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    Sorry if this has already been asked:

    Any info on the Ismael Levya project just to the east of 325 5th: A mid-block block-through building -- 22 stories / 225' ??

    Addresses listed at DOB are 22 E. 33rd / 19 E. 32nd / 158 Madison (although I'm not sure why it has a Madison adress, at all as it doesn't seem to front onto Madison).

    Google MAP (the site is actually just to the west of what is indicated -- if you zoom in real close you can see the long narrow slot of the site)

    The 32nd St. frontage = 25' / The 33rd St. frontage = 22' (there's a little 3' property line jog ~ 49' into the property from the 33rd St. side).

    The site has been cleared.

    DOB Application for a " NEW_BUILDING " was filed 7.29.05 / disapproved 9.13.05. Subsequent applications for preparing the site have been approved, but it seems that no other actions have been taken since 12.2005. Ismael Levya is shown as the Architect of Record.

    The Ismael Levy Architects website ( http://www.ilarch.com/index.html ) doesn't seem to show this project.

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    regarding above -leyva building.....it was going to be Sundari Lofts......but project was cancelled.......site is for sale........shame really, because the building they tore down was the old Andy Warhol Factory......a crazy old building.....that was really interesting.....yet another loss

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc
    I think it was Czsz who suggested that all of Manhattan could be designated a historic district. Then there would be aesthetic oversight of every new building. Of course, with the present crew of Bozos at Landmarks...
    The shame is with regard to unlandmarked buildings, no one speaks up, until the building is threatened to be demolished, then usually its too late, especially with do-nothing Tierney at the head of (un)Landmarks.

    What should be done is an inventory of every landmark worthy building in the city (Manhattan to start) , instead of the bit by bit that is done now.

    Get them landmarked now - why wait?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1
    Any info on the Ismael Levya project just to the east of 325 5th: A mid-block block-through building -- 22 stories / 225' ??
    From http://cityrealty.com/new_developments:

    158 Madison Avenue development site for sale 24-JUL-06

    The developers of the 50-unit condominium project known as Sundari Lofts & Tower that had been planned for 158 Madison Avenue have retained Massey Knakal Realty Services to sell the project whose site has been cleared.

    Last August, Thorwood Real Estate LLC, a joint venture headed by Joseph Sitt, the president and chief executive office of Thor Equities LLC, and Andrew Heiberger, the president of Buttonwood Real Estate LLC and the former founder and president of CitiHabitats, announced the project, which is located between 32nd and 33rd Streets.

    The project has a "T"-shaped plan and plans drawn up by Ismael Leyva called for a 20-story building with balconies staggered above the five floor on Madison Avenue from the south to the north at the top.

    "Sundari" is a Sanskrit word for "beautiful” and the plans called for an Asian-style lobby and a garden with a waterfall. The project also was to have a fitness center with a 58-foot lap pool and apartments would have had ceilings of 9 feet to 10 feet eight inches, washers and dryers, free-standing Starck soaking tubs, Sub-Zero refrigerators, Miele dishwashers, mahogany floors, green onyx vanities, and Viking ranges and ovens.

    Most apartments would have had balconies or terraces and there was to be a 24-hour concierge, keyed elevators, bicycle storage and individual storage units. Penthouse units would have outdoor hot tubs.

    The project is on the same block as 325 Fifth Avenue, a 40-story mid-block tower now nearing completion.

    An article by Dakota Smith in the June 29, 2006 edition of The New York Post, quoted Mr. Heiberger as stating that “With land in the immediate area trading for around $400 per foot, we were impressed with the profit we could make without constructing the project. The article noted that Buttonwood Real Estate paid around $11.37 million for the site in early 2005, adding “That’s about $160 a square foot for the lot.”

    The article, however, also stated that Buttonwood “is going ahead with its design plans for Sundari Lofts & Tower, presumably in case no deep-pocketed buyer steps forward.”

    John F. Ciraulo of Massey Knakal told CityRealty.com today that the asking price for the property, which also has the addresses of 19 East 32nd Street and 22 East 33rd Street, is $30,500,000. He said that the site now contains 81,249 “buildable” square feet. Mr. Ciraulo said that Massey Knakal began marketing the property two weeks ago.

    The site was formerly occupied by a utility substation that at one time served as Andy Warhol’s studio.

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    Thank God for the buildings in the foreground left, for otherwise the shot of 325 5th would be interchangeable with a photo of anything going up in Miami nowadays.

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    Clearly that area needs bigger / bulkier streetlamps (the better to hide 325 with, my dear).

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    Wow, that's one rusty streetlamp set. Bring in the "new" retro streetlights ASAP.

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    This along with the Centria are among the brightest buildings in the skyline.


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    That new thang is so Floridian ...

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    We sure have lots of brown buildings... but I agree this new building just doesnt seem right there. Maybe next to the whaterfront in Brooklyn or Queens but not in the middle of manhattan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krulltime
    We sure have lots of brown buildings... but I agree this new building just doesnt seem right there. Maybe next to the whaterfront in Brooklyn or Queens but not in the middle of manhattan.
    I think it would be too bright for the Queens and Brooklyn.

    It's too bright period.

    And when i first saw those pictures i thought they were renderings .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek2k3
    This along with the Centria are among the brightest buildings in the skyline.





    Poor little guy. It looks like he got some bad directions to Miami. Now he's lost in the big city.

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    I loved the gloom and grit of this stretch of 5th....film noir manhattan. Style. Class.

    Plopped down here, this thing is crass. Stupid. The atmosphere is ruined.

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    I see 125 W. 31st, and obviously the titular tower, but what's the 3rd building u/c in these aerial shots?

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