Permits Filed for 857 Riverside Drive in Washington Heights, Manhattan

857 Riverside Drive in Washington Heights, Manhattan857 Riverside Drive via Google Maps

Permits have been filed for a 13-story residential building at 857 Riverside Drive in Washington Heights, Manhattan. Located between West 158th Street and West 160th Street, the lot is one block north of the West 157th Street subway station, serviced by the 1 train. Michael Petrokansky of Spencer Developers Inc. is listed as the owner behind the applications.

The proposed 135-foot-tall development will yield 36,500 square feet, with 31,120 square feet designated for residential space. The building will have 46 residences, most likely rentals based on the average unit scope of 676 square feet. The concrete-based structure will also have a cellar and a 30-foot-long rear yard.

Mohamed Mabrouk of MHM Engineering is listed as the architect of record.

Demolition permits have not been filed yet. An estimated completion date has not been announced.

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12 Comments on "Permits Filed for 857 Riverside Drive in Washington Heights, Manhattan"

  1. David : Sent From Heaven. | August 1, 2020 at 7:09 am | Reply

    As I started down the ground on your evidence, construction that indicating a building not found in the main area: Thank you.

  2. This block looks beautiful as is.

  3. Put it somewhere else

    • wright gregson | August 2, 2020 at 5:01 am | Reply

      agreed!!! this looks like a lovely, charming area…..i am sure the new building will be cookie-cutter cold and charmless

  4. I think 857 Riverside is actually the house immediately to the south of the one pictured. 857 Riverside has a driveway in front and the front facade is covered in really unattractive brick panelling. Won’t be missed if that’s the only thing they tear down to build this.

    • You appear to be correct. The picture in this article is showing buildings next to 857 Riverside Dr. The actual building being replaced is actually bland and ugly, hopefully the new one will have a better design.

  5. Joy Gramolini | August 2, 2020 at 1:11 pm | Reply

    857 RSD is the small, run-down, non-historic single family structure that’s set on an angle, with overgrown grass. While none of us want more construction, the loss of that building will not affect the character of that street. More troubling—and where I’d expect a challenge— is the height, as it will be much taller than 853 RSD, River Arts and the neighboring townhouses.

  6. This development would be an eyesore to this beautiful historic block. I really hope this tower tower does not ruin riverside drive.

  7. This new planned development will be a terrible addition to this historical and beautiful neighborhood. We have a charming place here and there’s absolutely no need for a towering Eyesore.

  8. These other commenters are on the wrong forum. This development is steps away from the subway station. While they are decrying “neighborhood character” because of the loss of a single family home 100 ft from the subway, I believe that people make a community, not buildings. The renters in our neighborhood are being pushed out because the suffocating housing supply is driving up rents, while the homeowners are rolling in the dough and complaining about the character of a new building. I, for one, cannot wait to welcome the 46 new families to the neighborhood.

  9. Northern Manhattan | January 22, 2021 at 10:26 am | Reply

    this is in Faux Rev Al Taylor the Assembly Member’s district. He’s the worst. When he was the chief of staff to Denny Farrell he did nothing daily to help with preservation in the district he now represents. He’s a hack.

  10. After reading about the history of 857 Riverside Drive, I have discovered much interesting information. This was the original home of Dennis Harris who was believe to be a slavery abolionist. This home may have been a stop on the Underground Railroad where run away slaves was helped to hide as they traveled to a road to freedom. This home should be preserved and brought back to or close to its original look. And used as muesuem where people could visit and learn more about Black History.

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