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Thread: 555 West 34th St - The Girasole - Proposed 1,000'+ Tower - by FX Fowle

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    Girasole is also the name of a really ugly car
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    looks like a souped up golf cart!

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    Default the solar panels must be related to the name

    Those are intersting meetings, but I suspect the "sol" in Girasole is important if this is a green building. Admittedly, that still doesn't explain the name though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krulltime View Post
    Ok I am a little confuse. This Sherwood Equities tower (the rendering I posted on top of page 3) seems to be on the South side of 34th street, but looking at this map of where it will be located, is actually on the North side of 34th street...
    Here's the location of this tower in relationship to the other westside developments...


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    Suddenly Penn Station is looking as conveniently located as Grand Central... still a ways away from fruition, though.

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    Hudson Yards zoning...


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    Quote Originally Posted by investordude View Post

    ... still doesn't explain the name though.
    Gira = turning = torque

    Sole = sun = solar power

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    I walked by this site last night, and excavation is very far along. There is a very deep pit with tons of tractors, etc. in it. This building is for real!

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    So the concrete "park" is gone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby View Post
    So the concrete "park" is gone?
    No. It's still there. This is just south of it.

    The "park" is where the convention center hotel will rise.
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    was just by there walking the dog.....
    35th looking SW (from the concrete park)

    34th looking NE

    Inside the pit SW view

    inside SE view

    Inside N view

    the building next door on 34th just to the east

    Is it really going?

    The rest of the block:34th looking NE...Say By BY!

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    wow they are digging at the site already? This one just came out of nowhere!

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    Could this be a case of them digging out a hole and then sitting in it for years? (e.g., the Alexanders site) Aren't all of these developments subject to the whim of the 7-train extension, which may or may not occur in the near future?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eugenius View Post
    Could this be a case of them digging out a hole and then sitting in it for years? (e.g., the Alexanders site) Aren't all of these developments subject to the whim of the 7-train extension, which may or may not occur in the near future?
    Possible. I think 11 Times Square would be a better example though. Alexander's was quickly torn down and the site was excavated so that foundations could be placed at a moments notice, this is when there was that absurd proposal floating around for a 450 foot height limit on the outskirts of midtown. Once foundations are complete the building can rise to the height of the previous zoning. I saw nothing at the DOB so its possible they might pull an 11 Times Square, although Fox and Fowle listed a 2011 completion date. Completion dates can never be trusted though just look at all of Ratner's project, NYTIMES, Beekman, Atlantic Yards, all several years behind there anticipated completion dates.

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    Looks like the West Side is on track to be developed a lot quicker than expected. So 3 out of the 4 highest zoned sites in Manhattan have proposals out for them and the two we have seen are kind of disappointing. It was a given they were going to be tall, but they aren't iconic.

    Hopefully the World Product Center will be more exciting.


    Wish the city zoned more sites over a FAR of 30.
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