Construction Update: 2 Renwick and 261 Hudson Street

2 Renwick

While development is booming across Lower Manhattan, the block of SoHo that contains 2 Renwick and 261 Hudson Street has seen particularly significant changes in recent months. Work is now wrapping up at 2 Renwick, which will likely come out more attractive than depicted in renderings, while excavation is finally underway at 261 Hudson, where earth is moving quickly.

2 Renwick aka 503 Canal aka 231 Hudson

2 Renwick aka 503 Canal aka 231 Hudson

YIMBY last posted about the 10-story and 325-room 2 Renwick in early June, and the development has made significant headway since then; the brick facade appears to have been nearly fully installed, and a peek under the scaffolding reveals an attractive and subdued look, though windows are still pending.

2 Renwick

2 Renwick’s brick facade

The site spans through the block, with other listed addresses of 503 Canal 231 Hudson Street; Kaufman is the architect, and the Metropolis Group is the developer.

261 Hudson Street

261 Hudson Street, viewed from the east

Just a short walk up, Related’s new project at 261 Hudson Street is also moving quickly. The building — designed by Ismael Leyva, and set to rise 12 floors with 201 apartments — will fill one of the larger cavities on the block, also spanning through to Renwick Street.

261 Hudson Street

261 Hudson Street

2 Renwick is expected to open later this year, while 261 Hudson has a summer 2016 completion date. Together, the buildings round out the last large redevelopment opportunities on the block, which still has some smaller sites worthy of new buildings.

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Construction Update: 15 Renwick Street

15 Renwick Street

After years of recession-induced delay, 15 Renwick Street, on the southern edge of the newly-rezoned Hudson Square area, is finally entering the home stretch. While it doesn’t appear to be topped out – it will eventually reach 11 stories – it appears to be almost there, and has made considerable progress since June, when it had just barely poked its head above the surface.

15 Renwick Street

15 Renwick Street

The original Ismael Leyva design was ditched when the downturn forced Harry Jeremias to give up the site. But Jeremias’s loss was the Izaki Group’s gain – they picked up the site for just $11 million, and tapped ODA, an architectural practice led by Eran Chen that’s been seeing a lot of work lately, to redesign the project.

15 Renwick Street

15 Renwick Street, image by ODA

ODA’s design for 15 Renwick won’t be quite as boxy as some of his others – for example, his building on Jackson Avenue in Long Island City – but it will nevertheless have his signature proliferating boxes towards the top, where the strong grid-like design will dissipate into cantilevered penthouses, which will also maximize green space.

“In the original plans, it was a glass building, a curtain wall from bottom to top, and we changed the façade, added more industrial elements, consistent with the cast iron architecture of the neighborhood,” the developer told the Observer. ODA’s new design, on the other hand, “has a more industrial finish and the apartments will all have exposed columns.”

15 Renwick Street

15 Renwick Street

A sign on site sets puts completion of the 31-unit condo building at spring 2015, which seems about right given the pace of construction thus far.

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Permits Filed: Townhouses at 73-79 Bond Street, Boerum Hill

The vacant lot at 73-79 Bond Street, via Google Maps

Last month, Adam America Real Estate closed on a 6,000-square-foot piece of land, paying a bit more than $6 million for the lots on the northern edge of Boerum Hill, on the southeastern corner of Bond and State Streets. At the time, a commercial broker told the Commercial Observer that the site – zoned for just 12,000 square feet of residential development – was likely destined for townhouses.

As it turns out, he was right. This morning, a new building application was filed to build five single-family houses on the site, each with a one-car garage, with Bond Street addresses (Nos. 73 through 79, including No. 75A).

The exact square footages of the townhouses were not broken down individually, but the entire area of the five-unit development will be just under the total allowed 12,000 square feet. Individual homes, though, will reach sizes of up to 5,600 square feet, which includes the garages and uninhabitable – at least, theoretically – basement and mechanical space that doesn’t count towards zoning. The homes will each be four stories, reaching 55 feet into the air, hinting at very high ceilings.

73-79 Bond Street

73-79 Bond Street (vacant lot at center), overhead shot from Bing Maps

The architect who filed the application is Ben Hansen, who knows the block quite well. He himself owns a townhouse around the corner, at 420 State Street. His house – perhaps a harbinger of what’s to come on Bond Street – is a modern structure on a mostly pre-war block, built a few years ago after a gas explosion leveled the old building.

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YIMBY Today: One57 Sibling Coming to 740 8th Avenue, More

Old office concept for 740 8th Avenue, image by Marco Baldassari

740 8th Avenue [Deadline]: Hollywood’s entertainment newspaper Deadline reported towering prospects for the mostly vacant assemblage of lots surrounding 740 8th Avenue — between 45th and 46th Streets, in the Theater District. Barnett’s Extell Development owns the assemblage, and plans include “another super-skyscraper along the lines of One57.” A decrepit four-story building has yet to be purchased at 252 West 46th Street, but old plans for Boston Properties give an idea of the total air rights available.

420 Kent Avenue [Crain's New York]: Spitzer Enterprises is “in contract to purchase a nearly 3-acre development site” at 420-430 Kent Avenue – in Williamsburg – the site of Rector Hylan Corp’s stalled two-tower development. The previous firm won a rezoning of the parcel to build “up to about 600,000 square feet”; the renewed permits expire in June of 2016.

GWB Bus Station Renovation [New York Times]: The George Washington Bridge Bus Station — bisecting Broadway between West 178th and 179th Streets, in Washington Heights — closed earlier this week, to make way for a $183 million renovation; “the terminal will feature 120,000 square feet of retail space,” as well as modern exteriors.

Cornell Tech Campus [Roosevelt Islander Online]: The Roosevelt Islander gives us a closer look at the demolition currently underway on the island’s south side, which is making way for the Cornell Tech Campus; “construction of the first academic building is expected to begin in January 2015,” with work lasting between 28 and 30 months.

22-22 Jackson Avenue [Brownstoner]: Construction of an 11-story and 182-unit mixed-use building at 22-22 Jackson Avenue, in LIC — developed by Jeff Gershon and designed by ODA –has reached street level; verticality is imminent, with an expected completion date of 2016.

57 Jay Street [DNAinfo New York]: Development firm GRJ recently purchased the six-story warehouse at 57-59 Jay Street — on the southeast corner of Water and Jay Streets, in Dumbo — and the firm is suspected to have plans for a luxury residential conversion; the developer has asked remaining tenants to vacate, and has even offered buy-outs.

Princeton Forrestal Village [Times of Trenton]: Lincoln Equities Group now has plans to build 394 rental units — “50 of which will be affordable housing” — in an effort to enliven the commercial area of Princeton Forrestal Village, in Plainsboro, NJ (between New Brunswick and Trenton). The residential component will be built to the north of Main Street, where surface lots now exist, with groundbreaking expected “by the end of 2015.”

1059 Manhattan Avenue [Brownstoner]: The seven-story and 23-unit residential building being constructed at 1059 Manhattan Avenue — in Greenpoint — is making headway, with six stories now built. Asher Herkowitz is designing the 19,867 square-foot building, and completion is likely by the end of 2014.

81 East 125th Street [Harlem+Bespoke]: Steel framing has topped out at the seven-story reconstruction of the Corn Exchange Building located at 81 East 125th Street, in East Harlem.

88 Richardson Street [Brownstoner]: Rabsky Group is adding the finishing touches to their seven-story and 188-unit residential building of 139,702 square feet at 88 Richardson Street, in northern Williamsburg. Karl Fischer designed, and completion is imminent amid recent window and façade installation.

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DOB Digest: 74 Grand Street in SoHo Submits SOE, More

74 Grand Street, center vacant lot next to the low-rise, image via Google Maps

MANHATTAN:

74 Grand Street: John Dunne, of TJD 21, LLC, has filed applications “in support of excavation” for his planned six-story and four-unit residential building — of nearly 12,900 square feet — at 74 Grand Street, in SoHo. The site’s five-story predecessor had been demolished in 2010 under an emergency declaration; C3D is designing.

QUEENS:

91-17 25th Street: Sharon Cohen has filed applications to construct a three-story and three-unit residential building of 11,918 square feet at the northwest corner of 92nd Street and 25th Avenue — or 91-17 25th Street and 24-50 92nd Street — in East Elmhurst; Shahriar Afshari is designing.

63-42 Bourton Street: Ping Zhu has filed applications to construct twin, three-story and four-unit residential buildings of 4,038 square feet spanning the lots of 63-40 – 63-42 Bourton Street, in Rego Park; an existing 2.5-story structure passed pre-demolition inspection on July 31st.

186-08 Cambridge Road: The owner of the two-story abode at 186-08 Cambridge Road — in Jamaica Estates — has filed applications to construct a three-story and single-family residence of 2,083 square feet; demolition permits for the existing structure have yet to be filed.

67-12 51st Road: Owner Kam Chuen Chan has filed applications to construct twin, three-story and two-unit residential buildings of 1,874 square feet spanning 67-12 – 67-14 51st Road, in Maspeth; the site’s two-story predecessor was demolished earlier this month.

905 Hicksville Road: “Gan Eden Townhouses of Rockaways” has filed applications to construct a two, three-story and single-family abodes of nearly 1,800 square feet at the vacant lots of 905-907 Hicksville Road, in Far Rockaway.

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432 Park Avenue Now Midtown’s Tallest Building

432 Park Avenue

The latest photos of progress at 432 Park Avenue come with a diagram and insight courtesy of reader Marcatio Torres, who has been in touch with workers on-site; as most have noticed and as the illustration makes clear, the tower’s height is now significant, having nearly reached its 1,397-foot pinnacle. Besides continued vertical progress, the building has also surpassed the official roof heights of all other Midtown skyscrapers, and is now the tallest building north of One World Trade Center.

432 Park Avenue

432 Park Avenue construction diagram by Marcatio Torres, larger version at link

 

Per Torres, “the tower is at its 76th floor (apparent floor 81). Friday had one-half of the floor-slab poured, with the remaining half poured Saturday. These upper floor slabs are poured to a depth of 18 inches, to increase their mass, as part of the building’s stiffness against wind loads.”

432 Park Avenue

432 Park Avenue

With its core standing approximately 1,280′ above the street, the building is visible throughout the metropolitan region, and even with 120 feet remaining, 432 Park Avenue already seems to dwarf One57, which — for a brief moment, ending this spring — was New York City’s tallest residential tower.

432 Park Avenue

432 Park Avenue

In terms of progress, “the months of April, May, and June saw six floor slabs cast, with the best month being July, which had seven floor slabs cast, a result of the refinement of the processes, the learning curve, and let’s not forget good weather with minimal delays. The open floors (drum floors) took a little more time, but the typical floors proceeded at an average 4 day cycle. This is not bad, considering that two types of concrete are used; the white architectural concrete for columns and spandrel beams, and the grey structural concrete for the core walls and floor slabs. Most flat slab construction in NYC is normally done on a two-day cycle, using just grey structural concrete.”

432 Park Avenue

432 Park Avenue

While only ten floors are left before topping-out, the work up top remains substantial, and “the dynamic damper to control sway still needs to rise, and there is to be a major pour of concrete to be made near the top of the building.”

The appearance of architect Rafael Vinoly’s creation has improved significantly with scale, and the choice of white concrete for the facade shows just how attractive and versatile the material really is — as well as incredibly strong, given the forces and dynamics at play in a tower so thin and so tall.

432 Park Avenue

432 Park Avenue

Such storied heights will be increasingly common in the near-future, and excavation is nearly complete at 217 West 57th Street, which will have a taller roof than 432 Park, in addition to an approximately 300-foot spire. One block east, 111 West 57th Street will be of a size closer to 432, also standing roughly 1,400 feet tall.

CIM and Macklowe are the developers, and completion is expected next year, when — likely only for a brief moment — 432 Park will actually have the highest roof in New York City, passing One World Trade Center’s by thirty feet.

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Revealed: 132-15 41st Avenue, Shangri-La Tower, Flushing

132-15 41st Avenue

Over the past few decades, buildings in Flushing have taken on a distinctive vernacular, marked by brick, post-modern touches and Fedders through-wall air conditioning units. But as buyers have become wealthier and developers and architects have become more sophisticated, the quality of some projects is improving.

The Shangri-La Tower, as the mid-rise condo block at 132-14 41st Avenue in downtown Flushing is called, is perhaps the nicest new building in the area, indistinguishable from much pricier developments in neighborhoods like Williamsburg or the East Village. Architects Studio, the Maspeth-based designer, abandoned Flushing post-modernism entirely, for a cleaner modernist design.

“It was always our intention to create a distinctive building,” Architects Studio principal Anthony Ng told YIMBY, “yet maintain a pure form to fill the void in this complex urban fabric.” (And downtown Flushing, with its aggressively mixed uses and cacophony of signage and building styles, is nothing if not complex.)

The Ngs, who head Architects Studio, were aided by developer Kenny Liu’s willingness to go with more expensive central air or mini-splits over PTACs or through-wall air conditioning units. While more civilized forms of air conditioning are standard for condo builders in prime and gentrifying parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, they’re still a relatively rare thing in Flushing and other cheaper outer borough markets.

132-15 41st Avenue

132-15 41st Avenue

The six-story, 55-foot tall building has 17,373 square feet of residential space divided between 23 condos. As with most bigger new projects in Flushing, where demand and rents for medical office space are very high, it also includes 7,245 square feet of medical space – density that doesn’t eat into of the developer’s residential allowance, thanks to the community facility bonus.

Shangri-La Tower is also another step toward filling in this corner of downtown Flushing, which currently exists in a state of flux between its pre-war building stock – largely detached single-family houses and row homes – and the newer structures, that have gone up since the growth of the Chinese population sparked a long building boom. The condos replaced a one-story commercial building and parking lot on the 75-foot-wide lot, and 132-15 41st Avenue has created a solid street wall between the less distinguished post-war buildings on either side.

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Permits Filed: 992 Madison Street, Bushwick

992 Madison Street, image from Google Maps

As rising rents and development pressure reach deep into Bushwick, the normal trajectory is to follow the L train on the neighborhood’s north side, where demand is highest.

But as Bushwick becomes increasingly gentrified, tenants and builders are having to dig deeper into the neighborhood to find affordable housing, and the J train – which stretches down Broadway and serves the southern edge of the neighborhood – is often where those deals are.

992 Madison Street

992 Madison Street, overhead shot from Bing Maps

And so we find a permit for a new three-unit residential building at 992 Madison Street, between the Gates Avenue and Halsey Street J stops. While a three-family structure wouldn’t normally be remarkable, this one stands out for its size: the application is for a building with three stories plus a penthouse (reaching 45 feet at its peak) and 7,119 square feet of residential space, yielding apartment sizes more commonly found in luxury condo projects in Manhattan or Hasidic buildings in and around South Williamsburg and Borough Park. (We aren’t sure if 992 Madison will be condos or rentals.)

The developer is South Williamsburg-based Yoel Schwartz, whose Blackdiam Properties picked up the 37-foot parcel, including a three-unit building and an adjacent empty lot, last year for $790,000. Michael Avramides, whose practice has designed several affordable housing projects, filed for the permit.

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East River Architecture and Urban Design Tour

The South Street Seaport and the Lower Manhattan skyline.

A few weekends ago, Open House New York led a boat tour up the East River, offering a chance to witness the rapidly evolving coastline. The East River has played a prominent role throughout the history of New York. From the Dutch settlement’s earliest days, New York’s harbor has been integral to trade and the city’s economic vitality.

Since the end of the East River port’s dominance in the middle of the last century, the waterfront has seen many schemes for its future come and go unrealized. Such grand, unfinished plans included a new home for the New York Stock Exchange, and the first site pitched for the World Trade Center.

Now, in the midst of a golden age of development and prosperity, the creation of a re-purposed, post-industrial waterfront has actually begun. Piers are transforming into parks, and real estate transactions have become the new economic activity on the waterfront.

The tour starts in Lower Manhattan, where landfill has increased the size of Manhattan along the East River four times over the course of its 400-year history. Originally defined by Pearl Street, the waterfront would migrate outward to Water Street (1730) and Front Street (1780), before reaching its current boundary at South Street, in 1800. A bustling maritime port developed along the river, reaching its peak in the 1950s before steamships forced shipping traffic into the deeper waters of the Hudson.

The tour boat leaves from its dock at Pier 15, part of the larger South Street Seaport area that has transitioned from shipping port to tourist shopping destination. From 1841 to 1954, Piers 15, 16 and 17 operated under the New York and Cuba Mail Steamship Company, commonly known as the Ward Line, as a trade connection to Nassau, Havana and Mexican Gulf ports. Pier 15 is a recent project by SHoP Architects and Ken Smith Landscape Architect, finished in late 2011, which repurposed one of the Ward Line piers by adding two pavilions spanned by a green roof with an undulating red ceiling.

The project is part of a larger waterfront revitalization plan started way back in 2004, dubbed the East River Waterfront Esplanade.  Neighboring Pier 17 is undergoing a major transformation, as the tourist-laden mall built in 1984 has been demolished to make way for another SHoP project. The replacement will be an updated retail concept by the Howard Hughes Corporation, with 300,000 square feet of shops and amenities; its signature attraction will be the 1.5-acre rooftop space which includes a restaurant, two bars and a 4,000-seat amphitheater. A hotly contested tower by Pier 17′s developer should follow soon after the retail building’s completion.

Pier 17.

Pier 17.

Across the river, in Brooklyn, lies another post-industrial waterfront revitalization project: Brooklyn Bridge Park. Like the South Street Seaport, BBP has converted what was a relic of the East River’s once dominant port into a 1.3-mile, 85-acre park, initially conceived as an idea in 1985, after cargo ship operations in the area closed. The park has been opening in phases since 2010, and is now more than half complete, with the opening of Pier 2 and Pier 4 Beach completed this summer.

Rising steadily along the park’s northern fringe at Pier 1 is Marvel Architect’s Pierhouse, a 108-unit condo and 200-room hotel, which will generate revenue for the park. The hotel portion of the project has reached its full height of ten stories, while the condo buildings that flank the Squibb Park Bridge are just reaching the second floor.

The Pierhouse by Marvel Architects at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The Pierhouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Directly north of Brooklyn Bridge lies Jane’s Carousel, built in 1922 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company for Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio. After that town suffered its own post-industrial decline, the carousel was auctioned off in 1984 to the Walentases, the family of Brooklyn developers that own Two Trees Management. Jane Walentas spent 25 years restoring each of the 48 carved horses and two carriages, and the restored carousel was instated in an enclosure designed by Jean Nouvel at Empire Fulton Ferry, at Brooklyn Bridge Park, in 2011.

Jane’s Carousel (right) and Dock Street Dumbo (left).

Just north of the Williamsburg Bridge lies the Domino Sugar Refinery site, a major waterfront development from Two Trees. SHoP Architects and Field Operations are responsible for the masterplan for the 3.3 million square foot megaproject, with SHoP also designing two towers and curating the architects of the remaining three. No final designs have been unveiled for the towers, but the plan allows for a maximum height of 600 feet. New York will be gaining about 700 affordable units, in addition to 1,600 market-rate apartments, as well as offices, parks, and a range of other facilities.

The iconic refinery will be completely renovated from the inside out, and will be leased as office space targeted to tech and creative tenants. The bin structure with the iconic Domino Sugar sign will be demolished by the end of the summer, but the sign will be saved and installed on the refinery building. Field Operations is overseeing the design of five acres of open space, including salvaging other artifacts of the site’s past industrial uses. There will even be a High Line-esqe element, dubbed the “Artifact Walk” – an elevated catwalk that runs along the refinery and incorporates existing 80-foot-tall gantry cranes. Full demolition of the site should wrap up by year’s end, with infrastructure and groundwork to follow.

Domino Sugar Refinery, SHoP Architects.

Domino Sugar Refinery.

At the northern edge of Brooklyn’s East River waterfront, an equally impressive scale of development is beginning at Park Tower Group’s Greenpoint Landing. Greenpoint has transformed from farmland, to shipbuilding in the 1800s, to post-industrial decline after the Second World War, and finally to hipster (and increasingly yuppy) enclave today.

On a stretch of land once home to a lumber yard for the shipbuilding industry, Park Tower has plans to build ten towers, several low-rise affordable buildings, waterfront open space designed by Field Operations, and will also provide funding for the construction of Newtown Barge Park. When completed, the entire project will bring 5,500 residential units to the waterfront, including 1,300 affordable units, and a new pre-K through eighth grade school at the corner of Franklin and DuPont Streets. Foundation work has just begun on two low-rise affordable buildings with partner L&M at 21 Commercial Street and 33 Eagle Street.

Greenpoint Landing.

Future site of Greenpoint Landing.

Heading north from Greenpoint towards the southern boundary of Queens, the rapidly rising first phase of Hunters Point South and the towers of Queens West dominate the skyline. SHoP and Ismael Leyva Architects are responsible for HPS’s first phase, a development partnership between Related, Monadnock and Phipps Houses. The development consists of two towers with 925 apartments, all of which will be let at below-market rates. Each tower has a distinct identity provided by its facade: Building A has an orange, black and white color scheme with vertical fins; Building B swaps the orange for blue and emphasizes its windows with protruding frames. Both towers should be ready for move-ins by early 2015.

Phase two, a block south of phase one’s Building B, will bring another set of towers to Hunters Point South. Designed for TF Cornerstone by ODA, with SLCE Architects as the architects of record, the two towers will include 1,193 units, 796 of which will be affordable housing, in a stepped terracing design that provides plenty of outdoor space for tenant activities, including two urban farm terraces. When all phases of Hunters Point South are done, it will be the largest affordable housing development undertaken by the city since Co-op City and Starrett City were built in the early 1970′s.

Hunters Point South, Phase One.

Hunters Point South, Phase One.

There has been much activity in the Tudor City area of Manhattan’s waterfront, beginning with the seven-year renovation plan for the United Nations campus, started in 2008.  Most major elements of the campus have seen comprehensive renovations, including the Secretariat Building (2010-2012), the Conference Building (2010-2013) and the General Assembly (2014). Nearby, at 50 UN Plaza, Foster + Partners is wrapping up construction on their 42-story residential tower.

UN Secretariat Building (left) and 50 UN Plaza (right).

UN Secretariat Building (left) and 50 UN Plaza (right).

Just north of the FDR memorial lies the abandoned south campus of the Goldwater Specialty Hospital, the future home of the Cornell NYC Tech Campus. Conceived in 2011 under the Bloomberg administration as a means of growing the city’s technology sector, Cornell, in partnership with the Technion-Israeli Institute of Technology, beat out proposals from Stanford and Columbia to build a tech-focused campus for 2,000 students on Roosevelt Island, south of the Queensboro Bridge. SOM devised the master plan for the site, and Field Operations has been awarded the landscape design of over 2 acres of open space.

Future site of the Cornell NYC Tech Campus.

Future site of the Cornell NYC Tech Campus.

The first phase of the campus includes an academic building by Morphosis, a co-location building by Weiss/Manfredi for tech companies to have offices near the school, a residential tower by Handel Architects, an executive education center and hotel that has yet to be designed, and a central utility building. Demolition of the hospital is ongoing, with completion of phase one expected in 2017, and the entire campus two decades later.

Nearby on Roosevelt Island, Related and Hudson Companies’s 480 Main Street, also known as Riverwalk 7, is making significant progress.  The 21-story, 200,000-square foot market-rate residential tower was designed by Handel Architects and will be the seventh tower of the Riverwalk development, where construction started in 2000. Work should wrap up sometime in 2015, bringing 266 units to the island.

Riverwalk 7.

Riverwalk 7.

On the Upper East Side, new developments on the waterfront are mainly from the medical campuses that dominate the area. At East 74th Street, construction has just started on two buildings for the healthcare sector. The 23-story Memorial Sloan Kettering Outpatient Cancer Care building by Perkins Eastman and Ennead will rise 453 feet and allow for outpatient bone marrow transplants, increased use of radiology for cancer treatment, and dedicated space for patients treated in clinical trials.

 

Meanwhile, the 16-story CUNY/Hunter College Science and Health Professions Building, by the same architects, will rise 346 feet and house the School of Nursing, science research labs, and the physical therapy program. The building replaces earlier facilities from the 1930s and ’50s. Full completion of the 1.15 million square foot development is expected by 2018.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Outpatient Cancer Care Center and CUNY/Hunter College Science and Health Professions Building.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Outpatient Cancer Care Center and CUNY/Hunter College Science and Health Professions Building.

At East 91st Street on Manhattan’s waterfront, the very contentious Marine Transfer Station by Dattner Architects and Greeley and Hansen has recently started construction.  The infrastructure project is part of former Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to build four new marine transfer stations spread throughout the city. Historically, waste management facilities have been concentrated in the South Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.

By spreading out their locations with these four new stations, Bloomberg sought to alleviate some of the perceived inequality in the siting of undesirable waste management facilities. Of course, this plan has not sat well with the Yorkville neighborhood, where the station will be located near NYCHA’s John Haynes Holmes Towers, the Asphalt Green sports complex and Carl Schurz Park.

Upper East Side Marine Transfer Station.

Future site of Upper East Side Marine Transfer Station.

The tour culminates at North Brother Island, in between the northern boundary of Queens and the South Bronx waterfront. This 20-acre piece of real estate was once home to Riverside Hospital, a facility for quarantinable diseases, which moved from Roosevelt Island in 1885. Its most infamous patient, Typhoid Mary, was quarantined here for over 20 years, until her death in 1938. Since the last facilities shuttered in the 1960s, the island has remained abandoned and closed to all but the birds, for which it is an established sanctuary.

North Brother Island.

North Brother Island.

New York is on the cusp of realizing plans for the East River that have been in the works for decades. With developments like Hunters Point South, Greenpoint Landing and Domino Sugar, what was once inaccessible land is transforming into waterfront for all New Yorkers to enjoy and some to call home.

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Permits Filed: 299 Livingston Street, Downtown Brooklyn

299 Livingston, from Google Maps

While downtown Brooklyn has seen a number of towers rise over the years since its 2004 rezoning, the process has been slower on the eastern edge of Livingston Street, near Atlantic Terminal. The zoning is very liberal – the C6-4 district that covers Livingston allows the highest residential densities in the city – but first the small walk-ups on 20-foot-wide lots need to be assembled into larger parcels, which can be a slow process, especially when they have rent-stabilized tenants who need to be bought out.

But at 299 Livingston Street, on the north side of the street between Nevins and Hanover Place, one developer may have done so (or be on their way), as permits were filed this morning for a 17-story apartment building on a 43-foot-wide piece of land.

299 Livingston Street

299 Livingston Street, overhead shot from Bing Maps

The application for a new building, filed by the architects at the Stephen B. Jacobs Group, calls for a 37-unit tower divided among 37,796 square feet of residential space. The building would rise 158 feet into the air (below the height limit for the Special Downtown Brooklyn District) and consist of 47,618 gross square feet of total construction area, including a 29-space garage, presumably in the two-level cellar space.

While the filing says nothing about affordable housing, the fact that the developers are planning to build to a floor area ratio of 12 – only possible with the inclusionary housing bonus – suggests that 20 percent of the units will be let at below-market rates.

The developer, however, remains a bit of a mystery. Listed on the permit as Izzy Neiman, the person who answers the business phone number says they’re not affiliated with the project, and the business address – on the 10th floor of a Garment District loft building – appears to be shared by a men’s accessory manufacturer.

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