25-story pod hotel will rise at 400 West 42nd in Times Square
    By: Joyce Chen November 6, 201

    Permits have finally surfaced for the Friedman Group and Landis Group’s planned pod hotel at West 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue in Times Square.

    The development at 400 West 42nd Street, also known as 577 Ninth Avenue, will be designed by SLCE, according to a plan exam application filed October 21st.

    The 170,122-square-foot project will rise 25 stories, with 527 pod-style rooms. The first and second floors will have retail, with a “residential sky lobby” on the third floor and outdoor recreational space.

    Plans call for 140-square-foot hotel rooms with a targeted price of $225 per night, The Real Deal first reported. The micro-units will run from floors 4 to 20, with 31 rooms per floor, according to this Schedule A filing.

    The building also has 35 larger extended-stay rooms on the top floors.

    To make way for the hotel, three low-rise buildings were demolished at 571 Ninth Avenue, 573 Ninth Avenue and 406 West 42nd Street. The developers acquired the land for about $80 million before the housing market crash, Friedman Group principal Robert Friedman told The Real Deal. The original 2009 plans called for a 38-story hotel designed by Handel Architects.

    Below is an old rendering for the project, when Handel Architects was the architect of record. We’re not sure how much of this design
    SLCE will retain:

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    Hopefully not one fake bricks worth of this horrendous example- completely lacking any design skill or good architectural sense.

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    140 sf @ 225/night? Hope it comes with a meal!

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    Merry Christmas present to everyone who lives in Hell's Kitchen...
    The beginning of the end of what made this area so wonderful to live in...


    And I'm sure it will be no surprise to anyone that it will be replaced with (drum roll).....
    another cheap, tacky, hotel that will give absolutely NOTHING back to the area
    Taking bets that this to will be designed (with big fat crayons & an old version of Microsoft paint no doubt), by Kaufman, Poons
    or some other non talented hackitect.

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    For those of us not familiar with this, who are the Stile family and what is their business?

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    They are the area's biggest and best fruit and vegetable dealer- under that big yellow tent. (see posts 25 & 26 for pics)
    On that corner since 1987.

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    Thank God that disgusting tent will be gone from the streetscape. Midtown's own mini-shantytown is no more.

    And great to hear the business will relocate somewhere else in the neighborhood (hopefully this time in an permanent structure).

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    Midtown's own mini-shantytown is no more.
    Yea..being replaced with a giant, permanent shanty hotel.
    And great to hear the business will relocate somewhere else in the neighborhood
    Would be great BUT- talking to the owners today it seems more unlikely to happen than they had anticipated.

    I'm sorry if people who don't live around here hate that tent, but you guys seem to be the only ones who do.
    I could give a $hit what it looks like (considering where it's located), it's what's inside that counts.
    Many who actually live here would rather another tent with fantastic produce, over another street wall busting Kaufman eyesore.

    I might feel differently if it were being replaced with much needed housing for NYers, but it's not.
    And the area loses more of it's wonderful food retail/character, just to be replaced with another hideous hotel,
    with absolutely no retail space of any kind to replace what it's taking away.

    This makes like the eleventh crap hotel to be put up within a four block radius of here- enough is enough- the area is saturated!
    (and SAM Chang has just announced that he has bought two more properties to redevelop into hotels within those same four)
    How about you let them build 5 or 6 of them on your block, then get back to me about how great that is for your neighborhood?!

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    But the hookers need places of business!

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    I understand where Scumonkey is coming from. The city, Manhattan in particular seems to be losing all it's authenticity/character to soulless architecture and large corporate brands that could be just about anywhere. Fewer and fewer small businesses. Not all that glitters is gold.

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