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Hudson Yards, image from Related

Thomas Heatherwick’s Hudson Yards Sculpture Now Under Construction

According to The New York Times, UK-based Thomas Heatherwick’s Hudson Yards centerpiece is now under construction. A source who has seen the design described it as resembling the shape of a chalice, rising higher than the 100-foot-tall Culture Shed, which YIMBY unveiled in 2013. The sculpture does not require public review, and Related Companies and Oxford Properties are developing.





624 West 52nd Street

Jeff Koons Assembles Possible Development Site At 624 West 52nd Street, Hell’s Kitchen

Artist Jeff Koons has acquired the three-story commercial building at 624 West 52nd Street, near the Hudson River in Hell’s Kitchen, for $12.7 million. Koons also owns the lots at 620-622 West 52nd Street, after picking them up this past May for a total of $11 million. The assemblage boasts nearly 50,200 square feet of development potential, although plans for the properties are not known.



520 West 41st Street

Demolition Begins At 520 West 41st Street, Site Of 106-Story Mixed-Use Tower, Midtown West

Earlier this year, Silverstein Properties paid roughy $100 million for a car dealership at 520 West 41st Street, aka 514 Eleventh Avenue, in Midtown West. Last summer, YIMBY revealed plans for an 106-story, 1,400-unit mixed-use tower at the site (currently traversing ULURP). Although the proposed 1.685 million square-foot building has yet to be approved, Curbed reports demolition of the existing low-rise commercial building has begun.



493 11th Avenue

City To Request Proposals For All-Affordable Mixed-Use Tower At 493 11th Avenue, Midtown West

The City’s EDC has confirmed the redevelopment of the parking lot at 493 11th Avenue, on West 39th Street in Midtown West, according to DNAinfo. The City will request proposals this summer for a permanently all-affordable housing tower, which will also have retail and community space on the lower levels. The site was previously said to allow for a 45-story, 300-unit building, and was formerly occupied by a six-story slaughterhouse, demolished in the 1980′s.