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    The construction in that pic is of a building on the next block on the opposite side of the street.

    519 West 42nd Street
    http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/sh...?t=5949&page=1

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    From http://cityrealty.com:

    New West 42nd Street tower will have about 800 rental and condo apartments 01-AUG-05

    The site for a major new tower that may contain about 800 rental and condominium apartments as well as retail, cultural and transportation uses on West 42nd Street is being cleared.

    Alex Twining, the principal of Twining Properties, said today that the design for the development at 440 West 42nd Street is "still being adjusted" and that the mix of apartments is "still being finalized." "There are a phenomenal number of cooks," he said.

    When asked what was the the timetable for construction, he laughed and said "three months ago," adding that the complex, mixed-use project is "as-of-right," that is, it will be built within existing zoning and building regulations and not require any special permits or variances.

    It will be at least 60 stories tall, he said.

    The development is a joint venture between Twining Properties, MacFarlane Properties and The Related Companies, a co-developer of the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle.

    Arquitectonica, the Miami-based architecture firm that is famous for designing bold and brightly colored towers such as The Palace and the Atlantis in Miami and geometrically very interesting projects such as a bank in Lima, Peru, is the architect for the project. Its first major high-rise development in the city was the Westin Hotel on the northeast corner of Eighth Avenue and 42nd Street that has a tall tower with an incised curved light that runs up its full height. The tower, whose top is angled, sits on a multi-angled box and the facades utilize several colors.

    Twining Properties, founded by Alex Twining, formerly with Morgan Stanley and AvalonBay Communities, has offices in Boston and New York.

    The planned tower does not yet have a name and it is one of several huge residential projects being built or planned for the western end of 42nd Street.

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    The site of 440 West 42nd Street. 16 July 2005.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pianoman11686
    New West 42nd Street tower ... that may contain about 800 rental and condominium apartments as well as retail, cultural and transportation uses on West 42nd Street is being cleared.
    This site contains a number of performance spaces. It will be interesting to see in the "cultural" uses will include theatres.

    Also curious what "transportation" uses might be? Possibly ... new station for the extension of the 7 line??????

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    ^ ^ Elsewere there's a discussion on "Is New York dirty?" Just look at Edward's photo: immaculate. If he had taken this picture in 1975 there would have been litter (and worse) all over the place.

    Hope they replace those trees when they're through with construction.

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    I remember this block from 1975 very well. Before it became a theatre row. The Manhattan Plaza apts was an empty lot. It was all hand painted signs and boarded-up windows. You had the "Hello Deli"... before the one made famous by Letterman...I used to eat there! Really squalid but we were broke. You had the Club Zsa Zsa, the Tomcat Theatre, The French Model house.... do I have to describe what these places were? Ah...NYC in 1975.

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    I believe new developments on W42nd are required to have cultural spaces like theaters, so I hope that is what goes there. Would be nice if the same theaters got a chance to come back to some shiny new digs...

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    I agree with Billy. I think development of West 42nd Street requires new Off-Broadway or Off-Off Broadway caliber theater space as well as rehearsal space. This particular parcel is losing three theaters and televsion studios (the old NY1 news studios). I would looking for something akin to Theater Row building with Playwrite's Horizon and Little Schuber Theater (which is a wonderfully designed and very comfortable space).

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    Demolition has begun between Dyer and 10th Avenue on 42nd street:
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    Good bye Douglas Fairbanks Theater

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    Good point ablarc.

    The new tower will certainly be better looking, from the outside, than what's there now. Thankfully there will be space for "cultural" uses. Maybe not what's there now, but something similar.

    I think this will be taller than the Orion.

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    I was actually astounded by that photo. I've never seen such a clean stretch of street in New York. Only a matter of time, though, before the hyperdevelopment of this street results in the overflowing trash cans and littered sidewalks common elsewhere in the city.

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    ^ Do you look for it?

    I have three photo threads in the New York pictures section without any litter, and I made no particular effort to set that up.

    I remember New York when it was really dirty. Nothing like what you see now.
    Last edited by ablarc; August 2nd, 2005 at 05:34 PM.

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    "The new tower will certainly be better looking, from the outside, than what's there now".

    I´m not so opitimistic.

    The small characteristic buildings should be preserved with the tower built around them. Those that have been nicely restored are charming. And that´s one thing most of these new residential buildings are not. We shall see...

    Any renderings of what´s going to go up there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabrizio
    "The new tower will certainly be better looking, from the outside, than what's there now".

    I´m not so opitimistic.

    The small characteristic buildings should be preserved with the tower built around them. Those that have been nicely restored are charming. And that´s one thing most of these new residential buildings are not. We shall see...

    Any renderings of what´s going to go up there?
    Look at the first page of the thread.

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