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    Here is another setback for the west side (albeit with a latticework). This will be a Portuguese hotel chain - the "Pestana."



    source: New York YIMBY (http://newyorkyimby.com/2015/04/reve...ana-hotel.html)

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    UGGG!!!!
    After Chang has all but decimated the area with his cheap $hit hotels built on lots,
    he's now single handedly destroying actual historic garment district buildings to continue his
    goal of the total North Koreaization of the neighborhood.
    This gem (that just needs a power wash), is what is being razed to be replaced with his lowest common denomination of tasteless, crapitecture.

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    YIMBY is happy, though.

    The building is rising in a stretch of Midtown West that is hosting more and more new hotel development, the vast majority of which is unattractive and anti-urban. Luckily, Pestana’s project appears to be following slightly better design cues than many of its surrounding new buildings, and 338 West 39th Street will include an extensive amount of plastic-y lattice-work that puts the building’s effective envelope flush with the existing street-wall.

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    Following a slightly better design cue...
    IE:
    A horrid set back commie building, with added lipstick- in the form of permanent scaffolding,
    barely helping to obscure the total lack of taste or design.
    Last edited by scumonkey; April 30th, 2015 at 10:18 PM. Reason: spelling

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    de Blasio better get on the stick about stopping these.

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    Great news. Keep em coming, developers. Wonderful to see these formerly depressing streets filled with activity and real vibrancy.

    And DeBlasio is more pro-development than his predecessors. There's no way in hell he goes on some NIMBY anti-hotel crusade.

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    This crap is destroying the city and turning large areas of it into a Third World city in the making.

    De Blasio will never, ever come to the aid of the city's architecture. He's fundamentally, at his core, opposed to it. He doesn't like "nice things." He's a communist, a leveler. He wants "equal things." And frankly when you have a city with a huge mass of barely literate youth who have never lifted a finger in school but angrily demand high-paying white-collar jobs later on, equal things will mean crappy things.

    De Blasio wants "affordable housing" - i.e., housing that comes at a minimal price for some (who receive it through the political system - and are likely to have political connections to get it) but is fully unaccessible to those footing the bill for it. That doesn't gibe with saving the city's architecture, and never will. Bloomberg cared about quality of life, building high-quality infrastructure, and making the city a nicer, better place to live. De Blasio cares about the same things the Russians did in 1917, and look at the decades of wonderful architecture that led to.

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    Stroyka means "construction site" in Russian, but you sure don't like 'em.

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    Whats this new vibrancy you speak of?
    The only thing these hotels do for this area (other than make it a bigger visual blight), is cause an influx of cabs to line up along the curb to take these cheap/poor tourists someplace else.
    something this neighborhood does NOT need- MORE cars!
    Other than that, nothing different as far as street life is concerned- maybe just the opposite.
    And at this point this a$$ is now buying up REAL buildings (not parking lots- he's already used all that space), with REAL businesses inside of them- destroying
    Actual vibrancy of people coming to the area to work, shop, etc., not throwing a suitcase in a room and heading out AWAY from the area to a more touristy site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stroika View Post
    He's a communist,
    Isn't your frequent call for "blanket landmarking" typical of what a communist government does - arbitrary, no regard for established law or private property rights?

    These ugly buildings have nothing to do with poverty, or affordable housing. Quite the opposite, they're about greed. Ask a poor person if he knows what ROI means.

    Your diatribe reads like a Fox News meme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stroika View Post
    Bloomberg cared about quality of life, building high-quality infrastructure, and making the city a nicer, better place to live.
    If I remember correctly, the Kaufmans of New York were happily putting up their crap during Bloomberg's 12 year reign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp View Post

    Your diatribe reads like a Fox News meme.
    It's actually sad that Soviet immigrants have become such rabid conservatives. And it was a liberal Democrat - Frank Lautenberg - who helped them get here.

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    Pestana or Pissonit?

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