Flip flop… Thanks for bringing up, the fact about the window and the fact you were digging deep to try and verify it. (I think that window row was the first time I had numbered things in a photo) When I seen you bring it up… I just had to try and work this out with you.
So yes perhaps in the next hr or so I can work on a clearer shot of that section. Anything else you need Flipflop?
The developers of the Keystone Building, a group of four commercial structures dating back to the early 20th century that is being converted to condominium lofts, say they have reaped the benefits of a fashionable TriBeCa location, but without the constraints of owning a landmark.
Construction is now under way to join the four five-story buildings from 38 to 44 Warren Street, between West Broadway and Church Street, and to add four stories on top of the resulting structure. Because the building is not in any of the four TriBeCa historic districts, there was no need to get community board or Landmarks Preservation Commission approvals for the project.
''But it was challenging in several other respects,'' said Kenneth Horn, managing partner of KJ Warren Associates, which joined with EMJ Builders to make up East Tribeca Associates. ''From an engineering point of view, we had to figure out how to add the additional weight of four stories to the building. When you do that, it changes the load-bearing capacity of the existing building.''
Though the buildings, home to the Job Lot Trading Company when it upgraded from its pushcart trade, had long been vacant, there was a Rite-Aid drugstore on the ground floor with 20 years to run on its lease, so the builders had to work around it. ''Otherwise it would have been easier to have demolished them,'' Mr. Horn said.
The Keystone will contain 24 lofts ranging from 1,248 to 2,815 square feet. Nine of the units will have private terraces, and there will be a communal terrace for those residents who don't have their own.
Mr. Horn, who has done four other loft condo conversions downtown, said he was attracted to Warren Street by the neighborhood. ''It is several blocks from the center of TriBeCa, so we could build more affordably and attract buyers who can't afford TriBeCa,'' he said. ''The average condo in Manhattan is $700,000, and that is for much smaller spaces.''
So what will purchasers be paying? Prices will range from $695,000 to $1,850,000, Mr. Horn said. The lofts will be built with separate bedrooms, but wide open living, dining and kitchen areas. ''At our price range, we expect to sell to first-time buyers who won't necessarily have the capability or the desire to renovate the way we are doing,'' Mr. Horn said.
At the intersection of Warren and Church streets, a liminal area at the southeastern edge of Tribeca just four short blocks north of where the World Trade Center once stood, Kenneth Horn was building condos on Columbus Day.
It isn’t easy. “I go down to our building, and there’s no commerce below Chambers Street,” said Mr. Horn, the president of Alchemy Properties, which is developing the Keystone Building, 24 condominiums at 38 Warren Street. “And it’s odd-and it’s more sad than anything.”
Since Sept. 11, when several of the 40 workers at the site stood on the roof of Mr. Horn’s building and watched in horror as planes slammed into the Twin Towers, the area has been cut off to traffic. It took his construction manager three and a half weeks-paid weeks for the whole crew-to get back to work. The manager had to wait in line at police headquarters for special passes, only to learn that the checkpoint requirements changed daily. Air quality was still being tested, as was the structural soundness of the nearby buildings. The streets had become an impromptu impound lot for cars being combed over for evidence. And it was not immediately obvious whether real-estate developers in the frozen zone, like Mr. Horn, qualified for government aid to cover their costs from being locked out of their project sites. Once his workers could get to the site, they’d reported only minor hurdles: having to meet suppliers at checkpoints, sometimes with police escorts, and searches of trucks.
Equinox wrote:That article is...Dated March 2001.
If we can determine with 100% certainty (and with official NYC documentation) that the Keystone buiding looked like THIS before 9/11...
...then we have one of the most slam-dunk proofs of fake/digitized 9/11 cityscape to date:
Do we have someone in New York who could access the official NYC construction records?
diagonal2 wrote:What's the theory behind the missing lamp in the jap photo?
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