New York

Miki Naftali

Interview With The Developer: Miki Naftali On The Upper West Side, & The State of New York City’s New Developments

The Naftali Group has been working on several substantial new developments over the past few years, and two of the more prominent buildings are almost across the street from each other, at 210 West 77th Street, and at 221 West 77th Street, in the heart of the Upper West Side. YIMBY caught up with Miki Naftali at 210 West 77th Street to discuss how the firm’s other projects are coming along, how they managed to acquire two development sites that avoid the red tape that chokes so much of the Upper West Side, and the state of the market in general.

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130 William Street Rendering

Excavation Making Headway for Lightstone’s 130 William Street, Financial District

YIMBY has reported extensively on Lightstone’s impending condominium tower coming to 130 William Street, in the heart of the Financial District. Plans have evolved substantially since initial building applications were filed back in March of 2015, and initial plans for a mixed-use building with a substantial hotel component were dropped for the all-condominium version as of early 2017. Demolition of the site’s extant structures has since been completed, and now excavation is making quick headway, as per the latest photos from rbrome.

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23 Monteith Schematics

Permits Filed, First Look for Rheingold Affordable Senior Residences, 23 Monteith Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn

The Rheingold Brewery redevelopment has made headlines over the past few years, but now applications have been filed for another site immediately across the road, at 11-23 Monteith Street, for a structure that will house affordable senior residences. Permits filed with the DOB show the eight-story building will have a ground floor with 3,949 square feet of community facility space, to be topped by 50,923 square feet of residential, which will be divided between 86 units. Peter Bafitis of RKT&B Architects applied for the permits, and Southside United HFDC is the developer.

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453 West 162nd Street

Permits Filed: 453 West 162nd Street, Washington Heights

New building applications have been filed for a six-story development at 453 West 162nd Street, immediately to the east of the C train’s 163rd St-Amsterdam Avenue stop, in Washington Heights. The project will span 8,712 feet, to be divided between 12 units, with an average size of 726 square feet highly indicative of rentals. Shahrish Shuvo of Shahrish Consulting LLC is listed as the architect of record, and David Manesh of Melody Development Inc. is the site’s developer. The lot is currently vacant, and located immediately adjacent to the Morris Jumel Community Garden.


711 New Lots Avenue

Permits Filed for 711 New Lots Avenue, East New York, Brooklyn

Now that East New York’s ongoing residential boom is gaining momentum, developers appear to be eager to cash in on the other side of the equation. New building applications have been filed for an all-commercial project at 711 New Lots Avenue, along one of the neighborhood’s main thoroughfares, for a structure totaling 10,420 square feet. The two-story development is being designed by Felix Pustylnik of Felix Pustylnik, P.E., and is being built by Soly Bawabeh of Bawabeh Brothers. The lot is currently occupied by a two-story building, and demolition permits have not yet been filed.