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Yardsmania #3: Related Sends Out a New Friend Request

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[All renderings courtesy of dbox; Click to expand.]

Developer: The Related Companies
Architects: Robert A.M. Stern, Kohn Pederson Fox, Arquitectonica
Biggest building: A 1,080, two-million-square-foot News Corp headquarters
Housing: 5,300 units (2,000 rentals)
Public space: Nine acres
High Line?: Saved!
Online?: Nope!

Heading into the tiny storefront where these suckers are on display, we had Related?with its Goldman Sachs financial backing and Rupert Murdoch/News Corporation partnership?pegged as the favorite. But we were underwhelmed. Maybe it was the unfinished model that just showed the bases of all the buildings, but maybe it was also the realization that this thing would be Murdochville through and through. Just take a look at the rendering above. Is MySpace figuring prominently into a multi-billion-dollar, city-changing development deal supposed to be a confidence-boosting move on Related's part? Will MySpace even be around when the Hudson Yards are completed? A focus group of teenagers we keep locked in the basement to answer such questions told us MySpace is lame now.

In all, Related's bid is comprised of 14 building, from 33 to 74 stories. Three of those buildings would be commercial, including the biggie, the Kohn Pederson Fox-designed News Corp home mid-block on Tent Avenue. Murdoch would move the Wall Street Journal, the Post, MySpace, Dow Jones, and all his other good time buddies into the building. FOX would get some TV studios at the ground level. The nine-acre park would run through the middle of the site, then climbing up the News Corp building in a series of stacked atriums. An Equinox hotel is also in the plans. Robert A.M. Stern and Arquitectonica would handle most of the residential designs. The required cultural building would be near 30th Street, east of Eleventh Avenue. Some designs:

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