When we last checked in with 21 West End Avenue back in 2014, only a few stories of the 43-story tower had risen above street level. Now, Dermot Company is putting the finishing touches on the 529-foot-tall building between West 60th and 61st streets, and YIMBY reader Tectonic swung by for a construction update.
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Will the former First Church of Christ, Scientist in New York City at 361 Central Park West become condominiums? We still don’t know. But we do know many in the community don’t want the conversion and at least one pastor wants to preach there.
When two developers decided to build 10 stories of condos on top of an occupied, rent-stabilized apartment building at 711 West End Avenue on the Upper West Side, tenants were predictably upset. To appease the renters, many of whom have lived there for decades, the landlords plan to renovate and add new amenities to the seven-story brick building between 94th and 95th Streets.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the New York Philharmonic have selected London-based Heatherwick Studio and Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects to redesign the interior of David Geffen Hall, the orchestra’s 2,738-seat home located on the corner of West 65th Street, on the Upper West Side, technically Lincoln Square. The Max Abramovitz-designed structure, which originally opened in 1962 as Philharmonic Hall, later becoming Avery Fisher Hall, will receive a $500 million gut renovation, according to the New York Times. A design will be released next summer, with construction scheduled to begin in 2019. Akustiks and Fisher Dachs, acoustic and theater design firms, respectively, are also part of the team. The project has been in the works for over a decade, or since the beginning of Lincoln Center’s redevelopment.
The West End Collegiate Church will get the money it needs from a project approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday. The church, an individual landmark located at 245 West 77th Street, has bought the property to its north from the Collegiate School, at 260 West 78th Street, where an existing structure will be demolished. It will be replaced by a new residential building that will be connected internally to a restored and expanded 378 West End Avenue.
It was all the way back on March 11th that the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved controversial plans to convert the former First Church of Christ, Scientist in New York City, located at 361 Central Park West and West 96th Street, into 39 condominiums. But that wasn’t the last word. The battle went on in the community board, and it continued this week at the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA), and will continue into 2016.