139 Bowery Stands Topped Out on Manhattan’s Lower East Side

139 Bowery. Photo by Michael Young

Construction has topped out on 139 Bowery, a 14-story mixed-use building in the Bowery section of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Designed by Raymond Chan Architects and developed by Global Joint Venture, the structure will yield 16 residential units, ground-floor retail space, a 550-square-foot medical facility, and commercial office space spanning floors two through five. Mandarin Enterprises is the general contractor for the building, which is located between Broome and Grand Streets.

Recent photos show the main western elevation facing Bowery Street covered in a thick layer of black netting and scaffolding. None of the curtain wall panels have been installed so far. The back eastern side is visible from Chrystie Street along with the adjacent Moxy Hotel at 145 Bowery, which also topped out recently.

139 Bowery. Photo by Michael Young

139 Bowery. Photo by Michael Young

139 Bowery. Photo by Michael Young

139 Bowery. Photo by Michael Young

139 Bowery (left) and 145 Bowery (right). Photo by Michael Young

The rendering below is the previous depiction with an envelope of floor-to-ceiling glass, tan and gray paneling, and a vertical stack of balconies lined with glass railings on the upper half of the building above a landscaped outdoor setback on the sixth floor. The new iteration changes the color of the exterior panels from gray to white, followed by a doubling in the number of balconies on the top of the edifice, and a taller architectural height that culminates with a relatively flat roof parapet. The front of the double-height ground-floor entrance and retail frontage also received a modest design change, but their position and placement remain the same.

The old design for 139 Bowery. Designed by Raymond Chan Architects

The new design for 139 Bowery. Photo by Michael Young

A completion date for 139 Bowery is posted on the construction board for next summer.

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8 Comments on "139 Bowery Stands Topped Out on Manhattan’s Lower East Side"

    • thomas
      this is a disaster!
      an ugly out of context glass box with the cheapest materials known to man being used by the non inion chinese workers.
      please tell me one glass box that you don’t like.
      I’m waiting

  1. On the Bowery, On the Bowery..they say such things and they do such things…I’ll never go back there again.

  2. I’ll never go back anymore. There is a recording of Al Smith singing it.

  3. The Bowery Boys ain’t living here..

  4. But why show neighboring buildings with lighting stores that have been decimated by these buildings in the former lighting district?

  5. Looks more like Flushing. This architect designs cheap looking banal crap.

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