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252 South Street

New Video Shows 252 South Street’s Impact on the Manhattan Skyline

There are only a few locations outside of Midtown and the Financial District that support supertall (or near supertall) development. The newest such location is the far Lower East Side, where Extell’s 252 South Street, also known as One Manhattan Square, is now rising. While several renderings of the project have been revealed, YIMBY now has a full video of the soon-to-be skyscraper and its impact on the Manhattan skyline, posted on the YIMBY Forums and also on Curbed.

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100 Norfolk Street

Cantilever Takes Shape for 12-Story, 38-Unit Mixed-Use Building at 100 Norfolk Street, Lower East Side

Construction is now ongoing on the eighth-floor cantilever of the 12-story, 38-unit mixed-use building under construction at 100 Norfolk Street, on the Lower East Side. Steel beam construction can be seen in photographs via a Bowery Boogie update. The structure will eventually measure 53,949 square feet, with 11,244 square feet designated as commercial-retail space on parts of the ground through third floors. The residential units, ranging from studios all the way up to a five-bedroom penthouse, will be condominiums and should average 1,124 square feet apiece. Amenities include a fitness center, a yoga room, a common rooftop deck, a garden lounge, private residential storage, and bike storage. Adam America Real Estate, the Naveh Shuster Group, and the Horizon Group are the developers, while ODA New York is behind the architecture. The structure has grown four stories since YIMBY’s last update in December 2015. Completion is expected before 2017.


196 Orchard Street

Steel Rises for 11-Story, 94-Unit Mixed-Use Condo Building at 196 Orchard Street, Lower East Side

Back in December of 2015, updated renderings were revealed of the 11-story, 94-unit mixed-use building planned at 196 Orchard Street, on the Lower East Side. Steel beams are now being rising from the ground at the site, Bowery Boogie reported. The structure will encompass 178,376 square feet. There will be 38,452 square feet of commercial space across the cellar through third floors. Most of that space will be utilized by a three-story Equinox fitness center, which required a special permit from the Board of Standards and Appeals, and Community Board 3 will see the plans this month. Parts of the ground and cellar levels will also contain retail space. The apartments, which will be condominiums, begin on the fourth floor. Units will average 978 square feet apiece and will come in studios and one-bedrooms. The structure will be topped by a roof deck. Magnum Real Estate Group and Real Estate Equities Corporation are the developers, while Ismael Leyva Architects is designing. Incorporated Architecture & Design is responsible for the interiors. Completion is expected in late 2017.


235 Bowery

New Museum Moving Forward with 42,000-Square-Foot Expansion at 231 Bowery, Lower East SIde

The seven-story, 58,700-square-foot New Museum – a contemporary art museum at 235 Bowery, on the Lower East Side – is planning to expand into the six-story commercial building at 231 Bowery, which they purchased for $16.6 million in 2008. The museum is now preparing to convert the property into exhibition space, event space, storage, and offices, the New York Times reports. The expansion would increase the museum’s footprint by roughly 42,000 square feet, which means the complex would measure over 100,000 square feet once completed. The lot walls separating the existing structure and the 231 Bowery would be removed to connect the buildings. The project is still in the planning stage. The New Museum was constructed in 2007 and designed by Tokyo-based SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates), with Gensler serving as the architect of record.


139 Orchard Street

Developers Acquire Stalled 16-Story, 98-Key Hotel Project at 139 Orchard Street, Lower East Side

In 2011, D.A.B. Group defaulted on the mortgage for their 16-story, 98-key hotel project at 139 Orchard Street, located on the Lower East Side. The developer eventually lost control of the site and abandoned construction on the structure, although the building topped out before work stopped. The latest development is that Fortuna Realty Group and Elk Investors won an auction to acquire the stalled-out project for $30.75 million, The Real Deal reports. Buildings applications indicate the hotel will measure 39,064 square feet. The new owners plan to finish construction on the building as a hotel. Completion is expected sometime in 2017.