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    CUNY, Ratner, Renzo Piano To Build New Tower
    New Building at Tillary and Jay will be Front Entrance to MetroTech






    By Linda Collins
    Brooklyn Daily Eagle
    published online 09-22-2006

    DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — Attracting world-class architects to Brooklyn is not a new concept these days, but Forest City Ratner’s surprise announcement yesterday of a brand new tower for Downtown Brooklyn added one more name to that growing list.

    As is known, Frank Gehry is designing the Atlantic Yards development, Enrique Norten is designing the Performing Arts Library at BAM, Rafael Vinoly is designing the Brooklyn Children’s Museum addition and Richard Meier is designing the all-glass building On Prospect Park at 1 Eastern Parkway.

    Yesterday we learned from Forest City’s MaryAnne Gilmartin that Italian architect Renzo Piano — best known recently for his designs of the new New York Times building and the renovated and expanded Morgan Library — is designing the new tower proposed for the New York City Technical College (CUNY) campus at Tillary and Jay Streets.

    Gilmartin was speaking at the Metropolitan New York Chapter of the Appraisal Institute’s annual September Conference held Wednesday at Club 101 in Manhattan.

    Why is Forest City Ratner involved with City Tech, as it is called? The tower will also be the official front entrance to the MetroTech Center, according to Gilmartin.

    “We are building a very tall, beautiful and slender tower,” she said, adding that it will be 800,000 square feet, will be completed in 2011 and will have a residential component above the academic component at its base. Gilmartin could not discuss details of the tower’s design and ultimate height, however.

    The site is that of the existing two-story Klitgord Center on the southeast corner of Tillary and Jay. The Klitgord, also known as the Klitgord Auditorium, will be demolished to make way for the new tower. Reached yesterday afternoon, Michelle Forsten, a spokesperson for City Tech, as it is called, confirmed that there is a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CUNY, Forest City Ratner and the New York State Dormitory Authority (the funding agent), which is expected to be executed by all parties this fall.

    Forsten also said the mixed-use building, which is officially within the MetroTech Center complex, will include classrooms and offices for faculty members, and will house several different academic disciplines.

    “We are very excited because we are so overcrowded now and we need all the space we can get,” she said.

    Forsten did not say, but it could be assumed that the new tower is possibly related to the news reported this summer of a major academic reorganization at City Tech.

    Announced in August, this reorganization has resulted in the establishment this fall of four new independent academic departments — Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics and Entertainment Technology.

    “In the last few years, City Tech has hired several top-notch faculty members in the sciences who are conducting cutting edge research,” said Acting Dean of Arts and Sciences Pamela Brown, in making the announcement. “The time is right to form three separate science departments, which will help to develop fields of specialization in research as well as foster the development of new curriculum in these areas of rapid technological advance.”

    Commented City Tech President Russell K. Hotzler, “This reorganization will position City Tech to continue attracting accomplished faculty who will share their considerable expertise with our students in the classrooms and labs and as mentors.”


    Seven-Member Panel on Brooklyn’s Building Boom


    In her remarks yesterday, Gilmartin was the sixth speaker on a seven-member panel discussing the building boom in Brooklyn, during which an audience of mostly Manhattan-based appraisers, bankers and realtors were treated to two hours of some very enthusiastic, pro-Brooklyn remarks.

    And the panelists were preceeded by Brooklyn’s foremost booster, Borough President Marty Markowitz, and were moderated by another, Kenneth Adams, president of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

    Said Markowitz, “Brooklyn is experiencing a true renaissance and the Brooklyn housing market is still the hottest around.”

    Adams, in his introduction of “this unique panel of seven very significant players” in Brooklyn’s development boom, said, “In Brooklyn, we are proceeding at a heady, if not frightening page all across the borough.”


    The other panelists included:

    • Jeff Levine of Levine Builders and the Douglaston Group, who spoke of his Williamsburg waterfront project The Edge, a multi-building complex that will include 350 affordable and 1,000 market-rate units, 70,000 square feet of retail, 20,000 square feet of piers, “unparalleled” views and a waterfront promenade. Levine revealed he was born and raised in Brooklyn as was his father before him.

    • David Walentas of Two Trees Management Co., who spoke about how he literally bought DUMBO for $12 million and also summarized his current projects. Walentas revealed that he was a resident of The Clocktower condominiums in DUMBO, one of the first buildings his company converted and the one with “the most fabulous view.”

    • Alan Bell of The Hudson Companies, who spoke about the success of his firm’s J Condos in DUMBO and how, for a short time at least, it is the tallest in Brooklyn. Hudson is a developer of only residential properties and those a mix of affordable, middle-income and market rate.

    • Joshua Muss of Muss Development, who spoke of the risks he took in not only creating a new neighborhood — at the Oceana Condominium in Brighton Beach — but in building a hotel (The New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge), which he described as “the linchpin that helped make the new Downtown Brooklyn.”

    • Robert Levine of the RAL Companies, who spoke about “our 360 acquisition adventure” with the Watchtower and Brooklyn Bridge Park organizations in acquiring and developing One Brooklyn Bridge Park, the former 360 Furman St. building — in all, a two-year process. Levine revealed that he was also a Brooklyn native.

    • Joseph Sitt of Thor Equities, who spoke about his two projects in development — the massive mixed-use entertainment-hotel-residential project in Coney Island (“the best beach in the world”) and an as-yet-to-be-determined project in Red Hook, site of the Revere Sugar plant (“incredible views”) that has been vacant for 30 years. Sitt revealed that he was born and raised and still lives in Brooklyn, “and I love it.”


    © Brooklyn Daily Eagle 2006

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    “We are building a very tall, beautiful and slender tower,”
    Sounds exciting!

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    Sounds like this could be the centerpiece of Brooklyn's skyline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krulltime View Post
    Just to show you how HOT is Brooklyn... here are some of the big developements in the works for Downtown Brooklyn and beyond... Everything is under-construction except for the 2 towers (and the CUNY & Ratner Tower) on the top of the picture and the Brooklyn Atlantic Yards (Gehry) at the bottom. (although there is more stuff in that picture that is under-construction aswell but in a smaller scale)


    Nice Job!

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    Website launched for the Gold Street towers:

    http://orocondos.com/

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    Couple of notes.

    Im not happy that Piano who has already given the city three eye-sores and missed opportunities in the Whitney, Morgan, and NYTIMES is given another opportunity here, I hope he redeems himself here and at Columbia.

    Second does the BAM Library now remind anyone else of the Museum at Ground Zero by our litte friend, Daniel Libeskind.




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    Missed opportunities, maybe, but certainly not eyesores. None worse than what NYC based architects are putting up today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stern View Post

    Im not happy that Piano who has already given the city three eye-sores and missed opportunities in the Whitney, Morgan, and NYTIMES is given another opportunity here...
    I walked by the TT tonight after dark -- with the lights on inside it glows and the exterior practically disappears. Beauteous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek2k3 View Post
    Nice Job!
    Hey Thank you Derek2k3! It took me a while to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stern View Post
    Couple of notes.



    What is that beige building to the left and behind the new library?

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    The one with the arched windows? Brooklyn Academy of Music ...

    Before the recent facade restoation:



    With cornice restored / facade renovated:




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    Sorry, I mean the more modern one with the cross bracing. I know it is does not currently exist. From the perspective of the rendering. It almost seems to be on the Western side opposite the library, on the other side of Flatbush Ave. Is it a proposed new building, or simply an artisitic addition?

    Nice pics of BAM otherwise. Beautiful building with an amazing cinema inside. Brooklyn, and New York are so lucky to have such a great institution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kurokevin View Post
    BAM...Beautiful building with an amazing cinema inside. Brooklyn, and New York are so lucky to have such a great institution.
    You can say that again. Combine that with the Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park and Atlantic Yards, and you can say Brooklyn is lurching toward worldclasshood. It's true, however, that some folks sound as though they prefer it as a backwater.

    That restored cornice on BAM sure makes a huge difference. All amputated cornices should be restored; maybe the city could provide tax incentives to that end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kurokevin View Post
    Sorry, I mean the more modern one with the cross bracing. I know it is does not currently exist. From the perspective of the rendering. It almost seems to be on the Western side opposite the library, on the other side of Flatbush Ave. Is it a proposed new building, or simply an artisitic addition?
    Maybe it is 230 Ashland Place that is currently under construction?


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    If you look closely they've added the Forte behind and to the right of the new BAM library -rising above and behind where the outdoor television-screen resides. This is on the other side, and rises above the library and out of the image.

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