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    400 Park Avenue South
    398-402 Park Avenue/ 42-48 East 28th Street
    40 stories 475.53 feet (DOB: 415')
    Atelier Christian de Portzamparc/ Handel Architects LLP
    A&R Kalimian Realty
    Residential Rental
    476,185 Sq. Ft. 342/400 units
    Proposed 2008



    Handel Architects LLP




    http://www.chdeportzamparc.com/

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    Why is it that usually bland looking residential towers get built faster than interesting looking towers like 400 Park avenue. I mean it has been 2 years already since this tower has been talk about. What gives! It frustrates me. Ughr.

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    Bland is fiscally conservative. That makes it easy to finance.

    Bland is easy to construct. That makes it speedy to design, document and build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krulltime
    Why is it that usually bland looking residential towers get built faster than interesting looking towers like 400 Park avenue. I mean it has been 2 years already since this tower has been talk about. What gives! It frustrates me. Ughr.
    If you want it fast, just get them to hire H. Thomas O'Hara to redesign it and it'll go up overnight.

    Joking aside, I think New York buildings have a lot of similarities to the plant world. Take for example, a glorious, exotic flowering orchid and the ugly, weedy dandelion. The orchid will need a lot of nurturing, tender loving care, watering, fertilization and lots of your time and attention. The dandelion (O'Hara) on the other hand, won't need any of that and will still thrive. You can try to kill them, poison them or curse at them and they'll still come back!
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    somehow in the renderings this thing looks much bigger than 40 stories. i am in the neighborhood and this will be such a nice addition - that is if it ends up looking okay

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    This shows how nice it looks at streetlevel.


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    I'm digging the subway entrance. Very creative and natural.

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    kind of odd looking residential...feels like citicorp building at base level. maybe i am seeing things but looks kind of out of proportion or something

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    im diggin the base. the subway entrance is very unique.

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    ^^If anything, it looks more like a combination of the building across the street from Citigroup Center (499 Lex) and the LVMH Tower on 57th.

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    The DOB's website shows a recent entry for this building. This site, and 52-56 W57th, are sites that I've been anticipating the development of for a long time.

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    Great design. Love that subway entrance. Now it it only were twice as tall so it could anchor that section of the skyline...

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    I love the design but I still feel like it looks like an office building. I am sure future renderings will be a bit different. I walked by there today and does not look like anything is going on. The parking lot is definitely still up and running.

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    Just south of this site at 344 Park Avenue South (NW corner of 25th Street) would be a terrific site for a add-on to an existing building.

    On the site is a beautiful stone (marble?) classically-designed 4-story building (listed some places as the Van Raalte building). Next to it to the north is a sorry-looking narrow little white thing that could easily go away -- take it down and build up & around 344 with glass. This would also serve to hide the two utiliatarian walls that flank this site to the north and west.

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