After a decade of waiting, Jean Nouvel’s 53 West 53rd Street, formerly known as the Torre Verre and now known as 53W53, is finally climbing into the New York City skyline. And while the tower only stands about a dozen floors at the moment — up from only a handful when YIMBY last checked in on the site this past June — installation of its iconic cladding and glass has already begun, with the latest update thanks to YIMBY Forumer streetscaper.
In October of 2015, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) approved a multi-billion-dollar redevelopment plan to build a new Port Authority Bus Terminal, located on the site of the existing one between West 40th and 42nd streets along Eighth Avenue. The design competition has since narrowed down to five finalists, Crain’s reported.
Last year, Related Companies chairman Stephen Ross promised New York Times reporter Charles Bagli that the firm would install an iconic sculpture at Hudson Yards that would rival the Eiffel Tower. Ross unveiled the design for the $150 million structure this morning, at an event hosted by Anderson Cooper next to the entrance to the year-old Hudson Yards 7 train station.
The entirety of Hudson Yards is buzzing with activity. Each week seems to bring additional superlative announcements from the various corners of the neighborhood, with One Manhattan West, 35 Hudson Yards, and 15 Hudson Yards all rising above ground level over the past month. YIMBY now has fresh renderings of the last building thanks to Related, and the Diller Scofidio + Renfro/Rockwell Group-designed tower is now on its way to a 910-foot pinnacle.
In the borderlands between Hell’s Kitchen and the Upper West Side, much of the new development ends up looking glassy and unremarkable. But today, YIMBY checks in on a new, loft-style building under construction at 351 West 54th Street, between Eighth and Ninth avenues, courtesy of prolific photographer Tectonic.