Permits Filed for 1695 2nd Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan

1695 2nd Avenue in Yorkville, Manhattan1695 2nd Avenue via Google Maps

Permits have been filed for a 22-story mixed-use building at 1695 2nd Avenue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Located between East 87th Street and East 88th Street, the lot is two blocks north of the 86th Street subway station, serviced by the Q train. Aimco is listed as the owner behind the applications.

The proposed 270-foot-tall development will yield 96,543 square feet, with 93,945 square feet designated for residential space and 2,507 square feet for ground-floor commercial space. The building will have 51 residences, most likely condos based on the average unit scope of 1,842 square feet. The concrete-based structure will also have a cellar. Previous permits filed in 2019 called for a 22-story building with a smaller footprint and 41 residences.

Hill West Architects is listed as the architect of record.

Demolition permits were filed in 2019 and the low-rise on the site was recently vacated. An estimated completion date has not been announced.

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11 Comments on "Permits Filed for 1695 2nd Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan"

  1. David in Bushwick | January 17, 2022 at 8:26 am | Reply

    Except of a replaceable cornice, what a shame to lose another historical gem like this. This rare intersection has historic buildings on all four corners, but that will now be lost to greed.

    • I’d have to agree. I just wish we’d see more facade preaervation in this city. There’s no reason the historic facade could be used as a base with an 6 foot setback to the new tower. Obviously a structural “facadectomy” would be required which takes to old building down and rehangs the historic facade on the new structure.

      • Speaking of facadectomy it looks like the building across 88th had its brick facade completely replaced around 2015 or so.

    • Cheesemaster200 | January 18, 2022 at 12:54 pm | Reply

      Welcome to New York. The new replacing the old, and the constant whining about it, has been a consistent fixture of this City’s history since its founding.

      No doubt there were people in 1895 complaining that the character and affordability of kleindeutschland changing from when they built the tenement whose demolition you are now pining over.

  2. another piece of nyc history down the drain
    Greedy developers have ruined this city forever.

  3. OMG, HOW do we get the City Council to start representing us??? To STOP selling out to these soulless real estate groups? Our so called Community Board is now the Destroy and Build Anything They Like Real Estate Board. It’s sickening and wrong. What a bland, soulless area this has become. AWFUL.

  4. It better be good to replace this

  5. So….one hates to see these kinds of building go. a corner with historic buildings on all four sides and a lovely retail space that is not always replaced with the arrival of new construction. At the same time, it cannot be ignored that the MTA just made a multi-billion dollar investment in the first leg of the 2nd Avenue Subway. It’s going to be pretty normal and expected that 2 blocks from a new subway station is where the city is going to want to add additional density.

  6. The bigger travesty is the proposed building covers lots 27, 28, 20 and 31 (and presumably lot 129 which shares ownership and is in the middle of the site), will have fewer units than the existing structures. The site is going from 58 apartments and SROs down to 51. We need people to push the developer to include more smaller units in the new building so we don’t lose housing.

    • Cheesemaster200 | January 18, 2022 at 12:57 pm | Reply

      This is what annoys me about these developments. I tend to roll my eyes on the sentimental “lost NYC history” arguments every time they demolish buildings for new buildings. However any new development needs to be bringing in more housing to the city, not less.

      This should really be regulated by the City, but I doubt it will ever be given how easy it is to skirt it once the building is constructed

      • I just found the zoning diagram, and it appears they are only using excess air rights from lots 30 and 31 which means this development would be replacing 29 apartments and with 51 apartments while also preserving 29 existing apartments.

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