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Thread: One Beacon Court a.k.a. Bloomberg Tower - 151 East 58th @ Lexington - by Cesar Pelli

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    H & M store is going to be a tenant in the Bloomberg Tower when it opens in 2003. Picture from May 2002.

    Rising steel of 731 Lexington and the view of Bridge Tower Place from 58th Street on 4 August 2002.

    The steel beams of the future Bloomberg headquarters in front of the blue glass of International Plaza Building. 31 August 2002.

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    October 11, 2002
    Fire breaks out at future site of Bloomberg LP headquarters


    NEW YORK -- A series of explosions was heard as a transformer fire broke out Friday at the Manhattan construction site of the future headquarters of Bloomberg LP, the Fire Department said.

    "It was like the Fourth of July," said Charlie Caruso, who was working at the site. No injuries were reported.

    The first of the explosions was reported at around 2:15 p.m. at the site on Lexington Avenue and 58th Street and the fire was under control by 2:40 p.m., fire officials said.

    Consolidated Edison spokesman Joe Petta confirmed that a transformer fire was to blame and said the company's crews were on the scene investigating. The cause of the fire was not immediately known, he said.

    There were no service outages or reports of property damage because of the fire, he said.

    The normally bustling streets surrounding the site, near Bloomingdale's department store, were blocked to vehicular traffic as firefighters hosed down the fire.

    It was the second time in three months that an electrical fire broke out at the site. The earlier one, in August, injured one worker.

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who founded the financial information company, is no longer involved in its daily operations.

    A call to Bovis construction, which is doing work at the site, was not immediately returned.

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    December 7, 2002
    Steelworker Killed in Fall at Mid-Manhattan Construction Site

    A steelworker slipped and fell to his death yesterday morning at a Midtown Manhattan construction site, the police said.

    The accident took place just after 9 a.m. at 731 Lexington Avenue, between 58th and 59th Streets, where a 54-story building is being constructed on the site of the old Alexander's department store. The building will be the headquarters for Bloomberg L.P., the financial and media information company founded by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

    The worker, Todd Puckett, 25, slipped on a wet platform and fell from the 12th to the 10th floor while surveying the steelwork, the police said.

    Workers at the site said Mr. Puckett slipped and fell under one of the three safety cables that run around each floor. "All the safety procedures are in order; it's just a freak accident," said Paul Tully, 45, another worker at the site.

    Workers said platforms at the site are swept clear and dried with a heater every day to make them safer. It was not clear why the platform was wet. The safety cables Mr. Puckett slipped through are not intended to prevent falls, merely to let workers know where the edge is, said a second worker, Michael Giovanelli, 43.

    Most of the roughly 250 workers at the site left at noon, out of respect for Mr. Puckett. However, the site remained open, with about 50 construction workers continuing at their jobs, prompting complaints from some of those who had stopped for the day.

    Mr. Puckett, who lived in Durham, N.C., was pronounced dead at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the police said. Bovis Lend Lease, the overall construction manager at the site, will conduct an investigation, a company spokeswoman said.

    "He always had a smile on his face, a really nice guy," Mr. Giovanelli said of Mr. Puckett.

    Another construction worker was critically injured in an unrelated accident yesterday when he fell off a pitched roof while removing snow at a Midtown building, the police said. The 28-year-old worker, whose name was not released, was at Bellevue Hospital Center after falling from the roof at 156 West 48th Street, the police said.

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    The building's podium is completed. *I think they're starting work on the tower right about now.

    The thing I like best about this project, aside from the height, is how they made a private midblock street with that overhead canoidal screenwall connecting the two podiums. *It just seems like a very novel and unique idea. *The screenwall at the top, so I've heard, will be backlit, so it'll be quite a beacon once it's finished.

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    They have spent an inordinate amount of time on the 11th floor. *It looks like a "mechanical" floor that would house machinery and systems necessary for the upward thrust of the building.

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    I'll take shots of it tomorrow

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    I'm really sorry for the worker who died...


    Quote: from Gulcrapek on 12:08 am on Dec. 8, 2002
    I'll take shots of it tomorrow
    Thanks. We'll be waiting.

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    Yeah, the poor guy. *Horrible accidents happen, even when the greatest safety precautions are met.

    Can't wait to see your pictures, Gul!

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    The pier at Queens West and the East Side of Manhattan, with Citigroup Center and the cranes of Bloomberg Tower in front of International Plaza Building. 7 December 2002.

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    I can see only one crane.

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    the citicorp is amazing, sometimes it looks completely white and sometimes ,like in this pic, it looks metallic silver

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    I like this picture a lot. *It would be great if you took another picture from the same exact spot after the tower is completed. *The people in Queens West sure have a fantastic view.

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    Wow! *What a nice blend of older and newer buildings.

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    yes it is an amazing pic

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    live webcam:

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