Number 30 on our countdown of the tallest projects under construction in New York is the Turkevi Center, a 563-foot-tall mixed-use skyscraper at 821 First Avenue in the Midtown East neighborhood of Turtle Bay. Designed by Perkins Eastman, the 35-story tower will serve as the consulate for the Republic of Turkey.
New photographs show the state of progress on the skyscraper, which is located between East 45th and 46th Streets, across from the United Nations Plaza. The most notable addition since YIMBY’s last update in early September is a decorative arabesque metallic framework that sits in front of the podium windows on wide northern profile. The shimmering, geometric star patterns match the motifs etched into the chamfers of the stone-paneled frame that surrounds the podium windows on the eastern elevation.
The mechanical hoist has also begun disassembly since our last visit, and glass panels are being installed on the southwestern corner where it was formerly attached.
The development will yield 102,000 square feet of commercial space spread across the first 15 floors. An auditorium will be located in the cellar levels, while offices, a prayer room, passport and visa branch offices, and outdoor terraces will span the seventh, 11th, and 16th floors. Above will be 40,195 square feet of residential space divided among 20 apartments for both staff and visitors. These units start on the 20th floor and are expected to average 2,045 square feet apiece. Two homes will be duplexes. Residential amenities include a fitness center, a shared outdoor terrace space on the 20th floor, and an underground parking garage for 20 vehicles.
Construction on 821 First Avenue is expected to be finished in the second half of 2021.