Nearly one year ago, Frank Gehry stood at the base of his throbbing Beekman Tower in Lower Manhattan, looked up, and said, "No Viagra." We all laughed. You know who probably wasn't laughing? Donald Trump, whose Trump World Tower near the United Nations is, for now, the tallest residential building in the city. The Donald wasn't pleased when Larry Silverstein announced plans to outgrow the Trump World Tower, and we can't imagine that he's thrilled with Bruce Ratner and Frank Gehry actually doing it. But it wasn't supposed to be like this, according to Franktastic.
Gehry was interviewed by architecture critic Paul Goldberger at the 92nd Street Y on Wednesday night, and Atlantic Yards Report has a recap. When asked about the Beekman Tower's height, he said: "I asked Bruce to make it one foot lower than Trump, because I didn't want to get into a pissing contest with Trump. But now that this is taller, he's going to have to build a taller one." Donald, please, he didn't mean it.
· Gehry: loss of arena commission "had nothing to do with me or [Ratner], it had to do with circumstances" [AYR]
· Beekman Tower coverage [Curbed]