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    You can see the site between the UN building and the Con Ed site in these renderings from Richard Meier's website found by spyguy:








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    This is looking good: seems (from the photos) like a total replacement of the 'curtain wall'.

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    Any renderings of the new curtain wall, or is it just a replacement?

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    Are they attaching barnacles?


    What are those bump-outs?

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    Those bump-outs may be the temporary rigging used during the installation of the window panes/curtain wall. The entire facade will most likely be 'completely flat' when it is completed. This was supposed to be only a re-clad of the exterior; so don't expect to see any changes to the exterior 'form' of the building. Putting a bump-out on that building would be akin an artist painting a mole on the forehead of 'Mona Lisa' - and that sure would garner a lot of finger wagging from the architectural purists. (lol)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purism

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    Have I gone crazy (apologies in advance if I have)? I couldn't find coverage of this anywhere.

    Why has the Renovation of the UN - by Fumihiko Maki with S.O.M. thread been closed?


    U.N. Tower Will Bring Traffic and Shadows to Tudor City, Residents Fear


    By Heather Holland









    TUDOR CITY — Residents who live near the site of a proposed United Nations office building opposed the plan during a public meeting this week, saying it would increase traffic in an already congested area and block sunlight to a nearby park. The 36-story tower is set to rise on a piece of Robert Moses Park, on the East River waterfront between 42nd and 41st streets, to consolidate the U.N.'s scattered offices into a single building.

    At Tuesday night's public meeting, representatives of the United Nations Development Corporation only allowed comments and would not answer questions from the audience. But that didn’t stop about a dozen community members from demanding answers.

    “What would it do to traffic conditions in the area?” asked Ann Seligman, a member of Community Board 6.

    “This week — the General Assembly — we call it hell week. It’s miserable to live around the U.N. this week.”

    Seligman added that she hoped the design of the building could be improved.

    “Just as somebody who walks around the neighborhood, it’s just a blank wall,” she said. “I hope it can be made more interesting.”

    Many Tudor City residents also worried that the new building would cast a shadow over the complex's two parks, which sit across from the proposed site on either side of 42nd Street.
    “I’m concerned that we're losing more parkland,” said Tim Maldonado, a resident of Tudor City. “Right now, we do have sunlight coming into the park, but if this building goes up any children going out at 9:30 in the morning would be in total shadow.”

    In 2011, the city agreed to sell a portion of Robert Moses Playground to the United Nations Development Corporation so that the organization could build a facility that would serve 2,700 U.N. employees.

    The project also includes an underground pedestrian tunnel that would connect to the U.N. headquarters.

    In exchange, the city promised to convert Asser Levy Place into a park to make up for the lost open space.

    But many residents said that additional open space at Asser Levy would not be an adequate replacement because it was too far away.

    “It’s just telling us that something is being built far away,” said Mark Harris, a resident of Tudor City. “[It’s] not a part of this general neighborhood.”

    A UNDC representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Some residents praised the plan for its ability to bring new green spaces to the waterfront.

    As a part of the deal with the city, the United Nations Development Corporation agreed to pay $73 million into a fund for open space in the neighborhood, including for the rehabilitation of the former Con Ed pier between 38th and 41st streets and an esplanade from 53rd to 60th streets.

    “This is a vehicle for getting funding for [the esplanade],” said Scott Mollen, a resident of 870 U.N. Plaza. “It’s not easy to accomplish something that big without losing something. It’s not every day the opportunity comes around.”

    The project still requires the approval of the City Planning Commission, and additional public hearings will be held as plans move through the city's Uniform Land Use Review Procedure. The UNDC hopes to open the building in 2018.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/2013...residents-fear



    Renderings of Planned United Nations Tower Revealed


    By Heather Holland

    MURRAY HILL — The United Nations gave a first look this week at the skyscraper it plans to build on top of a Murray Hill playground, releasing renderings that show a translucent, 546-foot-tall tower.

    The building, which still has to be approved by the city, would allow the U.N. to consolidate currently scattered operations into a single structure that would rise on the western portion of the Robert Moses Playground, on First Avenue between East 41st and 42nd streets.

    "It's a single building, similar in height to the Secretariat," Jeremy Soffin, a spokesman for the U.N. Development Corporation, said in an email. "[It's] designed to be contextual to the existing U.N. campus."
    If the building wins approval from the City Council and City Planning Commission, construction will begin in 2015 and finish in 2018.

    The 800,000-to-900,000-square-foot tower designed by architect Fumihiko Maki and architecture firm FXFOWLE will contain office space for 2,700 U.N. employees on the upper floors and a cafeteria, communal spaces and bike storage on the lower levels, according to documents the U.N. submitted.

    “The [building] will enhance the Midtown Manhattan skyline and compliment the architectural heritage of the U.N. Headquarters complex,” the project's draft environmental impact statement said.

    The main entrance to the building will be located on First Avenue, at the southeast corner of East 42nd Street, and a second entrance will be placed mid-block on First Avenue between 41st and 42nd streets, documents show.

    A tunnel beneath 42nd Street will connect the new tower to U.N. headquarters, so workers won't have to step outside to travel between the buildings.

    In 2011, the city agreed to sell a portion of Robert Moses Playground to the United Nations Development Corporation so that the organization could build there.

    In exchange, the city promised to convert Asser Levy Place into a park to make up for the lost open space.

    In addition, the United Nations Development Corporation agreed to pay $73 million into a fund for open space in the neighborhood, including for the rehabilitation of the former Con Ed pier between 38th and 41st streets and an esplanade from 53rd to 60th streets.

    The proposal for the new building will go through the city's land use review process hopefully starting later this year, Soffin said.

    The U.N. Development Corporation will hold a public meeting on the project on Sept. 24 at 6 p.m., in the Farkas auditorium of NYU Langone Medical Center, located at 550 First Ave.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/2013...tower-revealed

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    Looks like somebody found the key, re-opened it and moved you post ...

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    Tudor City was built to ignore the East River. What are they complaining about?

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    They are afraid of losing their views from that dozen windows on a nearly blank wall.

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    I swear to God, it's a wonder anything gets done in this town with the amount of wishful micromanaging that's constantly attempted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stache View Post
    Tudor City was built to ignore the East River. What are they complaining about?
    Maybe they want smelly breweries and meatpacking plants back.

    If they want East River views, here's a thought: carve out actual windows!

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