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Woah when did they replace the cobber on the Lincoln building! It looks really good now.
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no, it's second (3,140,000 sq ft) after 55 water street (3.8 million square feet). but yeah, metlife is one of the most massive towers in NYC and, generally speaking, in the US.
Only 3.1 and 3.8 million square feet? That is cute. Here in Michigan we have the Renaissance Center (GM world headquarters (built by Ford oddly enough)) 5.6 million square feet, and the Chrysler world headquarters 5.3 million square feet. Even Chicago has Sears at 4.5 million square feet.

Seriously though. Met Life has really grown on me. It makes me think of Rockefeller Center since it is so wide and narrow. And like Rockefeller, I think it looks best from its narrow side.

P.S. Someone really needs to make a graphic of the Chrysler world headquarters. Its main office tower is not very tall at only 15 or 16 floors, but it soars above everything else north of Troy in the northern suburbs.
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This is actually my favorite tower in NYC. It has a cool mid-century modern/Mad Men feel too it that I love. I think its old enough that it is again cool.

Anyway, I would love to see them give it a good solid refurbish like they have to the UN tower (maybe not that extreme). New modern windows that are more energy efficient and translucent. Clean the stone facade a bit (make it a little more whiter/cleaner looking), de-clutter the top, maybe a brushed aluminum strip around the very top? Also redo/reclad the base. A skilled architect could pull it off and give a nice update. Thoughts?
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When it opened on March 7, 1963 the Pan Am Building (as it was known at the time) was the largest commercial office space in the world.


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I wonder why they never added an observation deck in the top. It would give great views of the Chrysler and other towers in East Midtown. Not to mention a great view of Park Avenue and the future projects around it. It even has a large floor plan like the GE. Just wondering if it could ever be done.
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I believe much of the dislike for this building has diminished over the years. It is an interesting tower that's an icon in the skyline.
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I wonder why they never added an observation deck in the top. It would give great views of the Chrysler and other towers in East Midtown. Not to mention a great view of Park Avenue and the future projects around it. It even has a large floor plan like the GE. Just wondering if it could ever be done.

did you know the building previously had helicopter service to Pan Am's terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, a 7-to-10-minute flight from the rooftop helipad. The New York Airways Vertol 107 flights lasted from December 21, 1965, to February 18, 1968; Sikorsky S-61 flights operated for a few months in 1977, ending after an accident atop the building killed five people.

On May 16, 1977, about one minute after a Sikorsky S-61L landed and its 20 passengers disembarked, the right front landing gear collapsed, causing the aircraft to topple onto its side with the rotors still turning.

One of the five 20-foot blades broke off and flew into a crowd of passengers waiting to board. Three men, including film director Michael Findlay, were killed instantly and another man died later in a hospital.

The blade sailed over the side of the building and killed a pedestrian on the corner of Madison Avenue and 43rd Street. Two other people were seriously injured.

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Driving down Park Avenue at night is like being in Blade Runner thanks to this tower.
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Is this building landmarked? I think I've read it somewhere on the Midtown East rezoning articles but can't find it.
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Is this building landmarked? I think I've read it somewhere on the Midtown East rezoning articles but can't find it.
I don't think its landmarked. There where some plans (by Norman Foster) I think that he wanted to give it a reclad. with a "skypark" on top.
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Helicopters are just too damned dangerous...and moreso in the CBD of a city like NYC.

Unlike some of the fugly hulks hiding the beautiful spires of lower Manhattan, this structure has redeeming qualities. It's imposing nature, juxtaposed with the Helmsley building and dominating one end of Park Avenue is an iconic image of New York City. I like it.
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An even better reason for this building to go:

http://www.nytimes.com/1988/04/28/bu...s-shunned.html

Buildings With Asbestos Shunned

By ERIC N. BERG
Published: April 28, 1988

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Only a few years ago, hardly anyone worried about renting or buying an office building that contained asbestos, the cancer-causing construction material.

But that has suddenly changed. Owners of asbestos-filled buildings are having more difficulty attracting tenants. Sellers have to offer steep discounts. And buyers are having trouble lining up lenders or investors.

The key reason for the turnabout is new state laws. Led by New York, 22 states have adopted anti-asbestos laws in the last year alone, raising the number of states regulating asbestos to 38, according to Asbestos Abatement Report, a newsletter. It is only a matter of time, experts say, before the remaining states pass asbestos laws, which typically require a landlord to remove asbestos before a building is demolished or renovated and regulate how it shall be removed.

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Until it was outlawed in the early 1970's, asbestos was used to insulate, soundproof and fireproof buildings. The vast majority of buildings constructed in major cities between 1920 and 1970 contain asbestos. These structures include some of New York's most famous - from the Pan Am Building to Madison Square Garden.

Now, in the wake of the new laws, real estate professionals say prices for asbestos-containing office buildings have fallen 5 to 10 percent in Manhattan and even more in other cities. That can translate into tens of millions of dollars when such buildings command hundreds of millions of dollars.

''I don't know one who will buy a building with asbestos,'' said Mr. Haggarty of the dozen or so Japanese insurers he deals with.

Such companies as the International Business Machines Corporation and reportedly the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company will not lease office space in buildings containing asbestos.
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Did you check the date on that article? 1988! A lot may have changed since then- I know that when 9/11 hit, the WTC towers were in the middle of replacing asbestos with modern fireproofing- it was being done as tenants moved around. So Pan Am might have been doing similar work.
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Tear it down? Because it has asbestos? That's the stupidest thing I've ever read.
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^Yup! Not enough facepalm in all of Manhattan for that bit of fail!
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