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    Quote Originally Posted by kz1000ps View Post
    What is it with The Donald and brass? You'd think every building of his were completed in 1983 if you didn't know any better.
    I always thought his buildings looked like casinos. "Subtle" isn't a word found in Donald's vocabulary.

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    Mystery Man Buys $33 M. Trump World Tower Duplex

    by Max Abelson Published: October 1, 2007

    The bizarre triumphs of Manhattan’s high-end real estate market are simply unending. Just when you’d think our bubble was finally going to be bashed by the national mortgage crisis (or shaky Wall Street, or the tumbling dollar), another gargantuan deal comes along.
    And the seller, of course, is Donald Trump. As he un-smilingly told The Observer last month: “Nothing affects me.” The last three original units at Trump World Tower, the monolithic First Avenue condo at 845 United Nations Plaza, have gone for the pleasant sum of $33.654 million.
    The buyer of all three is listed in city records as CCHP Holdings, LLC, whose address is listed in Huntington, NY. The purchase deeds are signed by Donald T. Nguyen, but it’s not clear who the buyer is; according to a source with knowledge of the deal, the spread will belong to an Asian-American moneyman.
    What does $33.6 million buy? The first two units take up the entire 89th floor (directly above Derek Jeter, incidentally). That floor alone has 20 rooms, eight bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, and 10,145 square feet, according to the listing with Trump broker Debra Stotts. That floor was listed for $28,248,500.
    But then there’s the 14-room A-line apartment on the 90th floor, listed for $10,346,300. In case you were interested, the combined penthouse duplex will have 34 rooms, 14,864 square feet, 12 bedrooms and 16.5 bathrooms--and monthly maintenance fees of $13,906.
    But somehow that space wasn’t enough for CCHP. Two sources said that the buyer tried to lure real estate lawyer and investor Dominick D’Alleva out of the other 90th-floor apartment. Mr. D’Alleva, who paid $13.5 million last year for that condo, would not budge.
    In any case, CCHP will be tearing apart the three units and putting them back together. (Even the GE Monogram kitchen appliances are being ditched, one source said.) The floors have 16-foot ceilings, so there’s a potential for 32-foot-high legroom after renovations.
    Better yet, CCHP got the three-unit penthouse at nearly a $5 million discount from the most recent listing price. The spread had been on the market for six years: Back in 2001, when sales at the condo began, Trump World Tower was billed as the largest residential tower in the world. That's no longer true.
    Dennis Mangone, a Corcoran Group senior vice president, briefly listed part of the building's penthouse. “At the end of the day, Mr. Trump always wins,” he said, referring to those years on the market. “The dollar is weak now... it’s a huge incentive for foreign currencies to purchase New York real estate. And he”--meaning Mr. Trump--“has always had a really strong international base of people.”
    Another foreign mogul, the disgraced Turkish telecommunications giant Cem Uzan, came close years ago to owning this three-unit spread (plus Mr. D’Alleva’s fourth condo.) But he defaulted on his contract, losing his $8 million deposit and the dictatorial views.
    “On a nice day,” Mr. Mangone said about this spread, “you can see West Point."

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    *LML* on Flickr
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    Interiors of high-floor unit at the Trump World Tower are featured in the new Sidney Lumet film "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead", a really dark & nasty film telling the tale of two VERY screwed up brothers played by Philip Seymour Hoffman & Ethan Hawke. Not for the faint of heart.

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    Spectacular Derek.

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    Whats the name of that effect again? I'm drawing a blank.

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    Good shot, but Im not a fan of the alteration.

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    It's called High Dynamic Range digital imaging. Multiple shots are made at different exposure settings, from under to over exposed, and then combined. The finished product expands the light-dark range of a digital image to more accurately represent the real scene.

    You can take it to extremes, which seems to be the case in the above image. The 2nd one in the link looks more pleasing.

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    Mediocrity flanked by greatness. A few steps to the right or the left and visually exquisite landkmarks are smudged off that particular skyline view....

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    Let it go already TREPYE.

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    02/10/09 at 03:20PM

    Maligned zoning plan quietly dies
    By Adam Pincus

    A Giuliani administration proposal opposed by the real estate industry and drafted during the building boom of the late 1990s to restrict building height and density was unceremoniously killed by the city last week.

    The citywide plan, known as the unified bulk program, would have restricted the height of buildings in neighborhoods, removed the plaza bonus for apartment towers that allows for taller construction and imposed restrictions on the transfer of development rights, through a comprehensive reform of the 1961 Zoning Resolution.

    It was not formally withdrawn until February 5 by the Department of City Planning, but a spokesperson for the agency declined to comment.

    The Real Estate Board of New York said in 2000 that even with a modification, the plan was objectionable. Civic groups in the boroughs were also critical of the plan.

    The central proponent of the plan, Joseph Rose, former chairman of the City Planning Commission and director of the City Planning Department from 1993 to 2001, said in an email today that the zoning regulations remain difficult to understand.

    "In recent years the Planning Commission has chosen to pursue numerous neighborhood rezonings rather than systemic reform of the Zoning Resolution," he said in an e-mail. "While much has been accomplished, we are alas still burdened with a lengthy and awkward zoning text that few are happy with and even fewer understand.”

    The impetus for the plan was the construction of the 856-foot tall Trump World Tower on First Avenue at 47th Street, which was criticized for being too massive.

    The City Planning Commission released the proposal in December 1999, and over the next two years it won a favorable recommendation from the Manhattan borough president's office, and conditional favorable approvals from the borough presidents of Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx, according to city records.

    The plan lacked strong support from Mayor Giuliani, however. And more recently, the Bloomberg administration never supported it, creating instead targeted rezoning proposals for neighborhoods like the East Village/Lower East Side, Upper West Side and Fort Greene/Clinton Hill, said a city official who asked not to be identified.

    Real estate experts such as Robert Knakal, chairman of real estate investment sales firm Massey Knakal Realty Services, were surprised to hear the proposal survived even on a technical basis.

    "It was a proposal in response to Donald Trump’s tower on First Avenue but it never went anywhere. I’m surprised it still existed in any form," he said in an e-mail.

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    Two other recent Kondylis high-rises in the shot - Bridge Tower Place (Brown and tan glass tower in the middle-left) and The Laurel the limestone and glass tower on the left. Kondylis has at least 5 buildings on First Avenue alone.

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    What a sore thumb.

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