A quintet of new works by architect Robert A.M. Stern are making their mark on various parts of Manhattan, all with his signature style. 70 Vestry Street is in the early stages of construction; 30 Park Place, which includes the Four Seasons Downtown hotel, opened its doors in October; 20 East End Avenue could open this year; and 220 Central Park South is on the rise adjacent to Billionaires’ Row. Today, we check in on his skyscraping residential building at 520 Park Avenue.
Upper East Side
Florida-based Real Estate Inverlad Development and South Carolina-based Third Palm Capital have filed applications for a 32-story, 83-unit mixed-use tower at 249 East 62nd Street, located in the Lenox Hill section of the Upper East Side. The new building would encompass 145,130 square feet and stand 510 feet in height. Retail space will measure 2,561 square feet across the ground and cellar levels, followed by 83 residential units across the ground through 29th floors. The apartments should average 1,188 square feet apiece. Rafael Viñoly’s Hudson Square-based architecture firm is the architect of record, the Real Deal reported. The 8,765-square-foot site is presently vacant.
2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the New York City landmarks law. There were occasions to celebrate, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated six individual landmarks and four historic districts. 2016 was considerably busier for the commission. It designated 40 individual landmarks and two historic districts, including 12 new Midtown East landmarks and 26 sites from its backlog. Here are all of them, for you to take in as the year comes to a close.
In September, an undeniably flashy proposal to modify an Upper East Side rowhouse went before the Landmarks Preservation Commission. It was not well-received. Last Tuesday, a scaled-down version won over the commissioners and work can now proceed at 210 East 62nd Street.
Two years ago, the Landmarks Preservation Commission floated the idea of clearing its backlog of items from before 2010 by simply de-calendaring all of them. That was not well-received, to put it lightly. So, they devised a series of steps to actually address those 95 items. That process nearly came to an end today, with the designation of 10 new city landmarks.