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    Default Midtown East Redevelopment

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    At the very least the following:

    NW corner of 56th st & Lexington Ave
    NW corner of 56th st & 3rd Ave
    NE corner of 56th St & Lexington Ave
    NW corner of 55th St & Lexington Ave
    SW corner of 53rd St & Lexington Ave
    The entire western side of 3rd Ave between 55th and 56th Streets and between 43rd and 44th streets should be condemned
    each corner fo 2nd Ave & 52nd St
    each corner of 2nd Ave & 50th St
    The entire eastern side of 2nd Ave between 50th and 51st Street
    SE corner of 2nd Ave & 49th St
    SW corner of 2nd Ave & 45th St
    SW corner of 2nd Ave & 44th St
    NE corner of 3rd Ave & 45th St
    SW corner of 3rd Ave & 45th St

    But only if each is redeveloped with quality architecture and not a cheap motel by National Lampoon's Gene Hackman

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    ^^ I like your thinking. I think this rezoning would make a lot of sense if put in place with some ground rules:

    1) Exclude buildings built pre-1940 except via special permission, though their air rights should be highly transferrable

    2) Ensure quality structures built -- I'd say have an architectural commissioner involved, but Burden's track record (approving everything Gene Kaufman nightmares up while chopping off Nouvel) frightens me

    3) Push development east of Park in particular -- 5th, Madison and Park have great building stock. 3rd and east have a lot of junk, and it would be good to focus there, esp. given 2nd Ave subway

    4) Blanket ban on anything by Gene Kaufman, including 516 Fifth Avenue. Stop this terrorist before he replaces that Beaux-Arts beauty with one of his steaming piles of digested banana peels

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    I agree, though I doubt any of that will happen.

    The Altria building has def. got to go.

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    I hope the rezoning won't just create humongous junk. Like this old proposal for 237 Park.
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    The Altria building is utterly lame. I hope that it's razed. I hope that the crappy glass hotel next to GCT comes down too.

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    They should also demolish the Pan Am building and replace it with something photogenic.

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    You've got to be kidding me....

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    Maybe if they just painted it pink...

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    LOL!

    EastMillinocket, that wasn't a sarcastic response by any chance, was it? If not, then ditto what SM said.

    Nothing wrong with the (former) Pan Am building itself, just its location (I wish they'd kept the Pan Am sign). Logistical nightmare to demolish it, methinks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek2k3 View Post
    I agree, though I doubt any of that will happen.

    The Altria building has def. got to go.

    I hope the rezoning won't just create humongous junk. Like this old proposal for 237 Park.
    1) I also doubt any of those criteria would be effected.

    2) Altria is trash. It's underbuilt, so in theory it can/should go. Murphy's Law suggests it would not.

    3) I'm fully convinced that that is exactly what the rezoning would do, with Park and Madison looking like a slightly newer/shinier version of 6th Avenue.

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    (I wish they'd kept the Pan Am sign)
    me too - great minds think alike!

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    "I hope that the crappy glass hotel next to GCT comes down too."

    Better yet a restoration of the beautiful brick under the glass

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    I agree, but we know that's not happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastMillinocket View Post
    They should also demolish the Pan Am building and replace it with something photogenic.
    Thanks for your input, Tony Stark.


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    ^ Good one!

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