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Welcome to New York City!

This is a thread for all news, announcements, questions and welcoming all new members into our section.

New York City is a big and complex world of its own. It has very different dynamics, laws, economy, people and atmosphere from the rest of the country. Some may find it too fast and some can see this as the most desirable place to live.

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Development News

Post headline news of upcoming and ongoing developoments in NYC here.

New Construction in New York City


•Nordstrom Tower 217 W 57th Street (1,775 ft.) U/C
•432 Park Ave. (1,398 ft) T/O
•111 W. 57th St (1,397 ft) [prep]
•200 Greenwich St. Two World Trade Center (1,339 ft.) [base U/C, tower on hold]
•30 Hudson Yards North Tower (1,227 ft) U/C
•50 Hudson Yards (1,068 ft) [prep]
•35 Hudson Yards - Equinox (1,000 ft+) [prep]
•One Brookfield Manhattan West (995 ft) [prep]
•Two Brookfield Manhattan West (995 ft) [prep]
•175 Greenwich St. Three World Trade Center (1,155 ft.) U/C
•50 Hudson Yards (1,068 ft) [prep]
•Tower Verre - 53 W. 53rd St. (1,050 ft) [prep]
•One57 (1,005 ft.) T/O
•35 Hudson Yards - Equinox Tower (1,000 ft) U/C


•220 Central Park South (950 ft) [prep]
•30 Park Place – Four Seasons Hotel & Tower (937 ft) U/C
•15 Hudson Yards (910 ft) U/C
•10 Hudson Yards - Coach Building (895 ft) U/C
•56 Leonard Street (821 ft) U/C
•50 West Street (782 ft) U/C
•520 Park Avenue nee 45 E.60th St. (781 ft) U/C
•55 Hudson Yards (780 ft) [prep]
•239 W.52nd St. Roseland Tower (750* ft) [demo]
•252 E. 57th Street (718 ft) U/C
•610 Lexington Avenue (712 ft) U/C
•401 W. 31st St. Brookfield Manhattan West (702 ft) [prep]
•227 Cherry St. (700+* ft) [prep]
•118 Fulton St. (690* ft) [prep]
•5 Beekman (687 ft) U/C
•605 West 42nd St (656 ft) U/C


•20 West 53rd St. Baccarat Hotel (610 ft) T/O
•Avalon 88 Willoughby St. Brooklyn (596 ft ) U/C
•551 10th Ave (556 ft) U/C
•237 W.54th St. (550* ft) T/O
•"The Hub" Brooklyn (545 ft) U/C
•616 1st Ave. (540 ft) U/C
•175 W. 60th St. Fordham Tower 2 (533 ft) U/C
•43-25 Hunter St. LIC (509 ft) U/C
•303 E 51st St (504 ft) U/C
•50 UN Plaza (500* ft) T/O
•66 Rockwell Pl. (Downtown Brooklyn) 489 ft T/O
•855 6th Ave. (485 ft) U/C
•Riverside Center Parcel 2 (480 ft) U/C
•1 West End Ave. (Riverside Center Parcel 5) (491 ft) [prep]
•20 W. 53rd St 45 story Hotel (480 ft) U/C
•205 E. 92nd St. "Ruppert Playground Tower" (479 ft) [prep]
•400 Park Avenue South (476 ft) T/O
•626 1st Ave. (470 ft) [prep]
•W57 Pyramid (467 ft) U/C
•160 Madison Ave. (452 ft) T/O
•309 Fifth Ave. (452 ft) T/O
•Two Sutton Place North (443 ft) T/O
•7 Bryant (441 ft) T/O
•1 North 4th Place [formerly 3 Northside Piers] (440* ft) T/O
•City Point Brooklyn phase 2 (435* ft) U/C
•616 1st Ave. Tower 2 Con Ed site (433 ft) [prep]
•132 W.35th St. hotel (432 ft) U/C
•Hunters Point South (400* ft x 2) T/O
•160 Madison Ave. (371 ft) T/O
•2 Grand St. Domino (369 ft) [prep]
•The Sutton 961 1st Ave. (362 ft)
•461 Dean St. 'B2', Pacific Park (360* ft) [work halted]
•23 E.22nd St. (351 ft) U/C
•Hunters Point South (350* ft x 2) T/O
•The Charles 1355 1st Ave. (350* ft) T/O
•Citypoint Phase II Brooklyn (350* ft ) U/C
•11 E.31st St hotel (345* ft) [prep]
•33 Beekman Pace dorms (340* ft) T/O
•959 1st Ave. UES (333 ft) U/C


•113 Nassau (330* ft) T/O
•Aloft Hotel - 30 Fletcher St. (300* ft) T/O
•301 E. 50th St (300* ft) T/O
•34 E.51st St. SOM office (296 ft) U/C
•19 Park Place "Tribeca Royale" (292 ft) T/O
•44-41 Purves St. LIC (285* ft) [prep]
•237 W. 54th St. (280* ft) U/C
•33 Bond St. BK (280* ft) [demo]
•180 Orchard St. Hotel Indigo (276 ft) T/O
•6 Platt St. 27 story Sheraton hotel (273 ft) T/O
•235 E. 44th St (271 ft) U/C
•451 Lexington hotel (263 ft) U/C
•170 Amsterdam Ave. (240* ft) T/O
•325 W 33rd St Marriott Hotel (240 ft) U/C
•240 Manhattan Ave. (235* ft) T/O
•41-50 24th St. LIC (232* ft) U/C
•Archer New York Hotel (230* ft) U/C
•30 W.46th St. Cambria Suites hotel (229 ft) U/C
•44-51 Purves St. LIC (225* ft) [prep]
•Greenwich Lane (225* ft) T/O
•1711 1st Ave. hotel (220* ft) [demo]
•Franklin Place (220* ft) U/C
•24 John St. hotel (206 ft) U/C
•The Alton Queens (200* ft) U/C
•10 Madison (200* ft) T/O
•535 Carlton, Pacific Park (193 ft) U/C
•200 E. 39th St. T/O
•QLIC 41-42 24th St. LIC U/C
•550 Vanderbilt, Pacific Park (175* ft) [prep]
•150 Charles St. (175* ft) T/O
•Dock Street Dumbo (175* ft) T/O
•520 W 28th St. [Zaha Hadid] High Line condos U/C
•505 W. 19th St. U/C
•Alphabet Plaza T/O
•860 Washington St. (215 ft) U/C
•551 W. 21st St. (210* ft) T/O
•Columbia U. Manhattanville campus (2011-14) T/O
•61 Fifth Ave. U/C
•508 W. 24th St. T/O
•124 W.16th St. U/C
•1 John St. T/O
•505 St. Marks Ave. BK U/C
•22-22 Jackson Ave. LIC U/C
•Pierhouse Brooklyn Bridge Park (110* ft) T/O
•10 Bond [Anna Selldorf] U/C
•Columbia U. Medical School T/O
•Lincoln Center Redevelopment - (2011-15) U/C
•World Trade Center Memorial (2013) U/C
•World Trade Center Transportation Hub (2013-15) U/C
•100 Norfolk St. [prep]
•169 10th Avenue High line U/C
•23 E. 22nd St. [reduced to 6 story base]
•City Tech 285 Jay St. U/C

Tallest Proposed:


•435-447 10th Ave. (1,800 ft possible) [Tishman Speyer]
•One Vanderbilt Place (1,514 ft)
•111 W. 57th St (1,397 ft) [demo of Steinway interior]
•125 Greenwich (formerly 22 Thames St.) (1,356 ft)
•200 Greenwich Street – 2 World Trade Center (1,339 ft) [tower on hold, base U/C]
•15 Penn Plaza (1,216 ft) [Vornado reviving plans]
•514 11th St. Silverstein residential tower (1,100 ft)
•3 Hudson Blvd. (1,050 ft) [financed]
•80 South St. (1,018 ft) [Howard Hughes taking over, plans likely to change]
•Shvo Central Park (~1,000* ft+) [site undisclosed]
•CetraRuddy UES Tower (~1,000* ft) [site undisclosed]
•740 8th Ave. (~1,000* ft) [Extell]
•1710 Broadway (984* ft) [site for sale]


•101 Murray St. aka 101 Tribeca (950* ft) [857 ft to highest occupied floor]
•425 Park Ave (855 ft) [demo]
•36 CPS Park Lane Hotel (850 ft)
•15 East 30th St. (825 ft)
•75 Nassau St. (800 ft)
•45 E.22nd St. (777 ft) [site prep]
•55 Hudson Yards (780 ft) [site prep]
•340 Flatbush Extension BK (775 ft)
•360 Tenth Avenue (774 ft) [new owner, may go supertall]
•239 W.52nd St. Roseland Tower (750* ft) [demo]
•685 1st Ave. Con Ed site (721 ft) [on hold]
•45 Broad St. Ex-Nobu (710 ft) [site for sale]
•401 W. 31st St. Brookfield Manhattan West (702 ft) [site prep]
•700 First Avenue – Con Ed Redevelopment Site (702 ft) [on hold]
•470 11th Ave. condo/hotel (720 ft) [site sold]
•1685 Third Ave Extell (700* ft) [could go tall]
•708 1st Ave. Con Ed site (688 ft) [on hold]
•City Point Brooklyn Phase 3 (680 ft) [May go very tall]
•118 Fulton St. (680* ft) [63 story design possible]
•420 Albee Square BK (679 ft)
•111 Washington St. (670* ft)


•700 First Avenue Tower 1 Con Ed Site (650 ft) [on hold]
•42-12 28th St. LIC (646 ft)
•Domino Sugar Brooklyn (620* ft x 3) [demo]
•700 1st Ave Tower 2-1 Con Ed site (606 ft) [on hold]
•151 Maiden Lane (600 ft) [redesigned]
•Queens Street Apartments (LIC) (600* ft)
•151 E. 86th St. [possibly 600 ft or more]
•Silver Cup West – Tower 1 – (Hunters Point) (600 ft) [plans being revived]
•28-34 Jackson Ave. LIC (590 ft)
•141 Willoughby St. (likely 580 ft)
•East River Plaza West (575 ft)
•551 10th Ave (556 ft) [Extell residential tower]
•450 Hudson Blvd. (550* ft)
•250 Ashland Pl. BAM (550 ft)
•UN Consolidated Building (546 ft) [plans finalized]
•616 1st Ave. (540 ft) [prep]
•Silver Cup West – Tower 2 – (Hunters Point) (532 ft) [plans being revived]
•17 West End Ave. Riverside South (529 ft)
•606 W. 57th St. (525* ft)
•Silver Cup West – Tower 3 – (Hunters Point) (517 ft) [plans being revived]
•131-139 W 45th St Hotel (515 ft)
•East River Plaza North (515 ft)
•43-25 Hunter St. LIC (509 ft) [site prep]
•28-10 Jackson Ave. LIC (504 ft)
•Riverside Center 1 (500+ ft)
•Riverside Center 3 (500* ft)
•Hotel Williamsburg (500 ft)
•701 Seventh Ave. Marriott Edition (500 ft) [demo]
•QE7 LIC (500* ft x 2)
•Trinity Church Tower 68-74 Trinity Pl. (499 ft)
•5 Pointz Tower 1 (498 ft) [demo]
•South St. Seaport Tower (494 ft) [contentious]
•1 West End Ave. (491 ft) [prep]
•828 Washington Street (490* ft)
•1059 Third Ave. (481 ft)
•626 1st Ave. (470 ft) [prep]
•118 E. 59th St. (470 ft)
•Rockrose LIC (460+ ft) 42 story apartment bldg. at 24-02 43rd Ave.
•23-01 42nd rd. LIC (450* ft) [Eagle Electric site]
•3-7 W.29th St. Marble Collegiate Church project (450* ft)
•135 W. 52nd St. redevelopment (500* ft)
•East River Plaza South t)
•Brooklyn Arts Tower (Downtown Brooklyn) (447 ft)
•5 Pointz Tower 2 (440 ft) [demo]
•577 Ninth Avenue (439 ft)
•131 W. 23rd St. (445 ft)
•175 Broadway BK hotel (430* ft)
•Marriott Edition Hotel Times Square (430* ft)
•Rockrose apartments 43-10 Crescent St Queens (429 ft)
•Duarte Square Tower (429 ft) [hudson square area]
•Queens Plaza & 28th St. LIC (425* ft) [multiple towers likely]
•509 W. 38th St. (425 ft)
•40 Riverside Blvd (415 ft*)
•215 W 34th St hotel (410* ft)
•310 W. 40th St. (402 ft)
•Cadman Plaza BPL redevelopment (400* ft) [wildly varying proposals]
•The QE7 29-26 Northern Blvd LIC (400 ft)
•Greenpoint Landing (10 x 300*-400* ft) [redesigned, work begins late 2013]
•BAM mixed use project (400* ft) [approved]
•162 Myrtle Avenue (Brooklyn) (400 ft)
•Virgin Hotel - 1225 Broadway (400* ft)
•323 10th Ave. (398 ft)
•203 E.92nd St. hotel (390* ft)
•77 Commercial St. LIC *-450* ft)
•1146 6th Ave. (380* ft)
•24-05 Jackson Ave. LIC ft)
•38-46 W. 33rd St. (385 ft)
•5th Ave and 31st St apartment tower (380* ft)
•Tribeca Associates MoMa Hotel (380+ ft)
•30-02 Queens Blvd. LIC (374 ft)
•2 Grand St. Domino (369 ft) [site prep]
•311 Gold BK (367 ft)
•20 W. 40th St. (361 ft)
•50 Trinity Pl. hotel (360* ft)
•150 W. 57th St (356 ft)
•985 Madison (355 ft)
•125 E. 85th St (355 ft)
•520 W. 30th St. (354 ft)
•245 E. 36th St. (350* ft) [on the boards since 2002!]
•172 Madison (350* ft) [plans being reworked]
•CUNY-MSK Medical Center (350* ft) [approved]
•237 W 54th St Moinian Group hotel (350* ft)
•133 Greenwich St. Hotel (350* ft) [new design]
•Related Hudson Yards apartment tower (350* ft)
•1711 1st Ave. (350* ft)
•86 Fleet Place BK (346 ft)
•11 E.31st St Tommie Hotel (345* ft) [prep]
•445 E .68th St. NY Presbyterian hospital (341 ft) [demo]
•1501 Voorhies Ave. Sheepshead Bay (333 ft)


•270 Spring St. Hudson Square (330* ft)
•Hallets Point Astoria Queens; 7 towers (330 ft) [approved]
•Times Sq. hotel Friedman-Landis (325* ft)
•45-56 Pearson St. (321 ft)
•1800 Park Harlem (320 ft x 2) [replaces Harlem Park scheme]
•301 W.46th St. (320* ft)
•Hudson Square Tower (320* ft)
•Maiestas 29-37 41st Ave. LIC (320* ft)
•301 W.46th St. hotel (315* ft)
•Atlantic Yards - Building 4 (Downtown Brooklyn) [project redesigned]
•Atlantic Yards - Building 7 (Downtown Brooklyn) [revised modular design]
•428 10th Ave. hotel (312 ft)
•Victoria Theater Harlem (310* ft) approved
•105 W.28th St. hotel (309 ft)
•44-02 Vernon Blvd LIC (300 ft x2, 100 ft x4) [in foreclosure]
•320 W.36th St. hotel (300* ft)
•8-16 Nevins BK (300* ft)
•23 E. 39th St. (300* ft) [Gene Kaufman hotel]
•6 Water St. Sam Chang hotel (298 ft)
•NYU 'Zipper Building' (299 ft)
•101 W.28th St. Hyatt House (296 ft)
•436 Albee Square BK (290* ft)
•Herald Square hotel 218 W. 35th St (290* ft)
•215 Pearl St. Marriott (290* ft)
•11 Stone St. FiDi Hotel (290* ft)
•280 Cadman Plaza West BK (285* ft)
•414 W. 15th St. MePa hotel (284 ft)
•27-19 44th Dr. LIC (282 ft)
•27-21 44th Dr. LIC (282 ft)
•Astoria Cove (280* ft)
•215 Chrystie St. Ian Schrager hotel (280* ft)
•180 Orchard St. Hotel Indigo (276 ft) [prep]
•Riu Plaza Hotel (275* ft) [site purchased, redesigned]
•2300 Cropsey Ave. Bath Beach (273 ft)
•325 Lexington (272* ft)
•Peter Poon Chinatown hotel (270* ft) [plans being reworked]
•507 W. 28th St. (270* ft)
•414 W. 15th St. MePa hotel (264 ft)
•Memorial Sloan-Kettering extension (261 ft) [approved]
•501 E. 74th St. (260* ft)
•120 W. 41st St. Stanford Hotel (257 ft)
•85 Flatbush Avenue Extension (256 ft)
•412 W. 15th St. MePa hotel (250* ft) [new owner]
•One Soho Square (250* ft)
•525 W. 52nd St. Hells Kitchen (250* ft)
•333 W. 38th St. (250* ft)
•Vornado Rego Park Mall (250 ft)
•98 Greenwich St. hotel ex-Sam Chang (250* ft)
•145 E. 47th St. hotel (250* ft)
•19 Kent Av. BK (250* ft)
•420 Kent Av. BK (250* ft)
•39 W. 23rd St. (245* ft) [redesigned]
•54 Fulton St. hotel (240* ft)
•One Bennett Park (240* ft) [may be revived]
•17 John St. (240* ft)
•41 W. 23rd St. (240* ft)
•626 Flatbush Ave. (236 ft)
•27-45 Jackson LIC Aloft hotel (235* ft)
•50 Bowery Poon-tel (230* ft)
•346 W. 37th St. hotel (230* ft)
•Flushing Commons QNS (230* ft x 5)
•252 W. 40th St. hotel (230 ft)
•4 W. 37th St. (230* ft)
•227 E. 44th St. (230* ft)
•44-51 Purves St. LIC (225* ft) prep
•156 Tillary BK (220 ft) [demo]
•232 Seventh Ave. (220* ft)
•200 E. 39th St. (220* ft)
•333 W. 38th St. hotel (220* ft)
•6208 8th Ave. BK (220* ft) (160* ft x 2 ) [contentious]
•52-09 31st Place LIC (220* ft)
•1-11 Flatbush BK (210* ft) [preliminary]
•20 story Williamsburg hotel (210* ft)
•292 Fifth Ave. hotel (206 ft)
•10 Sullivan Soho Car Wash Tower (204 ft)
•437 W. 13th St. High line Tower (201 ft)
•92 Fulton St. (200* ft) [new owner, smaller vision]
•The Pearson Court Square LIC (200* ft)
•Nathan's Famous tower BK (200* ft)
•444 10th Avenue hotel (200* ft)
•319 Schermerhorn Brooklyn (200* ft)
•17 W. 24th St. hotel (200* ft) [revived]
•430 Kent Av. BK (200* ft)
•210 W. 77th St. (200* ft)
•337 W. 36th St. McSam hotel (195* ft)
•149-151 E.78th St. luxe apartments (195* ft)
•245 W. 34th St. (190* ft)
•Jade Hotel Bryant Park (180* ft)
•38 W. 18th St. (180* ft)
•1110 Park Ave. (170* ft)
•21 W. 20th St. (165* ft)
•1562 Second Ave. (164 ft)
•71-17 Roosevelt Ave. (162 ft)
•87 Wythe Ave. (160* ft)
•308 E. 59th St. (150 ft)
•576 Baltic St. BK (150* ft)
•500 Metropolitan Avenue Brooklyn (150* ft)
•26-26 Jackson Ave. LIC (150* ft)
•264 West St. (250* ft)
•505 W. 43rd St. (150* ft)
•1047 Amsterdam Ave. (149 ft)
•81 Fleet Place BK (145 ft)
•24-14 Queens Plaza South (145* ft)
•8 W. 70th St. (140* ft) synagogue condos
•190 S. 1st. St. BK (140* ft)
•86 Delancey St. (140* ft)
•807 Park Ave. (135* ft) [contentious]
•47 W. 55th St. (135 ft)
•149 Church St. Tribeca (135* ft)
•526 W. 28th St. (135 ft)
•Melrose Commons C Bronx (135* ft)
•810 Fulton St. Ft. Greene (130* ft)
•27 Albany Ave. Bed Stuy (130* ft)
•470 4th Ave. BK (130* ft)
•125 Chrystie St. (130* ft)
•11-55 49th Ave LIC (125* ft)
•John Street condos Brooklyn Bridge Park (125* ft)
•The Maximilian LIC (125* ft)
•510 W. 22nd St. High Line (125* ft)
•515 W. 29th St.(125* ft)
•1766 11th Ave. (125* ft)
•613 Baltic BK (120* ft)
•1324 Fulton St. BK (120* ft)
•261 Hudson St. (120* ft)
•2 Renwick St. (119 ft)
•Lenox Terrace Apts. (160-280* ft x 6)
•11-51 47th St. LIC (118* ft)
•781 Metropolitan Ave. BK
•532 W. 30th St. (? ft)
•329 Pleasant Ave. "disco building"
•Pier 6 towers (2) Brooklyn Bridge Park [possible highrise]
•22-25 Jackson Ave LIC (110* ft)
•134 Vanderbilt Ave. BK
•525 W. 27th St.
•655 187th St. Harlem 'Tetris Building' [permits filed]
•290 West St.
•520 W 28th St. [Zaha Hadid] High Line condos [site prep]
•249 W. 28th St. apartments [awaiting plans]
•20 Times Square [tower agreement falls through, awaiting new bids]
•42-77 Hunter St. LIC
•688 Broadway condos
•559 W. 23rd St.
•155 W. 18th St.
•261 W. 25th St.
•247 N. 7th St. Billyburg
•232 Seventh Ave.
•600 W. 58th St.
•18 W. 56th St. hotel
•520 Fifth Ave.
•151 Mercer St. Tory Burch flagship store
•16 W. 57th St. [may go as high as 30 floors]

Other Projects planned or under construction

•Moynihan Station [state vs. city air rights battle]
•New Penn Station [opportunity in 2023]
•"Seaport City" $20 bln waterfront development scheme
•SPURA Seward Park Area redevelopment [Approved]
•Hudson Square [approved]
•Staten Island Wheel [World's largest ferris wheel]
•S.I. Outlet Mall [plans released]
•Yankee Stadium garage soccer stadium
•Columbia U. Manhattanville campus (2011-2014) U/C
•South St. Seaport Pier 17 redevelopment [demo]
•Atlantic Terminal Transit Hub (Brooklyn) (2010)
•Brooklyn Bridge Park – Phase I (2011)
•East River Greenway (2010-2020)
•NYU DoBro (2013-14) [approved]
•NYU Greenwich Village expansion [ammended plan approved]
•Fulton Street Transit Center (2012) T/O
•LaGuardia Central Terminal redevelopment (2013-16)
•Cornell Technion Campus at Roosevelt Island (2013-2015)
•World Trade Center Memorial (2012) U/C
•World Trade Center Transportation Hub (2014-15) U/C
•South St Seaport redevelopment [contentious]
•Aqueduct racino/convention center [casino revamp underway, convention center scrapped, racetrack imperiled]
•Franklin Place U/C
•Willets Point (2012-2017) [site prep]
•Temple Court restoration (hotel) U/C
•Chelsea Market expansion office/hotel U/C
•5WTC cultural center [plans in flux]

On The Radar

•606 W. 30th St. [175k buildable if rezoned]
•587-591 3rd Ave. [60k buildable]
•250 W. 43rd St. Hotel Carter [redevelopment potential]
•1703-1705 2nd Ave. Elaine's bldg. [air rights bonanza]
•570 Fulton Ave. BK
•1538-46 2nd Ave. UES
•4-6 W. 37th St. Garment District hotel
•37-18 Northern Blvd LIC [massive site]
•Rheingold warehouse [needs rezoning]
•350 W. 39th St. [300k buildable]
•219-233 W. 77th St. [77k buildable]
•25-20 43rd Ave. LIC [Rockrose 34k]
•455 W.19th St. High line
•29-37 41st Ave. LIC [205k]
•31 W.57th St. Vornado [could be very tall]
•199 Jay St. BK
•435 10th Ave. [2.5 million sq. ft possible]
•11 Park Avenue, garage to residential [100k+ buildable]
•151 E. 86th St. [210k buildable]
•346 W.40th St. Sam Chang hotel
•511 W.35th St. Spitzer [175k-415k buildable]
•45-40 Vernon LIC Simon [100k + buildable]
•326-330 W.37th St. Sam Chang
•353,355,357 Broadway Tribeca [133k buildable]
•1558-60 Third Ave. UES [130k buildable, 365 ft]
•55 W.17th St. Toll Bros. [92k buildable]
•717 Fifth Ave. [possible redevelop at 365k]
•448-452 11th Ave. and 556 W. 37th St. Related [250k]
•517 W.35th St Related [235k x 2+ with air rights]
•122-130 East 23rd Street Toll Bros. [200k buildable]
•55 Lombardy St Greenpoint [100k surface]
•605 3rd Ave garage [250k potential]
•Park Lane Hotel CPS Witkoff (possible redevelop)
•454-456 Greenwich St.
•462-490 Kent Ave. [816,000 sq. ft. buildable]
•251 Park Ave. South [ownership dispute, potential redevelopment]
•140-144 W.28th St. [128k buildable]
•532 Washington St. HUGE site
•644 E.14th St. [up to 200k potential]
•625 Fulton St. [nee 10 Metro Tech Center]
•530-34 W.58th St. Sam Chang-infected
•210 W.77th St. UWS Hertz garage
•51 Jay St. Dumbo [150k buildble]
•260 W.78th St. [extell deal for collegiate school]
•511-515 W.36th St [96k buildable]
•14-01 14-19 Broadway LIC [81k buildable]
•44-30 Purves St. [214k buildable]
•357 West St. Ian Schrager hotel [89k]
•835 Myrtle Ave. BK [350k buildable]
•504-518 Myrtle Ave. BK Silverstone
•23-01 42nd Rd. Eagle Electric [40 story tower possible]
•58-60 E.86th St. Glenwood
•138 E. 50th St., 149 E. 49th St. Extell [924,000sq ft. potential]
•122-130 East 23rd Street [200k resy]
•321 E.96th St. SCTE site in Harlem
•210 W.61st st. PS 191
•380 Madison Ave. [midtown east rezoning bait]
•270 W.70th St. PS199
•953-961 1st Ave. Toll Bros [161 unit resy]
•43-22 Queens St. LIC [500k rights]
•507 W.27th St.; 514 W.28th St. Related [241k combined buildable]
•320 W.36th St. [hotel planned]
•529 Broadway Thor Equities [48k buildable]
•237 Park Ave. [midtown east rezoning bait]
•222 Avenue A and 504-530 East 14th Street redevelopment
•541-545 W. 37th St., 540-544 W.38th St. [373k buildable]
•1683 3rd Ave. Extell [possible skyscraper]
•701 Seventh Ave. [30 story hotel]
•71 Smith St. Brooklyn [315k permit]
•175 Madison Ave. [120k+ buildable] in the courts...
•132-142 W.27th St. [118k buildable]
•546 W.44th St. [220k buildable]
•740 8th Ave. [now Extell]
•743-768 8th Ave. [320k buildable]
•11th Ave & W. 36th-37th Sts. [800k-1mln sq ft buildable]
•706 Madison Ave. [50k rights]
•528-534 W.39th St. Rockrose [1.4 mln buildable]
•5 WTC [reconfigured site, resy probable]
•51 E.42nd St. SL Green supertall site [1.2+m sq ft buildable]
•75 Schermerhorn Brooklyn [prime site]
•332 W 44thSt [up to 650,000 sq ft possible]
•38-44 W 36th St [hotel planned]
•1162 2nd Ave [45k possible]
•460 Washington St. Tribeca 10 story residential
•429 W 36th Extell
•430 W 37th Extell
•434 W 37th Extell
•554 W 38th St [Hudson Yards 320k buildable]
•462-470 11th Ave [Hudson yards 320k buildable]
•140 W. 28th St. [170k buildable]
•156-158 Bleeker Tishman Speyer [retail+]
•45-50 24th St LIC [320k buildable, previous plans were for a 40 story rental tower]
•516-520 Fifth Ave Joe Sitt [retail base + tower 300k building]
•237 Park Ave [1.5 million Sq ft buildable]
•341 Canal St Soho [calls for new proposals]

Projects Recently Completed

•One World Trade Center (2014)
•Four World Trade Center (2014)
•Fulton Street Transit Center (2014)
•Oro II - 313 Gold Street (2014)
•500 W 30th St (2014)
•35XV (2014)
•160 E. 22nd St. (2014)
•160 W. 62nd St. Fordham Lincoln Center tower (2014)
•High Line Park Phase 3 (2014)
•99 Washington St. Holiday Inn (2014)
•Whitney MePa (2014)
•46-10 Center Blvd. (2014)
•388 Bridge St BK (2014)
•Jupiter21 LES (2014)
•136 W. 42nd St. Bush Terminal HGI Hotel (2014)
•Linc LIC (2014)
•Willow Hotel 120 W. 57th St (2014)
•Hyatt Times Sq. 135 W. 45th St (2013)
•1715 Broadway Marriott hotel (2013)
•43-10 Crescent St Queens (2013)
•Fordham Law School and dorms (2013)
•Sugar Hill Children's Museum W.155th St. (2013)
•51 Astor Place (2013)
•Pace University dormitory (2013)
•Fiterman Hall – 30 West Broadway (2013)
•JFK Terminal 4 Delta Airlines (2013)
•45-45 Center Blvd LIC EastCoast (2013)
•46-15 Center Blvd LIC EastCoast (2013)
•International Gem Tower at 55 West 46th St. (2013)
•250 W. 55th St. (2013)
•Mercedes House (2013)
•MSG renovation (2013)
•45-40 Center Blvd LIC EastCoast (2012)
•Barclays Center Arena (2012)
•Mt Sinai Hosp/Durst-Fetner Tower 4 102 St. (2012)
•605 West 42nd (2011)
•Battery Park City (1980-2011)
•John Jay College of Criminal Justice Expansion (2011)
•8 Spruce Street - "New York By Frank Gehry" (2011)
•605 West 42nd Street (2011)
•440 West 42nd Street (2011)
•The Setai (2010)
•MiMa (2011)
•One Madison Park (2009) [interior work ongoing]
•100 Eleventh Avenue a.k.a. Jean Nouvel’s Vision Machine (2010)
•111 Lawrence Street (Downtown Brooklyn) (2010)
•Atlantic Terminal Transit Hub (Brooklyn) (2010)
•Avalon Fort Greene (Brooklyn) (2010)
•Brooklyn Bridge Park – Phase I (2010)
•Clinton Park – 770 11th Ave @ 53rd & 54th (2010)
•Cassa NY at 70 West 45th Street (2010)
•Cooper-Hewitt Museum Expansion (2010)
•East River Science Park (2010)

Recent Cancellations

•Pier 40 restoration deal
•Quadriad Tryon Center
•Moynihan Station [replaced by new Penn Station]
•Flushing Meadows soccer stadium [cancelled due to NIMBYs]
•Aqueduct convention center [cancelled over politics]
•23 E. 22nd St. (340* ft) Rem Koolhaas [replaced by 6 story filler]
•One Madison Avenue (937 ft) [cancelled 2009]
•20 Times Sq. Port Authority Bus Terminal Tower (850* ft) [may be revisited later]

*estimated height

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
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Discussion Starter · #2 · (Edited)
From Curbed:

Here's a rundown of ongoing and stalled projects in Tribeca and Soho as of earlier this year. (hint: not much has changed see below)

Tribeca and Soho Sales Report: What's Stalled, What's Selling
Thursday, February 11, 2010, by Sara

The Post takes a long look today at the state of arrested development in Tribeca and Soho. ("If you were wondering whatever happened to downtown Manhattan, you're not alone. We've been wondering, too." Zing!) And? Tribeca and Soho new developments are now trying the full range of expected recession coping strategies, from denial to choppage. At 56 Leonard, where nothing's happening right now, developer Izak Senbahar still says construction on the "future landmark" will resume within the next year. Nearby 34 Leonard looks done, but it's floating in foreclosure purgatory. So are there any successses? Developers have had better luck at The Fairchild, following price cuts, and at Tribeca Lofts, where apartments without finishes were already a relatively cheap $900/square foot when sales began. The Post has put all the building status updates in handy-dandy chart form, which saves us the trouble.

Here's the snapshot of Tribeca and Soho new development:
STATUS: Completed

34 Leonard: Foreclosed


56 Leonard: U/C

Five Franklin Place: REDESIGNED

Trump SoHo: Open

Pearline Soap Factory: 7 units, sold out and fully occupied

Fairchild: 13 of 21 units sold, ready in March

V33: 7 units, 5 sold and a contract out for a deal to combine 2

TriBeCa Lofts: 29 units, all but 1 in contract or closed, occupied
TriBeCa Summit: 62 units, about 80 percent sold, occupied
The Smyth Upstairs: 15 units, 11 units sold or in contract, ready next week

SoHo Mews: 68 units, 31 units sold and another in contract, already occupied
One York: 33 units, 25 sold or in contract, already occupied
STATUS: Completed

350 West Broadway: 7 units, all available, ready for occupancy in 60 days

211 Elizabeth: 15 units, 10 closed and another in contract, already occupied

Some recent projects revived from purgatory:

471 Washington

Foundation work was permitted 3/17/2010.

240 W. Broadway

Work stalled but the project has a new owner. Completion set for late 2011.

500 W 23rd St

Work underway on this High Line development HL23


Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
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Discussion Starter · #3 · (Edited)
From Curbed:


Domino Doesn't Fall

The City Planning Commission voted 13-0 in favor of plans for the New Domino development today, sending the controversial conversion of the old Williamsburg waterfront sugar refinery into a [$1.2 billion] 2,200-unit mini village to the City Council. The area's councilman is no big fan of Domino, and has urged the developers to cut back on the project's density so as not to overwhelm the neighborhood (the City Council often votes in line with the local rep). The developers sound ready for the battle, saying in a statement that cutting back on the market-rate apartments "reduces the needed cross-subsidies and impairs the development’s overall economic viability." You buying that, Gretsch Building residents? [CurbedWire Inbox]


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annual openhousenewyork weekend

openhousenewyork Weekend, America's largest architect and design event, opens doors throughout New York City each October. The 8th Annual openhousenewyork Weekend will be held October 9 & 10, 2010.

Mark your calendars to discover new neighborhoods, explore with friends and family, and experience NYC's architecture and design in all five boroughs through special talks, tours, performances and family-friendly workshops – all free of charge!

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
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Discussion Starter · #5 · (Edited)
From Curbed:

UWS Community Board Wary of Accepting Extell's High Five
Friday, June 11, 2010, by Joey

Community Board 7 only has an advisory vote when it comes to the land-use review phase of Riverside Center, but that hasn't stopped the group from laying down the law and telling developer Extell how the Upper West Side megaproject should look. If you recall, Extell wants to take the parking lot on the 59th to 61st Street side of its Riverside South neighborhood and build five towers (with 2,500 apartments and a 250-room hotel), oodles of retail (including a movie theater), a school, a car dealership, an 1,800-space underground parking garage and more. We knew this fight would be a testy one, and the list of complaints regarding the plan is long. But for every problem, there's a suggested fix, like eliminating a whole building! Extell will be cool with that, er, right?

Wait, why are you laughing? >>

In an e-mail alerting constituents to two upcoming public meetings on the plan, CB7 lists a number of "community concerns" about Riverside Center, including its design "as an exclusive enclave built on a 'podium' not integrated with the urban grid," its excess of parking and lack of affordable housing, its not-very-green auto dealership and its public space that is "not welcome, accessible or useful to the public." For that latter issue, and a few others, CB7 recommends removing the 31-story Building 4 from the design (the shortest of the proposed towers). The board would also like to see Riverside Center built at grade, so that West 60th Street can be extended to Riverside Boulevard, instead of becoming the big slip-n-slide Extell has planned.

There are other requests as well, such as that 20% of the apartments remain permanently affordable, but we have a feeling Extell boss Gary Barnett has already stopped reading, so we'll wrap it up. Here CB7's before-and-after comparison:

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
^^ I thought it might be a good idea to have a discussion "closer to home" and maybe get more involvement. The City and Metro Compilation thread seems to have withered since the economy went sour. If a mod would rather the only NYC development discussion occur away from the NY forum, then that's fine. I don't get why, but that's fine.

University of HK / 香港大&#23416
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i'm with you on this one! i'm pretty sure people visit this section of the forum more often than the other one. also i think it's ok to have two threads, we'll see what's more active. :)

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
55,632 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 · (Edited)
From Curbed:

Neighborhood Names
NYC's Hottest New Neigborhood Smells Like Exhaust
Friday, June 18, 2010, by Joey

Spurred on by a rezoning and the promise of the Hudson Yards development and 7 train extension, the Far West Side has seen a number of luxurious new buildings, mostly rentals, spring up lately. Only don't call it the Far West Side—call it The Linc, one resident's nickname for the 'hood that the Daily News enthusiastically adopts in a gushing profile on the Midtown micronabe. The Linc, of course, refers to the area's biggest draw, the Lincoln Tunnel, but the "newest emerging nabe" in NYC won't just be known for gridlock and the Javits Center for long. While new restaurants and American Apparels are predicted, the 'hood is "not a place for families, yet," Jason Sheftell writes. Here's the current sitch:

Old meets new meets panhandler. >>
For now, it still has an old New York feel as eccentric locals and a spillover of tourists and colorful panhandlers from the Port Authority Bus Terminal crowd the gritty streets — recently joined by young preprofessionals paying more than $2,500 a month to live in studio apartments in the new crop of luxury rentals. Bars, some new and expensive, others decades old and mangy, are everywhere. A flea market is open at 39th St. and Ninth Ave. every weekend.
Sheftell writes about one local, Daddy Wheelchair, who rolls around "begging for money to support a drug habit he doesn't hide." Funny, we don't remember Daddy Wheelchair being listed among Ohm's amenities

University of HK / 香港大&#23416
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NYC construction status (updated list, includes U/C, App, Prep, Pro)​



- 1WTC (417m roof, 541m spire)
- 157W. 57th St. (306m roof)


- Tower Verre (320m roof - needs a redesign, will be built)
- 3WTC (349m roof, 378m spire - construction starting soon, Prep)
- 2WTC (390m roof, 414m spire, construction starting this summer)
- The Gira Sole (305m roof- when they finish the subway tunnel (soon) this will be U/C, Prep)
- Tishman Speyer Towers (336m x 2, on hold, Prep)


- 15 Penn Plaza (365m roof, currently in the approval phase)
- Midtown Towers (371m roof - aka One Manhattan West)
- Brookfield Properties Towers (370m roof, they need to build the platform first)
- New York Tower (305m roof)



- 4WTC (297m roof)
- 440 West 42nd street (204m roof, still need conformation about the final height)
- 99 Church Street (278m roof, construction started, currently on hold)
- 56 Leonard Street (253m roof, construction started, currently on hold)
- Beekman Tower (267m roof, already T/O)
- The Setai (200m+, already T/O)


- 250 East 57th Street (218m roof, Phase I already U/C, Phase II following)
- 366 10th Avenue (236m roof)
- 50 West Street (213m roof, on hold)
- 610 Lexington Avenue (215m roof, on hold)
- 5WTC (228m roof)


- 1 Madison Avenue Addition (285m roof)
- PANYNJ Tower (261m roof)
- 260 12th Avenue Hotel (252m)
- Two Manhattan West (285m roof)

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
55,632 Posts
Discussion Starter · #12 · (Edited)
From Curbed:

Lower Manhattan-NYU-Village Love Triangle Heats Up
Tuesday, June 15, 2010, by Sara

Despite some initial skepticism that Community Board 1 really wanted NYU to expand into Lower Manhattan, NYU officials now seem to be seriously considering the World Trade Center and other downtown sites. The Post got hold of a letter from NYU Vice President Lynne Brown that suggests the university is looking at WTC's Tower 5, on the site of the Deutsche Bank building. The Port Authority wants an office tower or a hotel and housing on the site, a match for NYU's plans that sounds almost too good to be true.

What the Tower 5 space wouldn't do, though, is eliminate NYU's desire to build a neighbor-enraging 40-story tower on Bleecker Street. Did we say neighbor-enraging? Yeah—the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation has put some rage on its calendar for Monday night, when the building will face its first public meeting.

GVSHP talking points against the tower include the fact that it would need zoning changes for its proposed use as part faculty housing, part hotel. It would also require "unprecedented approvals" from the Landmarks Preservation Commission (because it's part of the landmarked Silver Towers complex) and would be built on land that is partly public space. Oh, and it would be tall. Just how tall? GVSHP has animated the plans to demonstrate!

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
55,632 Posts
Discussion Starter · #13 · (Edited)
From Curbed:

Rumors of Additional NYU Towers Spread as 'Pinwheel' Revealed
Thursday, June 17, 2010, by Joey

The controversial centerpiece of NYU's Greenwich Village expansion plan (which is pretty much all controversial in its own right), the 40-story "Pinwheel Tower", is stepping out of the shadows ahead of an epic fight for survival. NYU wants to drop the hotel/faculty housing building on the Bleecker Street side of I.M. Pei's landmark Silver Towers complex, completing the set of four. Early renderings were released, but today the Wall Street Journal shows off something a bit more advanced from Grimshaw Architects. (UPDATE: Additional renderings in the gallery above).

The Pinwheel is concrete, like Pei's creations, but with floor-to-ceiling windows. The "moderate-priced" hotel rooms on the first 15 floors (there are 38 occupied floors total) are meant for visiting NYU dignitary, but will also be available to the public. You know what Greenwich Village preservationists hate more than big new towers? Big new hotel towers! An hey, speaking of new NYU towers, we haven't heard a good rumor about one in nearly 24 hours. Oh wait, here we go.

Is Big Purple looking to take out Nevada Smiths? >>
East Village soccer football mecca Nevada Smiths is looking to expand to bigger digs, and the bar's manager tells The Villager that he thinks NYU will flatten the bar's current location at 74 Third Avenue and its neighbors (we assume the movie theater on the corner of 11th Street would be spared) to build something big. That's not in NYU's 2031 plan, and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation's Andrew Berman isn't quite buying that it's NYU behind the plot, but he notes that there's currently a rezoning measure for this very strip of land making its way through official channels, just in case
Watch the video!

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i'm with you on this one! i'm pretty sure people visit this section of the forum more often than the other one. also i think it's ok to have two threads, we'll see what's more active. :)
This is the only real thread thanks to desertpunk. The other thread in City/Metro Compilations hasn't been updated on the lead page since late 2007. That's kind of ridiculous for New York City.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
55,632 Posts
Discussion Starter · #15 ·
From Curbed:

MoMa Mia!
Opponents of MoMA Tower Accuse it of Brooding, Being Tall
Friday, June 18, 2010, by Sara

The war of petitions over Jean Nouvel's shrinking Tower Verre continues, and a tipster passed along the challengers' attorney's latest memo in the case. One of the biggest problems for the MoMA tower's opponents all along has been the developers' environmental impact statement, which they say ignores the real effect of the tower's height on residential buildings in the neighborhood. The most recent memo is a response to the city and developers' legal paperwork, so here, a few of the locals' key arguments against Nouvel's building:

1) The building is tall! Almost four times as tall as the structure previously approved for the same spot: "The differences in terms of (1) blocked views, (2) shadows, (3) consistency with the existing scene and, to be poetic, (4) the brooding omnipresence of the Tower are self-evident."

Brooding omnipresence, huh? What else ya got?! >>
2) The building is really, really tall! "We emphasize that the Hines Tower is not just 'another tall building' among many. As approved at 1,050 feet, it would be the third tallest building in New York City...It would be almost double the height of the next tallest building in the study area."

3) "The Hines Tower would not only be very tall—it would also be very large."

4) The city did not, its opponents say, pick the world's best example to support the MoMA tower when it cited One Madison Park as a successful recent example of a tall and slender building: "What 1 Madison Park does illustrate is how incompatible and damaging a tall, slender modern tower can be to the surrounding neighborhood." (Though fitting in has really been the least of One Mad Park's problems.)

Your move, Jean Nouvel! Is all this just support for the starchitect's theory that New Yorkers are afraid of verticality?

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
55,632 Posts
Discussion Starter · #16 · (Edited)
385 W 12th St. Gets Its Copper!

Superior Ink may lead the condo boom on this block in cash, but its neighbor at 385 West 12th Street leads it in flash. The boutique building from architects/developers FLAnk now has its copper skin in place, and the facade would look pretty bunker-like if not for some big windows thrown in for the folks shelling out the bucks for large apartments and access to the rooftop pool. Recently the building made noise on the sales front, as a number of units went to contract, including a $12.5 million penthouse (marked down from $13.5 million). Now eight units have closed, including that penthouse -curbed


Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
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Discussion Starter · #17 ·
From Curbed:

Comedy, Tragedy & Gehry to Live on at World Trade Center
Tuesday, June 22, 2010, by Joey

[Model photo via Gehry Partners.]

The Port Authority was supposed to decide on a developer to buy a stake in the 1 World Trade Center tower today, but while that decision has been put off until July, the PA's board will still handle some serious ground zero redevelopment business at its meeting. We're talking about the fate of the WTC's performing arts center, an overlooked and nearly forgotten component of the original master plan for the site. Now intended to house the Joyce Theater company, the performing arts center is on its ninth life because rapidly progressing WTC infrastructure work threatens to blanket the arts center site before a foundation and other underground elements can be built. But fear not, Frank Gehry fans, the show will go on!

So who's paying the millions? >>
Though the Port Authority and other officials won't comment, both the Times and Journal report a deal has been reached for the city to reimburse the Port Authority for the costs of building the performing arts center's central foundation while there's still time. The tab will run just over $44 million, and the money will come from a $50 million fund controlled by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.

The LMDC was actually campaigning to move the arts center to the site of the Deutsche Bank Building at 130 Liberty Street, where it would be cheaper and easier to build. However, this deal, expected to be approved by the PA's board today, indicates the original plan—with the center occupying space on the north end of the WTC site next to 1 World Trade Center—is moving forward, complete with Frank Gehry's still-not-quite-revealed design. Those building blocks should get some trademark Franktastic curves soon enough.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
55,632 Posts
Discussion Starter · #18 · (Edited)
From Curbed:

NYU Tower Proposal Not So Warmly Welcomed by Villagers
Tuesday, June 22, 2010, by Pete

The NYU plan for a new tower from Grimshaw Architects.

A brave design crew from NYU gave a presentation before Community Board 2 Monday evening to unveil the new 385' Pinwheel Tower NYU hopes will rise over Bleecker Street on the landmarked Silver Towers superblock south of Washington Square Park. This is part of the University's all-consuming NYU 2031 scheme, and locals came out in force, some to question the plan and others to trash the tower. "Remember 1958!" was the rallying cry, in recognition of the victory won by Jane Jacobs and friends when they defeated Robert Moses' plan to ram Fifth Avenue through the middle of Washington Square. This latest neighborhood battle is filled with bureaucratic twists and turns: ULURP looms, and up-zoning from residential to commercial is part of the plan.

What's here that's not to like? >>
NYU's "preferred option" is 270,000-square-foot tower from Grimshaw Architects, "proposed at 38-stories, plus mechanicals" containing both faculty apartments and a university-affiliated hotel. Locals were told that this new design incorporates visual cues from I. M. Pei's landmarked trio of 30-story towers in exposed concrete, and that the addition of a fourth tower strengthens Pei's "Towers in the Park" concept. But, situated as it is above a demapped stretch of Wooster Street, a wiseguy might dub this new one the "Tower in the Driveway."

Big Purple can, as of right, build something shorter and squatter on the plot just to the west, replacing a one-story Morton Williams supermarket at the corner of Bleecker and LaGuardia. To prove how horrible that option would be, NYU has distributed an image of a hulking black mass, looking like it could suck up every bit of light and air north of Houston Street. Instead, by moving the tower a tad to the east, NYU and park experts Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates propose to open up that corner, creating a mega-playground complete with water feature and—OMG—a Slide Mountain! Let's just hope that's not one of those stainless steel kid killers that are suddenly all the rage.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
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Discussion Starter · #19 · (Edited)
From curbed:

Extell Has French Kiss for de Portzamparc

Pritzker winner returns to New York with two triumphal projects on behalf of one of its busiest builders

Extell's Riverside Center is one of two major projects by Christian de Portzamparc, with 3 million square feet of the architect's distincively shaped buildings. (Click here to zoom)
Courtesy ExtellChristian de Portzamparc’s name has barely been heard in New York since his LVMH Tower on 57th Street went up in 1999, a harbinger of wave of brand-name architecture that followed, a wave from which the Pritzker Prize winner was conspicuously absent. But while few firms are currently working in New York, Atelier Christian de Potzamparc is poised for a comeback as it gets underway with two of its largest projects to date—and two of the largest anywhere in the city—the Riverside Center and Carnegie 57, both for flourishing diamond-dealer-turned-developer Gary Barnett and his Extell Development Company.

“They’re very reasonable, they’re not prima donnas,” Barnett said in an interview. “We give them all kinds of challenges to hit and they do. They’re creative and also able to handle the challenges of building in New York and designing in New York and keeping the budget in mind while still coming up with something spectacular.”

Both the Riverside Center and Carnegie 57 present considerable challenges. The former occupies the final site at Riverside South, an 8 acre space that was originally designated for a 2 million-square-foot TV studio. Instead, Barnett has proposed a 3-million-square-foot residential complex with six signature crystalline towers by de Portzamparc. The City Planning Commission certified the project on May 24, kicking off the seven-month public review process.

The following day, the announcement of Carnegie 57 made the front page of The New York Times touting that it would become the tallest residential tower in the city at 1,005 feet, surpassing both Frank Gehry’s Beekman Tower (867 feet) and the Trump World Plaza (861 feet). More noteworthy, perhaps, is the fact that the tower, which Barnett hopes will command the highest prices in the city, is coming along at a time when the economy is improving but far from the heights of architectural bombast just a few years ago.

And this was no spec rendering. Foundation work began on Carnegie 57 in April and steel girders should be rising above the sidewalk by the end of the month. Barnett had been trying to make the site—near 7th Avenue, across from Carnegie Hall—larger but he wound up with an offset-L where the 57th Street frontage is 159 feet compared to 78 feet on 58th Street.

André Terzibachian, a de Portzamparc principal, said the greatest challenge for the designers was determining how to take this unusual lot, along with the strict setbacks mandated by the zoning code, and craft it into an elegant, cohesive tower. The expense of such a tall building, to say nothing of the exacting expectations of Barnett, meant no wasted space or room for architectural flourish. Still, De Portzamparc managed to work some in, curving the setbacks to create a cascading effect, which is further heightened by alternating columns of light and dark glass. “It expresses New York’s vertical energy,” Terzibachian said.

The east and west facades are more like cuts than cascades—in part because the vertical reflections had to be masked in the crook of the L. The designers created what they call a semi-abstracted “Klimt” pattern, which employs a third type of glass to create a surface reminiscent of an Adele Bloch-Bauer dress. The most difficult part of the design was making it all invisible from the inside. “Our client’s concern is that it had to be as nice as possible, not too aggressive,” Terzibachian said, though this was achieved through a proprietary glass treatment.

Still, even the fanciest foreign architecture cannot please everyone, though there are some who it must. At the Riverside Center certification hearing, City Planning Commission Chair Amanda Burden expressed great concern that Barnett is hueing to Riverside South's previously established 12 percent affordability requirement, as opposed to the 20 percent the Bloomberg administration has essentially mandated for large-scale development projects. "We expect to come to an agreement on that," Burden said.

The local community board, which will vote on the project by the end of July, also maintains the project is too large and cloistered, with 3.2 acres of open space meant more for residents of the complex than their neighbors. Extell did a fair amount of outreach going in, repeatedly meeting with the community about the project and even reducing the height of the two western towers by at least a dozen stories each, though their western counterparts each creeped up a few floors and all the towers were bulked up to compensate.

a cafe and water feature at the center of Riverside Center. Some community members worry about how public these spaces will be.
Courtesy Extell
It is these sorts of negotiations, tradeoffs, and challenges that de Portzamparc finds thrilling. "New York has always been a source of inspiration," Terzibachian said. "His theories about the open block were very much informed by New York and his trips here when he was a student."

The firm has not exactly been idle in the city, with some 10 projects that nearly came to fruition, though none ever crossed the threshold into the public realm. Terzibachian said that de Portzamparc has also kept a tight rein on the firm, selectively choosing his work for maximum creative control and to avoid corporatism. And while this approach may not achieve the most buildings, it keeps the firm's roughly 80 employees busy, even during the downturn. "We have had no layoffs," Terzibachian said. Even the failed projects can lead to work, as one, a jagged condo tower on Park Avenue South, was the catalyst for the firm's introduction to Extell, as the developer of that project recommended the firm. Its first task was a series of feasibility studies for Carnegie 57 in 2006.

Barnett demurs at the suggestion that brand-name architecture is a new approach for his firm, which has worked in the past with the likes of Kostas Kondylis, Lucien Legrange, Cetra/Ruddy, and Cook + Fox. “We seek out the right architect and the right aesthetic for each project,” he said. Still, with more high-profile projects underway, such as SOM’s Gem Tower in the Diamond District and KPF’s World Commerce Centre on the Far West Side, Barnett said he will continue to work with good firms. Such as? “You’ll have to wait and see,” he said.

Matt Chaban

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
55,632 Posts
Discussion Starter · #20 · (Edited)
From The NY Times:

Court Upholds Columbia Campus Expansion Plan

Published: June 23, 2010

Columbia University won a major court victory for its $6.3 billion plan to build a satellite campus in Harlem on Thursday, when New York’s highest court ruled that the state could seize private property for the project.

Nicholas Sprayregen owns four Tuck-it-Away Self Storage buildings in the area including this one at Broadway in between 131 St. and 132 St. The storage facility at left is on the land that is being taken over by Columbia University.
In a unanimous decision, the Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling that barred the state from using its power of eminent domain to take private property in the 17-acre expansion zone west of Broadway without the property owner’s consent. The ruling held that the courts must give deference to the state’s determination that the area was “blighted” and that condemnation on behalf of a university served a public purpose, two requirements under the law.

Lee Bollinger, the president of Columbia University, said he was grateful for the state’s hard work in the case. “This is an extremely important moment in the history of Columbia,” he said. “It’s only fair to say that the opportunity to build a new campus comes along very rarely.”

The university hopes to build a series of buildings for science, business and the arts over the course of several decades on the site near the Hudson River, where the streets are lined with warehouses, factories and auto repair shops. Columbia has already acquired the bulk of the land it needs, but the owners of four warehouses and two gas stations refused to sell and sued to stop the taking of their property. There are also seven tenements in the area, which are not subject to condemnation, but Columbia hopes to move the tenants to comparable apartments elsewhere.

Norman Siegel, who represented the losing property owners, said he was still reviewing the decision. “We’re extremely disappointed,” he said. Mr. Siegel had hoped that the lower court decision would serve as a roadmap for others hoping to oppose the state’s use of eminent-domain powers.

Nicholas Sprayregen, the owner of the four warehouses who had refused to sell to Columbia, could not be reached for comment.

The ruling cited a decision in a similar eminent-domain case last year involving the Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn, where the state was condemning property on behalf of a developer who planned to build a basketball arena for the Nets and up to 6,000 apartments. “We ruled for Atlantic Yards, and if we could rule in favor of a basketball arena, surely we could rule for a nonprofit university,” the court said Thursday in its decision, which was written by Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick.

In a statement, the Empire State Development Corporation, the agency that would take the land on behalf of Columbia, said the ruling “confirms that the project complies with New York State law in all respects and that the acquisition of the holdout properties is essential to realizing the vision for the Manhattanville campus as it was approved by the state.”

“The expansion of one of New York’s oldest educational institutions will enhance the vitality of both the university and its neighboring west Harlem community, while meeting the long-term needs of its residents,” the agency said.

In a concurring opinion, Judge Robert S. Smith agreed that the state had the power to decide what constituted blight, but he wrote that the court should not have brought up the issue of what constitutes a “civic purpose,” because it opens the door to any purported “school,” even a tennis school, to have land assembled for it through eminent
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