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    Je vais déménager à Manhattan au mois d'Août. Je garde un pied-à-terre à Vancouver et reviens fréquemment à Montréal.

    Je viens de voir cette nouvelle toute fraiche. Je vais habiter tout juste à côté de Washington Square, et ce nouveau développement m'intéresse au plus haut point. J'esssaierai de vous en faire part régulièrement.

    Voici l'article du Wall Street Journal:

    First Look at NYU Tower Plan
    University Wants 38-Story Building on Village Site; Critics Fret Over Pei Design

    New York University on Thursday expects to unveil its much-anticipated design plans for the proposed 38-story tower in Greenwich Village, one of the most ambitious projects in the school's controversial 25-year expansion plan.

    Before and after: The space between two towers designed by I.M. Pei, above, would be filled by a new tower, in rendering below, under NYU's plan.

    The tower, sight-unseen, is already facing backlash from community groups who say the building would interfere with the original three-tower design by famed architect I.M. Pei. Critics also say the new building would flood the neighborhood with more construction and cause other disruptions.

    The concrete fourth tower with floor-to-ceiling glass windows would be built on the Bleecker Street side of the site, known as University Village. It would house a moderate-priced hotel on the bottom 15 floors. The 240-room hotel would be intended for visiting professors and other NYU guests, but would also be available to the public. The top floors would be housing for school faculty.

    In addition, NYU would move the Jerome S. Coles Sports Center farther east toward Mercer Street to clear space for a broader walkway through the site that connects Bleecker and Houston streets. The sports complex would be torn down and rebuilt with a new design.

    Grimshaw Architects

    The plan also calls for replacing a grocery store that is currently in the northwest corner of the site with a playground. As a result, the site would gain 8,000 square feet of public space under the tower proposal, according to an NYU spokesman.

    NYU considers the new tower a crucial component of its ambitious expansion plans to add six million square feet to the campus by 2031—including proposed sites in Brooklyn, Governors Island and possibly the World Trade Center site—in an effort to increase its current student population of about 40,000 by 5,500.

    The tower is also one of the most contentious parts of the plan because the University Village site received landmark status in 2008 and is home to a Pablo Picasso statue. The three existing towers, including one dedicated to affordable public housing, were designed by Mr. Pei in the 1960s. The 30-story cast-concrete structures are considered a classic example of modernism.

    Grimshaw Architects, the New York firm that designed the proposed tower, says it wants the new structure to complement Mr. Pei's work. "It would be built with a sensitivity to the existing buildings," says Mark Husser, a Grimshaw partner. "It is meant to relate to the towers but also be contemporary."

    Grimshaw Architects

    NYU says the planned building, at center of rendering above, would relate to current towers.

    He said the new tower would use similar materials to the Pei structures and would be positioned at the site in a way not to cut off views from the existing buildings.

    Little of this news is likely to pacify local opposition. "A fourth tower would utterly change Pei's design," says Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. He says that Mr. Pei designed a number of plans about the same time that similarly featured three towers around open space, such as the Society Hill Towers in Philadelphia.

    Watch a video showing a rendering of New York University's proposed 38-story tower, one of the most ambitious projects in the university's vast 2031 expansion plan. The tower would be located near Bleecker Street in Manhattan. Video courtesy of Grimshaw Architects.

    Residents say they fear that the new tower would bring years of construction and reduce green spaces and trees. "We are oversaturated with NYU buildings," says Sylvia Rackow, who lives in the tower for public housing. "They have a lot of other options, like in the financial district, but they are just greedy."

    NYU will have to win permission from the city's Landmark Commission before it can proceed. This process begins on Monday when NYU makes a preliminary presentation to the local community board.

    Jason Andrew for the Wall Street Journal

    NYU is 'just greedy,' says Sylvia Rackow, seen in her apartment. Grimshaw.

    While the commission typically designates a particular district or building, University Village is unusual in that it granted landmark status to a site and the surrounding landscaping, making it harder to predict how the commission may respond.

    NYU also would need to get commercial zoning approval to build a hotel in an area designated as residential. And the university would have to get approval to purchase small strips of land on the site from the city.

    If the university is tripped up in getting required approvals, it has a backup plan to build a tower on the site currently occupied by a grocery store at Bleecker and LaGuardia, which would have a size similar to the proposed tower of 270,000 square feet.
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    Brooklyn est une banlieue. Et ils n'ont pas de limites de hauteur eux! ;-)
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    Envoyé dans ma boite à couriels: NYU prévoit que son chantier durera 17 ans. J'habite dans une des tours grises au bas de l'image.

    TUESDAY, JANUARY 10th, 6:30 PM

    Dear Friend,

    At the heart of NYU's massive proposed expansion plan are zoning
    changes to allow adding 2.5 mil. Sq. ft. of space, the equivalent of
    the Empire State Building, south of Washington Square Park.

    Soon after New Year's, New York University is expected to file its
    application seeking to overturn long-standing neighborhood zoning
    protections and open space preservation requirements, and to acquire
    city-owned green space, in order to allow them to shoehorn 2.5 million
    sq. ft. of new space into the blocks below Washington Square Park --
    the equivalent of the Empire State Building! This would have a
    devastating impact not only on the immediate area, but on the Village,
    East Village, and surrounding neighborhoods as a whole, as the
    university's ever-expanding presence further tips the balance of
    neighborhood character.

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    Once NYU's plans are filed, a 7-month public hearing, review, and
    approval process will begin, which will decide which, if any, of the
    approvals NYU needs for its plans to move ahead are granted. IT IS

    To help, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and
    several community groups will be holding a community meeting on the
    NYU plan, informing the public of what it involves, how it affects
    you, how the approval process will work, and how you can help prevent
    the approvals from being granted.

    That meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 10th at 6:30 pm at Our
    Lady of Pompei Church's Father Demo Hall (basement), Bleecker and
    Carmine Streets. This will be shortly before the public hearing
    process begins later that month, and we will be informing and
    mobilizing our friends and neighbors and everyone who cares about
    preserving our neighborhoods about how best to win this fight.

    Please circle this date on your calendar, and more information will
    follow. The meeting will be open to all.


    Andrew Berman,
    Executive Director
    Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

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    61 degres F a Manhattan ce soir. Wow.

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    The owners of the Empire State Building like to promote it as the most famous office building in the world.

    December 24, 2011
    Nice View, and the Profits Surpass All Horizons

    But the real moneymaker at the 102-story skyscraper is not the 2.7 million square feet of commercial space occupied by tenants like the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

    It is the view.

    The cramped observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors are startlingly profitable, especially during the holiday season, when tourists swarm the city.

    The decks attract four million visitors a year and generated $60 million in profits in 2010, while the owners made little if any money on the office space, according to newly disclosed documents that offer a rare glimpse at the building’s balance sheet.

    The financial results at the Empire State Building illustrate how observatories, once considered a modest sideline and a pleasant diversion, have become big business for owners seeking to wring every dollar out of office towers around the world.

    Ordinarily secret, the Empire State Building’s finances are buried in a 529-page prospectus recently distributed to partners in the property as part of a proposal to create a $5 billion publicly traded company featuring the building.

    The Malkin real estate family, which controls the building, would not comment, saying that it was barred from discussing the property by regulators.

    But other real estate magnates were deeply impressed by the revenue from the observatory.

    “That’s an astounding amount of money,” said Richard S. LeFrak, whose family owns 40 million square feet of apartment houses, office buildings and hotels in New York and New Jersey. “I would never have guessed anything like that. But the Empire State Building is an iconic structure. People have been making that pilgrimage since they put it up.”

    In Chicago, the owners of the Willis Tower, formerly named the Sears Tower and the tallest building in the United States, unveiled glass balconies for the observation deck in 2009 that allowed visitors to look straight down, 1,353 feet, onto South Wacker Drive. Since then, attendance has jumped 28 percent, to an estimated 1.4 million this year.

    Top of the Rock, the observatory at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan, reopened six years ago after a long dormancy and now pulls in 2.5 million visitors a year and a $25 million profit, according to real estate executives who have been briefed on the project.

    Eight companies are vying to operate what would be the largest and highest observation deck in the city — the one at 1 World Trade Center, the 1,776-foot tower under construction in Lower Manhattan.

    Five high-speed express elevators are expected to whisk five million visitors a year to a three-level observatory on Floors 100 through 102. If ticket prices were set at $25 each, annual revenues could exceed $100 million, not counting ancillary sales of key fobs, thermometers, coffee mugs and T-shirts.

    It remains to be seen whether the observatory at 1 World Trade will undercut the performance of the Empire State Building’s, or establish a new market among the millions of tourists expected to visit the 9/11 memorial and museum downtown. But the Empire State Building prospectus does warn that competition from 1 World Trade and Top of the Rock “could have a negative impact on revenues.”

    Still, as it stands now, the unquestioned champion of observatories is at the Empire State Building. Even with adult tickets ranging from about $20, for a trip to the 86th floor, to $55, for those who want to avoid the lines and get to the top, attendance never sags.

    “Just about everybody on the planet has seen the Empire State Building thousands of times in movies and television, and they want to visit,” said Barry Tenenbaum, president of New York City Vacation Packages, a tour operator in New York City. “The unobstructed view from the deck does not disappoint. It’s so majestic, thrilling and romantic.”

    Even in the 1990s, attendance at the higher, 107-story observation deck at the World Trade Center never exceeded two million.

    In the 1930s, when developers in New York City were competing to build the tallest skyscraper in the world, many buildings had an observation deck that offered panoramic views of a skyline less filled with towers.

    It cost 40 cents to ride to the 70th floor at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, in what was known as the RCA Building; 55 cents to get to the observatory on the 60th floor of the Woolworth Building or the 71st floor of the Chrysler Building; and $1.10 for the Empire State Building’s observatory.

    But that was long before the big crowds, high-speed elevators and timed ticketing turned observatories into profit centers.

    Today, the Empire State Building is controlled by Peter L. Malkin and his son, Anthony E. Malkin. They have invested hundreds of millions of dollars burnishing the landmark, including replacing all 6,514 windows.

    Now, the Malkins are asking about 2,800 investors in the Empire State Building and the partners in more than a dozen other properties to approve a consolidation of the ownership interests under Empire Realty Trust, the publicly traded company.

    The centerpiece would be the Empire State Building, which would account for half the value of the new company’s assets. For decades, the building was a rabbit warren of more than 850 small-time tenants. The Malkins are combining spaces in hopes of attracting larger, higher-rent tenants. As a result, revenue from the office space, which is two-thirds occupied, is expected to climb substantially.

    In the meantime, the observatory accounts for the bulk of the profits.

    T. J. Gottesdiener, managing partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the firm that designed 1 World Trade Center and the new observatory at the Willis Tower in Chicago, said architects now understood that observatories were an important revenue source for office buildings.

    Mr. Gottesdiener said the decks also offered another benefit. “They create a public function within an otherwise mostly private building,” he said, “giving the building another function within the city beyond its place in the skyline.”

    Peter Lattman contributed reporting.

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    Boldface Buildings in the Cold Light of Now

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    AT the height of the condo building boom in Manhattan, when it seemed as if a shiny new building was being announced every week, developers took a page from the motion picture industry and seized on star power to sell their projects.

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    Je viens de sortir d'un meeting où il y avait des gens dans l'immobilier commercial de Manhattan. Le prix moyen du loyer dans mid-town est de $71 le pc. Un des représentants qui parlait disait se concentrer sur les bureaux d'avocats. Certains paient autour de $91 le pc.
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    Got jobs? New York City does

    The city economy continued its remarkable run, adding 14,100 private-sector jobs in May, according to data released Thursday. But unemployment ticked up.

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    By Daniel Massey @masseydaniel
    June 14, 2012 3:56 p.m.


    The city economy continued its remarkable run of growth in May, adding 14,100 private-sector jobs and bringing total private-sector growth to 70,100 for the year, according to an analysis of state Department of Labor data released Thursday.
    The unemployment rate ticked up slightly, to 9.7% from 9.5%, but that increase was because job growth did not keep pace with a jump in the city workforce, which expanded by 11,000 in May. The city netted 12,300 jobs last month after losses in the public sector, according to the analysis by real estate services firm Eastern Consolidated.
    "A growing labor force shouldn't be a surprise when we keep coming out every month saying how strong job growth is," said James Brown, principal economist at the state Department of Labor. When the economy improves, the workforce typically expands as those discouraged from looking for jobs begin hunting again.
    The city has added 7,800 more jobs in the first five months of the year than it did in all of 2011.
    In the past year, most of the city's gains have come in leisure and hospitality and professional and business services. From May 2011 to May 2012, the city added 75,700 private-sector jobs, more than three-quarters of which have come in those two sectors.
    "A lot of what drives the national numbers, we're not directly tied to," said Mr. Brown, citing auto manufacturing and export-related industries as examples. "We're more tied to business profits and tourism."
    In May, professional and business services added 8,500 jobs, while leisure and hospitality posted a 3,800-job gain. Other industries that added jobs were real estate, which grew by 2,200 positions, and arts/entertainment/recreation, which gained 2,100. Defying recent layoff announcements, Wall Street added 1,500 jobs, bringing its total increase for the year to 3,400.
    After two solid months, construction shed 3,600 jobs in May, the only industry with a significant loss. Barbara Byrne Denham, chief economist at real estate services firm Eastern Consolidated, said the loss is likely an aberration, as building permits are on the rise.
    Since bottoming out in September 2009, the city has added 205,800 private-sector jobs, for a growth rate of 6.6%. The nation, meanwhile, has added 4.3 million private sector jobs, a 4% growth rate.
    "New York City's economy continues to accelerate as the U.S. economy decelerates," Ms. Denham said.

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    Louis I. Kahn’s Monumental Four Freedoms Park to Open This Fall on Roosevelt Island

    The Four Freedoms Park is located on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island and honors the 32nd U.S. President and the four essential freedoms he believed in: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

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    Wow! Je ne suis pas encore allé, je passais devant aujourd'hui en cab. Les cabines téléphériques sont de retour, rénovées. Nous allons y aller cet automne, c'est sûr. Merci Jessep pour l'info.
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    Citation Envoyé par LindbergMTL Voir le message
    Wow! Je ne suis pas encore allé, je passais devant aujourd'hui en cab. Les cabines téléphériques sont de retour, rénovées. Nous allons y aller cet automne, c'est sûr. Merci Jessep pour l'info.

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