Way to go Carlos!
Way to go Carlos!
it looks really amazing from 8th avenue and 14th street as hudson curves up and becomes 8th avenue. At that point it looks really powerful. Once the rods go up all the way the needle will look alot more appropriate since its bottom half will be covered up and the rods will make the "top" of the building look taller than where the top floor is.
what is the hold up with the final rods?
Top and Bottom
Not sure that there is any "hold up" ...
This week they were installing the last set of rods on the south facade (below the crown).
The rods that will go up on the lower section of the west facade (opposite the Port Authority) will also spell out "The New York Times" -- they've been painting and doing finishing touches on the supports there for the past few weeks.
It's also worth it to note that these exterior areas are customarily the last to be finished: the top (crown) because it's only function is decoration; and the bottom because you still have tons of workers trafficking there, and putting it off means fewer punch list items to deal with at the very end.
In the wide picture, you're looking at the hotel going up on 40th St. with the New York Times building in the background (looking east). Port Authority bus terminal to the left and Times Square in the background.
In the tall picture, you can also see the Westin Hotel on Times Square to the left as well as the Port Authority to the left.
Note the construction workers on the roof of the hotel in both pictures.
The Paramount building RULES!
The Real Deal
Times tower's first retail lease
A rendering of the New York Times tower. Japanese clothing and houseware retailer Muji has signed the first lease for retail space at the under-construction New York Times tower. The 5,000-square-foot space will be Muji's first outpost in the United States. The company has 387 stores in Asia and Europe.
The Renzo Piano-designed New York Times tower on Eighth Avenue between 40th and 41st streets will have 21,000 square feet of retail space owned by Forest City Ratner, the building's developer. The 52-story skyscraper will be completed in the fall.
According to Julie Hendricks, a spokesperson for Forest City Ratner, negotiations are currently under way for four other retail spaces in the building. Forest City Ratner declined to provide the terms of the Muji lease.
Japanese interior design architect Takashi Sugimoto will design the Muji store. The retailer is known for selling recycled and environmentally friendly goods.
Muji was represented by Naomi Okada of the New York City-based Okada International in the lease negotiations, and Forest City Ratner represented itself. TRD
Muji: The Un-Brand
CORANTE Going Global
Posted by John Yunker
August 11, 2005
Business Week features an article about the "secret" brand that is Muji. According to the article, "Muji is short for mujirushi ryohin, which translates roughly to 'no label, quality goods,' and its mission is to provide well designed, useful products at affordable prices." Muji currently has 285 stores in Japan with 61 others in the UK, France, and China. And it is contemplating setting up shop in the US. I believe it already has some products at MOMA.
Anyway, here are a few pics from my pilgrimmage to Muji back in January. These are from the main Kyoto location.
I really wanted this bike.
The cafe was reasonably priced and had lots of great take out snacks.
For some reason the Muji bottled water just tasted better than other brands.
The clothes didn't fit my non-localized body.
But I did buy a pair of glasses.
They had these mix-and-match stations set up and I really enjoyed building my own specs.
And one more shot before I left ...
What I most liked about Muji is how uncluttered the place felt. And I realize now that it was because you didn't have all these little products everywhere screaming out at you with their unique logos and color schemes and oddball shapes. At Muji, because they make and "unbrand" all their products, the color schemes, the labeling, the layouts are all very simple, consistent and serene.
I miss Muji.
A streamlined, even if somewhat simple, Modernist store in a streamlined, even if simple from some angles, Modernist building, eh.
Something different from what we have already...this is what I love to see.
I hope the other retail will also be interesting.
I would expect a store like this to open in Soho, it'll be a welcome addition.
The MoMA store on Spring Street sells a lot of Muji stuff.
Muji office supplies / stationary are very cool.