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    Default The "Sliver" on 34th Street

    JUST LAST WEEK this 36 story, finger-like projection was approved. (See nyc.gov Building Info System.) The approval is for 450 ft high which is actually even higher than 36 "normal" stories. I believe this architect uses "mezzanines" which allow him to exceed normal building heights. Perhaps the developer will have second thoughts as a result of the Condo glut in the area.

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    450 feet is pretty respectable, sounds like good proportions. Any renderings?

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    Isn't this thing supposed to be designed by the one and only H. Thomas O'Hara?

    If that's the case, then the increase in height is very bad news.

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    What was on this site? Is it still there now or has it been demolished?

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    Default 47 E. 34th St

    There were two 25' frontage 3-4 story buildings-- stores with apartments on top of them. The site is currently demolished. I believe the new building will be 50' wide and 450' high. Are those respectable proportions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby View Post
    Isn't this thing supposed to be designed by the one and only H. Thomas O'Hara?

    If that's the case, then the increase in height is very bad news.
    Yes indeed it is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piranesi View Post
    There were two 25' frontage 3-4 story buildings-- stores with apartments on top of them. The site is currently demolished. I believe the new building will be 50' wide and 450' high. Are those respectable proportions?
    You seem to be against a building of this size. I have no objections; if zoning allows it, I don't see a problem with it. It's the architect that all us forumers have problems with. H Thomas O'Hara is easily our most hated architect on this forum....and for good reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfenn1117 View Post
    You seem to be against a building of this size. I have no objections; if zoning allows it, I don't see a problem with it. It's the architect that all us forumers have problems with. H Thomas O'Hara is easily our most hated architect on this forum....and for good reason.
    Exactly. The proportions seem pretty good in fact. A nice thin and tall building (remember, 34th street is smack in the Midtown CBD, we're not talking about Brooklyn Heights or anything). The trouble is in Mr. O'Hara who should have his AIA license revoked ASAP for crap architecture.

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    Default This info according to the NYC BIS

    Current Applicant of Record:Henry Thomas O'Hara, Jr.Phone:212-695-3117H. Thomas O'Hara, Architect135 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018Professional Title:RALicense Number:25215D-14 Applicant of Record:NOT APPLICABLE Phone:Filing Representative:Ramjohn/Marrero/Butl Marlon/Alex/MarPhone:212-414-8777Archetype Consultants Inc.275 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001

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    Default Here is a rendering of 47 E. 34th St. Any Reactions?


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    ^Nausea.

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    WTF is that POS!!

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    Again with the miniscule section at the streetwall ...

    I understand from a developer point of view that this allows for them to build a few stories higher (per FAR regulations), but this is not the answer ...

    It is just UGLY and GRACELESS.

    Plus we get two MAMMOTH BLANK WALLS on the east and west facades.

    Hey, Thomas O'Hara and Basile Builders Group:

    STOP IT !!!

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    I vote blah.

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    If ONLY it were blah. This is aggressive ugliness.

    This is why I dont buy the automatic tear-down-the-crap-building business. To be replaced by what? BIGGER crap?

    Neither does the "well its better than what was there before" business work. This is Manhattan... not some rust-belt city begging for new construction. Its not the third-world either. Aesthetic standards should be high.

    Shouldnt they?

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