Permits Filed: 644 East 14th Street

644 East 14th Street -- image via Google Maps

The first DOB filings are up for a new development at 644 East 14th Street, which will be thoroughly mixed-use; the site’s developer is Simon Dushinsky of The Rabsky Group, and the project’s architect of record is Karl Fischer. The New York Observer reported on the lot’s availability last June, when it was marketed by Avison Young; ACRIS reveals the property traded hands in February.

Permits indicate that 644 East 14th Street will total 61,789 square feet, including 8,578 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. The remainder of the first five stories will host a ‘community facility,’ which will span 18,937 square feet, and apartments will sit above; the structure will stand 15 stories tall, with 34,274 square feet of residential space divided between 50 units. At only 120 feet to its roof, ceilings heights will apparently be crypt-like.

Previous filings for a commercial building are evidently moribund, as that project was to stand eleven stories tall, with a similar total square footage. The shift to mixed-use will likely be more beneficial to the neighborhood, which is peripheral at best; 644 East 14th Street borders Avenue C, adjacent to the power plant that exploded during Hurricane Sandy, which resulted in the loss of power across Lower Manhattan.

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644 East 14th Street highlighted at center, flood map by The New York Times

Given the site’s elevation, plans for the future 644 East 14th Street must account for the potential of major flooding; The New York Times flood map indicates that the lot was submerged under 3 to 6 feet of water.

No completion date for the development has been announced.

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Posted in 644 East 14th Street | Architecture | Downtown | East Village | Karl Fischer | New York | Residential | Simon Dushinksy

Permits Filed: 64 East 1st Street

64 East 1st Street -- image via Google Maps

Permits have been filed for a new development at 64 East 1st Street, in the East Village; the site is located between 1st and 2nd Avenue. Eric Moran of Ekstein Development is behind the filings, having acquired the site for $5.4 million late last year, and the architect of record is GF55.

The DOB filings indicate that 64 East 1st Street will measure 13,500 square feet, and the entirety of the project will be residential, with six units in total. There will be two duplexes, one spanning the cellar and first floor, and another located on the sixth and penthouse levels; each of the other four residences will be full-floor.

Demolition permits for the existing building were filed in March; the old structure housed ‘La Vie’ nightclub. While work is evidently progressing, ‘civil penalties‘ are due under past violations from 2011, totaling $5,000.

64 East 1st Street is located in an established neighborhood, and while the project’s scope may be small, it will replace a structure that was relatively under-utilized. Condominiums would appear to be likely, given the size of units, which will average 2,250 square feet each — which is very large, especially for the East Village.

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64 East 1st Street Aerial View, via Google Maps

No completion date has been announced, but with demolition permits approved, construction is likely imminent.

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Revealed: 75 First Avenue

75 First Avenue -- image via NO Architecture

The first renderings are up for an 8-story development at 75 First Avenue, in the East Village; the site’s developer is Orange Management, and the project’s designers are HTO Architects and NO Architecture.

NO Architecture’s Architizer page has additional information on the building, which apparently has to deal with byzantine fire codes; in their own words, “glass on the north facade is a gradient of glazing apertures, each floor changing the percentage of opening from low to high corresponding to more sought-after views above and more stringent fire ratings below.”

Beyond the innovative work-around of the fire codes, 75 First Avenue takes another step to minimize the appearance of mechanicals, and “roof HVAC bulkheads [will be] clad in a metal lattice framework for a vertical garden, adding desirable lushness and evaporative cooling to the roof deck.”

Integrating elements that are typically unappealing into a project’s design and turning them into beneficial attributes rather than simple afterthoughts is a hallmark of good design. The collaboration between HTO and NO appears to be promising, though 75 First Avenue is currently the subject of a stop-work order.

Permits indicate the development will span 34,055 square feet, with the bulk of the project dedicated to residential use. 8,456 square feet will be given to ground-floor retail, while the remaining 25,599 square feet will be divided between 27 units. 75 First Avenue will stand 80 feet in total.

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A slightly older plan for 75 First Avenue — image via NO Architecture

Orange Management’s website gives a 2015 completion date for 75 First Avenue, and given the relatively small scope of the development, that would seem to be a likely bet.

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Posted in 75 First Avenue | Architecture | Downtown | East Village | HTO Architects | New York | NO Architecture | Orange Management | Residential

Permits Filed: 350 East Houston Street

350 East Houston Street -- image via Google Earth

The first permits are up for the development site at 350 East Houston Street, which uses several addresses; the lot is wedged between 2nd Street, Houston Street, and Avenue C, and the filings were registered under ’11 Avenue C.’ The Real Deal reported on the lot’s sale back in 2012, after it was bought by Hakimian for approximately $8 million; Rotwein & Blake Associated Architects is designing the new building.

350 East Houston will total 41,421 square feet; 4,550 square feet will be dedicated to commercial space, while the remainder of the building will be residential, with a total of 45 units. The development’s mixed-use nature makes sense, as the location is prime for street-front retail, despite its relative removal from the nexus of Houston Street foot traffic.

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350 East Houston Street — image via Google Maps

The site is currently occupied by a Mobil gas station, and its redevelopment will be beneficial to the surrounding neighborhood, reducing automobile traffic while eliminating a mostly-vacant lot. Indeed, gas stations are becoming increasingly rare across Manhattan, and slightly to the west, a BP will soon be redeveloped at 300 Lafayette Street.

No renderings or drawings of 350 East Houston have been released, and permits are awaiting approval; fortunately, demolishing the existing gas station should prove relatively simple. Despite the lack of any public information, construction appears imminent, and the building will eventually stand nine stories tall.

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Posted in 350 East Houston Street | Architecture | Downtown | East Village | Hakimian | New York | Residential | Rotwein & Blake Associated Architects

Construction Update: 211 East 13th Street

211 East 13th Street

Work is wrapping up on The Jefferson, an eight-story residential development at 211 East 13th Street. Developed by CBSK Ironstate, the building’s main frontage is on 13th Street, but the oddly-shaped lot also has a presence on 14th Street, where the building’s namesake Jefferson Theater used to stand.

More than anything else, The Jefferson is contextual; while the design is not exactly historically-minded, BKSK Architects did use materials that blend and integrate the development into its East Village surroundings – or, per the building’s signage, the ‘North West East Village.’ The brick facade is chiefly grey, with black accents; an exercise in simple restraint and neutrality.

Overall, 211 East 13th Street makes for a perfectly adequate addition to the East Village, and the building’s two-story retail component on 14th Street is also a nice touch. The 14th Street retail is unremarkable from the street, but a definite upgrade for the corridor, where more than a handful of buildings tend towards decrepit.

With a total of 82 units, the development offers a host of amenities – though not apparent via the above photos, the building also has a roof deck, as seen via renderings from the official website.

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Construction Update: 211 East 13th Street

The Jefferson - 211 East 13th Street

Construction is progressing swiftly at 211 East 13th Street, which has been dubbed ‘The Jefferson’ by developer CBSK Ironstate – an homage to the Jefferson Theater, which used to sit on-site. Designed by BKSK Architects, the building’s grey-brick facade is quite fitting to the East Village locale, though signage gives a more specific location, putting the development in the ‘North West East Village.’

Since the last construction update on 211 East 13th – from mid-April – the project has topped-out and the cladding has risen, though the development is still lacking any windows. 211 East 13th is a block-through property, and the part facing 14th Street will house two floors of retail – sure to be an upgrade for a stretch of 14th that remains underwhelming.

The Jefferson will have a total of 82 residences, and floor-plans are available on the building’s official website – those listed range from a 536 square foot studio to a 1,233 square foot two bedroom/two bath, though the most impressive is a one bedroom penthouse that comes with a large terrace.

Posted in 211 East 13th Street | Architecture | Construction Update | Downtown | New York | Residential

Construction Update: 51 Astor Place

51 Astor Place

51 Astor Place is nearing completion, and the 12-story office tower is a great example of how short buildings don’t have to be filler; the final result is very nice. The cladding is obviously high quality, and the overall form bears striking similarities to Maki’s other major New York project, 150 Greenwich Street. It almost looks like someone lobbed off the part of 150 Greenwich past the setback, and deposited it in the East Village – though the distinguishing element between the two buildings, besides height, is the variety of glass used at 51 Astor.

Rather than reveling in sheer simplicity, as 150 Greenwich does, 51 Astor’s facade is more complex, adding layers and depth to the design beyond simple reflections of the city and sky – a necessity, given the building’s short stature.

Depending on sunlight, each side of the the tower looks completely different – the pedestrian scale of 51 Astor combined with the multi-faceted cladding results in a dynamic and engaging addition to Cooper Square. The neighborhood was already a hodgepodge of architectural styles, and 51 Astor seems to fit in as well as any new building could.

51 Astor Place began construction last year – here’s how the project looked in October – and progress has been swift, with almost all facade work now complete. The 400,000 square foot building also comes with a plaza fronting Third Avenue and Astor Place, which is in the process of landscaping, and will further help integrate 51 Astor into the urban fabric of the East Village.

Occupancy is slated for 2014, and 51 Astor’s official website has additional details and specifics.

Posted in 51 Astor Place | Architecture | Construction Update | Downtown | East Village | Fumihiko Maki | New York | Office | Starchitecture

Construction Update: 84 Third Avenue and 211 East 13th Street

Headway is being made on two new East Village projects, 84 Third Avenue and 211 East 13th Street.

84 Third Avenue is a Karl Fischer-designed building, that will house a total of 114 units. The final product doesn’t look like it will be stellar, but it’s filler anyways, and at least the building maintains the existing street-wall. The building will rise a total of twelve stories, so the project is close to topping-out.

One block away, construction is also progressing on 211 East 13th Street, which has been dubbed ‘The Jefferson‘. The block-through property features a two-story retail component fronting 14th Street, but the bulk of the development is located on 13th Street. The Jefferson will have a total of 83 unitsslightly smaller than 84 Thirdbut the residences are tucked away off-avenue, so the location is superior.

 

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Construction Update: 51 Astor Place

The Fumihiko Maki-designed 51 Astor Place has now been topped-out, and the glass facade has begun rising in earnest. The office tower of only twelve stories takes up its entire block, making its presence quite noticeable despite its relatively short height. Both the glass and the structure have made significant progress since the last update on the building, from early October.

Maki’s work in New York City has been stupendous (his most notable project has been Four World Trade Center/150 Greenwich Street), and 51 Astor is no exception. Even in the gloomy November weather, the facade of 51 Astor looks sharp and crisp, with the graduated setbacks of the building making it anything but a typical glass box.
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Posted in 51 Astor Place | Construction Update | Downtown | Fumihiko Maki | New York | Office | Starchitecture

Astor Place Duplex: Epitomizing Modern Luxury

World of Architecture has a great photo update on this amazing duplex, which recently sold at Astor Place for $10 Million. The downtown views are as breathtaking as the interior, which has a ceiling that soars sky high.

Astor Place Penthouse Duplex
Astor Place duplex
© Elliman/Scott France/David Sundberg

Here’s level one of the floorplan, but the entire set of photos is over at World of Architecture, as well as a boatload of other amazing apartments.

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Level One of the Penthouse
 © Elliman/Scott France/David Sundberg

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