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(Time)   Hey buddy, wanna buy the Brooklyn Bridge? No? Well, how about the Empire State Building?   (newsfeed.time.com) divider line 15
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2013-05-02 10:15:52 AM
It was already purchased.

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By a Sheik and then dismantled.
 
2013-05-02 10:17:17 AM
Most of what I've read says this is a bad investment, but I don't care. I'll buy 10 symbolic shares.
 
2013-05-02 10:24:26 AM
Which one?  350 Fifth Avenue or   640 Broadway?
 
2013-05-02 10:25:30 AM

TheOtherMisterP: Most of what I've read says this is a bad investment, but I don't care. I'll buy 10 symbolic shares.


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I love the ESB, I've been to the observation deck, and I highly recommend that you see it when you're in NYC.  That said, the ESB never was a good investment.  It took 20 years before the building showed a profit. There's a reason no one tried building a taller structure for 42 years.  The original WTC was build by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey using public funds sine no one wanted to put up any private money.  The super tall building that are going up in various oil sheikdoms are funding with petro dollars no one knows what to do with.

BTW, the new WTC tower looks like ass.
 
2013-05-02 10:29:13 AM

TheOtherMisterP: Most of what I've read says this is a bad investment, but I don't care. I'll buy 10 symbolic shares.


Same here (depending on what 10 shares go for).  I'd toss in a few hundred bucks just to own a piece of history.
 
2013-05-02 10:33:26 AM

Fissile: BTW, the new WTC tower looks like ass.


At least it looks better than the old ones. Although that doesn't say much.
 
2013-05-02 10:41:38 AM
While the deco details in the lobby and the observation tower are quite lovely, the actual floors where people have working offices tend to be really kind of claustrophobic and oddly built.  That said, is still an amazing building.
 
2013-05-02 10:41:40 AM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: Fissile: BTW, the new WTC tower looks like ass.

At least it looks better than the old ones. Although that doesn't say much.


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Yeah, but we're not supposed to say that now.  I never did like the original WTC buildings.  They immediately came off like something out of Blade Runner.  I never had the desire to go into the original buildings and never did.  I really doubt I'll be visiting the new building either.  I don't know who is going to rent space on the upper floors.
 
2013-05-02 10:47:18 AM

brap: While the deco details in the lobby and the observation tower are quite lovely, the actual floors where people have working offices tend to be really kind of claustrophobic and oddly built. That said, is still an amazing building.


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Yeah, the interior spaces can be tomb-like.  That's because the building was put together using conventional column and beam construction.  Since they had no computers when the building was designed, it was way overbuilt.   I remember reading an engineering report post 9-11 where the engineer was comparing the construction style of the ESB to the WTC.   According to this engineer who wrote the report, he doubts that a single 767 could have brought down the ESB.
 
2013-05-02 10:55:42 AM
Pic caption: "A female passenger looks out at the Empire State Building and the New York City skyline while traveling over the 59th Street Bridge, circa 1940s."


Time couldn't find a more recent photo to use? No one in New York has a camera?
 
2013-05-02 11:09:18 AM

mama2tnt: Pic caption: "A female passenger looks out at the Empire State Building and the New York City skyline while traveling over the 59th Street Bridge, circa 1940s."


Time couldn't find a more recent photo to use? No one in New York has a camera?


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Picture taken from the street where we lived when I was a boy (looking east).  Happy now?

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2013-05-02 11:26:52 AM

Fissile: Since they had no computers when the building was designed, it was way overbuilt.   I remember reading an engineering report post 9-11 where the engineer was comparing the construction style of the ESB to the WTC.   According to this engineer who wrote the report, he doubts that a single 767 could have brought down the ESB.


Lemme tell you about overbuilt. CSB: I lived in a 1937 Shreve, Lamb building in Westchester that's steel beams and solid masonry all thru. Doing anything beyond hanging up pictures pretty much required jackhammers. It's quite something when you have 500 year walls concealing 50 year water pipes. And the window wells were solid steel and radiated heat like mad. And most of the residents were older than the building and dammit, they had to have that steam full on in the daytime from October to April. You were lucky to get your place below 80F or above 20% RH on a sunny winter day. Here endeth ye CSB.
 
2013-05-02 12:25:54 PM
 
2013-05-02 12:41:25 PM
Was going to meet a girl there once....she didn't show

graphics8.nytimes.com

Had better luck years later

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Just watch out for giant gorilla poo

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2013-05-02 04:13:39 PM
Hah. Almost became a personal assistant to Peter Malkin's son, Anthony Malkin.

/yep, CSS
 
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