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    In the village its always the same small group of "activists" living in their rent controlled apartments with too much time on their hands that are against everything. Definitely BANANAs as oppossed to NIMBYs.

    Meanwhile Tommy Duane is busy handing out "perks" to them from his subsidized home in Penn South. Its loathsome IMO and I'm generally considered to be pretty far left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp
    Is this the same group that kept putting up roadblocks to the Hudson River Park development?
    People actually do that?

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    Meanwhile Tommy Duane is busy handing out "perks" to them from his subsidized home in Penn South. Its loathsome IMO and I'm generally considered to be pretty far left.
    I believe supporting open development is more of a leftist philosophy. Just because it’s the village, doesn’t mean the mindset is overwhelmingly liberal, in this case its self-serving conservatism.

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    I'm not going to go against the very people that Live there and don't want to see it overdeveloped just for a so-so building by an architect with a famous name. I'm surprised at his lack of creativity for building #3.

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    I believe supporting open development is more of a leftist philosophy. Just because it’s the village, doesn’t mean the mindset is overwhelmingly liberal, in this case its self-serving conservatism.
    While you a right that it is self-serving conservatism, it has been experience that the little group in the village that is always protesting something are self-identifying as far left and see this "crusade" as the moral equivalent of being against the was in Vietnam.

    I'm not going to go against the very people that Live there and don't want to see it overdeveloped just for a so-so building by an architect with a famous name. I'm surprised at his lack of creativity for building #3.
    While I agree the building is just so-so, I am less convinced that it is anything more than a vocal minority that doesn't want to see it built. I am sure the majority is perfectly fine with it.

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    Richard Meier Designing Another Luxury Tower on New York's Hudson River

    April 27, 2004



    Images Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners

    Fresh off the completion of his luxury condominiums on Perry Street along the Hudson River, Richard Meier is planning a similar luxury hi-rise on New York’s western waterfront.

    The new 16-floor, 31 unit condo tower, at 165 Charles Street, will very closely resemble the architects’ designs at 173-176 Perry, just down the block. Both will be tall, minimalist luxury buildings made primarily of glazed glass and steel. Unlike those in the other project, Meier will also be designing the 11 to 22 foot tall interiors for these buildings. This means elements like leather seats similar to those Meier designed for the Getty Center in Los Angeles. The tower’s ground floor will also feature over 1500 square-feet of commercial space.

    "Charles Street gives us the opportunity to further develop and evolve the design of my first two towers," says Meier. "It’s like music. One note is nice, but as you add notes you can create something different." Completion is scheduled for Spring, 2005.

    Sam Lubell

    http://archrecord.construction.com/n...40427meier.asp

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    Gotta love that penthouse.

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    So long as they can be distinguishable. And I'm glad that there will be retail space.

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    Rich and famous fall out of love with the 'Faulty Towers' of New York

    By Charles Laurence in New York

    (Filed: 09/05/2004)

    Draped in glass with a soft aquamarine tint, and commanding uninterrupted views of the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, the twin towers on Manhattan's waterside Perry Street should rank among the most desirable homes on earth.

    The towers were designed by the leading architect Richard Meier, and a who's who of the rich and famous - including Calvin Klein, the actors Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, and the disgraced home guru Martha Stewart - rushed to buy flats at $1,000 per square foot.

    Martha Stewart paid $6 million for two floors of the north tower
    Klein, the designer, paid $20 million (£11.2 million) to buy and decorate a three-floor penthouse in the south tower, making him the biggest investor in the project. Before signing the cheque, he even went up in a helicopter to check out his views.

    For four years the apartments have been the talk of the town, ever since New Yorkers driving past the towers on the banks of the Hudson first saw their revolutionary glass "curtain" walls, and wondered what it might be like to live with the glitterati in such a place.

    Yesterday, they got an answer when the new issue of Vanity Fair landed on the news stands with a shocking headline: Faulty Towers.

    There is, it turns out, a giddy price to pay for architectural fabulousness and social prestige. The monthly service charge for doormen and cleaning has recently doubled from $2,000 to $4,000 (£2,200) - a significant increase even for multi-millionaires.

    Worse still, the very fabric of the glass-clad apartments appears to be failing. According to the increasingly irritable apartment owners, the ceilings leak, the heating fails and the balcony floors buckle. Perhaps inevitably, lawyers are said to be circling, ready to deal with residents' grievances. As if Ms Stewart, who paid $6 million (£3.3 million) for the top two floors of the north tower, did not have enough to cope with after her recent conviction for obstructing justice, she has also suffered flood damage.

    In a recent rainstorm, the magazine claims, her balcony overflowed, sending water cascading down the tower. Six levels below, Joe Castaldo, owner of the Style Council textile company, discovered that his expensive rosewood floor was so badly damaged in the downpour that it had to be ripped up and replaced. Some apartments are already on to their third new floor, the magazine claims.

    "You won't believe what's going on in these buildings. It's a microcosm of everything ugly in human beings - beautiful, beautiful architecture desecrated by scandal, greed and gluttony," Vincent Gallo, the film-maker and actor, told Vanity Fair.

    The towers were developed by the team that made a fortune in the 1990s with a series of Manhattan "boutique" hotels.

    "It felt like Star Trek: you know, going where no man has gone before," said Richard Born, one of the developers.

    Yet the excited owners were later taken aback to discover that the building's plumbing was set in concrete. They could not so much as move a sink or a bidet without drilling a hole in their downstairs neighbour's ceiling.

    When Michael Jackson, the British-born head of Universal Television and former chief executive of Channel Four, wanted to do just that, Mr Gallo - whose own apartment was newly decorated - firmly said "No". Many other residents have taken the same line.

    Paul Sinclaire, a friend of Calvin Klein, was the first to move in and had to walk a plank over an open drain to reach his door. When winter came, he discovered that the builders had forgotten to fit wall insulation. It was so cold that he "could not get out of bed".

    According to Vanity Fair, he was offered a discount to move temporarily into a hotel. While he was there, he says, someone stole his watch and television set. He also discovered that the building's doorman had been charging curious tourists to tour his home.

    Mr Castaldo recalled how he stood by his glorious glass wall one morning, admiring the rain streaming down it like a waterfall - and then reaching out a hand to discover that the water was flowing inside. "I fail to see how this is not going to go before Attorney General Eliot Spitzer," he said, referring to the legal official responsible for property laws and disputes.

    The problems continued. A gunman who has never been caught began taking potshots at the towers. Though the glass panels cracked, bullets did not penetrate them.

    It was enough to make even the most modest of homeowners complain, and the residents of the Perry Street towers are hardly that.

    Many had already made exceptional demands of the developers. Kidman, for example, begged them to install a secret passage between her apartment and the parking garage next door so that she need never appear in public. The request was turned down.

    Ms Stewart demanded that a special area be designated where her limousine drivers could wait for her. She, too, was refused and is now trying to sell her penthouse for $7.2 million. As for Klein, he has allegedly been pushing for doormen to be armed, for staff to wear designer uniforms, and for the gym to be moved to create more space for residents' mailboxes. Mr Gallo told the magazine: "I do object if Calvin suddenly wants an armed doorman, and I'm supposed to pay for it." Other concerns sound more petty. There have been complaints, for example, that Rita Schrager - the former wife of the hotelier Ian Schrager - has defied house rules that preserve the uniform appearance of the glass walls by hanging up white curtains.

    More and more original residents are moving out. According to estate agents, they may sell in disgust but they should make a profit. The design of the buildings still mesmerises New Yorkers, and the value of the apartments is assured.

    "The waterfront is becoming the new Fifth Avenue," confirmed Ron Teitelbaum, an estate agent. Some comfort, at least, for the disgruntled Perry Street residents.

    www.telegraph.co.uk

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    IVORY TOWER DOLTS!

    As if performance is defined by the waterfront as a stage... :roll:

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    Hold on- I have to go shed a tear for them.

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    I'm most disturbed by the gunman. :shock:

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrooklynRider
    Hold on- I have to go shed a tear for them.
    C'mon, they may be rich, etc. but to pay all that money and get shit is not right. I hate lawsuits, but these developers need to have their hand forced if they don't ante up. A friggin' $1,000/ft. for windows and concrete, it better be perfect.

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    The article is in error.


    It's $2000/sq ft. :P

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    I kinda thought that, since many areas of the city avg. that per sq. ft.

    Thanks.

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