Or: Why New York Sucks So Hard. From YouTube: “A new crop of ultra-luxurious New York high rises are vying to be the next hot ‘it’ building and are attracting billionaires from nearby as well as abroad.” Yuck, yuck, yuck. Give me gritty urban sprawl and ’70s-era decay any day. (via Towleroad)
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The Landmarks Preservation Commission this week approved the proposal for the thinnest, tallest building in New York (maybe the world). According to Gizmondo, the 60-foot-wide design ”will rise 1,350 feet above Central Park (next to several other new supertalls). It’ll also tower over the 88-year-old Steinway Hall—yes, the piano showroom—which occupies the site next door. Compared to the staid stone facade of Steinway, 107 will look like a shard of glass. In fact, it’ll be the thinnest tower in the city by far, as well as the second tallest (not counting spire height).
“What’s really interesting, though, is the fact that each floor of the building will hold only one gigantic apartment, making this, in essence, a layer cake of super-luxury residences. That means that the second-tallest building in the city will be accessible to only the 100 or so buyers who snag a floor.”
Cool, I suppose, but also a little unsettling. Would such a skinny building sway in strong winds? It looks like it’s about to topple over even in the artists rendering. Also, wonders one Gizmodo commernter, will it produce an ear-raping hum when it’s windy, like blowing on a blade of grass?