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The Contentious Construction of the Time Warner Center

November 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Samuel Phineas Upham

Today, the Time Warner Center is like the second coming of One World Trade Center to many native New Yorkers. It was the first skyscraper to complete construction since the September 11th terrorist attacks, and it has become an important symbol for a city trying to rebuild after the aftermath of an incredible tragedy.

It nearly didn’t happen, or at least faced long delays before construction could begin. The land was owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which was entertaining a bid from Mortimer Zuckerman’s Boston Properties. The company wanted to build two buildings that were 63 stories in height across the 4.5 acre area. Donald Trump also attempted to bid for the land, pitching a building that would have been more than 1600 feet in height.

Boston won the bid with $455 million, but the development ran into intense opposition. A good portion of that opposition was inspired by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who brought up concerns that it would cast long shadows over Central Park. That debate led to a court ruling declaring the initial plans did violate city zoning ordinances. Even in 2000, when the Coliseum was finally demolished, construction of the building still lagged. Construction began in 2001, just before the terrorist attacks. At the time, it was criticized for the resemblance to the Twin Towers. This was by coincidence, but the towers stood as a reminder of what New York had lost never the less.

The building is so large that it has 10 street addresses, although, Trump was quite bitter about his loss. Upon its completion, he hung a sign on Trump International Hotel that said “Your views aren’t so great, are they? We have the real Central Park views and address.”


About the Author: Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Samuel Phineas Upham website or Twitter.

Replacing Your Boat’s Interior and Exterior Seats

November 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

f34b3a6ca93cd0bbf0e4272160ceef9dReplacing-Your-Boat’s-Interior-and-Exterior-SeatsThere’s going to be a time in every boat owner’s life where the interior and exterior starts to become worn down and are in need of some remodeling. Luckily, there are a variety of ways that you can customize everything from boat cushions to upholstery. It may seem like a daunting task but here are some tips that will help you get started.

You’re going to notice that when you are shopping for new cushions, there are a variety of them that you are going to choose from. Inside the cushion filling lies the foam, which is the bread and butter of your entire seat. Ensuring that you buy the proper foam will not only guarantee comfort, but water resistance as well.

Marine foam cushions are designed especially for exterior seats that are prone to getting wet. Treated with an antimicrobial substance, you won’t have to worry about problematic mold and mildew appearing. Their open-cell design allows for moisture and air to proceed throughout the foam base, allowing it to maintain its shape and resisting moisture buildup. These cushions are recommended for every boat owner.

It’s also important that you maintain you cushions. Storing your cushions with salt water still lingering on the outside of the cover will only keep it from staying dry. Before placing them in storage, be sure to rinse them with fresh water for optimal results.

Consult with a company that specializes in making boat cushions to determine which type of foam is right for your boat. By making such small changes and rearrangements to your boat, you can keep it well-maintained and presentable.

Bio: The Foam Factory is a foam manufacturer that carries a large selection of foam products for a variety of applications. In need of some new yacht cushions that will impress your guests? Check out their huge selection today.