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139 East 56th Street

15-Story Senior Housing Building Planned at 139 East 56th Street, Midtown East

Hines and Welltower Inc. are planning a 15-story senior-housing facility at 139 East 56th Street, located at the corner of Lexington Avenue in Midtown East. The duo recently acquired the site, which is currently occupied by a two-story, 7,000-square-foot commercial building, for an undisclosed amount, according to Bloomberg. The planned structure would feature assisted-living units and memory car services, although the number of units plan is not currently known. The existing building will be demolished, although a TGI Fridays restaurant must first vacant the premises.


245 East 53rd Street

Six-Story, Five-Unit Residential Building Filed at 245 East 53rd Street, Midtown East

Manhattan-based developer Gary Vinbaytel, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a six-story, five-unit residential building at 245 East 53rd Street, in Midtown East. The structure will measure 12,484 square, which means the residential units should average a spacious 1,995 square feet apiece, indicative of condominiums. The first unit will span part of the cellar level and the ground and second floors, followed by a full-floor apartments on floors three through five. The sixth floor and an upper penthouse level will contain the final unit. Roman Sorokko’s Little Neck, Queens-based Versatile Engineering is the applicant of record. The 25-foot-wide, 2,510-square-foot lot is vacant.




425 Park Avenue. March 2016. Looking northeast. Photos by the author unless indicated otherwise.

425 Park Avenue, Pioneer of Modernism, Loses Half Its Height to Make Way for 893-Foot-Tall 21st Century Beacon

Park Avenue is about to get its first new office tower in decades as the 1957 office tower at 425 Park Avenue (catty corner to Rafael Viñoly’s 1,396-foot-tall 432 Park Avenue), once the pinnacle of modernity, is being reinvented for the 21st century via a partial demolition and a dramatic, 893-foot-tall restructuring by developer L&L Holdings and architects at Foster + Partners.

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131-141 East 47th Street

Developer Files for 49-Story, 122-Unit Residential Tower at 131 East 47th Street, Midtown East

Over the summer of 2015, YIMBY revealed renderings of New Empire Real Estate’s planned high-rise residential tower at 131 East 47th Street, in Midtown East, and now new building applications have been filed with the Department of Buildings. The new 122-unit building will encompass 173,059 square feet and will rise 49 stories, or 581 feet, above street level. Beginning on the second story, there will be three residential units per floor through floor 12 and floors 14 through 35, then two units per floor on floors 37 through 47. The 48th floor will contain a full-floor penthouse, and floors 13, 36, and 49 will contain mechanical equipment.

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