A major step forward for the New York City skyline was taken on Tuesday morning. Elected officials joined developers to celebrate the official groundbreaking for One Vanderbilt.
A year ago, SL Green began knocking down a full block of prewar commercial buildings next to Grand Central to make way for a 1,401-foot-tall office tower at One Vanderbilt Avenue. Now YIMBY has a time lapse of the lengthy demolition between 42nd and 43rd Streets, courtesy of the project’s PR team.
In March, renderings of the Turkevi Center appeared, a planned mission, consulate, and residential tower for the Republic of Turkey. Now the Turkish consulate has filed applications for the 35-story development at 821 First Avenue, at the corner of 46th Street.
Storied French restaurant Lutèce occupied the ground floor of 249 East 50th Street for more than 40 years before shutting its doors in 2004. Thanks to the restaurant’s fame, the three townhouses at 249-253 East 50th Street have appeared in several movies and TV shows, including The Prince of Tides, Wall Street, and most recently, Mad Men. Now plans have been filed for the 16-story building that will replace them between Second and Third avenues.
There are literally tens of thousands of buildings in New York City that have landmarks protection, either as individual landmarks or part of a historic district. However, there are fewer than 200 designated interiors. That number could soon go up.