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    The above photo leaves me in awe at the destruction that is allowed to continue all throughout this city.

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    http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?p=262846

    Moderators note: All general landmarking posts have been moved to the above link.
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    Posted on Skyscraper Page:



    More renderings on Libeskind's website:
    http://www.daniel-libeskind.com/proj...ew-york-tower/


    Just for kicks imagine it with these...
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    Let's just imagine the older renders built in their places without the presence of Danny's Cracked Tower.

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    The older renderings... now THAT is architecture. I'd like to see at least one of them built to contemporary design standards. Faced with limestone, of course.

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    this needs more news and to be built exactly like the renders so far

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianac View Post
    Clock Tower to Plaza: Watch Us Get Russians (And Donatella!)

    by Lysandra Ohrstrom | July 24, 2008


    wallyg via flickr.

    The Plaza and 15 Central Park West better watch out, because a new ultra-luxe condo is coming to town and its developers are already claiming they will have the edge with an emergent, but increasingly lucrative, segment of the residential market: the Russians.

    Earlier this week, Lev Leviev's Africa Israel Investments announced that it had contracted Versace to spearhead the interior redesign of the Clock Tower Building and convert the former MetLife headquarters at 5 Madison Avenue into a 55-unit condo.

    Versace, of course, ranks high on the list of residential amenities, but we couldn’t help but feel a brief pang of déjà vu. Didn’t another Israeli real estate developer, Elad Properties, commission Versace to design some units in the Plaza a few years ago? The answer is yes, but the CEO of AFI USA, Rotem Rosen, assured us that the Clock Tower will be far from the Plaza Redux.

    Mr. Rosen told us yesterday about the company’s plan to give the Plaza a run for its money by becoming “the highest-end residential building in New York.”

    MetLife Development: Twice the Apartments at Half the Size Updated 38 mins ago

    February 28, 2011 7:24pm


    A report says development of Madison Square Park's clock tower has been altered due to the economic crisis.


    The clock tower building, which overlooks Madison Square Park. (DNAinfo/Leila Molana-Allen)

    by Leila Molana-Allen
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    FLATIRON — The buyers of Madison Square Park's historic clock tower have overhauled their plans for the building in response to the economic downturn, according to a recent report.

    Africa Israel USA, the global real estate group which purchased the tower in 2007, had originally planned to develop the building into 55 high-end condos. However, the site, which previously housed the MetLife headquarters, would now house 99 condos, each around 2,000 square feet, less than half the size of the original units, according to Real Estate Weekly.

    The investment firm has also changed its target audience for the development. Rather than appealing to overseas clientele as originally intended, the apartments would now be designed with New Yorkers in mind, according to the real estate website.

    "We feel really good about the neighborhood," Peter Rosenberg, the firm's managing director for development, told the publication. "They don't really build buildings like this anymore," he added.

    Rather than leasing the ground floor for retail space, Rosenberg planned to build a luxury restaurant. The building would also feature a 60-foot swimming pool and a gym, according to REW.

    Donatella Versace, however, who was originally slated to design the restaurant and apartments, has been replaced by Mark Zeff Design, the company which would also design the rest of the tower's interior, REW reported. The report added that designers planned to theme the décor around the period in which the building first opened — the early 1900s.

    While the apartments have not yet been priced, Rosenberg told REW that the costs would be at "the top of the realistic market." The company hoped to begin selling units within the next 18 months, with the site due to open in two years.



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    Quote Originally Posted by brianac View Post
    Donatella Versace, however, who was originally slated to design the restaurant and apartments, has been replaced
    Ms V isn't going to be too happy...

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    From CURBED:

    Report: Tommy Hilfiger Buys Madison Avenue Clocktower

    Cancel the condos! The former MetLife clocktower at 5 Madison Avenue, the grand old gal standing guard over Madison Square Park, has been sold by troubled developer Lev Leviev for $170 million. To Tommy Hilfiger. Who may turn the building into a hotel ....

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    Tommy trying to diversify.

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    Beautiful shot, SM . The reflection on One Madison Park almost makes it look cool .

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    Makes you wonder what it used to look like before they got rid of the ornamentaion

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    Not too different. Looks like a lot of nice accent details were hacked off. Wish they would bring back the quoins and the old base during this conversion.

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