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    Still glitzy but a vast improvement IMO.


    Dark, Hulking 380 Madison Avenue to Be Transformed

    January 13, 2015, by Jeremiah Budin



    Clarion Partners' 380 Madison Avenue was built in the 1950s out of brick and sheathed in a facade of opaque blue glass during the '80s. The combination of the two styles produced a building that is large, squat, and altogether dismal-looking, but now a complete makeover from L&L Holding Co. will transform the building—almost magically—into a light, modern tower of the type that will probably come to characterize Midtown East in a few years. Using a loophole in the 1961 zoning rules that allows for a Midtown East building to be replaced with another building of the same size only if 25 percent of the original structure is preserved, L&L, with a design from architectural firm KPF, will be able to almost completely redo 380 Madison, which will be renamed 390 Madison Avenue, with no public review whatsoever.

    Technically, the vast majority of the original tower will remain, but the new version will be virtually unrecognizable with a curtain wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, glass spandrels, and 100,000 square feet from two lower floors removed and reused for eight new floors on top, taking the building from 24 to 32 stories.

    L&L Holdings set to give gloomy 380 Madison Ave. a makeover [NYP]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/0...ransformed.php

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    All the businesses in the building on Vanderbuilt & 42nd are in the process of vacating. Modell's is officially closing in 8 days

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    Another Huge New Tower May Rise Next to One Vanderbilt

    March 4, 2015, by Jeremiah Budin


    The base of One Vanderbilt

    The Vanderbilt Corridor rezoning may spawn another enormous tower next door to rezone poster child One Vanderbilt. The Post reports that developer Howard Milstein is planning to replace his 1.1 million-square-foot office tower at 335 Madison Avenue with an even larger building, possibly containing a high end hotel. As it happens, that would return the site to its original use—335 Madison was built as the luxurious Biltmore Hotel in 1913 by architects Warren and Wetmore, but in 1984 the Milstein family gutted and stripped the landmarked building to the dismay of preservationists everywhere.

    Vanderbilt corridor set for massive new tower [NYP]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/0...vanderbilt.php

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    ^ That would be a big net positive.

    While the buildings being knocked down for "One Vanderbilt" are actually quite nice pre-war skyscrapers that would be gorgeous if scrubbed (and therefore a big shame to lose), 335 Madison is a hideous wreck and will be good to sub out.

    Of course, the reason why 335 Madison is so hideous is that the structure you see today is a representative of post-war, Modernist architecture. Given that its replacement will be as well, we'll get a newer, shinier version (which is a good-enough thing), but until architects think outside their Modernist box, we'll only be replacing today's crap with the future's crap...

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    I like this line from the above linked article in the NY Post - "the worst insult was that Milstein installed the famous Biltmore lobby clock in the sterile office building lobby, where it looks like a captured artifact of a vanquished race.”

    I think that "vanquished race" here in NYC real estate development they are referring too are the WASPS: the White Anglo Saxon Protistants that once owned, and built, about everything in this town.

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    Another Huge New Tower May Rise Next to One Vanderbilt

    March 4, 2015, by Jeremiah Budin


    The base of One Vanderbilt

    The Vanderbilt Corridor rezoning may spawn another enormous tower next door to rezone poster child One Vanderbilt. The Post reports that developer Howard Milstein is planning to replace his 1.1 million-square-foot office tower at 335 Madison Avenue with an even larger building, possibly containing a high end hotel. As it happens, that would return the site to its original use—335 Madison was built as the luxurious Biltmore Hotel in 1913 by architects Warren and Wetmore, but in 1984 the Milstein family gutted and stripped the landmarked building to the dismay of preservationists everywhere.

    Vanderbilt corridor set for massive new tower [NYP]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/0...vanderbilt.php
    Great . More skyline clutter that will impeded Chrysler Building sightlines. :-/

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    65-Story, Garden-Centric Condo Tower Planned for East 37th

    March 12, 2015, by Jessica Dailey



    A tall, slender condo tower designed by Perkins+Will is headed for East 37th Street. The design for the tower, which is bisected by five open-air gardens, debuted in Cannes, France as part of MIPIM, "an international property event," where it won an award. The developer is the Turkish firm Nef, which is part of Timur Holding, and the building is set to rise 65 stories and more than 700 feet. This is Nef's first project in New York. The plans for the building have been so under wraps that even the press team for Perkins+Will did not know the address of the site (they are getting back to us). A variety of Google searches provided nothing in the way of past coverage, so this project is quite the surprise.

    A press release touting the award included two renderings, plus a detailed description of the design. "Emerging from its shimmering, angled curtain wall, the building is organized with five clusters of shared amenity and park spaces for residents to enjoy, at specific intervals along the tower's rise. This is a marked departure from other condominium towers, which use small exterior balconies or, in some cases, cluster all shared spaces in one area."


    The press release really hates on the "unusable balconies" found in other New York towers:

    The five open-air gardens, for example, are arranged as a series of overlapping, angled, and diverse spaces all within easy reach -- four stories maximum – from any given condominium unit. "The idea is to create a new kind of communal ecosystem of social relationships within a thin tower design," says Scott Allen, an associate architect and designer with Perkins+Will. "Rather than giving residents small, almost unusable balconies as seen in many towers, they will enjoy big community terraces that are the kind of social and interactive spaces in high demand today." Each community space features a variety of amenities, from event rooms, a chef's table, private yoga studio, art room, exterior Jacuzzi, fitness room, terraced gardens, an outdoor cinema, observatory, and at the tower's top level, an infinity pool and roof terrace garden. Wind speeds, which can be high in upper floors of tall buildings are controlled by architectural screening and outdoor space configuration.

    If you know the exact address of this tower, please do hit up the tipline. We'll update when we learn more. UPDATE: A Curbed commenter thinks the address may be 8 East 37th Street, and Google Streetview shows that property is currently vacant, but other sources say that the address is actually 12 East 37th Street. Property records show that the Chetrit Group bought 8 East 37th Street in 2004, and it has not changed hands since, while 12 East 37th Street sold in 2013 to an LLC.

    Perkins+Will [official]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/0..._east_37th.php

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    East 37th Street's Garden-Filled Tower Reveals New Details

    March 30, 2015, by Jessica Dailey


    Rendering of one of the tower's outdoor amenity spaces.

    Plans for a tall, slender, garden-filled East 37th Street tower were announced earlier this month, seemingly out of nowhere, and now Bloomberg Business has a few more details about the mysterious development. The developer is the the Turkish firm Nef, but all of the information about the project is sill coming from the design team at Perkins+Will. Robert Goodwin, the New York design director at the firm, told Bloomberg that future residents of the 65-story, 700-foot tower will have access to five "clusters" of amenities that will hold gardens, a fitness center, infinity pool, and an outdoor cinema. "You're never really four or five floors away from a common space," said Goodwin, which apparently means the building will be like "a vertical West Village street."

    The building, to be located at 12 East 37th Street, measures just 50 feet wide by 54 feet deep—making it skinnier than 111 West 57th Street, which has been called the "world's most slender building"—, and it will house 65 condos, ranging from 400-square-foot studios to 1,800-square-foot full floor units. The built-in pocket parks are 33 feet tall.

    Since the building is so slender, the designers moved the structural system to the exterior, giving the tower an exoskeleton with "a thin steel diagrid." The tower has a concrete core and no interior columns.

    Even though plans have not been filed with the Department of Buildings, the team still expects construction to be complete in 2017.

    A New York Skinny Skyscraper Will Have Built-In Parks [Bloomberg]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/0...ew_details.php

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