Skateboarders in Upper Manhattan are in for a new experience. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation gave its blessing to a proposal to upgrade the 20-year-old skate park in Riverside Park.
Upper West Side
Demolitions aren’t particularly frequent in historic districts, but it looks like another one is going to happen. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission heard a proposal to demolish the current building at 466-468 Columbus Avenue, on the Upper West Side, and replace it with a mixed-use building. While the commissioners weren’t ready to approve the proposal, the demolition aspect didn’t seem to be a stumbling block.
Fairstead Capital has purchased the vacant seven-story, 108-key Park 79 Hotel at 117 West 79th Street, on the Upper West Side, for $22.5 million. The new owners plan to convert the 32,172-square-foot SRO building into an undisclosed number of residential apartments. It’s unclear whether the apartments will be rentals or condominiums. Park 79 Hotel closed late last year after receiving a slew of violations from the Buildings Department. Before the property was an illegal hotel, it was supposed to be a single room occupancy building for low-income tenants, Real Estate Weekly reported. The property comes with 27,780 square feet of air rights, allowing for a potential expansion. It’s also located within the Upper West Side/Central Park West Historic District, which means the Landmarks Preservation Commission must approve any exterior alterations.
The lower blocks of the Upper West Side have given rise to a sprinkling of skyscrapers in recent years, from the Fordham redevelopment to 200 West 67th Street. And now, YIMBY has the reveal for 200 Amsterdam Avenue, which will rise 666 feet to its roof, becoming the tallest building on the Upper West Side.
Back in September of 2015, YIMBY revealed a rendering of the 17-story, 39-unit residential building planned at 269 West 87th Street, on the Upper West Side. A new, close-up rendering and additional details have now been revealed in a Curbed NY update. The 115,884-square-foot building, being dubbed The Chamberlain, will house apartments ranging from two- to five-bedrooms. The residential units should average a spacious 2,574 square feet apiece, and will include townhouse and penthouse configurations. Amenities will include a central garden, a lounge, a library, a fitness center, a children’s playroom, a multi-purpose sports court, storage for 39 bikes, and an underground parking garage. Quadrum Global and Simon Baron Development are the developers, and have a 99-year lease on the site. FXFOWLE Architects is behind the design. Demolition permits were filed back in 2015 for existing three- and seven-story parking garages, but the structures have not yet been razed.