Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Why not just start from scratch?

Recognize this place?

Long Island City Construction

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

My guess would be the old Power station on the block next to the Waterfront crab House?

If not, this property rivals it for the King of Architectual Crap design prize. It looks like something an architectual Pratt Insititue freshman submits as a project in their first year and got an F for it. Maybe that same student eventually received a NYS license easy compared to other states) and started out working on Astoria project graduating to this $$ level. The design implimentation is revenge on his professor. A sorry looking project at worse, at best sucking in all the idiots whom will line up to pony up to live here! Ha ha ha....

Anonymous said...

looks like that abominable building on Curbed when you were guest moderator, I think. Folks on that site are probably praising this thing to no end and counting off the minutes to its completion.

Anonymous said...

Pratt has a big hand in 'planning' projects in communities at the bid of developers.

They worked with a Goodwill and a carefully selected element from Astoria to try to rebrand Old Astoria Village into Two Coves.

Not a hint of the historic character in the community in the 'study'.

Anonymous said...

Hey,
an alteration permit is a helluva lot cheaper
than obtaining a new building permit !

What a cheap and greedy bunch of f---s !

designerfromqueens said...

Boy you guys sure dislike designers/architects...But I can understand the anger and frustration. By the way, getting an architectural license is not an easy thing to attain.

Elisa said...

Please don't misunderstand our anger. We don't hate all architects and designers. Just the ones who make our neighborhoods unrecognizable by completely disrespecting the integrity of buildings that have been up for centuries, obliterating them and then replacing them with steel, glass and concrete monstrosities that won't last half as long as the original buildings that existed. So, I guess, yeah, we do hate every architect and designer that has ever stuck their greedy little hands into Queens in the past 10 years.

designerfromqueens said...

Elisa, Point taken, So what do you suggest? Please understand that many architects/designers do take into account the surrounding context of the neighborhood. And there are those that have a blatant disregard for the character of a neighborhood. Those are "contractor specials" cookie cutter homes that plague neighborhoods. It also comes down to the fact that many developers/builders don't necessarily follow our designs, aesthetically speaking. They may want to cut back on the small architectural elements that would continue the historical character of your community. Instead, they would rather build brick warehouses for people to live in. Building sans these elements(pedimented windows, cornice molding,the use of quoins-actually not the ones that are being pasted on bldgs.)are, in many builders eyes, cost-efficient.

Anonymous said...

If archtitects dont want to painted with the board brush that is being slapped on the profession, maybe

THEY SHOULD GET A LITTLE VOCAL

about the bad apples themselves.

he?

designerfromqueens said...

Ummm,yeah I do get vocal thanks...

Anonymous said...

And WHAT was YOUR POSITION
"Mr. good architect"
at the recent AIA's attempt to bypass proper procedure
with their back door opposition
of the new side and front lot amendments
to NYC zoning rules ?

Give it some thought and don't answer so quickly !

Anonymous said...

Oh I bet on Queens West and LICNYC they just GUSH about this.

So much for revitalizing our communities by bringing in new people.

We are just tiny little ants from their balconies.

Elisa said...

designerfromquuens,

I just find it sad that the norm for buildings going up in the neighborhood I have lived in all my life are shoddily built, asthetically unpleasing Goliaths. Twenty years from now, when these buildings become projects (because that's exactly what's going to happen) and are left to decay, I'll have to TELL my boys about all the beautiful buildings that were torn down for crap, like the Hackett building, etc.

designerfromqueens said...

And WHAT was YOUR POSITION
"Mr. good architect"
at the recent AIA's attempt to bypass proper procedure
with their back door opposition
of the new side and front lot amendments
to NYC zoning rules ?

Give it some thought and don't answer so quickly !

My response is that I am against said amendments...case in point I have been vocal about this before on different posts.For example:
https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=4013383690175122264&postID=4305660151371135599
https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=4013383690175122264&postID=4985554149159256330

Anonymous said...

That powerhouse building was a dirty wreck. Now it will be something nice that brings value to the area.

Anonymous said...

Ms. Corcoran, is that you?

There's no more value to the area, realtor/developer, jackass. You've flooded the market with total pieces of crap and have caused people who want to sell their homes to have to do so below market value.

Anonymous said...

Wow this looks great! Can't wait to move in and contribute to the ever increasing rent and real estate values in this area that will eventually push you grumpy old men out of the neighborhood!

Anonymous said...

The old men in the neighborhood OWN, asshole. Your high rent won't push them out.