The latest troubles at Trump World Tower
September 2, 2000 5:19 PM   Subscribe

The latest troubles at Trump World Tower just reaffirms what the neighbors have been saying since day one.
posted by tamim (8 comments total)
New York has some extraordinary buildings, some ugly buildings, some tall buildings, some dull buildlings.

Trump World Tower is the most extraordinarily dull, ugly tall building in New York.

Given the competition - e.g., most everything built from 1964-1980 - that's quite an accomplishment. A ninety-story graceless black glass rectangle without a setback - he's going to Hell for this one, I'm certain.
posted by lileks at 10:51 PM on September 2, 2000

Well, now that the Coliseum's being torn down, something's got to replace it as the official Most Hideous Piece of Architecture in New York.
posted by aaron at 11:28 PM on September 2, 2000

That area of 1st. Ave. does not have any parking space as it is, a 90 story residential building will make matters worse. There were also "sunlight" and "airflow" issues brought up during the community hearings.

The neighborhood was not all that united in their opposition. Many have deepseeded anger against UN and all the diplomats who park their cars everywhere on First Ave. and plead diplomatic immunity when it comes to paying for the parking tickets. Some of these people were rather happy to see The Donald take on the UN and tower over the UN compound.
posted by tamim at 12:28 AM on September 3, 2000

Heh. Free Republic only published that story because a) Trump was still a viable Reform Party candidate then, or recently, and b) they hate the UN, they really really do, in any way possible, if it could be nuked off the face of the earth they'd exult in the radioactivity.

This has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that they think it's tremendously more powerful than it really is, the old toothless yakfest and bureaucracy.
posted by dhartung at 2:04 PM on September 3, 2000

Hell, assuming it's marginally less tacky than his other residential ventures (pink marble, anyone? ugh -- there's a big "if" somewhere in all this), I wouldn't mind living somewhere near the top. The future is skyward, after all. At least according to science-fiction writers and comic book artists.
posted by highindustrial at 6:50 PM on September 3, 2000

Bleh. Skyward. Ick.

Skyward is becomming so unnecessary. If any of these geosynchronous satellite plans actually manages to stay up there for longer than a few months, connectivity is going to become such a non-issue.

When connectivity becomes a non-issue, productivity isn't restricted to where you have access to the network.

Imagine living out in a small cottage on a lake, laptop and satellite hookup in-hand, pounding away at your keyboard lying on the deck listening to the birds and the waves. I guess an ocean would work for that to, as you coastal types may be able to attest.

The only thing really slowing down massive knowledge transference is bandwidth. Already we're seeing how a tiny amount can affect - for good or ill, however you feel - intellectual property. Imagine what it will be like when you don't even have to wait a couple of minutes for a given mp3. Imagine what it will be like when you'll be able to download the latest summer blockbuster to your headmounted display!

If you thought the sound sorrounded you before...
posted by cCranium at 8:50 PM on September 3, 2000

I think Trump should stop wasting his money building crap and invest it all in a decent looking hair piece. Good lord! All his money and he's still walking aorund with that dead rat on his head. Who does he think he's fooling?
posted by Nyarlathotep at 9:48 PM on September 3, 2000

As long as he can date models who are barely older than his daughter, I don't think he is complaining about the rat on his head.
posted by tamim at 10:45 PM on September 3, 2000

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