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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    Except maybe NYC? It really doesn't do much for the skyline -- except to load a big block of glass into the air. It has little grace or beauty. All it really has is size.
    For the most part, few new buildings in NY do. Look at BP's POS that will rise at 250 W55th. That ugly, heavy box likely will be visible from Central Park, will look like garbage and will detract from -- rather than add to -- the skyline.

    Unlike London's developers, NY mullahs simply want to build the most space allowed by the zoning regulations in the cheapest manner. The pride that exists in London is absent in NY. That explains why our streets our filthier and our architecture pales in comparison to London's.

    I saw a rendering of the office building that Mullah Macklowe planned for The Drake site before the market crashed. It was basically the same shape and cheap glass as 250 W 55th. Only in NY could stunning old buildings like The Drake and the 57th Street townhouses get razed and then replaced with crap.

    Given the foregoing, I can't help but to be pleased with Carnegie 57. It's a champ considering NY's very low standards.

    London, which is addicted to style, is like a custom Brooks Brothers suit, whereas NY is a Syms bargain basement closeout.


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    Quote Originally Posted by londonlawyer View Post
    I picture Stache as a hot blonde stewardess on Virgin Atlantic.
    I seem to get a different vibe from "stache's" posts.

    Maybe he's a gay guy on AirTran?


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    Quote Originally Posted by londonlawyer View Post
    I love a horny stewardess. What's your opinion of threesomes?
    Tight fit in your typical 747 toilet cubicle! I'm the fight attendant on weight penalty lol!

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    Well, you might have discerned from my posts that I like a little junk in the trunk -- particularly on Essex girls whose "extra baggage" is nourished by a healthy appetite for beer.

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    Just because the older ugly buildings in London are shorter than those in NYC, it doesn't mean they are less ugly. As nice as the Shard might be, look at the lovely collection of just awful stuff from the 60s in that photo. I mean, sure, they're shorter, so you can still see the church (which NYC is full of as well). but really, that's not saying much at all. I think we've also covered this before, but the price per square foot in London is twice that of NYC. Something tells me that the cost of building isn't twice NYC, which means there's a profit leeway that exists in London that NYC can't compete with.

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    Probably new building taxes.

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    The shard is looking gorgeous. I could only wish we would ever get a tower like that. In fact, something that tapers would have been wonderful in this position over Central Park.

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    I agree. NY's architecture is doomed by all of the regulations regarding air rights and square footage. It leads our Taliban "developers" to build the ugliest boxes that squeeze the most space onto a site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STR View Post
    From: Top of the Rock


    Underwhelms.

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    In many ways it reminds me of some awful 80s post-modern buildings.

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    Same here, a little like the "cash register" building (Wells Fargo Center) in Denver:



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    This tower is "awful" now? Sure it isn't the most spectacular piece of architecture, but "awful"?

    This place has become a joke.

    Why again is this idiot from Scotland a moderator?

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    Alonzo is a great contributor to the forum and is an architect. Therefore, his opinion is valued. Anyway, as this is a 'forum," all opinions that don't personally attack anyone should be encouraged.

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    This guy insults a moderator and I'm the idiot. He can think about that for a week.

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    off with his head!!

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