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    On my way to see John Adams conduct his own works with the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall ...



    ... I took some pics of the Extell site -- where they've cleared the buildings along W. 58th (the buildings along W. 57th that will come down are shrouded in construction netting) ...












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    The John Adams presentation was terrific, particularly his Violin Concerto featuring soloist Leila Josefowicz -- who totally rocked Carnegie Hall ...




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    There was an insert in tonight's Carnegie Hall program that Composer / Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich died today at the age of 80 ...

    Rostropovich at the Berlin Wall (1989)



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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    The John Adams presentation was terrific, particularly his Violin Concerto featuring soloist Leila Josefowicz -- who totally rocked Carnegie Hall ...



    In this words of Borat, "She very naaahce!"


    On a serious note, I can't wait to see the specs for this tower. I predict that it will be a masterpiece by Portzamparc and will rise at least 800 feet. I also can't wait to see what Extell does with the Hard Rock site.
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    londonlawyer: How come I KNEW you would take a liking to Leila ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    londonlawyer: How come I KNEW you would take a liking to Leila ?

    I am predictable! She is the hottest woman to pass through Carnegie Hall since Renee Flemming and Anna Netrebko. I am waiting for the latter, in particular, to perform Salome.


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    Talking ^ Love the gown

    but the bracelets are a mite pushy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stache View Post
    but the bracelets are a mite pushy!
    Funny!

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    Default those North facing Matropolitan tower . . .

    folks cant be happy. They will lose their central park view.
    how much % does a condo with a park view lose when the view is gone ?

    as to the Safdie's columbus circle proposal i like the time warner center design better.

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    START-UP AT CARNEGIE SITE
    EXTELL BEGINS WORK ON TOWER ON NORTH SIDE OF W. 57TH STREET



    By STEVE CUOZZO
    May 15, 2007

    THE roar of jackhammers across from Carnegie Hall is sweet music to developer Gary Barnett's ears.

    Barnett's prolific Extell Development Corp. has finally started work on one of the city's most-watched sites - a colossal, six-building assemblage on the north side of West 57th Street across from Carnegie Hall.

    Barnett said yesterday the project will be "at least 50 stories" with "north of 500,000 square feet." Though plans aren't final, "We're looking forward to doing a five-star hotel at the base and above it, condos with Central Park views."

    Extell filed demolition plans with the Buildings Department this month. The takedown has begun behind a shroud of black netting. Barnett said actual construction should start this year, even though certain aspects of the project - including choice of architect and hotel operator - have yet to be finalized.

    A gratified Barnett said, "It's taken me nine years to put it together." The site includes all the buildings from 147-161 West 57th and air rights from adjacent properties.

    With 150 feet of sidewalk frontage, Extell's is the largest of several building sites on the block between Sixth and Seventh avenues. The company also owns the former Hard Rock Café. Barnett said, "We're not sure yet what we'll do there - it might be offices."


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    Quote Originally Posted by krulltime View Post
    START-UP AT CARNEGIE SITE
    EXTELL BEGINS WORK ON TOWER ON NORTH SIDE OF W. 57TH STREET



    By STEVE CUOZZO
    May 15, 2007

    THE roar of jackhammers across from Carnegie Hall is sweet music to developer Gary Barnett's ears.

    Barnett's prolific Extell Development Corp. has finally started work on one of the city's most-watched sites - a colossal, six-building assemblage on the north side of West 57th Street across from Carnegie Hall.

    Barnett said yesterday the project will be "at least 50 stories" with "north of 500,000 square feet." Though plans aren't final, "We're looking forward to doing a five-star hotel at the base and above it, condos with Central Park views."

    Extell filed demolition plans with the Buildings Department this month. The takedown has begun behind a shroud of black netting. Barnett said actual construction should start this year, even though certain aspects of the project - including choice of architect and hotel operator - have yet to be finalized.

    A gratified Barnett said, "It's taken me nine years to put it together." The site includes all the buildings from 147-161 West 57th and air rights from adjacent properties.

    With 150 feet of sidewalk frontage, Extell's is the largest of several building sites on the block between Sixth and Seventh avenues. The company also owns the former Hard Rock Café. Barnett said, "We're not sure yet what we'll do there - it might be offices."


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    It will be utterly disappointing if this building is anything other than a masterpiece. If something like Orion rises on this site, I'll officially give up on NY. Barnett is razing these nice buildings:
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    Quote Originally Posted by londonlawyer View Post
    If something like Orion rises on this site, I'll officially give up on NY.
    I've heard you say that before.

    I warned you (and others) never to get too excited about anything in this city until you actually see it rise (and in some instances, when it has topped out and finished).

    We've been around too long and let down way too many times to fall for rumors, promises, feel good news releases/articles.

    The fact is, this city will only get uglier with time, with an occasional looker coming onto the scene, but they will be far and few in between.

    This is a city (especially in recent history) that is only concerned about the size and height of new buildings, never their appearance--unless of course the height or size is large, in which case, their appearance will then be used as an argument against them.

    For instance, if the Chicago Spire were to be proposed in NY, then you know everyone would be out protesting it on the grounds that it is too large, too out-of-context, an eyesore and will forever destroy the city's character.

    On the other end, with customers ready to snatch up anything they throw up, there really isn't any incentives to create something particularly nice or beautiful.

    You'd only have to see the new proposals for other cities, literally all over the world to see how low-grade and uninspiring the new projects in this city are.

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    Well on a place like SSP of course you're only going to see the best of the best....but even Chicago is dealing with some new eyesores, and the loss of some historic buildings. Some incredible projects might be coming out of China, but they are also still building identical commie blocks. And Dubai, well, that place is just going to end up looking like a fantasy land instead of a respectable city.

    I have faith in Extell, he is committed to putting something spectacular on this site that he has assembled over a decade.....he's one of a few developers who's proud of his work.

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    sfenn, you're still young and have plenty of youthful enthusiasm left but eventually, this city will bring your spirits down just like it has with the rest of us.

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