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    Probably only for excavation / foundation / underpinning -- all of which can take place before permits for new above-ground structure are issued.

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    Im excited about this one, Herzog's unique style will create something interesting!

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    New NYLS building framed at what was the parking lot entrance on Worth St.


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    Still no renderings or info on this one? How is it progressing?

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    Progressing...


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    Default Buying at 56 Leonard . . .

    Corcoran Sunshine is keeping this one wrapped up pretty tight.

    "On sale this summer at at least $2,500 a square foot" is all that I have been able to get out of them.

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    Any idea what this will look like?

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    I guess this will be one of the first places to look for a rendering.
    http://alexicogroup.com/

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    Thanks, it says coming soon.... Oh well. Took a month for someone to respond to that.

    I pass by the site occasionally, doesn't seem to be changing much.

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    Swiss Firm to Design New TriBeCa Tower


    By ROBIN POGREBIN; Compiled by Julie Bloom
    Published: June 28, 2008

    The Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron has been enlisted to design a new residential tower in TriBeCa that will incorporate a monumental public sculpture at ground level by the artist Anish Kapoor, the project’s developer said.

    The real estate company Alexico Group, which also developed the Mark Hotel, said a design would be released in the fall. The tower is to rise at the intersection of Leonard and Church Streets, and the sculpture will be fully integrated into the architecture.

    Mr. Kapoor, who was born in India and lives in London, is known for vast public sculptures like “Sky Mirror,” a convex stainless steel reflecting sculpture that was installed at Rockefeller Center two years ago.

    Herzog & de Meuron’s many projects include the new national stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the Tate Modern museum complex in a former power station at Bankside in London, and an expansion of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

    Copyright 2008 The New York Times Company

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    Default 40 Worth Street

    Church Celebrates Its Worth St. Roots

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    By April Koral
    June 30, 2008




    Stanley Cutchins, 68, from Yonkers, slowly surveyed the corner of Worth and Church Streets early one Saturday morning last month. In his mind’s eye this is what he saw.

    “I can imagine a rural place,” he said, studying the drab city building on one corner and parking lot on the other. “A lot of trees and a small building. This was the beginning for us here, the birthplace of our church.”

    Cutchins, along with more than 300 of his fellow parishioners, had come to 40 Worth Street on June 7 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, which had indeed started here, in a small wooden building in 1811, 16 years before slavery was abolished in the city.

    They gathered at 8 a.m. to unveil a small plaque on the building that commemorates the history of this prominent African American institution, then began an 11-mile walk to their present home on 135th Street in Harlem. Along the way, they would make two more stops at former homes of the church.

    Charles Marche watched motionless, arms folded, as a dozen or so of his fellow congregants stretched in preparation for their long walk. Only a few hours before, he had stopped off for a quick nap at his home in Bloomfield, N.J., after a night shift for UPS. “This is a historical walk we’re taking here,” he said. “This is energy for the Lord.”




    Although the walkers would be making their pilgrimage under a cloudless sky with the temperature reaching 90 degrees, everyone was in high spirits.

    “This is a great celebration,” said Barbara Bragg, who, along with the other congregants, wore a bright red t-shirt with the words “True to Our God, True to Our Native Land,” a quote from the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

    “We’re retracing our steps for all our ancestors who were part of this church,” Bragg said.

    According to Dr. Anita Underwood, the church, many of whose founders were merchants of Ethiopian (Abyssinian) descent, has always been interested in its history. “We talk about our former pastors, members and ministers,” she said. “We are standing on the shoulders of giants.”




    Before the walk began, a microphone and small stage were set up in the building’s doorway and the Rev. Calvin Butts, the church’s prominent spiritual leader, spoke to the crowd.

    “I think it’s prophetic that it will be hot today,” he said. “The sun will be scorching and it will be very humid, but that will remind us of what many of our ancestors had to go through. Their struggles in the heat of the day at work. Their blood, their sweat, their tears.”

    Then came a song and prayer. “We’re on our way, “ he said, joining his flock. “Thank you and God bless you.”

    And together, they set off up Church Street, following the footsteps of their history.

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    African-American congregation in front of
    Abyssinian Baptist Church at Waverly Place,
    New York City

    c. 1907

    Founded in 1808 and located on Worth Street, the Abyssinian Baptist Church first moved
    to 166 Waverly Place (pictured) and then farther north to West 40th Street in 1902.


    Source: Library of Congress

    http://maap.columbia.edu/place/46.html

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    This building by Herzon & De Mueron is rising in Basel. It would be nice if we get something this awesome at 56 Leonard.


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    Don't hold your breath lol.

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    Should have chosen a more simple buff limestone, rather than a travertine-like polished stone.



    More steel, but not the tower.


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    I need to vent. Law school is becoming more and more a glorified money laundering scheme. I'll explain.

    1) Schools relentlessly raise tuitions across the board
    2) Students more and more commonly take loans to cover virtually all tuition and expenses
    3) 1 and 2 combine to create unchecked indefinite inflation
    4) Law firms continually jack up salaries in order to lure grads who need more $ to cover their constantly increasing school loan debts
    5) Firms continually jack rates to cover increasing salaries
    6) Purchasers of legal services get the bill
    6) repeat 1-6

    Maybe this would be tolerable if the quality of education and/or work by recent grads was increasing. However it's actually flat to decreasing - and this dynamic is not unique to the field of law.

    I'm a huge fan of making education available to all but the present construct is placing an unnecessary tax on the economy. There needs to be some type of free market mechanism put in place to keep this mess in check. My solution would be to make the educational institutions share some of the risk associated with the massive amount of student debt they are causing - these schools need to be on the hook in some capacity for at least some of the borrowing students' debt.

    The current construct just does not work b/c consumers (students) have basically no power to dictate asset (tuition) pricing. Contrast this with the mortgage lending industry where consumers of real estate have significant power to dictate asset (building, land) pricing.

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