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Rendering showing the HFZ Capital's Moshe Safdie-designed mixed-use tower with the Empire State Building behind it. (Rendering presented in October)

HFZ’s 64-Story Moshe Safdie Tower Hinges On Restoration Of Gilsey House

Back in October, the Landmarks Preservation Commission heard a proposal that would remake a good chunk of West 29th Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue. It would include restoring two landmarks and construction of a 64-story mixed-use tower. The hearing in October was paused because of the late hour and lack of quorum, and when it resumed on Tuesday, it became clear that one aspect of it was the big stumbling block.

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1732 Hancock Street

Five-Story, 11-Unit Mixed-Use Building Filed At 1732 Hancock Street, Ridgewood

Brooklyn-based Bawabeh Brothers has filed applications for a five-story, 11-unit mixed-use building at 1732 Hancock Street, in southern Ridgewood, located seven blocks south of the Seneca Avenue stop on the M train. The entire structure will measure 24,825 square feet in total, 12,596 square feet of which will be for a dialysis center located on the ground and second stories. On the rest of the second floor and on the upper levels, there will be a total of 11 residential units averaging 931 square feet apiece. Rego Park-based Diego Aguilera Architects is the applicant of record. The 8,009 square-foot lot is currently being used for parking.


445 East 68th Street

17-Story, 733,500 Square-Foot New York-Presbyterian Hospital Expansion Rises At 445 East 68th Street, Upper East Side

In the beginning of 2014, YIMBY brought you news of the imminent demolition of the 12-story residential buildings at 445 East 68th Street (a.k.a. 1283-1299 York Avenue), on the Upper East Side, to make-way for New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s expansion. The initial filings for the new building have since been amended and detail a 17-story, 733,500 square-foot building, 551,691 square feet of which will be considered active medical space. Thanks to photos by Tectonic, we can see the structure is now 11 stories above the street level and rising. Dubbed the David H. Koch Center, HOK (Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum) is behind the design of the building. Completion is expected in 2017 or 2018.


42-02 Fort Hamilton Parkway

Five-Building, 31-Unit Mixed-Use Development Planned At 42-02 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Borough Park

Back in 2014, a row of five four-story, four-unit residential buildings were built from 1038-1052 42nd Street, in northern Borough Park, and now five more buildings have been granted permits on the same block. Adjacent to the completed buildings, there will be three four-story, four-unit residential structures at 1054-1058 42nd Street. The residential square footage of each building varies, but will total between 5,500 and 6,000 square feet. Closer to Fort Hamilton Parkway, two seven-story mixed-use buildings are planned at 1060-1066 42nd Street. Both structures will have retail and community facility space, but one will contain nine residential units and the other will have 10 units.

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Proposed expansion of the Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue, 11 East 11th Street.

Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue To Be Expanded, Flipped in Greenwich Village

A synagogue whose structure served varied purposes before becoming a house of worship will be getting a somewhat unusual expansion and facelift. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a proposal from the Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue, located at 11 East 11th Street, between Fifth Avenue and University Place in Greenwich Village.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Expansion Planned For The Metropolitan Museum of Art At 1000 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side

Daniel Brodsky is planning to build a 180,000 square-foot addition to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located at 1000 Fifth Avenue, between East 80th and 84th streets on the Upper East Side. According to the New York Post, the expansion would include a Southwest Wing to showcase modern and contemporary art, and possibly additional galleries for the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas exhibits. The expansion will be designed by David Chipperfield Architects and won’t rise taller than the existing two-million-square-foot art museum. Plans will have to be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission because the structure is an individual landmark (with additional interior landmarked spaces; it’s also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places). Brodsky recently completed the museum’s $65 million David H. Koch Plaza, which runs along Fifth Avenue in front of the building.