Permits Filed: 50 Clinton Street

50 Clinton Street, image from Isaac & Stern

The first DOB filings are up for a new project on Clinton Street; EV Grieve spotted renderings for the project last month, and the permits give the first indication that plans are now progressing. The developer is Icon Realty, and the architect of record is Isaac & Stern.

50 Clinton Street will be primarily residential, with 1,836 square feet of commercial space confined to the development’s ground floor; the remainder of the project will total 37,868 square feet, which will be divided between 37 residences. The first floor will have three apartments, with six apartments on floors two through six, and four units on the penthouse level, which will also include ‘recreation space.’

50 Clinton Street

50 Clinton Street, image from Isaac & Stern

Isaac & Stern’s design for the project is respectful of its Lower East Side surrounds, utilizing a simple brick facade and large casement windows; 50 Clinton Street will blend perfectly into the neighborhood, and its appearance will hopefully spark similar historicist-minded construction in the Lower East, where modern developments are often on the garish side of the aesthetic spectrum.

50 Clinton Street

50 Clinton Street, image from EV Grieve

While demolition would appear imminent, the LoDown NY reported that one retail tenant intends to maintain their lease, though given the latest round of permits, a buy-out would seem likely.

No completion date for the new 50 Clinton Street has been announced.

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Posted in 50 Clinton Street | Architecture | Downtown | Icon Realty | Isaac & Stern | Lower East Side | New York | Residential

Permits Filed: 347 Bowery

347 Bowery, via Google Maps

The saga at 347 Bowery has seemed to ever-lasting, and the posts on Curbed highlight how many transformations the site’s plans have endured. Luckily fresh permits have just been filed for what will hopefully be the site’s ultimate incarnation — which is being developed by Giauco Lolli-Ghetti’s Urban Muse, which acquired the lot for $18 million — and the architect of record is Annabelle Selldorf.

Perhaps the most fortunate aspect regarding the new permits is the fact that the old plans — which were created by Kaufman — can finally be put to rest. Selldorf Architects’ track record is stellar, and the firm is behind several attractive and ultra-high-end developments in Lower Manhattan, which are two categories that will likely include the future 347 Bowery.

347 Bowery

The old plan for 347 Bowery, via Curbed

The DOB filings indicate a total scope of 22,751 square feet, which will be split between 7,482 square feet of commercial space, and 15,269 square feet of residential. The units will likely be condominiums, given there will only be six of them, averaging over 2,500 square foot apiece.

Selldorf’s typical work highlights an innovative streak that will come in handy at 347 Bowery, as Bowery Boogie reports the project may have a “vertical integrated parking system,” which would certainly distinguish the condominiums from competing developments. In terms of height, the building will rise 13 floors and 147 feet, so residences will enjoy high ceilings in addition to enormous floor-plans.

No date for completion has been announced, and renderings remain elusive, but clearly the site is finally progressing towards development.

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Posted in 347 Bowery | Architecture | Downtown | Lower East Side | New York | Residential | Selldorf Architects | Urban Muse

Permits Filed: 165 Chrystie Street

165 Chrystie Street at center -- image via Google Maps

The first permits for re-development at 165 Chrystie Street have been filed, and indicate that the existing low-rise will soon be replaced by a 10-story residential building. The architect of record is ODA, and the developer is DRK Chrystie LLC.

165 Chrystie Street is located off the corner of Bowery and Delancey; the location is at the heart of the Lower East Side, and the neighborhood is seeing a resurgence in construction. Several stalled projects lingered following the recession, but activity is returning to normal, and the re-development of run-down low-rises heralds the resumption of growth.

Given ODA’s involvement, the project will likely be very high-end; with only nine units, the building will fall into the ’boutique luxury’ segment of the market, and condominiums are likely. The project will have 17,225 square feet of space, and residences will average nearly 2,000 square feet — all will be full-floor, as well.

No completion date has been announced, and demolition permits for the existing structure are missing, though per the Department of Buildings, a stop-work order from 2001 is apparently still active.

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Posted in 165 Chrystie Street | Architecture | Construction Update | Downtown | Lower East Side | New York | ODA Architects | Residential

New York’s New Tallest Proposed… For Chinatown?

The latest visionary proposal to come out of Manhattan is for Chinatown, where retiree Wong San Yan has devised plans for New York’s tallest building. Standing at 2,173 feet, the Zongshan Center would take up several blocks of Chinatown while providing over 15 million square feet of space.

Chinatown Supertall
Zongshan Center: Image from Wongbook

Clearly, Mr. Yan’s vision is just that–aka, never going to happen. The project would cover an enormous area and contain more space than the original World Trade Center, meaning it’s never going to happen (in case that wasn’t obvious enough).

Despite the project’s terrible bulk and proportions, the proposal does have some relatively Utopian aspects that other projects could emulate. The tower’s entire base would be open to the public, and the rest of the building would have a variety of uses, including retail, office, hotel, residential, and restaurant space.

Chinatown Supertall
The project’s enormous area

Thankfully New York has progressed beyond the era of Robert Moses when such a monstrous project could have actually come to fruition. Indeed, New York City is pockmarked with heinous projects that were ultimately built as part of ‘urban renewal’. Though the concept is a bad one, at least it’s something new–and innovation is something architecture in New York could definitely use.

Posted in Architecture | Bad Architecture | Chinatown | Mixed-Use | New York | Supertall | Vision | Zongshan Center

Construction Update: 188 Ludlow Street

188 Ludlow is a new high-rise on the Lower East Side, which had been stalled for quite some time. As you can see, the project is no longer on ice, and is actually nearing completion. For a relatively short building, it’s actually quite visible given its low-rise surroundings. The tower is 23 stories tall and has 243 units, and the architects are Costas Kondylis. 

188 Ludlow Street Lower East Side
188 Ludlow Street

188 Ludlow Street Lower East Side
188 Ludlow Street

188 Ludlow Lower East Side
188 Ludlow on the left side

Posted in 188 Ludlow | Architecture | Construction Update | Costas Kondylis | Lower East Side | New York | Residential

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