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    Daily News...
    Trump traffic

    People who live near Donald Trump's Riverside South development on the upper West Side have long complained the project blocks their views. Now another concern has come along - traffic.

    Riverside South consists of four luxury apartment towers on what was once an abandoned railyard between W. 59th and W. 72nd streets along the Hudson. A fifth building, under construction at the northern tip of the development, is generating the controversy.

    The site occupies a corner of land between W. 71st Street and the W. 72nd Street traffic ramp at the West Side Highway, where workers are laying the foundation of a 31-story condominium tower.

    Critics say it will force the closing of the 72nd Street ramp, since Trump agreed to connect part of his development to Riverside Drive. The only place for a connection is where the ramp is located or where his fifth building is going. The result will be congestion on West End Avenue, they say - and one less entrance to the highway.

    State Sen. Tom Duane has written to Mayor Bloomberg asking that Trump's building permit be revoked. Duane complained that Trump is "racing ahead with the construction, pouring the concrete in subzero weather, to make sure" that the foundation is in the ground.

    Trump's office referred questions to Paul Davis of Hudson Waterfront Associates, the company formed by Trump and a group of Hong Kong investors backing Riverside South. Davis did not return repeated calls for comment.

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    I wonder where these NIMBY's were when the big Lincoln Towers just east of Trump Place were being constructed. :biggrin: They're big 31-floor towers, as big as the Trump Place ones.


    (Edited by Agglomeration at 12:36 am on Mar. 6, 2003)

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    Maybe the Daily News should have had a look before going to press. They've already poured 3 basement levels.

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    Are the apartments selling well ?
    There are tons of them.

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    I've decide that Tommy Duane and Christy Quinn are vying for the "NIMBY of the Century" title. Eveything's always a problem with them. :angry:

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    I'm not 100%, but the latest condo there sold about 410 out of 470, or something like that. *I think this is correct.

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    Trump's business is still booming then, right ?
    Many of his detractors must be pissed.

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    I assume that since he's starting another building, planning what's going in the south portion of this development (16 buildings, I believe) and doing tons of other projects (like converting the Hotel Delmonico - I think - on Park Ave. to ULTRA luxury digs), he's doing ok for himself!

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    The Daily News isn't too good on facts... the newest building to go up will be the 6th not the 5th building on Trump Place. (I live in the newest building).

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    What's it like living there? You know, neighborhood, ammenities, traffic, noise, costs, views, apartments......??????

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    What's it like living there? You know, neighborhood, ammenities, traffic, noise, costs, views, apartments......??????

    BTW it seems they sold about 415 out of 440 apartments. *The building *seems to be very well run, and will offer everything it promised when we bought into it two years ago. *Beautiful gym, pool and spa areas, billiard room, kids room, private garden, tv room. *The apartments have 9 foot ceilings with very large windows and either a river or courtyard view. *My apartment has courtyard view with no noise at all. Great windows (apparently an improvement to previous buildings). I think that when the park below is finished and more of the buildings are up it will be really great.... living in the city but having the river/park nearby makes a big difference. *Prices are expensive, but isn't everything in Manhattan? *Many people have combined apartments to create even more expensive ones.... Apartments facing river do have some noise from traffic below, but spectacular sunsets at night.

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    Love him or hate him, he seems to do it right - at least form a luxury standpoint. *It'll be great when it's done and the park on the water is in place.

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    I've got a complaint about Riverside South - I'd wish they finish it already!

    Take that, NIMBY's!

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    Bumping this one up with some new news ...

    Boulevard of Broken Bones: Riverside South Residents Demand Traffic Signals

    WESTSIDE INDEPENDENT
    by Avi
    June 17, 2010

    An eight-block stretch of Riverside Boulevard doesn’t have a single stoplight, and residents there say it’s becoming one of the most dangerous streets in the city. Now, a dispute over who should pay for traffic signals and speed bumps has created a nasty menage-a-trois of competing interests involving the city and two of New York’s most powerful property owners.

    Here’s the crux of the matter: the city says it’s Extell Development Company’s responsibility to maintain the street that fronts Riverside South, and Extell says it’s the city’s job. The Trump Organization, which is the managing agent for many of Riverside South’s condo buildings, has also gotten involved.

    (A little background: Riverside Boulevard is a street that was created in front of the luxury condos planned for 59th to 72nd Streets overlooking the Hudson River. More than half of those condo buildings have been built and the last set of buildings are still in the public review process. Riverside Boulevard will eventually stretch from 59th to 72nd and connect with the Henry Hudson Parkway, but now runs from 72nd to 64th.)

    Thomas Pienkos, the vice president of operations for The Trump Organization, spoke out about the traffic problem at a meeting Tuesday night about Extell’s plan to develop the southernmost parcel in Riverside South, known as Riverside Center.

    “I am the person who gets the calls about near misses and mishaps,” he said at the meeting. “Traffic devices are a necessity.”

    To be sure, Pienkos puts more blame on the city than on Extell. But Riverside South residents, about 700 of whom have signed a petition demanding traffic signals, are not as discriminating. In a letter they sent to both Extell president Gary Barnett and DOT Manhattan Borough Commissioner Margaret Forgione this week, they basically said that Extell is callously disregarding the safety of their children.

    “It is shocking to think that Extell would put such a minimal financial investment over the safety of the community that it itself built (and no doubt profited from handsomely),” the letter reads. “Nevertheless, while our resources pale by comparison to Extell’s, given the fact that lives are at stake, we immediately advised that we would assist in defraying costs associated with installing such traffic safety devices. Extell rejected this proposal as immediately as it was made and, again, without satisfactory explanation.”

    Now it looks like the traffic issue could also effect Extell’s plans for Riverside Center, the 2,500-apartment development Extell proposes to build from 59th to 61st Street and the last piece in the Riverside South development puzzle.

    “We oppose any development that does not address the existing and future safety of our community. We also oppose any proposal to connect Riverside Boulevard to the south-bound lanes of the Henry Hudson Parkway,” the letter says.

    Speaking at the Tuesday night meeting, resident Shai Waisman said that “Riverside Boulevard should at least mirror Riverside Drive.”

    City officials have basically told residents their hands are tied, the letter says.

    “While elected and appointed officials have witnessed and acknowledged the dangers posed by the total lack of appropriate traffic safety devices on Riverside Boulevard, they have insisted that their hands are tied by the fact that Extell is the owner of Riverside Boulevard and that the responsibility falls to Extell,” it reads.

    Pienkos says they sent a letter to the mayor’s office about a year ago and still haven’t heard back.
    For what it’s worth (apparently not much) Community Board 7 demanded earlier this month that the situation be rectified and asked that a traffic cop be placed in front of Woodside Preschool at 67th Street and Riverside Boulevard. Supposedly, the city has agreed to place an officer, but that hasn’t happened yet.

    We contacted numerous DOT officials on Wednesday for comment, but haven’t heard back.

    Extell spokesman George Arzt sent us this response:

    “Extell is aware of the community’s concerns about Riverside Blvd. Riverside was built according to a traffic plan approved by the City Department of Transportation (DOT). Also, Extell cannot, without the approval of the Department of Transportation, make design changes such as the addition of stop signs or traffic signals. And the Boulevard, as a bus lane, is not permitted to have speed bumps. We will continue, however, to work with DOT to address any safety issues that may arise.”

    Copyright © 2009 Westside Independent

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    I'm glad speed bumps are out, but how much expense would octagonal stop signs cause?

    One at each intersection.

    In and out in less than a week, no electricians involved.

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