In July of 2015, the 62-story, 844-unit residential building under development at 401 West 31st Street, in Midtown West, was a single floor above the street level. Now, the 807,384-square-foot building, dubbed Three Manhattan West, has topped out, Curbed NY reports. The 702-foot-tall structure will host 7,931 square feet of retail on the ground floor, followed by amenities on the second and third floors, and residential units on the fourth through 62nd floor. The rental apartments should average 877 square feet apiece, with 169 of them renting at below-market rates through the housing lottery. Brookfield Properties is the developer with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill behind the design and SLCE Architects serving as the architect of record. Completion is expected in fall 2017, though occupancy is expected earlier.
Among the numerous hulking eyesores in New York City, Two Penn Plaza manages to make a particularly negative impact, and its placement above Penn Station helps cement the latter’s status as an architectural failure. But now we have a first look at plans to transform the structure completely, created by Bjarke Ingels Group/BIG for developer Vornado.
One of the largest remaining development sites in the Hudson Yards rezoning, owned by Tishman Speyer, now has official plans, as per the Wall Street Journal. The building, at 66 Hudson Boulevard, will stand 1,005 feet to its pinnacle, rising 65 floors and containing 2.85 million square feet overall, including 27,000 square feet of retail. The tower will cost upwards of $3 billion, and Danish architect Bjarke Ingels of BIG is designing the supertall, which will be laced in bands of diagonal sky terraces. The site is located between West 34th and West 35th Streets and 10th Avenue, and Tishman is currently seeking an anchor tenant.
YIMBY has brought you continual updates on the progress of Extell’s 217 West 57th Street, a.k.a. Nordstrom Tower (officially Central Park Tower), and now we have the first photos of what the facade for the building will actually look like, as well as an update on progress. The image comes from an anonymous tipster and shows the glass that will appear over the top of the Nordstrom floors, crowning the retail podium in a series of undulating curves, and demarcating the boundary between the pedestrian realm and the supertall that will cantilever up above.
For decades (with a brief break), Manhattan had a diner, complete with outdoor seating and a tiny parking lot, near the edge of Midtown West/Hell’s Kitchen. Last year, we learned that the Market Diner at 572 Eleventh Avenue (at the corner of West 43rd Street) would be replaced by an apartment tower. Now, a photo from our friend Tectonic shows that demolition has begun.
This past summer, news broke that the Covenant House was seeking to redevelop most of the block bound by Tenth and Dyker avenues and West 40th and 41st streets, in the Hudson Yards district, into a mixed-use development that would contain their new headquarters. Per Crain’s, the city’s Economic Development Corporation and the nonprofit jointly launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the project. The site could accommodate a roughly 780,000 square-foot project, but would have to include a new 150,000 square-foot facility for Covenant House. A second building could include roughly 700 residential units, retail space, and leasable community facility space. It’s proposed 40 percent of the units would rent at below-market rates, of which 75 to 100 units are to be set aside as supportive housing. Submissions are due March 11. The city must first take possession of vacant building at 450 West 41st Street.