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Wikipedia Description: Crown Building (New York)
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The Crown Building (formerly known as the Heckscher Building) is a mixed use property located at 57th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City, one of the most expensive retail and office space locations in the United States. The property is an iconic fixture in Midtown Manhattan designed by Warren and Wetmore, architects of the Helmsley Building and Grand Central Terminal.
The Crown Building was originally known as the Heckscher Building, designed by architects Warren and Wetmore and completed in 1921. The building stands 26 stories (416 feet) high. The name was changed to the Crown Building in 1983, attributing its crown-like look when illuminated at night.
The building was purchased in 1981 by then Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos. Marcos used international companies to purchase the building secretly, also obtaining help from Ralpy and Joseph Bernstein as well as Adnan Khashoggi.
The Crown Building was the focus of various lawsuits after the fall of the Marcos regime. Numerous parties, including the Philippine government, claimed rights to it. Lawsuits claimed that Marcos entered into various agreements for the building or purchased it with money that was not his. The parties involved agreed to sell the building and split the proceeds in excess of the $89 million mortgage.
Bernard Spitzer acquired the building in 1991 for $95 million. His son and former Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer took over the property after his father's death in 2014. The building was scheduled for auction in late 2014, with Jeff Sutton and General Growth Properties stepping in prior to the auction to purchase the building. The cost was $1.75 billion and included both the 400,000 square-foot tower and 35,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor of the building.
In 2015, the building was again acquired, this time by Michael Shvo in partnership with Vladislav Doronin. General Grow ...More...
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2016 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Seven relatively short trips this year:
two Civil War Trust conference (Gettysburg, PA and West Point, NY, with a side-trip to New York City),
my 11th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including sites in Utah, Nevada, and California),
a quick trip to Michigan for Uncle Wayne's funeral,
two additional trips to New York City, and
a Civil Rights site trip to Alabama during the November elections. Being in places where people died to preserve the rights of minority voters made the Trumputin election even more depressing.
Number of photos taken this year: just over 610,000.