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    Quote Originally Posted by Gulcrapek
    I hope the second tower goes up soon. The east facade viewed from Brooklyn Heights is really yucky.
    On what streets is the second tower supposed to rise? (Hopefully, on the site of the crappy brown brick building on Maiden Lane next to Two Gold.) I can't imagine why it wouldn't go up, as there seems to be a huge demand for housing downtown.

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    2 Gold Street, Tower 2

    http://www.sunassociate.com/currentw...02/page-01.htm

    Sun Associates rendering

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    Why are there two different renderings?

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    One's the cheaper option, I guess.

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    I'm not sure that either option will be built in either form.

    NYPOST:

    A LOT OF LUCK

    By STEVE CUOZZO

    It took a little serendipity and a lot of patience, but the Elghanayan family-owned Rockrose Development Corp.'s hugely successful 2 Gold St. rental apartment tower will soon be joined by two new neighbors — a second apartment building on the block's southeast corner and a 416-room hotel on its northeast corner.

    Rockrose VP Patricia Dunphy says the company spent 10 years methodically assembling most of the block bounded by Maiden Lane and Pearl, Platt and Gold streets, a mere minutes' stroll from Wall Street.

    There was one goal-line obstacle to its long-term vision, though: a small parking lot at the corner of Platt and Pearl, whose owner, insurer C.V. Starr, refused to sell. Starr executives parked there and strolled a few blocks to their offices at 70 Pine St., home to embattled insurance giant AIG — whose former CEO Hank Greenberg is also chairman of Starr.

    Now that Starr is splitting off from AIG and moving to 399 Park Ave., it no longer needs a place to park cars.

    Rockrose just bought the lot for an undisclosed price. It means the Elghanayans can go ahead with plans for the sites abutting 2 Gold St., the $225 million, 51-story rental apartment building it opened this year and which is already nearly full.

    Dunphy said Rockrose now owns the whole block except for a narrow, low-rise building at 213 Pearl. The Rockrose assemblage is zoned for a total build-out of 971,747 square feet, of which 2 Gold St. uses up 535,381 feet.

    That leaves Rockrose with 436,000 feet — of which 181,000 is zoned for residential and the rest commercial. The Elghanayans wanted to put up a new apartment tower on the southeast corner and sell off the northeast corner to a hotel developer — the logical commercial option in a soft office market.


    The problem was that, although Rockrose owned 215 Pearl St. and 10 Platt St., to the south and west of the parking lot, "we always wanted the lot and we couldn't buy it. It was frustrating," Dunphy said.

    A few months ago, Rockrose, tired of waiting, put the south corner site instead — consisting of 101 Maiden Lane and 201 Pearl St. — up for sale to hotel companies. Rockrose had secured city approvals for a 33-story mixed-use project with 259 hotel rooms topped by 43 luxury condos, and tapped CB Richard Ellis to sift offers.

    On the block's north side, Rockrose was resigned to razing 10 Platt and using the land to expand 2 Gold St.'s plaza, and leaving its 5-story, 215 Pearl St. as it was.

    But because Starr decided to unload the parking lot, "We're shifting the hotel to the north end," a jubilant Dunphy said. The purchase came with a bonus: It boosted the air rights available for residential use at the northeast corner to 50,000 square feet, which Rockrose transferred to the south corner site.

    CBRE's Robert Taylor, Ron Danko and Dipan Patel are taking offers on the northeast corner, where a 260,014-square- foot, 41-story hotel with 416 guest rooms can be built as of right.

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    The renderings Gul posted was for the 33 story tower on the SE corner. The 41 story one will go on the other end. Also, shouldn't this thread be combined with this one.
    http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/sh...hlight=avinash


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    211 Pearl Street: An Appreciation

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    Here we have a row of old walk-up tenements that have survived amid the skyscrapers of Wall Street. Which one of these buildings is an entrance to a parking garage? It's not immediately obvious unless you see the modest signs advertising parking. At right is a picture of what remains of 211 Pearl Street, between Platt Street and Maiden Lane in the Financial District. The building was demolished to make way for a 100-space parking garage for 2 Gold Street, a new residential tower in the building's backyard. But the developers of the building saved 211's pedestrian-scaled facade, which now cleverly hides the garage as far out of sight as possible and keeps the street wall intact. They even went so far as to put some kind of stuff behind the windows to make it look like there's something in there. Of course, it would have been better to have built a tower without a garage at all, or to have kept 211 Pearl intact as a walk-up. But those restrictions may have prevented 650 apartments from being built in a 51-story tower that helps to bring a 24-hour presence of activity to this central business district, and densifies residential patterns above mass transit. This project shows how balanced preservation and development can work together to improve the built environment. There are reports that the developer, the Rockrose Development Corp., is planning two more buildings on that block. One hopes that they'll continue to develop with the historical context of this area in mind.


    Some old pics of 2 Gold from March. I think it's awful.




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    I was at an apartment party in 2 Gold last weekend and its a great building. The roof has grass and a large indoor space that is reservable.

    The apartments have nice floor-to-ceiling windows. Balconies have glass railings and looking down 30-40 stories to a narrow street is a strange experience.

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    I hope that Rockrose incorporates the facades of those three little buildings on Pearl Street in the new tower.

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    That's a new and interesting perspective.

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    I looked at an apartment in this building today. The views from the roof deck are amazing. Ive never seen such awesome views, beats ESB and RC in my opinion.

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    Unfortunatly, you'd have to tell everyone you live in this shame of a building. Looks like the residential highrises blighting Hong Kong

    Simply disgusting!

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    ^ but the good thing about living in 2 Gold Street is that your views will not have the views of your own building in sight.

    So that could be a good thing. But I agree it looks like something bad from Hong Kong.

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    This building does not fit in with its surroundings, at all. Its a travesty, especially since it was constucted so very recently.

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