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Thread: Citigroup Center - 153 East 53rd Street - by Stubbins Associates / Emery Roth & Sons

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    I know. It's like putting a couture dress on Sandra Bernhard. It's nice, but ultimately, you still have to look at that face.

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    If they plan on using this as the main entrance I wonder what they're going to do about all of the homeless people that currently sleep outside the church along Lexington.

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    I found this rendering of the Citicorp Center with the slope facing the East.



    The slope facing north was chosen because there were plans to install solar panels on the sloping south side, although this never materialized.

    I can't imagine the Citicorp Center facing east, although it might look interesting having that Giant window face the east river. Out of all the directions I think the built incarnation is the best. What does everyone else think?

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    There's a great flyover of the Citicorp Center in this commercial from long-defunct Nortel at 0:51.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcZwOFHdO2U

    I absolutely love this building, its definetly in my top 5.

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    Maybe a project for lofter, who seems to be the resident historian. I'd love to see some historical articles concerning the debate before construction that lead to the stilts in order to preserve the church. This has to be one of the most expensive concessions I've ever seen.

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    The new guys in charge are evidently Scrooge-ish.

    This year we have none of the wonderful holiday decorations that usually grace the whole plaza beneath the building. It's a beautiful sight every year for as long as I've lived around here.
    No cascade of evergreens in the waterfall, no lights in the trees or shrubbery, nothing.

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    Wow wonder what happened. Dinero?

    And Lofter the Reliable.....can you pull up some construction photos as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrooklynLove View Post

    Maybe a project for lofter ...
    Hey, BL: Google loves ya

    When the mood strikes I may be able to dig something up.

    I've been waylaid over in Columbus Circle and environs.

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    The columns of this building remind me of the '50s sci-fi film Kronos.

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    Even so, in the very same article, Boston Properties senior vice president Robert Selsam complains, “[F]rankly, we’re tired of the fact that every time Citibank has a problem all of the TV cameras come and photograph the Citigroup Center sign on the front of our building.”
    That quote's from last year, but I don't think MSNBC is ever going to give up their stock footage of the old entrance/signage. I saw it today when they ran a story about the company.

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    The current alignment of the roof benefits the East River Manhattan skyline tremendously. In a different arrangement the building would look like a flat top from the river.

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    Isn't there a damping system installed just below the slope to control the excessive swaying that the building was having?

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    It makes you wonder what is stopping them from installing the planned solar panels on the roof. But if the building skimped on the christmas decorations last year then chances are they aren't going to invest in solar panels. Another missed opportunity.

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