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What's happening in your backyard? YIMBY News delivers the day's top five new development stories to your inbox every weekday morning.


Lower East Side

215 Chrystie Street

28-Story Hotel & Residential Tower Getting Glassy At 215 Chrystie Street, Lower East Side

This past summer, construction kicked off on the 28-story, 370-key mixed-use building planned at 215 Chrystie Street, on the Lower East Side. Now, the project has risen to 16 floors and is beginning to emerge on the skyline, Bowery Boogie reports. Glass installation is also well underway, with the exteriors of floors two through six nearly completed. The upper portion of the tower will give way to 11 condominiums. Ian Schrager and Witkoff are developing, while Herzog & de Meuron is the design architect. Completion is expected in 2016.

290 Grand Street

Two-Story Commercial Conversion Underway At 290 Grand Street, Lower East Side

A two-story building on the Lower East side is being converted into 4,288 square feet of commercial space. Cheuk Fan Cheung, doing business as an anonymous LLC, is behind the project at 290 Grand Street, according to Bowery Boogie. The ground floor will continue to house retail space while the second floor is being rebuilt as office space. A new façade appears to be in the works, and Jianxiong Wang’s JW Engineering Consulting is the applicant of record. Completion is expected in the spring of 2016.

139 Ludlow Street

Four-Story, 16,500 Square-Foot Commercial Project Tops Out At 139 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side

Princeton Holdings’ vertical expansion of a former three-story building at 139 Ludlow Street, on the Lower East Side, has topped-out, according to Bowery Boogie. The building has gained a fourth floor and now measures 16,500 square feet, and new masonry is also currently being installed. The building will be entirely commercial, and features a rooftop terrace. Lee Levine, based in Hoboken, New Jersey, is the architect of record, and completion can probably be expected early next year.

225 East Houston Street

Reveal For 12-Story, 40-Unit Residential Project At 225 East Houston Street, Lower East Side

Back in January, Houston Essex Realty Corp. acquired 9,238 square feet of air rights for a planned redevelopment of the single-story commercial building at 225 East Houston Street, on the Lower East Side, and now Bowery Boogie has renderings of the project. The existing structure will be expanded into a 12-story, 40-unit residential building with retail on the ground floor. The redevelopment will total roughly 41,000 square feet and is being designed by Bluarch Architecture. Permits were filed late last year to conduct interior demolition and prepare the existing building for a vertical enlargement.

196 Orchard Street

Excavation Begins On 10-Story, 83-Unit Mixed-Use Project At 196 Orchard Street, Lower East Side

Earlier this year, YIMBY revealed renderings of Magnum Real Estate Group and Real Estate Equities’ 10-story, 83-unit mixed-use building planned at 196 Orchard Street, on the Lower East Side. Now that demolition is complete on the site’s old commercial buildings, excavation work appears imminent, per Bowery Boogie. A pile driver has appeared on-site as well as other excavation equipment. Once complete, the building will also have 13,463 square feet of retail space on the ground floors, and Ismael Leyva is designing.