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CurbedWire: 515 Madison Makeover, Crane Collapse Report

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MIDTOWN?The lobby and entrance of the 42-story office building at 515 Madison Avenue (at 53rd Street), designed by J.E.R. Carpenter in 1931, is getting a new look courtesy of architecture firm Rosen Johnson. Per a release, "The elegant wrought-iron entrance marquee sheds light through a new glass roof, and its signage is redesigned to better identify the portal. The deep porte-cochere is greatly foreshortened and newly illuminated to better articulate the space and reinforce the building’s street presence. We don't know about you, but we love a good porte-cochere. Interior lobby rendering after the jump. [CurbedWire Inbox]

TURTLE BAY?The Department of Buildings has released its report into the tower crane collapse at 303 East 51st Street last March that killed seven people, demolished one brownstone and damaged several other buildings. As expected, negligent rigging practices were to blame for the 11,000-pound steel collar coming undone and taking out the crane's supports on the way down (the rigger has already been charged). Most troubling, the investigators found that "DOB crane inspection and permitting protocols would not have identified the rigging errors that caused the collapse." A copy of the report is available here. [CurbedWire Inbox]