With everything going on in the Extell universe?the Ariels, the little thing called Hudson Yards?updates on the company's 40-story Diamond District have all but vanished. Until today! The Post's Steve Cuozzo unveiled what looks to be the first rendering of the office building planned for West 47th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. As Cuozzo writes, "Extell's 700,000 square-foot project aims to consolidate the diamond industry in one building - an initiative welcomed by some, but not all, in the gem trade." Truer words were never spoken. The building, designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, would have an entrance on 47th Street for the diamond dudes, and a lobby on 46th Street for the regular, less-blingy office drones. Cuozzo also got a word in with Extell boss Gary Barnett about some of his other properties. The huge pit across from Carnegie Hall will be a hotel/condo building of at least 50 stories in stature. And as previously theorized, all those theater air rights Extell snatched up will go toward a 55-story hotel/condo at 135 West 45th Street. Gary, buddy, catch your breath a little, would ya?
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