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    Another year of predominantly bland architecture. We only completed 2 500 footers this year compared to the 7 of last year. Completed 29 bldgs. over 12 stories compared to 41 in 2001. My *project of the year was Perry West followed by the Austrian Cultural Institute.

    Ernst & Young Building
    5 Times Square/590 Seventh Avenue
    37/38/40 stories 575 feet
    Kohn Pedersen & Fox
    Completed Fall 2002

    Photo by DDNY.
    8/10 *I don't really get this building, My opinion on it changes from view to view. It sure doesn't look good from ESB.

    Ewalk Westin Hotel
    270 West 43rd Street
    45 stories 532 feet
    Arquitetonica/D'Agostino Izzo Quirk
    Completed Summer 2000-October 2002

    8/10 *I like it other than the base. The night view is disappointing too.

    The Atlas
    1010 Sixth Avenue/66 West 38th Street
    46 stories 463 feet
    SLCE Architects
    Completed 2000-2002

    7/10 *I'm a little disappointed but it's better than most.

    Millennium Point/The Ritz Carlton Downtown
    25 Battery Place at West St.
    28 stories 449 feet
    Gary edward Handel & Associates/Polshek Partnership
    Completed 1999-2002

    Photo by David Desroches

    222 East 41st Street
    25 story 375 feet
    HOK Architects
    Completed 2002

    6/10 *Not interesting and their are no views of it in the skyline.

    The Avalon Riverview
    2-01 50th Avenue
    32/34 stories
    Perkins Eastman & Associates
    Completed December 2000-Occupancy starts Spring 2002-Completion October 2002

    6/10 A good start for Queens West but nothing special about it.

    Austrian Cultural Institute Building
    11 East 52nd Street
    24 stories 278ft 6 inches
    Atelier Raimund Abraham
    Completed September 1998-April 19, 2002

    Photo by *Robert Polidori

    360 Madison Avenue
    Madison *Avenue & E. 45th
    24/26 stories
    Richard Cook & Associates
    Completed 2002

    Photo from PermasteelisUSA
    7/10 It looks a lot better than the rendering. The glass is good but the shape is awful.

    School of Visual Arts Residence Hall/Art Deco Apartments
    215 East 23rd Street
    22 stories
    Dev-Levine Builders
    Completed 1999-January 2002

    Photo from Levine Builders.
    3/10 *dear god why?...and to think they had the nerve to call it Art Deco Apartments in the beginning.

    The Residence Tower of the Chinese Consulate General
    544 West 43rd Street
    22 stories
    Completed 2001-2002

    5/10 Nothing special

    Post Luminaria
    385 First Avenue
    20 stories
    Gerner, Kronick & Valcarel
    Completed *Summer 2001-Fall 2002 (Occupancy Summer 2002)

    Photo from Post Properties.
    8/10 *One of the best looking residential towers built in that area.

    U.S Federal Courthouse
    275 Washington at Tillary Street, Brooklyn
    18 stories
    HLW/Cesar Pelli & Associates
    Completed 2000-Summer 2002

    Photo by JMGarcia.
    7/10 *Maybe if the skin didnt look like his other buildings I would like it more but it's still nice rare modern-looking building for Brooklyn

    The Benson
    143 East 34th Street *
    18 stories
    Completed 2002

    Photo from City-Realty.
    5/10 Average.

    The Donald F. & Mildred Topp Othmer Residence Hall
    Tech Place, Brooklyn
    18/20 stories 174 feet
    Davis Brody Bond
    Completed 2000-2002

    Photo by JMGarcia
    7/10 It looks nice and a modern-just a lil boring.

    The Samuel Priest Rose Building/Jewish Community Center in Manhattan
    334 Amsterdam Avenue
    A.J. Diamond/Donald Schmidt and Co., Toronto
    ARCHITECT-OF-RECORD: Schuman Lichtenstein Claman & Efron, NYC
    11/14 stories 165 feet
    Completed January 2002

    7/10 It looks interesting.

    173 Perry Street/Perry West North Tower
    173 Perry Street, The West Perry
    15/16/17 stories
    Richard Meier & Partners
    Completed 2001-July 2002

    176 Perry Street/Perry West South Tower
    176 Perry Street, The West Perry
    15/16 stories
    Richard Meier & Partners
    Completed 2001-July 2002

    9/10 The buildings of the year in my opinion.

    The Westminster/The Metropolitan
    180 West 20th Street/153-69 Seventh Avenue
    15/16 stories
    Robert AM Stern
    Completed 2000-2002


    The Sierra Tower I/The Related Armory/Armory Place *
    130 West 15th Street
    13/14 stories
    Costas Kondylis & Partners
    Completed June 2002

    4/10 *I hate these buildings, especially how they are wider than they are tall.

    The Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life
    Washington Square South and La Guardia Place
    12 stories
    Roche Dinkeloo & Associates
    Completed *2000-Fall 2002

    Photograph by Ken Levinson, more here: \
    7/10 *The community groups really hated this building. I remember one article talking about how it looks like a giant Mcdonalds with that roof.

    Second Street Dormitory
    1-19 East Second Street
    12/13 stories 128ft
    Developer-Coral Realty/Alex Forkosh
    Completed 2001-fall 2002

    I haven't seen a good picture of it but i heard it sucks.

    Nolita Place
    199 Bowery Street
    12 stories 125ft
    H. Thomas O'Hara
    2000-Completed May 2002

    6/10 *Photo from Citi-Habitats

    224 West 18th Street
    12 stories
    Gene Kaufman
    Completed 2001-2002

    7/10 The photo is from June and by Nate Lindsey

    171 Lexington Avenue
    12 stories *41,000-sq
    Herbert L. Mandel & Associates
    Completed Summer 2002


    The Chelsea Garden Tower I
    151 West 17th Street
    12 stories
    Swanke Hayden Connell
    Completed 2002-2002


    The Chelsea Garden Tower II
    151 West 17th Street
    12 stories
    Swanke Hayden Connell
    Completed 2001-2002

    5/10 *

    Oceana Condominiums Tower I
    60 Oceana Drive West
    12 stories
    SLCE Architects/Sandy Babock International
    Completed 2002

    5/10 Photo by Paul Cucuzza

    Best Western Convention Center Hotel
    522 West 38th Street
    11 stories
    Peter F. Poon
    Completed 2002 *

    I haven't seen a good view of the building but it looks hideous so far. 2/10 I counted 11 story buildings *because all have water towers but are not counted as a story.

    Dance Theater Workshop Building
    217-219 West 19th Street
    11 stories
    Ed Rawlings
    Completed 2000-September 2002

    5/10 *The transparent top looks good.

    (Edited by Derek2k3 at 10:46 am on Jan. 3, 2003)

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    Excellent post. Thanks.
    Could you remind us, for the record, the list of the seven 500 footers completed in 2001 ?
    TWT, Bear Stearns and Morgan Stanley are among them if I got it right.

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    Yeah...2002 was a pretty slow year for new [office] development because the economy is in really big trouble.

    You'll notice that most of the buildings completed this year were devoted to residential or hotel use, because there isn't much demand for offices at this time.

    Great post, Derek.

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    Lets start 2003 on a good note. Alot of optimism on my part. Proposals for supertalls in midtown and downtown. Taken from a similar standpoint last year the progression at the World Trade Centers is remarkable.

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    ok Fabb

    1. Trump World Tower
    845 United Nations Plaza
    72 stories 881 feet
    Costas Kondylis & Associates
    Completed 1999-2001

    2. Bear Stearns Building
    383 Madison Avenue
    45/47 stories *757/773/777 feet
    Skidmore Owings, & Merrill
    Completed 1999-2001

    3. W Times Square Hotel
    1567 Broadway
    52/53 stories 582 feet
    Frank Williams & Associates
    Completed late 2001

    4. Lehman Brothers Building
    745 Seventh Avenue
    32/33/38 stories 575 feet
    Kohn Pedersen & Fox
    Completed Fall 1999-November 15, 2001

    5. Reuters Building
    3 Times Square
    30/32 stories *555ft *(659ft to tip)
    Fox & Fowle Architects
    Completed 1998-2001

    6. The Metropolis
    150 East 44th Street
    48/52 stories 528/550 + feet
    SLCE Architects
    Completed 2000-2001

    7. The Pennmark
    315 West 33rd Street/304 West 34th Street/17 Penn Plaza
    35/36 stories 500 feet
    SBLM Architects
    Completed 2001

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    The expected completions for this new year include the AOL Time Warner Center (750 feet), the Times Square Tower (725 feet) the CIBC headquarters (535 feet), and groundbreaking on the New York Times Tower and the rise of the steel beams on the Bkoomberg Tower.

    Any status on the Random House Tower? i heard reports that it's already completed.

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    Next year 8 500 footers will be completed. Random House is not quite finished. Also FYI, only 1 500+ was completed in 2000 and 4 in 1999.

    1. AOL Time Warner Center Tower I
    10 Columbus Circle
    55 stories 750 feet
    Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill
    Under Construction 2000-late 2003

    2. AOL Time Warner Center Tower II
    10 Columbus Circle
    55 stories 750 feet
    Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill
    Under Construction 2000-late 2003

    3. Times Square Tower
    10 Times Square/7 Times Square
    47/49 stories 689 feet/721 feet/726/730 feet
    Skidmore Owings & Merrill
    Under Construction 2001-late 2003/January 2004

    4. Random House - Park Imperial
    1739 Broadway/230 West 56th Street/1745 Broadway
    50/52 stories 675/682/684/686 feet
    Skidmore Owings & Merrill
    Under Construction 2000-2003

    5. *425 Fifth Avenue
    55/56/60 stories 618 feet
    Michael Graves & Associates/ H. Thomas O' Hara
    Under Construction 2001-2003

    6. 220 Riverside Boulevard
    Building B @ Trump Place
    542 feet 49 stories
    Costas Kondylis & Partners
    Under Construction 2001-2003

    7. CIBC Tower
    300 Madison Avenue
    35 stories 575 feet
    Skidmore Owings & Merrill
    Under Construction 2001-August 2003

    8. The Biltmore Tower
    261-269 West 47th Street
    51 stories
    SLCE Architects
    Under Construction 2001-2003

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    Derek - great thread and posts. I would agree that things are "bland" now, and the difference between now and other years is that *the best architecture that we saw was not necessarily the tallest for 2002. Perry West is a breath of fresh air. New York always seem to send styles elsewhere but seeing a bit of Los Angeles "pure modernism" here is a good change. Austrain Cultural center is nice too, with the exception of it being wedged in between other buildings. Is it just me or does it look vaguely like the statues on Easter Island? Maybe I've been staring at buildings too much...

    * * Glad to see that 2003 will be a better year for design and completion of tall buildings. 2005 is the big year though. I think Hearst, NYTT, and Bloomberg get done that year. I remember a thread on here that had all the proposed towers, their height and estimated completion date. We should get that back up!

    While we're at it? What was the best year/best decade for skyscrapers in this city? I think more was built in the 60's or 70's than any other decade, but most of those were Emery Roth/SOM shoeboxes! Any takers?

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    that is true that most of them were bland black boxes, i feel the best decade in numbers of buildings were either the 60's or the 70's. I feel the best decade of innovation was in the period of 1925- 1935. That period was architecture at its finest.

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    Nice recap. The American Folk Art Museum should be included (unless I've missed it).

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    Hey Stern, I stole your avatar. But that's 'cause you're my hero.

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    Quote: from Rich Battista on 1:26 pm on Jan. 2, 2003
    that is true that most of them were bland black boxes, i feel the best decade in numbers of buildings were either the 60's or the 70's. I feel the best decade of innovation was in the period of 1925- 1935. That period was architecture at its finest.
    I feel that actually we are in another period of great innovation in architecture. The difference being that the public is less able to accept the new styles now than they were in the 20s due to changes in modern culture and its willingness to deal with change.

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    No problem Kris, Im honored this isnt afterall.

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    I see a progression with innovative residential architecture but we have a long way to go. Robert A.M. Stern, Michael Graves, and Richard Meier have left their name on the skyline. I expect this trend to continue, but notice that this trend is only in lower profile areas. Still I expect prime sites not to go for creative architecture, as long as they can still sell location, but big name architecture can compensate for location in Manhattan, likewise I expect this trend to continue.

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    Derek, excellent compilation.

    I, as well, count the Austrian Cultural Institute & Perry West to be the top two additions of the year... Though I may put the Austrian Cultural Institute in the lead.

    Also, while it won't be reaching for any record breaking heights, they are making progress on the new Alvin Ailey Dance Theater on 9th. I'll have to get some images when there's enough progress worth posting.

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