Demo Permits Filed for 35 West 57th Street in Midtown, Manhattan

35 West 57th Street in Midtown, Manhattan via Google Maps35 West 57th Street in Midtown, Manhattan via Google Maps

Full demolition permits have been filed for 35 West 57th Street in Midtown, Manhattan. Located between Fifth and Sixth Avenues along Billionaires’ Row, the 2,510-square-foot site is occupied by a five-story mixed-use building. Built in 1891, the mansion with Beaux Arts details was a wedding gift to the granddaughter of William Vanderbilt. The 65-foot-tall structure is currently owned by Solow Realty and Development.

In 2019, Sheldon Solow made headlines for claims of attempting to push out two commercial tenants of 35 West 57th Street with leases through 2040, after 19 years of residency.

New construction permits have not been filed, and the property sits adjacent to 27-33 West 57th Street, three vacant lots owned by LeFrak Organization that were cleared off in 2016. The Solow Building tower on the same block borders the west boundary of 27-33 West 57th Street.

35 West 57th Street is steps from the 57th Street subway station, serviced by the F train and a short walk from the Fifth Avenue station, serviced by the N, R, and W trains.

Highrise Group NYC is listed as the applicant of record.

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12 Comments on "Demo Permits Filed for 35 West 57th Street in Midtown, Manhattan"

  1. David in Bushwick | July 31, 2021 at 8:35 am | Reply

    Just terrible what greed does. Go to Streetview from 2011 and you will see all the beautiful, historic buildings destroyed here just so a very rich person can take even more money.

  2. Dennis Belfor | July 31, 2021 at 9:22 am | Reply

    A really beautiful building, a glorious piece of New York’s architectural past, being destroyed for probably no good reason. Another unneeded new residential tower… with astronomical prices, is probably in the works. This permit deserved a public hearing before being issued!

  3. I miss the beautiful Rizzoli bookstore that was here.

    SAVE THIS BUILDING Built in 1891, the mansion with Beaux Arts details was a wedding gift to the granddaughter of William Vanderbilt.

  5. Esther Marlowe | July 31, 2021 at 12:28 pm | Reply

    I would like to see a tour of the mansion’s interior before it’s demolished.

  6. Sadly another part of NY’s architectural history is headed for landfill! ?

    In time another giant SHAFT will protrude into the sky, with “part time” wealthy tenants fighting for a precious view of Central Park, during their twice a year stay!

    But with all these towers jammed into 57th St., it will kind of look like high end “public housing”. Views of each others living rooms with non-operable windows, no exterior space, and no connection to street life!

    I’d rather live in the Vanderbilt townhouse, than 50-60 floors up in a “hermetically” sealed glass box.

  7. And another piece of City history and beautiful, irreplaceable architecture bites the bust. Solow built the streeline-busting 9 West 57th St. It still sticks out and ruins the whole street.

  8. The NYC Landmarks Commission is once again asleep at the wheel. 57th St has recently lost so many historic buildings, like Rizzoli’s and the spectacular American Piano Company building. This historic townhouse should be saved. The many Vanderbilt mansions once dominated this part of Manhattan but today you would never know it with all the cold sterile blank walls of glass and steel at street level, crushing all pedestrian interest, killing retail and any sense of place. Disgraceful.

  9. Demolish #9 instead

  10. Funny reading how people want to defend a mansion for one, because they don’t want a tower for many. And they claim the problem is greed. Well, isn’t it much more greedy to suggest one single family live on this prime parcel of land, rather than maximizing the full potential for many people to enjoy? And with more people, there’s more business to the local restaurants, salons, shops, and so on and so on. Do you all hear yourselves?

    Now if the argument is to preserve a piece of architecture, that is a sound concern, in my opinion.

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