SJP Properties’ 200 Amsterdam Avenue Secures Another Victory Over NIMBYs on Manhattan’s Upper West Side

The top of 200 Amsterdam Avenue. Designed by Elkus Manfredi

New York City’s Board of Standards and Appeals again upheld the development and construction of 200 Amsterdam Avenue despite years of pushback from both neighborhood groups and members of the State Supreme Court. In possible protest of state-level overreach, the board’s vote of support will allow SJP Properties to legally continue construction of the 668-foot tower.

This decision marks the third failed attempt by opponents to halt construction of the project, which was twice upheld by the board as legal and within applicable zoning laws. Opponents to the development took umbrage with both the height of the project and the assemblage of neighboring lots, which allowed developers to essentially “stack” available air rights.

“Since the very beginning, our only expectation has been that the laws governing the development process be interpreted and applied fairly, in accordance with the legal precedent that has been adhered to for decades,” read an official statement from SJP Properties. “Arbitrary political challenges that seek to change laws midstream and attempt to apply new interpretations retroactively undermine the ability of city agencies to operate efficiently in meeting the demand for new housing and commercial space.”

Following this momentous decision, the Upper West Side tower is expected to top out this summer. Sales are also expected to launch this year in autumn.

The base of 200 Amsterdam Avenue. Designed by Elkus Manfredi

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5 Comments on "SJP Properties’ 200 Amsterdam Avenue Secures Another Victory Over NIMBYs on Manhattan’s Upper West Side"

  1. There need to be legal repercussions for these frivolous lawsuits trying to illegally block every development so rich people can have their existing views preserved. And the pandering politicians supporting this nonsense should be thrown out of office.

  2. Oh, by the way, CFESD said that they were gonna appeal again… as much as we would like this to be over, it’s not… it probably won’t be for awhile

  3. Amazing, why can’t we have these towers everywhere, would be so cool.

  4. I’m actually really looking forward to this building, it looks quite good.

    That area of Amsterdam was kind of dead and felt architecturally Soviet given all of the Lincoln Towers buildings around there. Now, between this project, the recently completed 170 Amsterdam with its external concrete structure, and the wave facade of the new Lincoln Square Synagogue this block or two has become (whatever you think of each building) at least really interesting to look at.

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