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Putting a Skyscraper on a Pedestal


Source: The New York Times

In the city within a city rising west of Pennsylvania Station are many astonishing sights.

The most astonishing—for the moment, anyway—is a mammoth steel structure, as long as a city block, that seems to float 51½ feet over the ground at Ninth Avenue and 33rd Street...

The $1 billion skyscraper, called 1 Manhattan West, will not simply sit on this pedestal. It will balance on it...

“Nothing that is going to happen on this site is going to be conventional,” said Gary Haney, a design partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the architects and engineers of the Manhattan West project, which is being developed by Brookfield Properties.

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