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


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


Midtown East

One Vanderbilt

New Renderings Show Fresh Views of One Vanderbilt

SL Green’s planned tower next to Grand Central is making significant headway, and demolition for the site’s former buildings is already ongoing. And while we had previously revealed several prospective views of the 1,500-foot supertall, which was approved by the City Council this past May, a tipster has sent along a few more renderings, giving a more comprehensive overview of the tower within the context of its Midtown surrounds.

Read More

252 East 57th Street

65-Story, 268-Unit Residential Tower At 252 East 57th Street Tops Out, Midtown East

Earlier this year, YIMBY revealed new renderings of World Wide Group’s and Rose Associates’ 65-story residential tower underway at 252 East 57th Street, in Midtown East, and now the tower has topped-out. The building will include 268 units, split between 93 condominiums and 175 apartments, and amenities include a porte cochére, a 34th-floor terrace and a 75-foot-long pool and spa. Retail will be included on the ground and second floors. SOM is the design architect, while SLCE Architects is serving as architect of record. Occupancy is expected in late 2016.

677 Lexington Avenue

Development Site At 677-685 Lexington Avenue Hits The Market, Midtown East

Meringoff Properties and the Riese Organization are placing the low-rise commercial properties spanning 677-685 Lexington Avenue on the market, according to The Wall Street Journal. The assemblage, in Midtown East at East 56th Street, boasts roughly 115,000 square feet, and is primed for a residential or hotel development. Eastern Consolidated is marketing the properties, which include a two-story corner building and five-story commercial structure, whose leases expire shortly.

301 East 50th Street

29-Story, 57-Unit Condo Tower Wraps Up Construction At 301 East 50th Street,

YIMBY last brought you an update on the 29-story & 57-unit tower at 301 East 50th Street, in Midtown East, back in November of 2014. Since then, the building has received the rest of its façade, per Curbed. CBSK Ironstate is developing, and the building will also include 6,200 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The limestone-clad structure was designed by COOKFOX Architects, and opening can probably be expected before the year’s end.

251 East 61st Street, rendering by TRA Studio

Revealed: Renovation of a 19th Century Townhouse at 251 East 61st Street

Most of the houses on East 61st Street between Second and Third Avenues in Midtown were built between the 1840s and 1870s, and the city decided to protect their historic Italianate and Greek Revival architecture by landmarking them as the Treadwell Farm Historic District in 1967. Now a home just outside the historic district, at 251 East 61st Street, is getting a restored facade and a full renovation. And YIMBY has renderings of the revamped facade and interiors, which include a small carriage house in the back.

Read More

200 Park Avenue

Design Competition to Reclad 58-Story MetLife Building At 200 Park Avenue

Metals in Construction is launching a competition to reclad 200 Park Avenue, a.k.a the MetLife Building, which is situated directly behind Grand Central Terminal. Architects and engineers are being asked to submit plans for an updated, eco-friendly and efficient façade that would also retain the building’s heritage. 200 Park is a hulking 58-story, 3-million square-foot office building completed in 1963. Submissions are due February 1st, 2016, and $15,000 will be awarded to the team with the most innovative design.