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    It's pure speculation, but I imagine they are duplex penthouses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrooklynRider
    It's pure speculation, but I imagine they are duplex penthouses.
    Well, of course time will tell.

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    More renderings for your pleasure:





    Photographer: Jock Pottle
    Gwathmey siegel & Associates Architects

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonY
    Looks like there may be balconies to access on the 4 floors, after the tower's first setback.

    Refer back to the pics that NYatKNIGHT posted on 2nd Dec. in regard to this.
    Hmmmm, due to the above renders/model from all aspects, it looks all enclosed. Maybe the setback areas and the rooftop will be accessable though for parties, entertaining guests and BBQs.

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    If you haven't seen the real thing yet, the glass is reflective not colored or transparent. I think it is used to great affect, creating a cubist reflection of the old masonry buildings around it.

    This one gets a gold star from me.

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    Yeah, it's going to be a stunner. One of those rarities that will turn out better than the renders.

    A platinum star from moi.


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    The glossy glass irks me and the massing doesn't seem quite right. Better than usual though.


    Photo from Pith

    Again, see the progression of the building here.
    http://pith.org/core/related-astor/

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    GREAT photo!!! Something is throwing it off though. It might be the overcasty weather?

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    Could be a bit scaryfor a public square. A bit like mirrored sunglasses, and a bit chintzy. I prefer the openness of Perry West, etc, a lot.

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    It is going to be a great tower. I walk by it all the time and it really contrasts the much more traditional architecture surrounding it without being out of place.

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    Look at all that green! 8)
    Nice facade!!!

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    Looks like a nice project !!

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    I'll wait unil I see it in person to really comment, but so far the glass reminds me too much of early '80s towers (a la Houston) except glitzier. I suppose it could work here, but that shine generally feels so icy (thinking of the Jersey City skyline from BPC on any cloudy day) compared to the warmth and grittiness of all the old stone around it.

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    But it's a superb form I must admit. Reminds me a bit of the KuDamm Eck in Berlin or even the Starret-Lehigh Building --


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    Oh boy... I guess I just don't like this modern architecture at all, it looks too out of place to me there.

    I have a photo of that location when it was just a parking lot, this was from around 1977, the sign on the fence says, best as I can make out;

    DAY RATES
    Enter 7 AM to 6 PM

    Up to 2 hours- $1.50
    Up to 3 hours- $2.50
    Max to 6 PM- $2.50
    Day Monthly $50.00

    The photo;

    FIXED NOW:
    http://www.lostnewyorkcity.com/forum...1105203400.jpg


    And here's one to bring a memory, from Summer 1974 looking from Mercer St towards Astor- showing the construction pit of that highrise apartment building on Broadway, it was 737 Broadway that I remember was one of the buildings on the lot that was being demolished the previous summer and from which I salvaged a couple of old fire alarm boxes from and a bunch of little artifacts from the boilers and all when they dug the basement out for the pit.
    I took a series of photos then, some showing the foundation walls going up permanently enclosing the old boilers and oil tanks and stuff that are still under the sidewalks in their original locations. On the Mercer St side in one of those undersidewalk rooms is a bowling ball I found and tossed in there

    The photo is here;

    http://www.lostnewyorkcity.com/forum...1105203542.jpg

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