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    I see you waited around until the lobby changed color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake
    I always catch it at purple or pink. The lobby looks great though.
    Jake, those photos ^^ are for you

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    anyone notice that the crown was lit tonight? I never saw that before.

    Also, here are some photos I took inside the building:



    the elevators are really interesting. You enter the floor you want on this keypad, and it tells you which elevator to go wait at.
    Last edited by millertime83; April 6th, 2006 at 02:10 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by millertime83
    the elevators are really interesting. You enter the floor you want on this keypad, and it tells you which elevator to go wait at.
    That is a new trend in elevators that I have seen in a few of the newer office towers. It is supposed to group people together based upon the floors they are going to, thus eliminating the number of stops and improving the speed you get to your floor. Whether or not it does that, I do not know.

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    Allow me to introduce the line to the keypad. It's original I'll tell you that, will it work, hmmm, we'll see. I don't think this is that big of a deal, most "smart" elevator banks already know to hang out near the lobby or have designated rest floors, it's really only apartment buildings that have that stupid "press the button and every elevator will race to you" system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgp
    That is a new trend in elevators that I have seen in a few of the newer office towers. It is supposed to group people together based upon the floors they are going to, thus eliminating the number of stops and improving the speed you get to your floor. Whether or not it does that, I do not know.
    Reminds me of the elevators that could see into the future.......



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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoe
    LeCom - can you send me a private message on how you got in to see the building. I have been trying to lease some space in that building and can't get anyone to return my calls. Granted I am not a bank looking to take 20 floors, but still I am frustrated at this point.
    Thanks
    Happy to hear that, Zoe! This is the best news I have heard all morning - about your interest, not your frustration. Best wishes! Silverstein should be aiming for smaller tenants, in addition to his pursuit of the big ones, but he has been a bit preoccupied lately!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninjahedge
    Reminds me of the elevators that could see into the future.......



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    Ah-ha! Another hitchiker!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrShakespeare
    Ah-ha! Another hitchiker!
    From The Restaurant at the End of the Universe:
    It should be explained at this point that modern elevators are strange and complex entities. The ancient electric winch and maximum capacity eight person jobs bear as much relation to a Sirius Cybernetics Corporation Happy Vertical People Transporter as a packet of peanuts does to the entire West Wing of the Sirian State Mental Hospital. This is because they operate on the unlikely principle of defocused temporal perception, a curious system which enables the elevator to be on the right floor to pick you up even before you knew you wanted it, thus eliminating all the tedious chatting, relaxing, and making friends that people were previoiusly forced to do whilst waiting for elevators.

    Not unnaturally, many Lifts imbued with intelligence and precognition became terribly frustrated with the mindless business of going up or down, experimented briefly with the notion of going sideways as a sort of existential protest, demanded participation in the decision making process, and finally took to sulking in basements.



    I rather take the stairs...

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    I wanna get in there again.

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    WHAT ME WORRY?
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    DÉJÀ VU: Larry Silverstein's 7 World Trade Center
    is having a rough launch.
    Photo: Lois Weiss


    April 11, 2006 -- ANYONE who's sweating over the scarcity of tenants at Larry Silverstein's new 7 World Trade Center, opening next month, can learn from the example of another Silverstein project that faced an even rougher launch: namely, the old 7 WTC.

    Silverstein's detractors can't make enough of the fact that the new 7 WTC has yet to find tenants for most of its 1.7 million square feet.

    Omigod - only a few puny deals signed after two years of construction! A mere 60,000 square feet leased out of 1.7 million!

    But although Mayor Bloomberg and others have seized on the plight of 7 WTC to argue against commercial reconstruction - and to try muscling Silverstein out of Ground Zero - it's a fool's game to make a mountain out of the project's molehill of signed deals.

    For one thing, Silverstein has a term-sheet agreement with Chinese real estate company Vantone for 200,000 feet, and is in talks with others. But what if those deals fall through and 7 WTC is still mostly empty six months or a year from now?

    Actually, quite a few Manhattan office towers have gone up without pre-signed tenants in the past 15 years - and all ended up fully leased and thriving by the time they were open or within a year or two later, even if some developers lost the buildings to their banks.

    Those projects included 4 Times Square, 505 Fifth Ave. and 610 Broadway (fully or mostly leased at their completion) and three Times Square-area towers that stood empty for a brief interlude before filling up.

    But the project whose troubled early history is most germane to the new 7 WTC is none other than the even larger, original 7 WTC, which Silverstein also built entirely on spec.

    The first 7 WTC had 2 million square feet. From the time construction started in 1984, the building did not land an anchor tenant - Salomon Bros. - until 1988, a year after it opened.

    Silverstein thought he had a deal with Salomon in 1986, when the Wall Street firm signed a term sheet for 1 million square feet. But later, Salomon chief John Gutfreund told Silverstein he wanted to move instead to a new project planned by Mort Zuckerman at Columbus Circle.

    Silverstein then launched talks with Drexel Burnham Lambert, which wanted all of 7 WTC's 2 million square feet. But three days before the lease was to be signed that $3 billion deal collapsed, too, over the Michael Milken insider-trading scandal.

    Just as today, the media predicted doom and gloom: the New York Times, on Dec. 3, 1986, warned, "The cancellation . . . throws 2 million square feet of prime office space back onto a market already weighed down with the largest vacancy rate in a decade."

    Silverstein recalls, "I got a call from [late developer] Lew Rudin. He said, 'Larry, this is probably the worst day of your life. But I guarantee you, there will be other tenants to come along."

    When 7 WTC opened in 1987, it had only a few small tenants. Salomon would not come to the rescue until 1988, when lawsuits bogged down the Columbus Circle project.

    Other tenants followed, and soon, everyone forgot that the full and thriving 7 WTC had struggled at first.

    Sure, 2006 is not 1986 - and downtown today faces challenges no one could have imagined 20 years ago. But history teaches us not to bet against a major new Manhattan office building finding tenants even in a market much worse than today's.

    http://www.nypost.com/realestate/comm/66782.htm

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    Curbed
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    Copyright 2006 Curbed

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    For Greenie:

    Still no final answer on the lower facade, but there is one change. Mesh screening was added behind the openings. It looks to me like one continuous roll, and not completely fastened.

    I can't believe that this is the complete installation, because it looks like crap.

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    Blast mesh?

    That looks kind of like a catch screen for flying debris.....

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    In my world, pigeons = flying debris.

    Some shots of the plaza.


    Great views!



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