Last week TF Cornerstone and RXR Realty, development partners of the Grand Hyatt New York redevelopment in Midtown East, announced a cultural program at 175 Park Avenue with New York City-based non-profit Public Art Fund and Lord Cultural Resources. This will include public art installations, community events, and programming inside and around the Skidmore Owings & Merrill-designed skyscraper.
“175 Park Avenue will be a new, 21st century building that delivers world-class public spaces and transit improvements to the heart of Manhattan,” said Jon McMillan, director of planning and senior vice president at TF Cornerstone. “We couldn’t be more excited to have Public Art Fund and Lord Cultural Resources on board to ensure we make the most of this opportunity to bring something new and exciting to the neighborhood.”
The 83-story skyscraper at 175 Park Avenue, also known as Project Commodore, will rise at the corner of East 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue, where the Grand Hyatt currently stands. Inside the 1,486-foot-tall structure will be 10,000 square feet of retail space in the cellar through second levels; 1,932,043 square feet of Class A office space; 453,000 square feet on the upper floors dedicated to 500 Hyatt hotel rooms; and a public plaza space that will overlook the surrounding neighborhood.
The cultural programming will take place among 175 Park Avenue’s elevated terraces that encompass the 25,000 square feet of publicly accessible open space surrounding 175 Park Avenue. The terraces will be designed by James Corner Field Operations and will accommodate a wide range of programming and activities, including flexible spaces that can support art and cultural events. The cultural program will also explore opportunities to incorporate art in other spaces across the project site.
Public Art Fund will curate an ambitious public art program to draw visitors up to and around 175 Park Avenue’s terraces. Lord Cultural Resources will identify partnerships with numerous cultural institutions around the city to contribute to the programming of 175 Park Avenue.
“The most significant public spaces of New York City are defined by more than location and utility; they express who we are through a dialogue with great art and culture,” said Nicholas Baume, director and chief curator at Public Art Fund. “The public art program for 175 Park Avenue represents a powerful opportunity for some of the most exciting artists in the world to create new, site-specific works of art for this transformational public site. Impactful and accessible art that engages communities and enhances public space is essential to the fabric of our city. In developing the public art program for 175 Park Avenue, we look forward to commissioning works that respond to this unique context, offer extraordinary new opportunities for artists, and speak to the local community—all while inspiring New Yorkers and visitors alike.”
Next steps in the development of 175 Park Avenue is the Uniform Land Use Review Process, expected to occur at the end of 2021. Following an approval, there will be an 18-month-long demolition of the Grand Hyatt, then finally the construction of 175 Park Avenue.