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    Did they have a name for that stuff on top?
    carbuncles

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    They should have razed this POS.

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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Meta...item19d491d62b

    HeHe

    But, did they really need to hire a top 'design' firm like ODA to come up with this NO BRAINER solution to make this under performing asset turn a healthy profit. Kaufman could have come up with this design: and for a much more modest fee.
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    Oh, dear .


    Daylight Renderings of 555 Sixth Avenue Are Coyote Ugly

    by Dave Hogarty



    The early renderings for the extreme makeover of 555 Sixth Avenue were fairly enticing. The illustrations were in black and white, showing the address glowing in the darkness, lit by street lights and the headlights of passing cabs. Sixth Avenue was reflective with noirish rain. Like many enchantments born of city lights at night, however, reality can be a bit more jarring in the harsh exposure of a daylight rendering. A tipster sent us a link to the one above, which is being used to advertise the former St. Vincent property's retail potential. That is quite a difference the next morning.

    The Missing Retail Piece! [Winick]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2012/0...oyote_ugly.php

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    The only other adaptive reuse option would have been to strip the exterior completely and go all glass. I think that would have been ok, but more wasteful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoldanTTLB View Post
    The only other adaptive reuse option would have been to strip the exterior completely and go all glass. I think that would have been ok, but more wasteful.
    Wrong. There's another adaptive reuse option, which involves airlifting this Soviet-era crap to Rego Park where it belongs.

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    Why not throw in some display kiosks for that full 1950s Berlin experience:


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    If you want to disparage this project your going to have to do better than that: those kiosks - and adjoining buildings - actually look quite charming and picturesque.

    Anyway, this design by ODA is not that bad: a bit quirky looking - but has a lot of interesting shapes to entertain the eye.

    That block was a waste of space: this is definitely a major improvement. As for the interiors: those glass boxes are going to be great spaces to occupy.

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    those glass boxes are going to be great spaces to occupy.
    and an abysmal assault to the sensibilities of the numerously more people who will have to
    endure it's hideousness on the exterior... there is NO excuse.

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    So what will be so unique about those boxes from the inside?

    Looks like a room with one window wall. I'm sitting in one right now.

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    Tough economy.

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    Another Look at 555 Sixth Avenue, This Time From All Angles

    by Sara Polsky






    555 Sixth Avenue, the first piece of St. Vincent's to sell after the hospital closed, is in the process of becoming a rental building, with glassy ground-floor retail space and two additional floors at the top. We've already seen a few renderings focused on the retail space, and tipster just pointed us to the website of architect ODA, which has a few other renderings and schematics. There will be 180 units total, plus a lounge with reflecting pool.

    555 Sixth Avenue [ODA]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2012/0...all_angles.php

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    It's a win. Unpretty, but 3x better than the current fenced-in empty moat.

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