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Thread: 40 Wall Street - Trump Building - Financial District - by H. Craig Severance

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    I highly doubt that any large office complex like 1LP will become apartments. But skinny prewar towers like 40 Wall and the Woolworth Building? At the very least partial conversions.

    Like it's been said before, envisioning Downtown strictly as a business district is tunnel vision. You can convert about a million square feet of prewar office space for apartments averaging 2,000 square feet, and you'll have 500 apartments large enough for families to live in. And there's about 100 million square feet of office space downtown, post-9/11.

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    40 Wall has always been one of my favorite skyline buildings. Not only is it the quintessential skyscraper but also has quite a history. It lost it's bid for tallest in the world to William Van Alen's Chrysler building when Van Alen secretly assembled a 175-foot spire and poked it through a hole in the dome after 40 Wall was too far along to be changed. Also, on May 20,1956 a twin engine Army Air Force C-45 slammed into the 58th floor, killing all five on board.

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    i have always loved the oxidised copper on the top, thats one of the things that i like about the WFC as well.

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    Donald was considering apartments for a fleeting moment. But consider this. He picked up a 72 story 1.1 million sf building for literally $1.5 million. He now gets rents in the $30 dollar range. It would be bad economic sense to rent apartments and lose money.

    Gilding the crown could be very nice. Look at the crown building and NY Life. Gorgeous!

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    No.

    Yuck.

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    Tonight, the lantern on the crown was lit.

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    You mean the red light? Isn't it normally? It's hard to see it from uptown because effing One Chase Manhattan blocks the view.

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    No, a bright, yellowish light.

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    Just a few pics I snapped off last May when I was in Manhattan...Anyone got any pics of the lighting?




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    The massing of this building is terrific. Unlike that adjacent POS, 60 Wall.

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    They don't build them like they used to.

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    thanks flourescent lighting and air conditioning! Mixed use towers (with residential units on top) are our only hope for seeing towers with the proportions we like ever again. And to imagine that (going by history) office tenants are going to want larger and larger floor plates. Not to get off track, but are we forever doomed to 50-60 story towers as the general height for a big (yet not enormous) projects because of diminishing returns? Or is there a design solution that just isn't applicable to today's market demands?

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    Efficiency’s Mark: City’s Glitters a Little Less

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/02/ny...pagewanted=all

    By KEN BELSON
    Published: November 1, 2008

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    Maybe they should just get more employees to work the night shift.

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    Thanks for the link Derek - That was an interesting article...

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