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Old Posted Sep 15, 2010, 1:47 AM
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Smile NEW YORK | 309 Fifth Avenue | 449 FT | 34 FLOORS

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309 Fifth Avenue project switched from condos to hotel
By Carter B. Horsley


The 34-story residential condominium tower planned for 309 Fifth Avenue between 31st and 32nd Streets will now be a hotel project and its design has also changed.

The glass-clad building will have a low-rise base and a setback tower whose top will be illuminated at night.

Ismael Leyva is the architect. His other projects include Plaza 57, Post Toscana, 15 Renwick Street, One Carnegie Hill and 785 Eighth Avenue.

309 Fifth Owners LLC, of which Haskel Cohen is a partner, is the developer.

The mid-block building, which utilizes development rights transferred from a qualified Inclusionary Housing site and air rights from 313 Fifth Avenue, will be 452 feet high, according to documents on file with the Department of Buildings.

The original apartment building design called for a blue-glass-clad tower about 100 apartments and had two cantilevered and angled sections and "sawtooth" northwest and southwest corners with many balconies.

The new design, also by Leyva, now has alternating bands of dark blue and dark green glass and no balconies facing the avenue and the only the top third of the tower is angled.

The area between 23rd and 33rd Street and Fifth and Madison avenues has recently witnessed substantial new residential activity.

A tall residential tower was erected at 425 Fifth Avenue at 38th Street, and another was recently completed at 325 Fifth Avenue, and plans were recently disclosed, among others, for a new mid-block tower at 224 Fifth Avenue across from the recent conversion of the former Gift Building at 225 Fifth Avenue. In addition a major tower is planned at 400 Fifth Avenue and construction is nearing completion at the Sky House at 11 West 29th Street and the new owner of the former Metropolitan Life Insurance Company clocktower building on the southeast corner of Madison Avenue indicated it was proceeding with its residential conversion, which is half a block north of the construction site for One Madison Park, another tall new residential tower at 22 East 23rd Street.

http://www.cityrealty.com/new-york-c...-horsley/24463
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(A) This article is two years old. Is there any word on the status of this project that is recent?
(B) In all of these new posts there is no smiley face next to the listing, adding it would be nice.
     
     
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Old Posted Sep 15, 2010, 2:27 AM
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(A) This article is two years old. Is there any word on the status of this project that is recent?
(B) In all of these new posts there is no smiley face next to the listing, adding it would be nice.
A)well its approved http://www.emporis.com/application/?...city-ny-usa256
B)alright alright one thing at a time,im getting better at posting threads
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Slightly different design



     
     
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Old Posted Sep 15, 2010, 10:49 AM
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At twice the height, we'd probably like it more. But still not bad.
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It's about time we get an update on this one?
     
     
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Wow! This is BEAUTIFUL! Does anyone know the estimated completion year?
     
     
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The first design looks like the 1980's woke up from a bad dream, punched my mother, then slaughtered an entire generation of babies. The smart ones. That would have grown up to be doctors and scientists and philanthropists.

The second is a little better, with more contemporary materials, but looks like it suffers from massing ADD.
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The first design looks like the 1980's woke up from a bad dream, punched my mother, then slaughtered an entire generation of babies. The smart ones. That would have grown up to be doctors and scientists and philanthropists.
Quoting this just because its a crazy quote.




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None of these designs will be built. There's a new sign on the site which depicts the design. It's a somewhat simple, clear glass box with a crease running down the east facade. It looks nice.
     
     
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^ That sounds much more promising. A well-executed glass box will be much better next to the more ornate pre-war buildings. Or even something with subtle creases and angles, like the Speritus Center in Chicago.
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I think the new design has a certain elegance to it.
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I agree. It's also kind of interesting in that it seems to fold into the middle like a book.
     
     
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Please. This building is nothing more than a VE'd generic block. Its not even massed well. Every other building in that render has more visual interest.
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It's a good building for the area, which is transforming from kind of forlorn (not long ago) to decent. I doubt that condos here would sell for more than $1500-$1700/sf. While that's a huge sum for US cities, it's peanuts in NY.
     
     
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I don't see what's wrong with it. It's more than a decent filler, and it'll be nice to see this empty lot finally filled. Most cities right now would be thrilled with this kind in this economy. And if you don't like it, it's only 449.
     
     
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I like it. When are they starting on it?
     
     
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