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Lobby Porn: From Times to Times Square Building

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[Rendering: Africa-Israel/Andres Escobar & Associates. Click to expand.]

Before the paper moved to its Renzo Piano-designed skyscraper on Eighth Avenue, the New York Times called 229 West 43rd Street home for 95 years or so. When the Times moved out, the building was purchased by Lev Leviev's Africa-Israel Investments for a staggering $525 million. The company had been on a landmark buying spree, also picking up Madison Avenue's clocktower and part of the Upper West Side's Apthorp. Unlike those buildings, the Times building is not going condo. In September, following a $175 million gut renovation, the 16-story building will reopen to commercial tenants as the Times Square Building. Prolific designer Andres Escobar is redoing the building's lobby, doubling its size and ceiling height and adding touches like stainless steel columns, Italian marble and a 12-foot-high steel mesh curtain. Artist Elinor Milchan will also create a multi-screen video installation that "celebrates light and the seven colors of the visible spectrum." Check out the rendering above to get a feel for Escobar's vision, complete with stylish corporate types walking the hallowed grounds that ink-stained wretches once worshiped.
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