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    Quote Originally Posted by macreator
    Where in Midtown East are you referring to?
    Maybe 3rd Ave. in the 40s / 50s?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCDOC
    I think there are several examples, but just to focus on the area that I am in most of the time - 23rd and 34th, 2nd avenue and East of there. The Kips Bay Towers are a prime example of the garbage in that area.
    Um, the Kips Bay Towers are considered among the most significant postwar buildings in NYC. IM Pei designed them and they are very desirable residential addresses.

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    Ed Koch lives there.

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    There was a lot of stuff put up in the post-war era that was (or still is) considered "significant" and is, at least to my mind, cr*p. London is particularly infested with stuff where you look at it and you think "what the h*ll were they thinking" and yet at the time was lauded. Just look at the south bank of the Thames.

    Quote Originally Posted by ASchwarz
    Um, the Kips Bay Towers are considered among the most significant postwar buildings in NYC. IM Pei designed them and they are very desirable residential addresses.

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    The Civil War was significant, but it's so unpleasant to think about all that bloodshed. Let's blanket the battlefields with subdivisions. Preferably Georgian colonial McMansions. Ahh, all better now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASchwarz
    Um, the Kips Bay Towers are considered among the most significant postwar buildings in NYC. IM Pei designed them and they are very desirable residential addresses.
    The design was much more effective before the strip mall was built in front of it.

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    From http://cityrealty.com:

    325 Fifth Avenue almost sold out 07-NOV-05

    Although it is only about half way up, the 50-story condominium tower at 325 Fifth Avenue is about 99 percent sold out.

    The mid-block tower between 32nd and 33rd Streets is diagonally across Fifth Avenue from the Empire State Building, which from its inception has had no tall neighbors, until now.

    A handsome, light-blue glass curtain wall is beginning to be applied to the new tower, which will contain 250 condominium apartments. It is a joint venture of Continental Properties, which is headed by Mark and Steven Fisch, and Levine Buildings affiliate Douglaston Development, headed by Jeffrey Levine.

    Apartments will feature 10-foot-high ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows, open-plan kitchens with separate pantries and many units will have balconies. Four penthouse units will have wood-burning fireplaces and double-height living rooms.

    The building will have a doorman, a 24-hour concierge, individual storage units for purchase and on-site valet parking. The building also will have a 10,000-square foot health club with a decked indoor swimming pool, a screening room, a children’s playroom, a catering kitchen, a lunge with marble fireplace, and a business center and residents can have dog walking service, maid service and room safes in every apartment.

    Stephen B. Jacobs, who designed the Hotel Ganesvoort, is the architect and Andi Pepper has designed a two-story lobby with a bamboo forest and waterfall.

    The tower is expected to be ready for occupany late next year.

    Construction pic accompanying the article:


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    The north wall has about 1/3 of the facade up: large expanse of very dark brick-like surface with 4 smallish windows per floor .

    I guess they didn't get the air rights for the building on the corner lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASchwarz
    Um, the Kips Bay Towers are considered among the most significant postwar buildings in NYC. IM Pei designed them and they are very desirable residential addresses.
    That's true, but NYCDOC's criticism is valid. Just shows that Pei can get it wrong.

    Actually when it comes to apartment buildings, he pretty much always gets the urbanity "wrong"; his buildings tend towards point blocks, such as you find south of Washington Square, at Philly's Society Hill and Boston's waterfront. Fact is, history will show Pei was vastly overrated.

    Imo, NYCDOC's comment has the freshness BrooklynRider looks for in the mouths of children (in the 2 Columbus Circle thread).

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    Update - it's up to roughly the 32nd floor. The glass is very Orion-esque.




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    The Orion is of higher quality imo. This one has shabby exposed floor plates, a seemingly blank wall facing north, and ugly overhanging balconies.

    I don't like it.

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    I rode the bus past it a couple of days ago. The surface detail looks like crap.

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    The North Wall all cement where the rest of the building is glass makes the building look absolutely retarded.

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    This stretch of 5th was still very Edward Hopper - ish..... now the wide-open majestic view of the Empire is soon going to be a thing of the past. If it were another great building keeping the Empire company it would be easier to accept... but this is ticky-tack junk that has no place on 5th ave. Imagine something like this going up next to the Eiffel Tower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabrizio
    This stretch of 5th was still very Edward Hopper - ish..... now the wide-open majestic view of the Empire is soon going to be a thing of the past. If it were another great building keeping the Empire company it would be easier to accept... but this is ticky-tack junk that has no place on 5th ave. Imagine something like this going up next to the Eiffel Tower.
    An architect in Paris would have enough sense not to design a building with a blank north side that moons Montmartre.

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