Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco skyscraper in New York City, located on the east side of Manhattan at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue. Standing at 319 metres (1,047 ft),[2] it was the world's tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. However, the Chrysler Building remains the world's tallest brick building.[3][4] After the destruction of the World Trade Center, it was again the second-tallest building in New York City until December 2007, when the spire was raised on the 365.8-metre (1,200 ft) Bank of America building, pushing the Chrysler Building into third position. In addition, the New York Times Building, which opened in 2007, is exactly level with the Chrysler Building in height.[5]
The Chrysler Building is a classic example of Art Deco architecture and considered by many contemporary architects to be one of the finest buildings in New York City (see below). In 2007, it was ranked ninth on the List of America's Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.[6]

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Top Projects in NYC

300 Madison Avenue

Rank #8
Cost: $300 million

Despite pedestrian, vehicular and rail disruptions, the project team at 300 Madison Ave. fast-tracked development of the 35-story office tower and opened each floor for occupancy as it was completed.

The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce leased the entire 1.1-million-sq.-ft. office building. The building will house the New York headquarters of CIBC World Markets for 30 years, consolidating the company's 3,000 employees citywide.

In addition, the building will become the national headquarters of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Earlier this year, CIBC subleased 800,000 sq. ft. of its space to Pricewaterhouse, and the size of the transaction merited renaming the building PricewaterhouseCoopers Center.

The tower is the first new construction project in Manhattan by its owner, Brookfield Properties Corp. Brookfield owns millions of square feet in Lower Manhattan but had not participated in any ground-up development in the city before.

The new building, on Madison between 41st and 42nd streets, is situated in the heart of the city's traffic and adjacent to Grand Central Station. As the development team began building, it had to negotiate two major subway lines - the shuttle between Times Square and Grand Central and the No. 7 train - which ran just below the north end of the site and next to two side elevations of the lower floors of the building.

The team also refurbished the subway station entrance at 42nd and Madison and completed two below-grade concourse levels for office and support functions for the office and retail tenants, who leased the ground floor of the building.

The engineering consultants were especially important in a tower that built above a subway. Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers of New York, N.Y. designed excavation support along the subway and the foundation system, which included footings on rock and deep caissons along 42nd Street to carry the loads below the influence of the subway tunnel.

Various techniques were used to build the foundation in order to separate the earth from the existing subway tunnel walls. To accommodate it, the construction was phased in four sections within the one-acre site so the structural steel could be placed in time.

During the construction, the logistics of the phases were altered to meet the needs of the foot and vehicle traffic.

There also were a few surprise adjustments that had to be made to the schedule and budget. For example, after the collapse of the World Trade Center, the construction team added approximately $4 million in lower-column, fireproofing and structural connection improvements to the building's infrastructure.

Despite the challenges, Brookfield delivered its first new development to its tenants in a timely manner. As each block of floors was completed, the project team turned them over to CIBC and PricewaterhouseCoopers, using several designated temporary roofs and stair enclosures in addition to instituting programs to prevent mold and other damage to the finished areas.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Monday, June 2, 2008

Rossi Corzina Putter


Rossi Corzina Putter

AGSI+ technology insert with 14 grooves positioned closer together promote more efficient forward spin for a smoother roll.

Wire-frame head construction combined with additional weight moved to the perimeter create high MOI for greater forgiveness on mis-hits.

304 stainless steel construction with a midnight black finish offer premium quality and aesthetic appeal.

Customer Reviews

Alan Moretti 2/18/2008
Purchased this a year ago. I have a taylor made driver but never though their putters were that great. It adds a nice finish off after every hole. I know ping makes a putter like this. Except no weights to ballance your swing.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Adidas Brady

Adidas Brady

3 reviews
Rate it! 1 - worst 2 3 4 5 - best
4.67 of 5
MSRP: $ 70.00
DescriptionFull-grain leather upper. EVA midsole. Athletic last. Durable rubber outsole.DescriptionFull-grain leather upper. EVA midsole. Athletic last. Durable rubber outsole.">

Reviewed by: Alan Moretti , Shoots in the 90s
Model Reviewed:Adidas Brady
Summary:Had these for about a week and decided they were too much for the golf course. I have no idea why I picked black when I purchased these. They do come in other colors but I exchanged them for a different pair. Other than their looks. They were nice and easy on your feet. Which is important.
Customer Service:Exchanged no problems!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Bloomberg Wants Solar Panels on City Buildings

Bloomberg Wants Solar Panels on City Buildings
by Eliot Brown April 8, 2008

kevinthoule via flickr
Speaking the morning after congestion pricing went the way of Westway, Mayor Bloomberg announced that he is seeking to install solar panels on city-owned buildings to create 2 megawatts of energy—similar to the amount of power created by some large wind turbines.
The city plans to issue a request for proposals for the initiative, which would double the city’s solar capacity, according to the mayor’s office.
Release below.
2 Megawatts of Solar Electricity Will Be Installed On City-owned Buildings as
Part of PlaNYC
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced that the City Department of Administrative Services (DCAS) would issue an RFP for private solar developers to purchase, install, own and maintain solar panels on city-owned buildings in all five boroughs as part of PlaNYC. The plan would more than double the City’s current solar electric capacity. Eleven potential sites have been identified for the developer to choose from, including five schools and a community college. The City and the developer will enter into a 20-year power purchase agreement for the electricity the solar panels generate. The Mayor made the announcement during a keynote address Newsweek’s 2nd Annual Global Environmental Leadership Conference.
“New York City is moving ahead vigorously on our PlaNYC agenda, especially in the all-important area of reducing our reliance on the carbon-based fuels that contribute to global warming,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “We’ve set a target of shrinking our carbon footprint by 30% by the year 2030. Increasing the use of renewable energy, like solar power, is a key strategy in that effort. Using solar power decreases demand for electricity from the power grid, which is typically generated by burning the fossil fuels that contribute to climate change.”
The U.S. Department of Energy is leading The Solar America Initiative (SAI) in an effort to accelerate the development of advanced solar electric technologies, including solar panels and the concentration solar power systems, with the goal of making them cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by 2015. The development of this project to supply 2 megawatts of solar power to city-owned buildings began last year. It was made possible by a planning grant and technical assistance provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, as part of that agency’s designation of New York as “A Solar America” city. The New York City Solar America Initiative is a partnership between City University of New York (CUNY), NYCEDC, and the Mayor’s Office of Longterm Planning and Sustainability. As part of the program, the City has received a $200,000 grant and $200,000 in technical support from the National Renewable Energy Lab. CUNY manages the program for the City.
Additionally, SAI will provide the US with additional electricity supply options by reducing reliance on fossil fuels, which will improve the environment. By 2015 SAI will: provide 5-10 GW of new electric capacity from decentralized sources of clean power to the electric grid in the United States, and will help reduce CO2 emissions by 10 million metric tons per year. SAI will also boost our economy by promoting a U.S. based solar industry and creating 30,000 new jobs in the field.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation’s (NYCEDC) Energy & Telecommunications Department will coordinate and address the City’s energy needs and goals with other City agencies and private stakeholders. The Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability will play a key role in ensuring that the Solar City plan is integrated into the City’s broader long-term planning efforts. The City University of New York is already committed to MSR and will continue to support solar outreach, education, and research under the SAI CUNY’s Solar Coordinator will provide general coordination and support to the Solar Cities Partnership


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Does anyone know how many years it will take for the city to see the rate on return? April 08, 2008 12:23 PM
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I've heard 8-12 years.April 08, 2008 12:57 PM
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8 years. Not bad.April 13, 2008 3:01 PM
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Btw: It's much better than 4 years ago when it was 30 - 40 years. The tech end has gotten much better over this small period of time. April 15, 2008 2:28 PM
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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Bam! Moynihan Station Imagined in Full

Don’t know how we missed this. Apparently, for the first time, the state displayed this rendering of the larger Moynihan Station last week, as part of a talk Governor Spitzer gave at the Association for a Better New York breakfast, according to a spokesman from the Empire State Development Corporation.

The governor is at a critical stage with the Moynihan plan, seeking a big, big chunk of money from Washington, along with more from the city. More on all of that in this week’s paper.

We spotted it earlier today at the Friends of Moynihan Station Web site.

A few landmarks: in the bottom of the picture is the Farley Post Office with a new Madison Square Garden in the rear. At the top of Farley, running along Eighth Avenue, is the expanded station for New Jersey Transit passengers (known for now as “Moynihan West"). Right across the street is where “Moynihan East,” would be—the above-ground structure would be a major retail complex, with the station at the base.

Also of note: a lot of the buildings surrounding Moynihan East do not yet exist: There's a new building just south of the Hotel Pennsylvania, and the two buildings on either side of 1 Penn Plaza (the tall building with two square neon red signs) is sandwiched in between two new buildings. [This paragraph was updated].

Alan Moretti (not verified) says:

Huge project that should be approved. Looks great.

Raymond Kelly

REBNY Breakfast

May 24: REBNY's fifth annual Commercial Management Leadership Breakfast which will honor outstanding leaders in the field of commercial property management at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers at 811 7th Avenue on 53rd Street, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. They will be presenting the Commercial Management Leadership Award to Chi K. Chu, senior vice president of Silverstein Properties and the John M. Griffin Community Service Award to Frank Freda, executive managing director of Cushman and Wakefield. We will also present two other prestigious awards: the Portfolio Manager and Corporate Management Executive Award and the Outstanding On-Site Manager Award. Guest Speaker--Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly Contact Alan Moretti at 212-532-3100.

Alan Moretti

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Callaway Big Bertha Irons

Callaway Big Bertha Irons 2008

February 19, 2008

Callaway Big Bertha 2008 Men's Iron Set

Callaway Big Bertha 2008 Men’s Iron Set

For 2008, Callaway has redesigned its easy to play irons, and may in the process have invented a new breed of club—the “i-brid.” From a design point of view, it’s supposed to be midway between a game-improvement iron and a hybrid, with a huge sole and extreme weighting. In the set, the i-brids replace the 3-, 4- and 5-irons, all the while integrating seamlessly into the rest of the set. Certainly the transition from long-to-short irons is less jarring than in sets with hybrids.

The set also incorporates all of Callaway’s now-familiar technology for making clubs easier to play: notched weighting, a short hosel and a massive undercut channel.



  • Wish I saw these before I went out and got my MX-25 Mizunos. Are these “I-brid” a mix of Hybrids and a regular Iron?

    Posted by Alan Moretti on 02/20

  • They look a little like a fat iron. Callaway has them positioned as something midway between an iron and a hybrid.

    Ralph Maltby’s Golfworks component golf company has been making similar clubs for years.

    Posted by The Golf Blogger on 02/20

  • Traded a set of ‘05 TM RAC HT’s , which I loved & researched mega before purchase. If the TM’s are 5 out of 5 for hitability & forgiveness, these ‘08 Cal B. Bertha’s( graphite)have to be 10 out of 5.Can’t remember having ( don’t remember much these days!) soooo much fun on the links!

    Posted by Dave K on 04/26

  • Thanks for the comment, Dave. I also think Callaway makes some great products.

    Posted by The Golf Blogger on 04/26

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Ogio Flight SS Schling Stand Bags

Ogio makes golf bags with attitude, and the new Schling system is no exception. The Schling is a unique new system that lets you place the weight of the bag on both shoulders at the same time—no sliding it on one shoulder and then the other.

I’ve got an Ogio cart bag and it’s loaded with lots of features and nice little touches. This Flight SS Stand Bag has a lot of the same, with full length club dividers, a cradle for a bungee loop, nine pockets, a fleece valuables pocket, score card, pencil and cell phone pockets, and a nifty trunk handle. THere’s also a golf tee holder and velcro patches for your glove.
The only think I don’t like is the cell phone holder. I don’t think that we should encourage the barbarians.
Ogio Flight SS Shling Stand Bags

It’s a great bag for the money!
The bag carrying system is different at first. But, well worth the investment.
Very nice quality, a lot of pockets. Dividers are fine, stand is pretty good. The shling is...(More) amazing, I love it.

I didn’t know if I’d like it at first, I didn’t try it before I bought it, but it’s great. I’d never go back to a normal strap.

Posted by Alan Moretti on 02/19

Forgot to mention the price. Anything more than $150 might too much for some people to spend on a golf bag.

Please keep in mind you can pick this bag up for less than $200 at any Golf discount store online. Also, the club/wood set system is one of the best. Only the Oglio Grom might have a better layout than this bag. Also, keep in mind the Grom is also $100 - $150 more.

Alan Moretti

Posted by Alan Moretti on 02/25

Scubapro MK11/R395

This is a great. Nothing special to it. It's a great unit for the price. Good name to depend on. I switch this to as my main or back up when I am going on dive trips. Haven't had any problems.

Alan Moretti

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Taylor Made r7 460

Taylor Made r7 460

Always read reviews of any golf equipment on I have been doing this for the past 2 years and have been 100% satisfied with my purchases.

Now onto the Taylor Made R7 driver.

I am a lefty that likes to push the ball away from my body. I thought buying this driver would drastically change the shape of my shots. Didn't exactly happen. But the weight system does work and it does change your shot a little bit. Since I got this driver my shots have been more accurate and the distance from the tee have been further. 15 to 20 yards.

Great driver. Not sure if I want to go with taylor made for a fairway driver. (will be my next purchase)

So far worth the money. Off the tee with this club my drives are solid.

Alan Moretti

Alan Moretti

Monday, May 5, 2008