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    Of course.

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    Some images from buildings discussed in the opening article:

    Broadway Temple:


    Lindenthal 57th St. Bridge:

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    Oh my god, that ^ would have given the Brooklyn Bridge a run for its money as the most beautiful and beloved bridge in the city.

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    That bridge would have been in the running for most ugliest ever built. Glad they didn't go with that. It would have made New York look like a snow globe, where the Brooklyn Bridge is scaled to be as tall as the empire state building.

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    In reference to the brutalist structures on the first page. Ever seen this one:

    Orange County Government Building, Paul Rudolph:


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    I recently read John Tauranac’s “Empire State Building: Making of a Landmark.” In it he briefly discusses several aborted record-breaking skyscraper projects of the 1920s & 1930s. I’m hoping to find renderings for the following and am wondering if anybody has discovered any:

    Broadway-Church Building A 150-story behemoth to have been built in 1937; on a superblock bound by Broadway, Church St., Duane St., and Worth St; the Broadway-Church Corporation was set up for the sole purpose of creating this building. The building may have been designed to have Thomas St. run through it:


    Tudor City Tower - Fred F. French’s proposal for the tallest apartment building in the world; part of his Tudor City.

    Lefcourt Times Square Building A 1929 plan, derailed by the stock market crash, by A.E. Lefcourt to fulfill his dream of developing the world’s tallest building; on the northeast corner 49th and Broadway; to have been 1,050 feet tall.

    Christian-Missionary Building 1926; Designed by Shreve & Lamb (of the ESB) for Broadway & 122nd, Morningside Heights; housed church, bank, hotel and hospital; would have been 65 stories and 800 feet; derailed during foundation excavation when a slab of stone killed several workers and litigation followed.

    Columbus Circle Hotel Proposed circa 1921; 60 stories

    Fox Building Plan by William Fox of Fox Theaters for a 52-story building on 47th & Broadway containing a theatre larger than the 6,200 seat Roxy.

    Broadway Hotel Broadway between 55th & 56th; 53-stories; 575 ft. tall.

    Convocation Tower 1921; designed by famed architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue; 1,010 ft. tall; planned for site of Madison Square Garden II (where NYLife Pyramid now stands). Here is a rare rendering of the tower:

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    If the depression didnt occur and all these beauties were constructed NY would be the most amazing place on earth by far. That is dependant of course on A-Hole developers not destroying them.

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    some of these proposals are so awesome!!!

    specifically that bridge with apartments

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    Dood that Convocation Tower is awesome! I'd take that over the full-size MetLife North Tower any day. What a loss that it never saw the light of day...

    The Lindenthal Bridge is eye-popping to say the least, though the idea of building a midrise over the cable anchor is rather dumb.

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    ^Right. This version was even more monumental.


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    And with Clipper Ships and Sea Planes in the foreground!

    Aaahhhh ... The Future ...................

    New York New York! It's a Helluva Town!!!

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    Skyscraper Bridges and Tower Clusters:



    credit:http://flickr.com/photos/paulpablopawel/

    The Skyscraper Museum has an interesting online-exhibit and video lecture-slideshow series on New York modernity and futurism in the early 20thC., which covers a lot of these projects:
    http://www.skyscraper.org/EXHIBITION...ork_modern.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harvick2933 View Post
    Dood that Convocation Tower is awesome! I'd take that over the full-size MetLife North Tower any day. What a loss that it never saw the light of day...
    Had both been built they'd be neighbors (Convocation on the site of NYLife Pyramid).

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    That image actually looks like sensible zoning.

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