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    Default One 57 - 157 West 57th Street - 1003 feet - by Christian de Portzamparc

    Does anybody know what's up with these properties? Several buildings in a row are closed, which suggests something bigger may be going in their place.

    Uncle Sam's Umbrella Shop looks like it hasn't been open in 40 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tmg
    Does anybody know what's up with these properties? Several buildings in a row are closed, which suggests something bigger may be going in their place.

    Uncle Sam's Umbrella Shop looks like it hasn't been open in 40 years.
    Is that on the north side of the street between 6th and 7th? I was by there a few weeks ago and noticed that several buildings were empty.

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    Default Re: 157-161 West 57th St

    Quote Originally Posted by londonlawyer
    Is that on the north side of the street between 6th and 7th?
    Yes.

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    The DOB doesn't turn up anything significant..

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    Still a mystery what's up with these buildings. Anybody have a clue?

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    These buildings have been vacant for a long time, and sidewalk scaffolding had been erected quite some time ago. I assumed that they would be demolished, but then the scaffolding came down. They're actually nice buildings (especially the little ones east and west of the large one). Maybe since the market is changing, the owners decided not to proceed with a condo project.

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    DOB lists 161 w. 57th as an individual Landmark

    DOB lists 155-159 as One Building (not Landmarked)

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    There I know there's a landmarked building just west of the site, and it's stunning. However, just east of it and just west of the large building, there's a small one (which I think has dormer windows). I don't think it's landmarked. It's nice though and should be saved.

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    I went by there this weekend. The small (not landmarked) building that I referred to housed an umbrella store which is now closed. It sits between the large building and a beautiful, small land marked building.

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    Between The Bricks


    Lois weiss
    December 20, 2006

    Gary Barnett is close to realizing his dream of building a tower across from Carnegie Hall.

    The Post has learned that the head of Extell Development has given remaining occupants until Jan. 15 to get out, allegedly before a series of large and small buildings is demolished. To date, however, no such demolition or new building permits could be found in process or issued in the Department of Building's database.

    What you will see, however, is more and more scaffolding and construction fencing appearing from 157 W. 57th St. and stretching to the east. That's because as long as the buildings are up, local law requires that the facades must be in good condition.

    Barnett has hired Cetra/Ruddy to handle the facade work, however, it is possible that the local architectural firm led by John Cetra and Nancy Ruddy is also designing the replacement tower. Bovis Lend Lease is apparently heading up the construction. Our calls went unreturned.


    Copyright 2006NYP Holdings, Inc.

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    Gershon strikes again! Some beautiful small buildings will be razed. Let's hope that he, at least, designs a nice tower on this site.

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    Any idea of how tall a new building there could go?

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    I don't know, but it's a huge site. I would imagine that it will be over 650 feet and could be taller. The site's frontage on 57th Street is gigantic, and I don't know how deep it is. Assuming that it's rather shallow, one would expect a pretty tall, but shallow building. I wonder if it will crack 800 feet.

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    Does it include the garage behind it on W 58th? Snooping around on property shark 147-163 west 57th and 158-166 west 58th were all bought within the past two years or so. If it includes all these parcels, this tower could be huge.

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