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Upper East Side

40 East End Avenue. Via Google Maps.

Permits Filed For Lightstone’s 18-Story Residential Building At 40 East End Avenue, Yorkville

Back in June, YIMBY reported on the Lightstone Group’s acquisition of the six-story building at 40 East End Avenue, at East 81st Street in Yorkville. Permits were filed at the end of October with a support of excavation filing on Friday, and now new details can be reported. The plan is still demolition of the existing building in favor of an 18-story building, rising to 210 feet. The plan reported in June called for 30 condominium units, but the filing shows 29 units.

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520 5th avenue

Ceruzzi Hopes To Begin Construction At 520 Fifth Avenue Next Spring

Developer Louis Ceruzzi has already begun demolition work at his property at 520 Fifth Avenue. We now know that construction will begin before New Years on the 71-story Handel Architects-designed tower, courtesy of an interview Ceruzzi gave to the Commercial Observer. In the interview, he also gave an update on his development at 147 East 86th Street. He said there is much work to be done relating to the Second Avenue Subway project, but real work should start in March.

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President Chester A. Arthur House at 123 Lexington Avenue, 412 East 85h Street, and 150 East 38th Street. Photos courtesy Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Three Historic Houses Considered at Landmarks Backlog Hearing

Last week, the Landmarks Preservation Commission held the fourth and final public hearing to deal with the 95 properties that have been under consideration for designation prior to 2010. Among the items discussed on Thursday were three houses, geographically spread from Kips Bay to Murray Hill to the Upper East Side. If designated as landmarks, they’ll certainly be referred to by many as historic houses. If not, their very existence will be put into doubt.

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20 East End Avenue

17-Story, 43-Unit Residential Building Tops Out At 20 East End Avenue, Upper East Side

Earlier this year, construction kicked off on the 17-story, 43-unit residential building planned at 20 East End Avenue, between East 80th and 81st Street on the Upper East Side, and now the structure has topped out, per photos by Tectonic. Residential units will average just under 3,300 square feet apiece, ranging from two- to six-bedroom configurations. Installation of the brick façade is now underway above the second floor, and the bottom two floors will eventually be clad in limestone. Corigin Real Estate Group is developing, Robert A.M. Stern Architects is designing, and completion is expected next year.

Rendering of the proposed 1143 Fifth Avenue (not approved).

Landmarks Rejects Six-Story Addition at 1143 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side

A relatively short over century-old apartment building on the Upper East Side will be remaining the way it is, at least for the near future. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission heard a presentation to bring 1143 Fifth Avenue from its current seven-story height to 13 stories. The overall design of the proposed building, if it were new for a vacant lot, would likely have received (or been close to receiving) approval from the LPC, but as an addition, it was too much for the commissioners (and the public, which showed up en masse).

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100 East End Avenue

Three-Story Expansion Of Chapin School At 100 East End Avenue Approved, Upper East Side

Late last year, the K-12, all-girls Chapin School, at 100 East End Avenue, on the Upper East Side between East 84th and 85th Streets, applied for a variance to expand their eight-story, 168-foot-tall academic building to 11 stories or 183 feet in height. The expansion would increase the existing building by nearly 38,000 square feet to 170,285 square feet, according to the DOB, and would include additional classrooms, a dining hall, and gym. Earlier this month, the Board of Standards and Appeals approved the expansion, per DNAinfo, and construction will begin early next year. Completion is expected by the end of 2018, and NK Architects is the architect of record.