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    This is a double shame. Takashimaya is a little jewelbox of a department store in a little jewelbox of a building. But that doesn't sell. So BAM crank it up a notch with 'progressive' glass. Maybe that'll attract Hollister!

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    And the bed bugs that come with them?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    Why all this mis-guided hostility towards Amanda Burden in regards to Landmarking? She has nothing to do with that.

    Direct your energies to Robert Tierney, Chairman of LPC or, more correctly, to Mayor Bloomberg, who guides all of these decisions (both Zoning & Landmarking).
    What exactly is Burden's jurisdiction, then? (Put differently, what is her job?) She clearly has power to decapitate Nouvel's Tour Verre at MoMA, influence transportation patterns and initiatives, re-zone areas (e.g., 125th St.), and help shepherd through Columbia's expansion into Manhattanville. Does her role as City Planning Commissioner give her power over approving wholly new construction but not major renovations, as Sitt is proposing? (If so, the difference seems to be largely semantic, as Sitt's renovation would no doubt affect the look and feel of a very prominent part of the city more than would many of the projects where Burden has been involved...)

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    What you describe would be under the purview of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, but due to the age of the building the LPC has no jurisdiction (at least until 2023 or until the rules are re-written). In regards to transportation patterns and initiatives: that is overseen by the Department of Transportation (and Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan).

    Mr. Sitt's re-facing of the Takashimaya Building will effectively take this one out of the running for any future Landmarks designation.

    How does one legislate against bad taste without imposing an untenable level of government involvement into the building process?

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    If Sitt just bought the building early last month, I doubt they already have a design completed for a $40 million to $60 million dollar renovation. That rendering looks like something the retail leasing company put together to attract a tenant before-hand.

    Sad that they are changing it, but there's no way it'll be that bad.

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    And if they can't find a tenant to rent at a figure that justifies the reno cost, maybe no reno at all.

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    The story indicates they will do the renovation in order to attract a tennant.

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    And the tenants today represents the overall public's taste: shiny, floor-to-ceiling glass buildings are preferred over old style masonry buildings.

    We are living in the IPod/IPhone generation.

    It is unfortunate, but that's the explanation in a nutshell.

    What the city needs to do is to landmark the entire Fifth Ave area from Central Park South all the way down to Madison Square Park.

    That stretch has got so many classic buildings that they define the Avenue, that gives the Avenue it's cachet.

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    How does one legislate against bad taste without imposing an untenable level of government involvement into the building process?
    How do they do it elsewhere? Are there any examples of alpha cities that somehow discourage this type of thing? How does it work in Paris or London for example? Clearly the Takashimaya building deserves better than this. It's not as if the place can't be useful to a classy tenant as it is, this is just done on speculation and in line with current trends (which are mercurial anyway and meanwhile we lose treasures forever). Would this happen in London, I wonder? IS it happening there...a very successful city...this trend to tear down masonry and replace it with glass? This is Fifth Avenue for crying out loud.

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    Dunno about the law, but there's got to be a way to encourage our developers to have a little more taste in architecture.

    Free AIA Guide?

    A tour by ablarc?

    "Race to the Top" awards for the best developer of the year, and most improved?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 212 View Post

    ... but there's got to be a way to encourage our developers to have a little more taste in architecture.

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    lofter that was sick!

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    Thor Equities has a very consistent history of not doing anything with their acquisitions, but flipping them. I wouldn't sweat this out.

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    Looks like this is underway. They filed for a replacement of the pomo facade for floors 1-8 last year.
    http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/Jo...ssdocnumber=01

    Here was the marketing video:
    http://vimeo.com/38038455



    Further down Fifth Avenue, Thor is completing demolition of these 3 buildings @ 516-520 Fifth Avenue.



    For this box, which will most likely be a podium for a future tower. But I bet the project will just go up in one continuous shot.

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    Taliban!

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