New York City has gained a reputation for its soaring towers thanks to unprecedented engineering technologies and New York’s air-rights policy, which permits developers to acquire neighboring unused airspace and construct large structures without any type of previous public review. But how are these super tall skyscrapers being accommodated? By replacing older existing structures. This out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new pattern comes as no surprise, as the “concrete jungle” is gradually being axed to make room for an even larger jungle. The Grand Hyatt Hotel, originally known as the Commodore Hotel, was designed by Warren & Wetmore in 1919, and housed the “most beautiful lobby in the world”. The once Beaux-Arts style architecture, with its brick and stone facade, was renovated and run by Trump Organization and Hyatt Hotels in the early 1970s, and clad with reflective glass and metal, concealing the structure’s original design. Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, the structure will undergo an even bigger renovation, as it will be completely demolished, to be replaced with a taller structure of 2 million square feet.
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