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121 East 125th Street [Harlem+Bespoke]: Steel has risen to the fifth floor of a seven-story commercial building at 121 East 125th Street, in East Harlem. Inspired by the site’s predecessor — the partially demolished Corn Exchange Building — reconstruction of the original building’s Queen Anne architecture is planned, and the base façade has been salvaged.

110 University Place [EV Grieve]: Bowlmor Lanes has officially closed and will be vacating the four-story building at 110 University Place in Greenwich Village imminently. Reportedly, Billy Macklowe, has “bought a long-term controlling position in the building back in 2012 to make way for some unspecified luxury development.”

139 Ludlow Street [Bowery Boogie]: Renovation and expansion plans for the three-story building at 139 Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side have been approved. SoHo-Ludlow LLC has plans to vertically extend the building to a fourth floor, “enlarging the structure to a height of 71 feet for a rooftop ‘conservatory’.” Lee Levine Architects have yet to reveal a comprehensive design for the commercial development.

35 Cooper Square [EV Grieve]: A residential building at 35 Cooper Square in the East Village has risen to its first setback, six stories up. Once complete, the building will stand 13 floors tall and will house 55 units; cladding has yet to be installed.

79 Grand Street [Brownstoner]: Construction of a six-story, five-unit residential building is making headway at 77-79 Grand Street in Williamsburg. Located on the northeast corner of Wythe Avenue and Grand, the site is composed of a vacant lot and a three-story walk-up. Designer Philip Toscano has incorporated multiple terraced setbacks into the upcoming low-rise.

30 East 31st Street [The Real Deal]: Development firm Certes Partners has acquired a five-story low-rise building — at 30 East 31st Street, in Midtown South — for $15.6 million. “46,500 buildable square-feet” of ground-up residential or hotel development is available.

207 West 79th Street [West Side Rag]: Developer Anbau Enterprises has applied to demolish a five-story structure — at 207 West 79th Street in the Upper West Side — which needs approval from the Landmark Preservation Commission. The developer plans to construct a 16-story, Morris Adjmi-designed rental building clad in beige stone-work.

22-22 Jackson Avenue [Curbed]: Construction has begun at ODA Architecture’s 11-story residential and retail building at 22-22 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City. Like a game of Jenga, bare concrete will be left exposed and cantilevering, eventually housing “182 apartment units [and] 5,732 square-feet of retail space.” Completion is set for 2016.

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