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100 East 53rd Street

63-Story, 94-Unit Residential Tower Tops Out At 100 East 53rd Street, Midtown East

RFR Realty’s 63-story, 94-unit luxury residential tower at 100 East 53rd Street has been rising since early last year, with in-depth renderings of it being revealed later that fall. The tower has since topped out at 711 feet above street level, according to Curbed. Units will come in one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom configurations, and one of the two four-bedroom duplexes will be a 6,517 square-foot penthouse. The first two floors will house a food court and a restaurant, and floors three and four will host amenities. Hines and Vanke are partnered with RFR, and Foster + Partners is the design architect. William T. Georgis is designing the interiors and SLCE Architects is serving as the architect of record. Completion is expected in early 2017.


A selection of demolitions from 2015. Photos by Vitali Ogorodnikov unless otherwise noted.

What Notable NYC Buildings Were Demolished in 2015?

In 2015, New York’s landmarks law turned 50 years old. Events and discussion panels were held across the city throughout the year. The Museum of the City of New York held the commemorative Saving Place exhibit. As YIMBY reported, six individual landmarks and four historic districts were designated during this period. However, last year also saw its fair share of demolitions. Here, we look back at a small selection from the dozens of buildings that met the wrecking ball over the course of 2015. These eight structures range from architectural masterpieces to eyesores and span across a variety of decades, styles, and uses – as diverse as the Big Apple’s built environment itself.

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The Ford Foundation Building. Photo by Addison Godel/Flickr.

12-Story Ford Foundation Building At 320 East 43rd Street To Get Renovations, Midtown East

The Ford Foundation Building, located at 320 East 43rd Street, in Midtown East, will be getting a $190 million renovation, according to the New York Times. The 12-story, 287,500 square-foot office building, a city individual and interior landmark, was designed by Kevin Roche John Dinkello and Associates (KRJDA) and completed in 1968. It does not meet current-day building codes and the city is requiring its owners to install updates before 2019. In addition, the building’s office floors and suites will be modernized, and an art gallery, visitors’ center, and a 10th floor assembly space will be added. Gensler is designing the two-year renovation, and Raymond Jungles will be incorporating new indoor landscaping. The property is known for its unique 174-foot-high atrium and elaborate garden terraces.


View from the 32nd floor of Halcyon at 305 East 51st Street. All photographs by Evan Bindelglass unless otherwise noted.

Checking Out the Views And Lobby at Halcyon, 305 East 51st Street

People are already living at Halcyon, HFZ Capital Group’s 123-unit development at 305 East 51st Street in Midtown East, but construction is still incomplete. The retail space along Second Avenue is still being built, as are the 32nd and 33rd floor duplex penthouse units. The lobby, however, was recently completed and YIMBY got a look at it, a fourth floor model unit, and the views from one of the penthouses.

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