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Thread: Herculean Effort to Restore Verizon Building - 140 West Street - by Ralph Walker

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    Agreed, that arcade is wonderful to walk through - but they'd have to move that horrible pedstrian bridge.

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    Putting West St underground wasn't a fundamentally bad idea, it just needed to go underground from far further north than Pataki wanted it. It should have gone underground north of Chambers St, which would then permit all of Battery Park City to be closely knit into the rest of downtown.

    Since that appears to be no longer an option, perhaps there should be a pedestrian tunnel under West St at Vesey. Alternatively, once Freedom Tower is built, couldn't there once again be a pedestrian bridge across West St linking the FT to the WFC, just the same as the old bridge from the WTC to the WFC?

    Quote Originally Posted by BrooklynRider
    Agreed, that arcade is wonderful to walk through - but they'd have to move that horrible pedstrian bridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vc10
    ...perhaps there should be a pedestrian tunnel under West St at Vesey.
    It most likely would be the most expensive tunnel per foot ever built, as it would seemingly require a "bathtub" type enclosure (due to the nearby Hudson River).

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    Alternatively, once Freedom Tower is built, couldn't there once again be a pedestrian bridge across West St linking the FT to the WFC, just the same as the old bridge from the WTC to the WFC?
    Libeskind's very first Master Plan proposal included a semi-circular bridge that crossed over the West Side Hiway and apparently linked the WFC to the WTC site (at the northern and southern edges). That bridge quickly disappeared from future renderings.


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    The present bridge is temporary. It will probably come down some time after the FT is completed, when that crosswalk can be used.

    It may be replaced by a permanent bridge, or just eliminated.

    I doubt there would be an underpass, since one is planned at the Wintergarden (unless the memorial-people sue to have it stopped).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BPC
    I was told by a longtime BPC resident that there used to be stores in the arcade of the Verizon building photographed above.
    There was retail at the building, but I think it pre-dated BPC. Vesey St was a classic example of streetscape decline, which began when the Washington Market, across the street, closed in the 1950s. Although the WTC plaza is often cited for its poor design, I think that the northwestern corner of the site was worse. Those 30 ft blank marble walls effectively killed Vesey St.

    The arcade became a haven for homeless people, and in the 1980s, NY Telephone permanently boarded up the glass.

    If retail returns here, I think there will have to be alterations to allow outside entry; I don't think Verizon would be too happy about shoppers in the lobby.

    There are storefronts on the north side of the building that already have outside entrances.

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    Seconded. I walked Vesey St every week for a couple years before 9/11 and it was a featureless canyon -- made worse by the fact that the old 7WTC was very street-unfriendly as well.

    It would be fantastic to bring the Verizon building arcade back to life. But that's years away, if ever, unfortunately.

    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp
    There was retail at the building, but I think it pre-dated BPC. Vesey St was a classic example of streetscape decline, which began when the Washington Market, across the street, closed in the 1950s. Although the WTC plaza is often cited for its poor design, I think that the northwestern corner of the site was worse. Those 30 ft blank marble walls effectively killed Vesey St.

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    Then/Now

    A Deco Skyscraper Endures as Its Surroundings Are Transformed

    By DAVID W. DUNLAP
    Published: December 10, 2008

    The former New York Telephone Company Building at 140 West Street has always looked like something produced by the force of nature: a Monument Valley mesa rising, however improbably, over the Hudson River.

    Then and now PHOTOGRAPHS

    “Its massing is mountainlike — sumptuous masses piled on top of each other for an overall effect of immense repose,” Paul Goldberger wrote in his 1978 architectural guidebook, “The City Observed: New York,” for which the first photograph was taken.

    It is fitting that something so elemental has survived the transformation around it, including the rise, fall and rebirth of the World Trade Center.
    So much has changed in this riverfront scene over 30 years. In the foreground in 1978 was the elevated West Side Highway viaduct, then in the process of being dismantled.

    Along the elevated highway’s route, in the Washington Street Urban Renewal Area, came several giant buildings, two of which are in the 2008 picture, to the left of 140 West Street.

    In the distance is 388-90 Greenwich Street, now home to several Citigroup divisions. It was formerly home to the Travelers Group, before that to Shearson Lehman Hutton, and before that to Shearson/American Express.

    A bit closer in, with the strongly patterned facade, is 101 Warren Street, also known as 270 Greenwich Street, a new residential and retail complex with a Whole Foods Market. (Whole Foods had not even been founded when the first photo was taken.)

    Then comes 140 West Street itself, designed by Ralph Walker and completed in 1927 for New York Telephone, the corporate ancestor of Nynex, Bell Atlantic and Verizon. The building was designated an official city landmark in 1991. Though it survived the inferno in 2001, it had to be extensively rehabilitated. It has been Verizon’s headquarters since 2005.

    To the right of 140 West Street in 1978 was open sky. That space was later filled with the first 7 World Trade Center, which burned and collapsed on 9/11. In its place, and visible in the 2008 photo, is the new 7 World Trade Center.

    The low, dark, steel and glass structure in the 1978 view was 6 World Trade Center, the United States Custom House. The blank white wall at its base was, in essence, the pedestal from which the trade center rose along West Street — an unforgiving and uninviting streetscape.

    The cranes in the contemporary view are building 1 World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower. By this time next year, 140 West Street will have been overshadowed. But if history is any guide, it will never be overpowered.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/11/ny...1&ref=nyregion

    Copyright 2008 The New York Times Company

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    I love this building (although the somewhat-new air coolers up top should have been better disguised).

    From earlier this week ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    I love this building (although the somewhat-new air coolers up top should have been better disguised).

    From earlier this week ...

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    Me too.

    From 2005


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    I just took another look at one of the videos originally posted and I was very surprised to hear that Verizon rhymes with horizon. I didn't notice back in 2003 and therefore had no idea.

    IMO, though, I think it sounds better rhyming with barbizon (or possibly amazon), and is easier to say.

    But then again, I also didn't know before today about the derivation of the name: from the latin word veritas and from horizon.

    Well, I've learned something (trivial?) today, including this.

    The Verizon Building is my favourite (relatively) low-rise Art Deco building in New York.

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    Does anyone have any good pics or links to webpages that show the repair/reconstruction of 140 West Street and the WFC?

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    Looks even better with that glitzy, glassy background.



    https://secure.flickr.com/photos/sev...in/pool-curbed

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    Storm-soaked Verizon decamps from downtown

    The communications giant will relocate its headquarters to 1095 Sixth Ave. from 140 West St. The company also announced the $274 million sale of the top 21 stories of its downtown tower for residential conversion.


    By Daniel Geiger


    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/0...ally_condo.php


    Verizon is moving its headquarters to 1095 Sixth Ave. Photo: CoStar Group Inc.
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    Downtown stalwart Verizon Communications Inc. is leaving its headquarters at 140 West St., the property built 87 years ago to house its predecessor New York Telephone, and moving up to 1095 Sixth Ave., across from Bryant Park. On Wednesday, the communications giant announced that it had sold the upper portion of the 31-story, 1.8 million-square-foot downtown building for $274 million. It will retain 10 floors at the base of the property, where some 600 employees will work.Magnum Real Estate Group bought the top 21 stories. Investor Ben Shaoul, president of Magnum, plans to convert those floors to residential condominiums.

    The sale will require Verizon to relocate about 1,100 employees, most of whom are customer-service representatives, to another property it owns at 395 Flatbush Ave., in Brooklyn. Crain's first reported that the communications giant was planning to move large numbers of staffers from its West Street home, across Vesey Street from the World Trade Center back in April.

    Verizon's sale of a partial interest in the building is in line with other property sales it has made in recent years, in which it has downsized facilities and raked in millions of dollars from selling off the excess real estate. The company, for instance, sold off a large portion of 375 Pearl St. in 2011 for $120 million. In that deal, it retained just three floors in that 1.1 million-square-foot property, where it condensed telecom operations and equipment that used to take up nearly the entire tower. It also sold off the bulk of 1095 Sixth Ave., the company's new headquarters property, where it retained seven floors in a condo ownership interest. Verizon stationed its headquarters in that building before selling it off in 2005.

    "We are pleased to continue to move forward with the conversion of our building on West Street from a traditional telecommunications hub to a multipurpose building that will contribute meaningfully to the city's long-term vision for a vibrant World Trade Center neighborhood," said John Vazquez, Verizon senior vice president of global real estate. "We believe that with our co-owners, Magnum Real Estate Group, we will stand out in what already has become a desirable tourist and residential center for New York City."

    The building's lobby, with its vaulted ceiling and marble-clad walls, is a designated landmark. The property sustained significant damage in the terrorist attacks 12 years ago. More recently, 140 West St. was deluged with water during Superstorm Sandy. The damage, including flooded basement floors and scrambled communications equipment, required tens of millions of dollars of repairs.

    http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article...ate%20Daily%20

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    Ismael Leyva to handle architecture on 140 West Street conversion project

    By Sean MacKay

    In September, Crain’s reported that Ben Shaoul’s Magnum Real Estate purchased the top 21 floors of Verizon’s Tribeca headquarters at 140 West Street.

    The plans to convert the top 21 floors into residential condos hit a snag when a permit filed in November was disapproved by the city. Architect Ismael Leyva’s firm is listed as the applicant of record in the permit.

    While we’ve yet to see an approved permit, we know the team is pushing forward with the conversion. Luxury Loft, a team of Elliman agents, posted an old photo of 140 West Street to its Instagram yesterday. The photo highlights some of Ralph Walker’s feted architectural work on the Verizon Building.

    Grade has also been tapped to handle interior design for 140 West’s amenity spaces and model units. The project appears on Grade’s site and the firm was included as a hashtag in the Luxury Loft Instagram post.

    A write-up on Grade’s site says the amenity spaces will include a lobby, pool, sauna and comprehensive fitness center.

    Completed in 1927, the Verizon Building has been called “one of the most significant structures in skyscraper design.” The building was severely damaged in the September 11th attacks. Restoration efforts took three years and cost $1.4 billion.

    http://news.buzzbuzzhome.com/2014/03...st-street.html

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    Thirteen just did a short program on Ralph Walker:

    http://video.pbs.org/video/2365339620/

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