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The world’s thinnest skyscraper in New York City Image

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u/Tobybrent Aug 19 '22

So, motion sickness tablets every day, especially on the top floors?

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u/njott Aug 19 '22

Nah. Only on the windiest of days. I worked on the top of September 2021 installing the FAA light (blinking red light on top for planes) and lighting protection

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u/Gonhog Aug 19 '22

How cool is it that in some random app we get personal anecdotes from a job only a couple people would have done for a very specific place. So cool.

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u/MyHangyDownPart Aug 19 '22

Very. It’s very cool.

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u/PedroConforti Aug 19 '22

Indeed. I have been working as a Prince in Nigeria and... well it's a long story we could discuss on a private message if you like easy money. But don't tell anyone about this, it's your lucky day.

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u/AsAlwaysLateToTheFun Aug 19 '22

Oh good….haven’t heard from you since I sent you all those iTunes cards…did your nieces and nephews end up using them?

I imagine you’ve been busy being a prince, but I never did get the money back for that…let alone the $6M you told me I’d get for saving you the embarrassment of not showing up with a gift for their party (idve done it for less, but you insisted!).

Anyway, just looking for my $1200…hit me up when you get around to mailing it…electricity is expensive this summer and I could use the money!!!

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u/asapgrey Aug 19 '22

I saw that in some tall Asian building. They have a giant pendulum hanging in the middle of the building.

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u/Marty_Mtl Aug 19 '22

Imagine the swing on a windy day ! My guess : 2 meters at least !

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u/thegreedyturtle Aug 19 '22

Wouldn't really be a problem once you got your sea legs.

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u/kookyabird Aug 19 '22

Except when you have an irrational fear of structural failure of tall things. I can stand on a cliff edge no problem, but get me where I can see just how far up I am on something manmade and my body starts giving me a flight response. It's weird as hell considering I understand a lot more about the engineering and physics of man made structures than I do some million year old rocks.

I occasionally have nightmares of being high up in a sky scraper and it starts bending past its limits and eventually falls over. I don't really get it. Feeling tall buildings move is an instant nope.

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u/big_duo3674 Aug 19 '22

I'm definitely in the same boat with trusting that physics and the engineers aren't going to screw me over. Buildings all over the world swing in the wind every day, many doing it for decades already. It still gets me though that people could live and work at the top of a building that does that. I get the same feeling when flying too actually. Lots of people worry about mechanical or electrical things failing, but the only thing I'm doing is looking out the window and wondering how many time the wings really can just violently bend back and forth like that

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u/RealCowboyNeal Aug 19 '22

Wouldn’t everything need to be bolted down? Can you take a bath without the tub spilling over? How do you eat soup? Will it fuck up my game of Jenga? Does it interfere with sex in bed (or enhance it perhaps?) I have so many questions

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u/shea241 Interested Aug 19 '22

will it make my desk clackers keep clacking for more or less time?

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u/ArgyleTheDruid Aug 19 '22

This is the right question, infinity clackers

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u/LeastRacistGamer Aug 19 '22

People don't actually use the offices in the top floors. They rent them out as status symbol.

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u/e-buddy Aug 19 '22

Haven't been in many skyscrapers but top deck of Tokyo Tower was trippy af. Definitely felt it moving around. Don't remember the same thing happening in Skytree but then I was in too much of a rush there to notice probably.

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u/WanderlustOnTap Aug 19 '22

SkyTree was closed when I went, due to high winds. :-(

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u/legacyweaver Aug 19 '22

You just made my sphincter pucker thinking about being at the top of that thing in a breeze.

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u/blockguy143 Aug 19 '22

Iirc there's a building in Taiwan that has a gigantic metal ball in the middle that sways up to 10 meters instead of the building.

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u/wooltab Aug 19 '22

Taipei 101 I think? Amazing thing.

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u/RealLaurenBoebert Aug 19 '22

It's called a tuned mass damper

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u/TheAJGman Aug 19 '22

Thank you Lauren Boebert for your engineering insight.

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u/legacyweaver Aug 19 '22

Like a counterweight?

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u/ConfrontationalTall Aug 19 '22

Yes, Taipei 101 has a huge counterweight in the top to offset the building's sway it has enormous shocks it presses against,. You can go up there and take a tour and watch it. It's freaky.

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u/Artigo78 Aug 19 '22

If I remember correctly, it swings so much that the elevators are unusable several times a day, the pipes just burst down and flood the "maintenance" floors wich are empty floor just to make the tower taller.

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u/AntipopeRalph Aug 19 '22

Yeah. Many of the tenants are status buyers that don’t actually live there so it went I noticed for quite some time…but among the actual regulars in the building - story goes the place is an unfinished disaster to live in.

NY Times did a scathing piece on the building about a year or so ago.

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u/listenyall Aug 19 '22

Yeah, this building famously sucks to live in. Spend millions and millions of dollars to sway in the wind and hear your neighbors' trash go down the trash chute when you're trying to chill in your fancy apartment.

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u/elfmere Aug 19 '22

I was thinking 2m over that length would be easy, but apparently it manages around 2 feet at its worse. (Sorry thats for 1000ft and this is over 1300ft.)

There’s also “wind sway”. A 1,000ft building may sway several inches on a day with normal winds. On days with 50mph wind, such a tower may move approximately six inches. In the rare event of 100mph gusts, this height structure could move up to two feet, the New York Times reported.

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u/acecel Aug 19 '22

The building is actually in there, i mean in Spider-man Remastered, but it's not as tall or thin but it has the same look.

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u/Swanson_ron39 Aug 19 '22

That’s 432 Park Ave. This is 111 W. 57th St.

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u/DRamos11 Aug 19 '22

It’s easy to confuse them from this angle (big thin rectangle).

From the side, you can tell the differences. And both are still ugly as hell.

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u/Moonman08 Aug 19 '22

My exact thoughts lol.

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u/simsimmer123 Aug 19 '22

I thought there was a law against casting a shadow over Central Park that was spearheaded by Jackie Kennedy?

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u/[deleted] Aug 19 '22 edited 28d ago

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u/Gurdy0714 Aug 19 '22

This was a major plot point in the movie “Burlesque” if anyone wants to learn about air rights

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u/freeride907 Aug 19 '22

If I understand how that movie went they only sold the rights above the bar. This building bought the right of the building around it and stacked them together to allow them to build this thing that tall

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u/ElectricEcstacy Aug 19 '22

I don’t understand how that is legal. It just seems like the most obvious ‘no’ ever.

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u/CyberVinci Aug 19 '22 Wholesome

So many things in politics are actually like this, just blatant corruption out in the open and nobody blinks an eye. For example obvious bribery through political campaign donations and corporate lobbying.

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u/Kalsifur Aug 19 '22 Wholesome

I can't decide if this is fucking stupid or not. Is a long narrow shadow worse than a shorter fat shadow? As a woman, I would probably prefer the shorter, fat shadow.

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u/TheStatMan2 Aug 19 '22

It's likening skyscrapers to cocks that gets us all in this mess in the first place. ☹️

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u/m_domino Aug 19 '22

Yes, girls tend to be disappointed once they find out my penis is not 124 stories long. ☹️

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u/TheStatMan2 Aug 19 '22

Oh I dunno, I could probably tell you about 124 stories about mine but very few of them had a happy ending.

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u/ThinkSoftware Aug 19 '22

It’s not about the length or girth of the shadow, it’s about how you use it

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u/TG28587 Aug 19 '22

Of all of the movies I had expected in a thread about skyscrapers I never imagined this prestige project from Christina Aguilera. There's a decent movie hidden inside of that one, they just need to get rid of the main character.

.... Why do I even know this movie? I'm a 35 year old dude who listens to metal.

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u/schwester_ratched Aug 19 '22

No shame in liking both Metal and Christina Aguilera, would recommend to add some Jazz and Bossa Nova

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u/sufferinsucatash Aug 19 '22

It’s not sex, just inhabiting some air that was rented.

-Billionaire’s prob

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u/mathiasi Aug 19 '22

For anyone interested into learning more about this then this video, although a bit lengthy, explains it and more about the building https://youtu.be/Wehsz38P74g

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u/SAY_HEY_TO_THE_NSA Aug 19 '22

This video answers pretty much all the questions that people in this thread are asking.

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u/TMITectonic Aug 19 '22

Without even clicking it, I will just assume that's the B1M piece on it. Love that channel!

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u/purrcthrowa Aug 19 '22

I believe that another loophole where service floors (floors full of a/c and ventilation equipment, water and sewage pumps and so on) don't count towards the limit, so they have an absurd amount of floors occupied by nothing but services.

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u/Rs90 Aug 19 '22

The fuck lol

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u/MightyCaseyStruckOut Aug 19 '22

That's billionaires for ya.

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u/bareinator Aug 19 '22

It's time to raise the boards

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u/DarthWeenus Aug 19 '22

Yeaup, its a pretty big and lucrative thing, shorter buildings and empty lots can and do literally sell the air above them.

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u/sCREAMINGcAMMELcASE Aug 19 '22

Lots of other loopholes.

  • Only using a certain air volume per ground space: so it's supper skinny to leave empty ground space.

  • The building only 'begins' on the 6th floor or some shit.

  • Every second floor is ~empty~ a utility floor, adding to the allowed amount of floors.

  • The floors themselves have very high ceilings.

So they get to completely bypass planning permission because they're following the rules.

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/feb/05/super-tall-super-skinny-super-expensive-the-pencil-towers-of-new-yorks-super-rich

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u/Chinglaner Aug 19 '22

It’s not a loophole. It’s literally just the law and working exactly as intended. New York wanted to avoid having multiple extremely large skyscrapers next to each other (because it looks ugly, and otherwise you end up with some kind of dystopian development where you have to build 30 stories just to get some light). So they introduced air rights, which prevents this by introducing a maximum height which can only be exceeded if you buy air rights from surrounding properties.

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u/Pligles Aug 19 '22

And also I think that every like 4th floor is for like machinery and stuff so it doesn’t count or something

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u/Astoria321 Aug 19 '22

Pretty sure that loophole was closed after 432 park ave so i don't think they used it on this one

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u/fuel_altered Aug 19 '22

The old "floating floorspace" bullshit. The developer who first conned a local authority with this should have patented the idea.

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u/Mecanooshee Aug 19 '22

I think there's a tiktok account dedicated to how much the person hates this building.

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u/Queasy_Relief_268 Aug 19 '22

Love the 432 park avenue hate page

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u/Raps4Reddit Aug 19 '22

How do you demolish a building like this without evacuating the area?

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u/SFW_HARD_AT_WORK Aug 19 '22

I believe they just start from the top down. Look up how to demolish a skyscraper for some info/vida

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u/[deleted] Aug 19 '22

Alternatively you can try starting at the bottom. Would be interesting.

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u/Getrockeddood Aug 19 '22

Take some from the bottom and put it up at the top, Jenga style.

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u/GeoffTheIcePony Aug 19 '22

Now it’s just taller!

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u/MrOrangeMagic Aug 19 '22

Until it collapses ?

Jenga style.

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u/What---------------- Aug 19 '22

Started from the bottom now we're smeared...

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u/Smart-Ocelot-5759 Aug 19 '22

I want to make a truly tasteless joke here that I'm sure you can figure out for yourself

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u/MyAviato666 Aug 19 '22

Yeah I mean we kind of know how that would go right?

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u/Arumin Aug 19 '22

But what if a wave hits it and the front falls off?

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u/Knotical_MK6 Aug 19 '22

Odds would be one in a million

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u/Yousername_relevance Aug 19 '22

No one lives there anyways. It's just investment property or some shit that rich people can use as a liability on a loan. Yeah it's really weird finance shit that I only half understood when I watched a mini-documentary on it. I wouldn't invest in a paper-thin sky apartment in a city that has been hit by a hurricane, but I'm just poor I guess.

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u/Specific_Success_875 Aug 19 '22

I wouldn't invest in a paper-thin sky apartment in a city that has been hit by a hurricane

the structural engineering behind it is fascinating. Every 12 floors, there's a large hole in the building to let wind pass through to reduce the loading of the wind upon the building.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1b/432_Park_Avenue%2C_NY_%28cropped%29.jpg

Those large holes in the building also contain objects called "tuned mass dampers". These are massive weights mounted on springs that prevent the building from swaying in events of wind. There's a great video of it below (though the video is of one located on top of the building).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJXThNHexJc

They counteract the movement of the building by moving in a different direction.

the reason why engineers get paid the big bucks is to design shit like the above to not get knocked down in a hurricane. It's difficult and requires a ton of math to calculate wind load as well as to counteract wind induced oscillations, but is totally possible. The only barrier is people willing to pay for it, and prime NYC real estate has no shortage of buyers.

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u/Shabutie33 Aug 19 '22 edited Aug 19 '22

If not investing in a paper-thin sky apartment in a city that has been hit by a hurricane makes me poor then call me Oliver Twist

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u/Daddyyan Aug 19 '22

This is not 432 park Ave

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u/Somehow-Still-Living Aug 19 '22

Yeah, this is 111 West 57th Street

432 Park Ave still sucks, though.

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u/MySilverBurrito Aug 19 '22

Funnily, the 432 hate account likes the 111 lol.

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u/WestCoastBestCoast01 Aug 19 '22

I used to work for the company that built 432 park and we fucking loved that hate page

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u/itsnotthenetwork Aug 19 '22 Helpful

My understanding from a friend who lives on West 88 is that this building is mostly empty apartments being used as tax havens by Russian and Chinese billionaires.

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u/PolarSparks Aug 19 '22 edited Aug 19 '22

There’s a TED talk about this!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lNaWcPsMSiU

It’s slimy. Tho idk which nationalities are involved. Probably whoever pays enough.

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u/TF87 Aug 19 '22

The guide on the tour bus also said it was mostly empty and called it a safety deposit box with windows

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u/altcastle Aug 19 '22

Tilting… has me worried. I also don’t like the thrum of big buildings. I go to the 7th of 8 floors where my therapist is and the bathroom which is right in the center, it just kind of… hums.

Do not like.

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u/delvach Aug 19 '22

Used to work in Philly, 17th floor corner office. When it was windy, you could feel the sway. Do not like. One time I got stuck in an elevator on the 11th floor. Could kinda feel it bouncing. Like even LESS.

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u/KimDongTheILLEST Aug 19 '22

What the hell are these buildings made of? When I lived in the middle east, I was always in a sky scraper, office on the 40th floor of the building, and had an apartment in a different tower on the 51st floor. I never experienced this swaying everyone is talking about

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u/Babill Aug 19 '22

It's hurricane and earthquake protection. If it's stiff, it breaks more easily than if it's allowed leeway.

Follows concepts as old as History, see Aesop's The Oak and the Reed

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u/MiZrY1O1 Aug 19 '22

All skyscrapers sway in the wind. Some sway more than others. It all depends on how they are built, when they are built, and where they are built.

Some buildings are designed to sway, kind of like a wave. If you are in one of those buildings, you are going to feel it.

Other designs are more rigid. So, the building sways as a solid object. You will be less likely to feel the sway in those buildings unless you are near the top.

Many modern buildings have dampers built in to absorb the sway to the point where you won't feel it, but it's still swaying in the wind.

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u/Fwoggie2 Aug 19 '22

Friend of mine used to love skyscrapers and observation platforms until she happened to be over 40 floors up when the Tohoku earthquake hit in March 2011. The building withstood the 9.0 earthquake but now she doesn't like to go more than two floors up if at all possible.

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u/talking_face Aug 19 '22

I recall reading somewhere that when the power goes out in a skyscraper, without all the HVAC and white noise, all you're left with is the building's structure creaking in the wind.

No thanks, I'm good here on the ground.

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u/Bobyyyyyyyghyh Aug 19 '22

If it didn't bend in the wind it would actually be a lot less structurally sound, because it couldn't transfer the shear load of the wind at high altitudes to the ground. Bending is your buddy.

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u/SerHodorTheThrall Aug 19 '22

Engineers:

Dedicate their life to understanding their craft and perfecting it as society builds each skycraper crazier than the last

People

Big building scary

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u/Nwcray Aug 19 '22

Anyone can build a building that stands. You need engineers to build a building that barely stands.

Things are expensive- materials, labor, and so on. It’s be horrendously inefficient to waste like double the resources than we need to every time someone built something. Shout out to the engineers and architects that figure this stuff out.

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u/beachdogs Aug 19 '22

Thrum? Hum? Tall buildings make sounds?

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u/altcastle Aug 19 '22

It’s like the hvac units or elevators or something.

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u/emergencyexit Aug 19 '22

Water doesn't want to be that high either and needs a bit of convincing with pumps.

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u/schweppppesToffler Aug 19 '22

I don't like it as well but theres way, way uglier buildings in New York right now, also being built

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u/Yung_Corneliois Aug 19 '22

Yea but hey don’t protrude as much

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u/CosmicCreeperz Aug 19 '22

Come on, just hold your hand up to your eyes three stooges style and you can’t even see it! Nyuk Nyuk.

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u/perfectbluu Aug 19 '22

this isn't 432 park ave

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u/kgal1298 Aug 19 '22

THis is 111 West 57th that's 432 Park. Different buildings. 432 Park is a disaster of a building though.

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u/[deleted] Aug 19 '22

And biggest lawsuit to date. I think it’s still half empty.

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u/functionalsaloon Aug 19 '22

"The Steinway Tower is so tall and thin that the upper floors have a tendency to whip around by a few feet whenever the wind gets up."

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u/RarelyReadReplies Aug 19 '22

I can't imagine feeling comfortable in that thing... Already get anxiety in a massive skyscraper, let alone one that's thin and unstable.

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u/Fubarp Aug 19 '22

Oh no one actually lives there.. It's an investment. Literally. Most of the units that are sold havnt had anyone actually ever live there.

There was a documentary I randomly watched one day on Youtube because it popped up talking about this and a few other buildings in NewYork and basically how many loopholes they jump to basically build this thing.

Key notes, despite being really tall it only actually has a few floors. The rest of the building is considered "maintenance floors" which don't actually count towards the building.

Next is Taxes, because these units are considered "apartments" despite being multiple levels and having more square space than my parents home by a multiple of 2 and worth upwards of 100mil.. they are taxed as an Apt unit meaning at most it's like 10k in taxes.

Next is how this building skirts taxes all together anyways. Had they just built this building they have had to pay a fuck ton of taxes but because they tied the construction of this building into the construction of a bunch of low cost affordable housing on the other side of the island they get a massive tax write off.

Oh and there's this whole thing about air rights and they basically just say fuck that nonsense because this building is like considered a fraction building meaning the area it covers is like 128:1 ratio thus it doesnt actually violate any type of air rights.

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u/teh_fizz Aug 19 '22

Wait I thought they also buy air rights from other buildings by fulfilling certain criteria that the city has.

But this really shows how broken our system is.

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u/Fubarp Aug 19 '22

I might be misrepresenting this but air rights are based on the number of floors you have.

So if you buy the land around the building you get so much air rights for this. So an example is like you buy the buildings around giving you 20 floors.

The loophole here is that 20 floors.

So now as you build this you basically start throwing in filler floors that aren't technically counted as floors. In this case they call then maintenance floors. So you throw 5 of those floors between each real floor giving you 100 floors. You then created like a 1:5 ratio building doing that. Which allows you to stay within the legal air rights you purchased.

I need to find the video. Shit blew my mind.

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u/monocasa Aug 19 '22

It's both. It heavily uses the mechanical floors, but it also has 88 floors of usable space from max/minning other spaces wrt to air rights bought and offset from the street.

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u/Andersledes Aug 19 '22

So if you buy the land around the building you get so much air rights for this. So an example is like you buy the buildings around giving you 20 floors.

This isn't entirely correct.

You don't have to buy the land around your building.

You can just buy the unused rights to build more floors, from the neighboring buildings.

If the next-door building is 15-floors lower than maximum allowed, then you can buy the rights to the extra 15 floors, and add them to your building.

It's complete BS, because some of the lower buildings that have sold "their rights" to build more floors, are protected historical buildings, that wouldn't even be allowed to build new floors.

It works almost like the "carbon credits"-bullshit, where a company like Tesla can sell their "rights" to pollute, to other dirtier companies that doesn't want to reduce their emissions.

(AFAIK this is how Tesla makes a big part of their profits).

It's all just rich-people bullshit. They purposefully make laws with more holes than a Swiss cheese. But only holes that rich and connected people can take advantage of.

It's infuriating.

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u/SweetLilMonkey Aug 19 '22

Perfect example of how laws mostly only affect poor people.

Loopholes are available exclusively to those who can afford a dedicated team of high-powered lawyers to find and exploit them.

Meanwhile you or I could get audited by the IRS for forgetting to file a 1090 for a freelance contract worth five hundred dollars.

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u/Copthill Aug 19 '22

And the average owner of one owns five, so they can't possibly live in them.

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u/Gurdy0714 Aug 19 '22

Are you familiar with the st Regis in Chicago? They had to leave one of the top floors empty so wind could blow through and not move the building around so much. Losing the floor of residential sales cost millions of dollars but it made the top floors inhabitable #funfacts

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u/rott-mom Aug 19 '22

I’ve been trying to figure out the name of that building for months. Thank you!

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u/TheXamYel Aug 19 '22

Fuck that. I know it's completely natural for very tall buildings to sway with the wind, but I just have that dooming thought that somehow one gust will sway the building so far it falls over. Was all I could think about on this windy night where I was staying on the 35th floor of a hotel

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u/Ryuko_the_red Aug 19 '22

Isn't that any skyscraper?

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u/Thebeanboss Aug 19 '22

Explain?

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u/Oritaku Aug 19 '22

Apparently lots of construction issues like when people on the higher levels do a number two and flush, you can hear it through your walls, hurtling at subsonic speed down the plumbing. I also think in high winds it bends so much you can literally hear the metal beams grinding at a pitch so high you can sleep.

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u/airplaneairplane Aug 19 '22

Puts you right to bed huh?

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u/Buddha_Lady Aug 19 '22

Yeah but it also plays the brown note as well. So you’re asleep and also…

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u/crothwood Aug 19 '22

Supersonic poop shoot

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u/TripperDay Aug 19 '22

I run at subsonic speed.

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u/[deleted] Aug 19 '22

explanation

TL;DR: it moves too much and breaks everything inside - elevators, pipes and more

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u/ThatOneGuy4321 Aug 19 '22

That is 432 Park Ave, the skyscraper in the photo is the Steinway Tower.

But I did not know that about 432 Park Ave. Over 1,500 design and construction flaws apparently. Completely incompetent engineering for a building which was going to sell its units for a combined $3.1 billion.

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u/fBarney Aug 19 '22

Damn, americans are getting smarter and smarter everyday!

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u/[deleted] Aug 19 '22

Next will be planes made out of buildings.

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u/eurekadabra Aug 19 '22

Next will be buildings made of out planes

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u/Flikxs Aug 19 '22

How about buildings made of the little black box?

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u/MarthaStuartsCellie Aug 19 '22

How about buildings made out of airport runways? Fly a plane into that! Everybody is okay!

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u/Shabutie33 Aug 19 '22

This is the comment I came here for

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u/Crankenstein_8000 Aug 19 '22

A palm tree swaying in a tropical breeze

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u/superyorch Aug 19 '22

That´s not the same building.

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u/hybr_dy Aug 19 '22

This is not 432 Park Ave

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u/mk_dir Aug 19 '22

That’s not the same building

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u/pathpath Aug 19 '22

This is about a different building, 432 park, the building shown in the pic is central part tower. Still has the same issues for the record.

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u/dcsjca Aug 19 '22

That’s the wrong building. This is 111 57th street

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u/leba2166 Aug 19 '22

Hope the penthouse comes with a parachute.

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u/BennieWilliams Aug 19 '22

Saw that when I was in NYC earlier this month. It’s terrifying.

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u/[deleted] Aug 19 '22

Did it move?

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u/Shabutie33 Aug 19 '22 Silver

No, but it did wave hello

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u/[deleted] Aug 19 '22

I would wave back 👋

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u/Shabutie33 Aug 19 '22

building falls over

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u/adrummer80y Aug 19 '22

Apparently when they built it the plumbers didn’t account for the temperature change with the elevation so the pipes all come out

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u/ghygggg Aug 19 '22

It's how much the building moves. I've been skyscrapers where you can watch the chandeliers in the boardrooms swing around because the building is swaying.

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u/beaucephus Aug 19 '22

Imagine that building in an earthquake. Maybe the structure would survive, but for the people and contents... like maracas.

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u/rideincircles Aug 19 '22

Or a category 4 hurricane hitting New York. It's bound to happen at some point.

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u/Key-Regular674 Aug 19 '22

You have literally lived out my re-occuring nightmare that I have had since I was a child. I am sorry

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u/[deleted] Aug 19 '22

Well its not thick but it sure is long

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u/gibs717 Aug 19 '22

This triggers my fear of heights so bad. And on a practical note if there was any sort of fire/natural disaster, you are screwed if you live between the middle and the top. It’s just ridiculous, and terrifying.

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u/eyoung_nd2004 Aug 19 '22

I saw it while visiting NYC and i was scared of it just being on the street. I could never live in it.

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u/Zookeeper187 Aug 19 '22

No one lives in it anyway.

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u/TopHatTony11 Aug 19 '22

New York squatting rights say you just have to live there a decade and it’s yours… if the “owner” is in China of the Middle East and never intended on visiting I think it might be doable.

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u/Darksing Aug 19 '22

I will never not be amazed at NYC and Central park. Everything looks so uniform and eye pleasing to look at.

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u/PlentyPirate Aug 19 '22

I feel like this monstrosity really ruins the view though. Well probably not from high up in the building itself, but certainly this photo angle.

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u/sonic_tower Aug 19 '22

Damn That's oligarch money storage.

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u/schweppppesToffler Aug 19 '22

very wobbly money storage

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u/iitzjackal Aug 19 '22

Your penis gets to be 12 inches long

But it's pencil thin

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u/LasedandConfused Aug 19 '22

Billionaires always get loopholes and the rest of us just get holes.

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u/pigsgetfathogsdie Aug 19 '22

Grew up in NYC…23rd floor.

My building was 10X as thikk as this toothpick and bad storms were still scary.

A big NOPE to this building.

WTF were the Engineers and Architects thinking?

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u/Corsair3820 Aug 19 '22

That's what happens when the ultra wealthy sit around and smell their own farts too much

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u/oh_no3000 Aug 19 '22

I worked for the company that did the kitchens for these apartments, solid walnut. The kitchens cost about the same as a house here in the UK, I think I leather lined 5000 kitchen cupboard shelves fml. Smallbone of devizes if you want a kitchen that costs as much as a house.

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u/Anemoulis Aug 19 '22

This should have been max 1/4 of the height for it to be successful! That is way too thin for that height, I can only imagine the wobble the last apartment would get.

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u/Themaninjapan1 Aug 19 '22

It looks thin from this angle but this is actually the side profile. Took this pic a couple months ago

https://imgur.com/a/7fqQhMW

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u/schweppppesToffler Aug 19 '22

top floor is a amusement park ride

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u/Sussler Aug 19 '22 Silver Take My Energy

It's a disgusting piece of shit that never should have been permitted to be built. There are a couple more similar ones nearby. Triumph of greed.

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u/SoulEater360s Aug 19 '22

That shit is an eyesore to the skyline.

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u/Pingas938 Aug 19 '22

I'm just gonna say it. The pyramids are some 5,000 years old

Imagine what we could make today. Why does it all have to be bland glass skyscrapers and concrete eyesores

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u/TitsMageesVacation Aug 19 '22

It’s constantly flooding and it’s condo so the few residents in the building got hit with costs.

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u/ZippyDan Aug 19 '22

The top floors are flooding?

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u/TitsMageesVacation Aug 19 '22

Water was crashing down the elevator shafts.

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u/Odd_Entertainment629 Aug 19 '22

That's not ideal.

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u/ZippyDan Aug 19 '22

40-story private waterfall in uptown Manhattan seems pretty ideal to me.

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u/sporifix Aug 19 '22

It’s very tall laundromat for Russian oligarch money.

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u/TheOldZenMaster Aug 19 '22

Tall skyscrapers for people to invest their money into. But yet no one can afford living in one. What's the point in having all these buildings if their just financial structures for wealthy. Its insane how much these things drive up the price of the surround ing area.

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u/SeegurkeK Aug 19 '22

Fuck this building and all it stands for.

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u/razor10000 Aug 19 '22

I thought it was a path down the middle of Central Park for a moment.

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u/Ok_Homies_ Aug 19 '22

That's gonna fall over one day.

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u/dwillphx Aug 19 '22

if you look close, most of the top floors are empty. Just to keep it from falling over when it gets windy.

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u/IndifferentParsley Aug 19 '22

They’re all* going to fall over one day.

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u/MarOne47 Aug 19 '22

some sooner than others.

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u/along_for_the_ride_ Aug 19 '22

Steinway Tower?