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"Something similar was done on Amsterdam Avenue and 90th Street—when I lived in NYC I walked by the construction site on my way to the gym. Not done especially nicely, but it illustrates the answer to the author's question about how this can be done. Look for the extra piers added to the original building—they are even rendered, above. The trusses that rest on these piers are 'hidden' in the tall windowless story. IMO, this band is the design's weak point, and the finished building will look very awkward because of it."—Door_Keeper [Developer Will Plop 8 More Stories Atop Upper West Side Rental]