There is no market incentive for giant 2,000 ft. megatowers. We could build them in NYC (or in Secaucus, wherever), but they don't make financial sense. The floorplates become massively inefficient, and are mostly elevator space.
I don't think many people want tax dollars going to useless monuments.
It's zoned for 12 million square feet.
Not what I asked. I said, why limit the FAR on those sites when there are so few available like those. Why not zone unlimited for select parcels on the yards so a developer can decide to do what he wants.
FAR was mainly instituted in NYC to maintain light and air to the streets below. Allow unlimited FAR and in many areas you'll have cold dark canyons. Hardly a plan for good urbanism.
This does raise an interesting question: How close is Manhattan to being built-out, at least in terms of new 1,000+ footers? Is it foreseeable that in the not too distant future, let's say 50 years, that in order to put up a significant building another one of similar mass would have to be demolished? Any city needs some form of constant renewal process to remain vibrant and relevant. I would think this won't be in our lifetimes, but it has to be a real issue at some point.
Right now, NY could be zoned to allow a 600m building in select cases and places like the yards which are relatively isolated and not on canyons. If it makes no sense to build it, at least the developer would have a choice and wouldn't have to design around a zoning envelope.
The zoning system is like a hatchet when it needs to be like a scalpel.
The problem isn't the limitation of zoning. It's more the inability to purchase & put together a viable building plot that would allow for a 1,200 - 1,500 - 2,000 foot tower. But it can happen -- and we're seeing it right now (Drake Hotel site, One 57, and soon a 225 W 57).
See above.Right now, NY could be zoned to allow a 600m building in select cases and places like the yards which are relatively isolated and not on canyons.
I must go and see what the plaza looks like, sometime soon. I hear it's very nice.
Not open yet! Getting closer, though. The shot above is incredible, though, and I can't wait for the observation deck up here.