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A neighbor?who happens to be the one and only Michael Gross?shares with Crain's his thoughts on rising Midtown behemoth One57. Those thoughts: not exactly friendly. Writes Gross, "I think Mr. Portzamparc's midblock erection looks dreadful in renderings and will, when it towers over the Essex and Hampshire houses, give the architectural finger not just to its view-losing neighbors but also to the city's skyline?.Mr. Barnett's design proclivities don't yet match his skills for getting things built?.Real estate appraisal has a concept called Highest and Best Use: the use of a property that achieves its highest value. I know he likes to build high. But, Gary? It better be better, too." [Crain's; previously]


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