View Poll Results: Do you like the final design of Beekman Place?

175. You may not vote on this poll
  • Yes

    150 85.71%
  • No

    25 14.29%
Page 9 of 341 FirstFirst ... 56789101112131959109 ... LastLast
Results 121 to 135 of 5107

Thread: 8 Spruce Street - Beekman Tower - by Frank Gehry

  1. #121


    The bright side:

    But the community possesses little leverage to affect the plans.

    "We can oppose a tower, but as a community board we technically don't have any capacity to do anything about it," said Madelyn Wils, chair of Community Board 1.

  2. #122


    What I dont understand is, you live in a freaking city, New York not to mention, there are going to be tall buildings ALLLL around you, if you dont like it, move to Queens or Brooklyn. I just cant understand people.

  3. #123
    Banned Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY


    As a person not living in CB1, but who constantly reads of their "protests" and "demands", I truly hope Ratner sticks it to them.

  4. #124


    As a person not living in CB1, but who constantly reads of their "protests" and "demands", I truly hope Ratner sticks it to them.
    Yeah. Tell me about it. Does CB1 encompass all of lower manhattan?

  5. #125


    Quote Originally Posted by ILUVNYC
    What I dont understand is, you live in a freaking city, New York not to mention, there are going to be tall buildings ALLLL around you, if you dont like it, move to Queens or Brooklyn....
    ... or to Vermont!!!

  6. #126


    In addition to the article that I quoted which shows the opposition of NY residents to megatowers, one of the countless examples of the city government's opposition to such towers is demonstrated in the excerpt from the following article that has been posted about, interestingly enough, NY's architectural renaissance!

    Here it is:

    September 5, 2004
    The New New York Skyline

    ....A more legitimate reason for anxiety is that the majority of the towers built in New York in recent memory have been so dismal. Manhattan's skyline was once a monument to the relentless force of modernity, but for decades now the city's reputation as a center of architectural experimentation has been losing ground to London, Barcelona, Beijing, and Shanghai — cities whose civic leaders seem less frightened of the future. The best of the current crop of projects suggest an effort, however fitful, to break out of that creative malaise.

    The roots of that malaise predate Sept. 11. They can be traced back to the late 1970's — to the fall of late Modernism and the subsequent rise of a view of history that often favored a mindless repetition of the past over confronting the anxieties of an uncertain future. What it mostly produced were buildings whose faux historical décor was used to cloak generic development formulas.

    [b]The low point may have come during the final year of Rudolph W. Giuliani's administration, when the Department of City Planning unveiled a proposal that would have forced most new building to conform to the scale of existing neighborhoods. Dubbed "uniform bulk," the proposal was conceived in response to projects like Donald Trump's 72[/b]-story residential high-rise at First Avenue between 47th and 48th Streets. The plan's intent was to force developers to respect the city's existing historical fabric. What it would have produced is a deadening uniformity, particularly in the skyline.

    Fortunately, the plan was rejected after furious objections by local real estate developers.....

    The crazy thing to me is that the area immediately around Trump World Tower is shoddy. First and Second Avenues in the 40's and 50's (and for that matter in the 60's and 70's) is run down and shoddy. Unlike their pristine East Side pristine neighbors on Fifth, Madison, Park, etc., First and Second are filled with filty, dilapidated tenements that have missing moldings and cornices and are filled with horrible stores. They are a blight on the Manhattan landscape.

    I would be sick if The Donald wanted to tear down a 19th century belle epoque townhouse on Fifth and replace it with a 90 story tower. However, I'm all for The Donald, Ratner, etc. tearing down dilapidated buildings in dilapidated areas and replacing them with beautiful new tall buildings. Jewels are worth preserving, but mierda is not!

  7. #127


    Took these photos earlier today (Sept 12).

    Gehry's tower will sit next to these buildings...

    Gehry's tower will rise on the site of this parking lot

  8. #128


    Thanks, its a large site...

  9. #129


    It also doesnt look like many if any views would be blocked, only the backside of neighboring buildings, this is positive....

  10. #130


    Quote Originally Posted by Stern
    Thanks, its a large site...
    It's actually larger than I always thought it was, which is good. They are cramming a lot into this one tower. But there's always up...

  11. #131


    And there's Marias's Tower

  12. #132


    The old buildings near this site are utter masterpieces!

  13. #133
    Forum Veteran
    Join Date
    Aug 2003


    CB 1 represents everything in manhattan south os Canal STreet, they are the worst board and are the main reason Lower Manhattan is not relevant anymore as a business center

  14. #134



    20 more stories for Beekman building

    By Ronda Kaysen

    Real estate developer Bruce Ratner announced plans last week to increase the size of his Beekman St. tower from 55 stories to 75 stories, making it the second tallest proposed building in the Downtown skyline after the Freedom Tower, and inciting outrage from local residents and a potential lawsuit from the city council.

    The announcement of a 20-story addition to the one-million-square-foot tower on the lot bordered by Spruce, Beekman, Nassau and Gold Sts. was proposed as a solution to concerns from residents of the neighboring Southbridge Towers that the development would block their windows. Ratner’s alternative — to build a taller, slimmer building with an open plaza — is not what the residents had in mind.

    “When you negotiate something in a community that the community doesn’t like, it usually goes down in scale, not up,” Paul Viggiano, president of Southbridge Towers co-op board, said at Community Board 1’s meeting, Sept. 21. “We’re going to get all of our political muscle together to do what we can to get this building down [in size].”

    Dan Slippen, director of community relations for Pace University, one of the building’s potential tenants, defended the increase in size. “We’ve been trying to make good will with the community,” he told the board. “We went to 75 stories because of an agreement with members of the community who did not want the bulk of the building against their building, which caused the building to rise.”

    No official agreement was reached between Ratner and the community, according to Paul Epstein, a resident of 140 Nassau St. “Nobody has reached any agreement with anybody,” he told the Downtown Express, although he and other residents of his building have met with Ratner’s office. Nevertheless, residents of 140 and 150 Nassau Sts. thought the slimmer alternative was an improvement, Epstein said.

    Relieved there will be space between his apartment and the tower — Epstein’s bedroom windows look out on the site — Epstein argues that the building needs to be smaller in more ways than height. “The height is what gets some people excited, but the bulk is what counts,” he said. “If it’s going to be in this size range, it’s going to be a massive building [no matter what].”

    Frank Gehry will be the architect, but no renderings of the building have been released.

    The building’s staggering height and its bulk are not the community’s only concern. With no clear plans for amenities for the neighborhood — aside from the open plaza — C.B. 1 leaders and local politicians have stepped in to negotiate a development that is more appealing to the densely populated neighborhood.

    “We have lots of people in this neighborhood that need services and we haven’t been able to create anything for them, no schools, no parks, nothing,” said Paul Goldstein, C.B. 1’s district manager. Goldstein is hoping to set aside 50,000 square feet of space in the new building for a community center for the neighborhood, one with a gym and swimming pool.

    In the current plan, Pace University will occupy 330,000 square feet, or about one-third of the tower. In its portion of the building, Pace will house dormitories, a business school and offices, an art gallery and community space for the public. The rest of the building will be devoted to a 25,000-square-foot outpatient facility for N.Y.U. Downtown Hospital, and rental and condo apartments.

    The building’s height, he said, is of less concern than its lack of community services. “This huge building is going to go up without anything for the community,” Goldstein said. “It’s a big pill to swallow.”

    The city acquired the site under eminent domain in 1964, and then sold it to what is now NYU Downtown Hospital in 1967, with strict height and land use restrictions. When the statue of limitations on the parcel expired in April, Forest City Enterprises began negotiations to purchase the property from the money-strapped hospital.

    The project will be partially financed by $243 million in commercial Liberty Bonds for the construction of the lower 24 floors of the tower for Pace University and NYU Downtown Hospital.

    “Public funds were used to condemn a property for public use, at least a piece of it needs to go back to public use,” said C.B. 1 chairperson Madelyn Wils at the board meeting.

    City Councilmember Alan Gerson may file a lawsuit against Forest City Enterprises on behalf of the City Council to insure the community’s needs are met. “You’re talking about building the largest building in Lower Manhattan and that requires a thorough review,” Gerson told Downtown Express. “We can’t just have such a mammoth development without getting it right.”

    The deadline for filing a lawsuit is Oct. 4, although Gerson is not convinced that a resolution will require legal action. “A lawsuit is always the last resort,” he said. “I hope over the next week or so we’ll be able to come up with an arrangement that meets the needs of the community.”

    Forest City Enterprises did not comment.

    At its Sept. 21 meeting, C. B. 1 passed a resolution supporting Gerson’s suit. “This 75-story building benefits Ratner,” said Wils. “Now Ratner needs to step up to the plate and see how he wants to deal with the community.”

  15. #135
    Forum Veteran
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    New York City


    I guess the community's gripes are pretty sound. I just hope that this doesn't result in a reduction in height.

Similar Threads

  1. New York Times Tower - 620 Eighth Avenue @ W. 41st Street - by Renzo Piano
    By noharmony in forum New York Skyscrapers and Architecture
    Replies: 3237
    Last Post: June 4th, 2014, 02:39 PM
  2. Barclay Tower @ 10 Barclay Street - by Costas Kondylis
    By Derek2k3 in forum New York Skyscrapers and Architecture
    Replies: 623
    Last Post: August 10th, 2012, 02:51 PM
  3. 165 Charles Street @ West Street - by Richard Meier
    By ASchwarz in forum New York Skyscrapers and Architecture
    Replies: 104
    Last Post: June 8th, 2010, 05:36 PM
  4. Canceled: Downtown Guggenheim - by Frank Gehry
    By NYguy in forum New York Skyscrapers and Architecture
    Replies: 33
    Last Post: June 23rd, 2009, 11:09 AM
  5. Director's Guild of America Tower -110 West 57th Street
    By londonlawyer in forum New York Real Estate
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: July 18th, 2003, 11:37 AM

Tags for this Thread


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Google+ - Facebook - Twitter - Meetup

Edward's photos on Flickr - Wired New York on Flickr - In Queens - In Red Hook - Bryant Park - SQL Backup Software