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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    I'm booked

    Happy Valentine's Day, anyway ...

    Haha thank you and Happy Valentine's Day to you as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DKNY617 View Post
    Haha thank you and Happy Valentine's Day to you as well.
    Booked by Angelina!

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    You can tell from that pic which floors are still available for rent.

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    Around the middle and top, yep.

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    I recently did a paper for my Lighting class which heavily involved 7 WTC. It was pretty interesting to learn about the technology and design used for the facades and lobby. My partner in the project got to interview James Carpenter (I had a class at the only available time).












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    Quote Originally Posted by Gulcrapek View Post
    Pedestrian-friendly?

    And what's with that dangling cable?

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    I understand from Wikipedia that the first 10 floors of 7 WTC are the ConEd substation:
    The first ten floors house an electrical substation, which provides power to much of Lower Manhattan. The office tower has a narrower footprint at ground level than its predecessor so the course of Greenwich Street could be restored in an effort to reunite TriBeCa and the Financial District.
    But can someone tell me whether that necessitated having no street-level retail in the building? Did the substation need the entire building footprint of the ground floor? Even if they were worried about truck bombs, couldn't they have put the shielding wall between retail and the interior?

    Because the fortress-like shielding of the first few floors and complete lack of retail makes it one of the least appealing night streetscapes in the city. It's like something out of Tim Burton's Batman.

    Sorry if this was already covered in the previous 100+ pages of posts. I did read back and try to use Google, but didn't see any direct answers.

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    No room for retail -- the substation does indeed take up the entire frontage (other than the portion of the building on the east where the lobby of 7WTC stands and the areas on the west that allow egress for deliveries / service).

    It was the same for the original 7 WTC, but there the major portion of the lobby was raised to the same level as the WTC super-block plaza across Vesey to the south.

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    The dangling cable is like those seen in proximity to construction sites all over Manhattan -- often a line for a street lamp, traffic light or security cam that is supposedly "temporary" but ends up hanging in the air for years.

    Washington Square South is lined with them (there they are mainly for security cams connected to the "temporary" NYPD bus that has been parked at the edge of WSP for the better part of a generation).

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    That cable is strung between temporary utility poles. Although it appears to be against the building, it runs along the curb.

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    Sweet. Dope shot.

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    Indeed. It's unfortunate that 1 WTC won't be using a similar facade system.

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