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    I actually walked by that Chelsea one today. My god, so cheap, so tacky, so ugly

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    Default Even more charming.

    It's being covered in red brick. : (

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    Gene Kaufman, Architect: CHEESE

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    ^ No, according to the quote from Derek below, they appeared to have switched to a different architect. The latest iteration seems to be by, none other than, the horrible, no-talent, trying to pass for a architect but failing miserably, the wretched and despicable H. Thomas O'Hara. I don't need to see what it looks like, I already can imagine it's ugliness and for me, this is the final straw. I'm going to write a nasty letter to his firm and Senior Living Options very soon.

    There's absolutely no excuse or reason why it has to be so atrocious. Budget projects doesn't have to mean waterdown, it can be done tastefully with a little creativity.

    Quote Originally Posted by Derek2k3
    This design is done by H. Thomas O'Hara Architects and developed by Senior Living Options. They did that junk on W 42nd Street so expect something taller and just as attrocious here. One positive change is that the entire building is not set back from the street and not revealing the adjacent buildings' party walls like the previous design.
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    [QUOTE=antinimby]^ I'm going to write a nasty letter to his firm and Senior Living Options very soon.QUOTE]

    You've inspired me to do that same, which I just mailed 5 minutes ago.

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    Very interesting. I've got a failure to deliver message from the email I sent to Gene Kauffman. Kind of strange that a firm that prides itself on buildings seemingly ready to collapse at any moment cannot be contacted via the email on their website.

    Something is smells fishy

    Also, are these buildings, I wonder, temporary? They sure don't seem like they will last more than 10 years max.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kurokevin
    Also, are these buildings, I wonder, temporary? They sure don't seem like they will last more than 10 years max.
    We should be so lucky! Unfortunately, I think they are here to stay for a looong time to come.

    Quote Originally Posted by kurokevin
    Very interesting. I've got a failure to deliver message from the email I sent to Gene Kauffman.
    No, don't bother Kauffman. It's H. Thomas O'hara that is the offender here.

    H. Thomas O'hara's website.

    Their address: 135 West 36th Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10018

    Email address (to request info): info@hto-architect.com
    Telephone no.: (212) 695-3117
    Fax no.: (212) 695-3118

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    Folks, the below photo is the villian, H. Thomas O'Hara's work over at 517 W. 42nd St. and now we're going to get ANOTHER ONE except it'll be taller!!? This makes my blood boil.
    Tell me this is not a crime. It's 2006, you CAN"T do this anymore. This would've been unacceptable even back in 1950.


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    Looks like a prison.

    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby
    Folks, the below photo is the villian, H. Thomas O'Hara's work over at 517 W. 42nd St. and now we're going to get ANOTHER ONE except it'll be taller!!? This makes my blood boil.
    Tell me this is not a crime. It's 2006, you CAN"T do this anymore. This would've been unacceptable even back in 1950.

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    I guess this makes him New York's worst architect.

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    Costas Kondylis, eat your heart out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by czsz
    Costas Kondylis, eat your heart out.
    This guy makes Costas look like Frank Ghery -- or at least Norman Foster.

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    Amanda Burden --- if you're reading this --- please pass some kind of zoning resolution that bans exposed floorplates!

    And while you're at it, ban the use of awful creme colored bricks.

    And...umm...you were great on that BusinessWeek podcast a few weeks ago.

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    You can get a glimpse of the top of this sorry excuse for a building (red brick, lower right hand corner) in a pic that Derek2k3 posted in the 1BP thread.

    H. Thomas O'Hara, when will you burn in hell?


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    Yea, I was going to say something about it when I posted the pic too. The red brick makes it even more egregious in sunlight. I fear what Sky House will bring us.

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