Skyscraper near Ground ZerO

Among the taller buildings in this rendering, looking south, are the Woolworth Building, far left; Barclay Tower, in shadow; 99 Church Street, a slender masonry building; 3 World Trade Center; 2 World Trade Center, with a steeply sloping roof; 7 World Trade Center, shorter tower in foreground; 1 World Trade Center or Freedom Tower, with its mast reaching 1,776 feet; American Express headquarters, with a shallow pyramidal roof; and Goldman Sachs headquarters, far right.
(Image:Courtesy of Silverstein Properties)

Another Skyscraper Is Planned Near Ground Zero

Less than a century after it soared heavenward as the world’s tallest building, the Woolworth Building — the icy Gothic pinnacle that generations of New Yorkers knew as the “Cathedral of Commerce” — will soon fall under the shadow of an 80-story next-door neighbor.

The new 912-foot tower at 99 Church Street, designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects for Silverstein Properties, will have a 175-room Four Seasons hotel on the first 22 floors and 143 condominium apartments in the floors above, managed by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Larry A. Silverstein, the president and chief executive of Silverstein Properties, unveiled the design this morning.

Construction is to begin in June and be completed in 2011.

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While some complain that the modern architecture lacks the grandeur and majesty of some of the older and antiquated buildings, Lower Manhattan can surely use the boost.bldg1.jpg

Our skyline in lower Manhattan needs to be redefined. Some would prefer to see stone and lasting carvings instead of glass, some say the buildings are so clustered that they compete with one another rather than unify.

I’ll leave those arguments to the architectural aficionados.

Me?..I’m thrilled to be witnessing Americans “building” rather than IzlamoNazis “destroying.”

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There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
G.K. Chesterton

“God is the great mysterious motivator of what we call nature, and it has often been said by philosophers, that nature is the will of God. And I prefer to say that nature is the only body of God that we shall ever see.”
Frank Lloyd Wright

“Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space.”
Mies van der Rohe

“Architecture is the art of how to waste space.”
Philip Johnson

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Inviting my friends on a tour of NYC at Rosemary’s Thoughts, Nuke Gingrich, The Random Yak, third world county, Right Truth, Pirate’s Cove, Cao’s Blog, Leaning Straight Up, Wolf Pangloss, and Right Voices, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

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20 Responses to “Skyscraper near Ground ZerO”

  1. Layla says:

    I suppose that is nice for those that have money and have the say. But for people like us what say do we have? None basically.

    I personally would have liked to have seen a park built there with a memorial in the middle so that even though the memory of that fateful day is sad, ad least there still could be beauty surrounding it.

    Another skyscraper is juat another in your face bin Laden gesture. PFFFT!

  2. Cao says:

    Just like the flight 93 memorial. The grandiose mosque to the terrorists does our victims a disservice.

    The plain old fence with the pictures and hand-scrawled heartfelt messages mean more.

  3. Defiant_Infidel says:

    Given the value of space and space’s value in dollars in Lwr. Manhattan, I have thought it inevitable that one or more buildings would eventually be decided upon and constructed. I hope that they are structured and placed in a manner which lends proper reverence to how sacred that ground is and preservation of the history, however horrible.

    I am not a city guy, but I have always enjoyed viewing and photographing NYC’s architecture during the many times I have been there, for business or pleasure. It is an amazing array of fabrication.

  4. OMMAG says:

    The ability and opportunity to build and create in this world are God Given gifts.

    What does that make those who would choose to destroy?

  5. American Interests says:

    Architecture “is in a class by itself, because it combines art with a utilitarian purpose and does not re-create reality, but creates a structure for man’s habitation or use, expressing man’s values” Ayn Rand

  6. kevin says:

    912 ft tall. I wonder if that was intentional?

  7. KKarLmM says:

    Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue (The Angry American)
    (Toby Keith)
    ©2002 Tokeco Tunes (BMI)

    American Girls and American Guys
    We’ll always stand up and salute
    We’ll always recognize
    When we see Old Glory Flying
    There’s a lot of men dead
    So we can sleep in peace at night
    When we lay down our head

    My daddy served in the army
    Where he lost his right eye
    But he flew a flag out in our yard
    Until the day that he died
    He wanted my mother, my brother, my sister and me
    To grow up and live happy
    In the land of the free.

    Now this nation that I love
    Has fallen under attack
    A mighty sucker punch came flyin’ in
    From somewhere in the back
    Soon as we could see clearly
    Through our big black eye
    Man, we lit up your world
    Like the 4th of July

    Hey Uncle Sam
    Put your name at the top of his list
    And the Statue of Liberty
    Started shakin’ her fist
    And the eagle will fly
    Man, it’s gonna be hell
    When you hear Mother Freedom
    Start ringin’ her bell
    And it feels like the whole wide world is raining down on you
    Brought to you Courtesy of the Red White and Blue

    Justice will be served
    And the battle will rage
    This big dog will fight
    When you rattle his cage
    And you’ll be sorry that you messed with
    The U.S. of A.
    `Cause we`ll put a boot in your ass
    It`s the American way

    Hey Uncle Sam
    Put your name at the top of his list
    And the Statue of Liberty
    Started shakin’ her fist
    And the eagle will fly
    Man, it’s gonna be hell
    When you hear Mother Freedom
    Start ringin’ her bell
    And it feels like the whole wide world is raining down on you
    Brought to you Courtesy of the Red White and Blue

  8. KKarLmM says:

    Enjoy the song…rejoice in the message….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seRPJGcUs8A

  9. Debbie says:

    I think it is pathetic that all these years after September 11 and still no building. This should have been a priority to rebuild, to slap the face of those terrorists and say, SEE you can knock it down, but we will just build it back BIGGER and BETTER and more WESTERN than ever

  10. MK says:

    Oh how i wish it had been quicker, but better late than never.

  11. Aurora says:

    912 feet tall? Wow. That’s amazing. It had to have been intentional.
    New York looks fantastic. I’ve only ever been to the west coast. I think I’m going to have to check it out next time.

  12. Rosemary's Thoughts says:

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  13. aunty belle says:

    Love this tour of NYC! Amazin’, Sugar Pie…lovely .

    Seems to me we ought to build again–with some small space (1/2 acre) left as permanent tribute to our lost citizens. Guess to leave the whole thing is to focus on a scar rather than the spirit of the people who once worked there–wouldn’t they rejoice to have “their” buildings up and humming along again?

  14. HannahJ says:

    As a mathlete (but not necessarily mathematician) with three brothers majoring in some form of engineering, I loved the cartoons with the formulas! Especially the last one…

  15. Brooke says:

    It is WAY past time for rebuilding to begin.

  16. cube says:

    I tend to prefer function over form, but I realize that both must coexist.

    BTW I don’t think I will ever be able to look at a picture of the World Trade Center towers without feeling like I’ve been punched in the solar plexus.

  17. Yankee Doodle says:

    “Given the value of space and space’s value in dollars in Lwr. Manhattan, I have thought it inevitable that one or more buildings would eventually be decided upon and constructed.”

    A very interesting comment.

  18. Angie says:

    I for one would like to see it A.S.A.P. should have been higher on the priority list. I do think as Auntie Belle, a small space 1/2 acre would be good to have for a memorial for those who perished there.

    Yes, 912 has to be intentional. very interesting.

    Love your photo tour. Thanks Angel

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