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    Quote Originally Posted by londonlawyer
    It appears that demolition may start soon on Gershon's diamond center ... there are signs in the now empty buildings on 47th Street stating that Co. XYZ, etc. has moved to....
    If this is the correct address -- 36 > 40 W. 47th St. -- then no DOB Permits / Applications have been issued / filed for these lots since 5.30.2000: DOB LINK

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    Maybe there's permits for the 46 St. side?

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    I checked DOB for what seem to be the correpsonding lots on 46th and didn't find anything ...

    But since NONE of the articles in this thread list addresses (I sort of could infer one address from a sign in a photo posted here) it makes it all something of a guessing game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCMAN320
    I don't like this tower at all. It is just butting its nose on there. Those buildings are not ramshackle, they are not collapsing into the sidewalk. Just fix the up the facades and there is no reason to knock these down. There should be a lower tower with a more classical look for the neighborhood using those buildings as its base.
    What does all this mean? Fix up the facades? All the buildings are non-descript, basic structures with no ornamentation, nothing worth preserving and nothing that would be "disrupted". You want a lower tower with a more classical look? That would probably be even more out of context than a glass tower. Look at the photo of the street - nothing classical there. And why would a single street need contextuality? This isn't a neighborhood, like Chinatown. This is a single-block nexus of diamond distributors and wholesalers, plunked next door to corporate Sixth Avenue. Add to this the fact that these merchants could really benefit from having an efficient, large building to consolidate their businesses into, and I see absolutely no reason to oppose this building.

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    Agreed ^^ Right now that block is a throw-back -- but with no charm whatsoever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pianoman11686
    What does all this mean? Fix up the facades? All the buildings are non-descript, basic structures with no ornamentation, nothing worth preserving and nothing that would be "disrupted". You want a lower tower with a more classical look? That would probably be even more out of context than a glass tower. Look at the photo of the street - nothing classical there. And why would a single street need contextuality? This isn't a neighborhood, like Chinatown. This is a single-block nexus of diamond distributors and wholesalers, plunked next door to corporate Sixth Avenue. Add to this the fact that these merchants could really benefit from having an efficient, large building to consolidate their businesses into, and I see absolutely no reason to oppose this building.
    I agree. Many of the larger buildings on this block are quite nice (although they're in serious need of a cleaning). However, the ones that will be demolished are not nice. The building on the northeast corner of 6th Avenue and 47th Street also is on the market. It would be nice if it, and the adjacent properties on 47th Street are demolished and replaced with a boutique office building or a hotel.

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    Demolition of the buildings on the 46th St. side has started, and the buildings on the 47th St. side are empty.

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    in regards to the ny times article about GARY BARNETT
    Is this guy stupid or what?
    That’s what all the brokers do in order to get tenants???

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1
    If this is the correct address -- 36 > 40 W. 47th St. -- then no DOB Permits / Applications have been issued / filed for these lots since 5.30.2000: DOB LINK

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    44-50 West 47th Street. No permits for these lots either.

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    Do you know the numbers of the lots for the 46th St. side?

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    It looks like 49 W. 46th might be one of the addresses.


    DOB records show a PERMIT there (4.21.06):
    "WE SHALL INSTALL 24 LINEAR FEET OF HEAVY DUTY SIDEWALK SHED. THIS SHALL BE USED FOR MINOR POINTING RESTORATION."
    DOB also shows existing Violations including This One from 4.25.06:


    Description of Violation:
    WORK W/O A PERMIT. UPON INSP I OBSERVED OUTSIDE CONST SITE FROM ROOF TO TRUCK DEBRI BEING DEPOSITED IN CONST SITE TO TRUCK. UPON FURTHER OBSERVATION I GAINED ACCESS TO ROOF WHERE ROOFING MATERIAL, WAS BEING ...


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    Thanks. There appear to be about 5 or 6 buildings on 46th Street that will be razed for this project. They are all empty (except for one in the middle which houses a Burger King), and scaffolding has been erected on their exteriors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by londonlawyer
    Thanks. There appear to be about 5 or 6 buildings on 46th Street that will be razed for this project. They are all empty (except for one in the middle which houses a Burger King), and scaffolding has been erected on their exteriors.
    Overview for Complaint #:1165529 = ACTIVEComplaint at: 53 WEST 46 STREET BIN: 1034316 Borough: MANHATTAN ZIP: 10036Re: CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES IN PROGRESS WITHOUT PERMITS
    Category Code:05 PERMIT - NONE (BUILDING/ PA/ DEMO ETC.)Special District:N/AAssigned To:MANHATTAN BOROUGH OFFICEPriority: BReceived: 05/09/2006 15:29 Block: 1262Lot: 13 Community Board: 105Owner: EXTELL DIAMOND TOWER LLC
    Last Inspection: 05/16/2006 - - BY BADGE # 2245 QUINLAND EDWIN MANHATTANDisposition: 05/17/2006 - - C1 - INSPECTOR UNABLE TO GAIN ACCESS ON FIRST (1ST) INSPECTION ATTEMPTDisposition Entered By: Comments: NO ACCESS TO BLDG CLOSED LS4 LEFT

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    The one that has the –“Burger King/55 W 46th Street”- is at the end (towards 6th Ave)
    And right after the Burger King, the last lot towards 6th is demolished allowedly,
    After that is a hotel.


    This is what appers on the DOB permit for 57 w 46th street
    -Filed:04/20/2006Date Filed:04/21/2006

    Owner:PARTNERSHIPNon-Profit Flag:N BARNET GARY MEMBER LLC 225 WEST 86 STREET 212 799 - 6005 NEWYORK NY 10024 OCCUPANCY CERTIFICATION: N OCCUPANCY NOTIFICATION: N

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    DOB and there petty building fines are a joke, this tower will be a great addition to that block and most importantly will help the complete redevelopment of the corner of those streets, 46 and 47 on the avenues to redevlopment.

    Doesnt Bloomberg want his name on 1 majoe Manhattan office building durning his term!!

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