Foundations Underway for 47-Story Skyscraper at 550 Tenth Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan 

550 10th Avenue. Rendering by ATCHAIN

Number 24 on YIMBY’s countdown of the tallest projects underway in New York is 550 Tenth Avenue, a 47-story residential skyscraper in Hell’s Kitchen. Designed by Handel Architects and developed by Gotham Organization and Goldman Sachs Asset Management JV, the 520-foot-tall structure will span 430,000 square feet and yield 453 units, with 137 for moderate and middle incomes, as well as 9,000 square feet of retail space, over 20,000 square feet of residential amenities, and 26,764 square feet of administrative office space for Covenant House. GO Covenant LLC is the owner and Monadnock Construction is the general contractor for the property, which is located along Tenth Avenue between West 40th and 41st Streets.

At the time of our last update in May, demolition was just getting underway on the former occupant of the site, which has been fully razed and cleared in the intervening months. Significant excavation progress has occurred since then, and work has begun on the new foundations along the southern and eastern edges of the property.

550 Tenth Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

550 Tenth Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

550 Tenth Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

550 Tenth Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

550 Tenth Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

Numerous hollow steel pilings, stacks of concrete form work, thick cables, and mounds of dirt are waiting to be hauled away as a piling machine and excavator work on the site. Work will continue downward through the upcoming winter months, with the new superstructure likely emerging above street level by early spring.

550 Tenth Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

Residential amenities will include an upper-level lounge and adjacent outdoor sky deck with views of the Empire State Building, Hudson Yards, and sunsets over the Hudson River. The multi-story podium will contain additional amenity space for social, leisure, and health and fitness activities.

550 10th Avenue. Rendering by ATCHAIN

The property is a short walk from a number of subway lines including the A, C, and E trains at the 42nd Street-Port Authority Bus Terminal Station, which offers a connection to the 42nd Street-Times Square Station servicing the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, W, and Shuttle to Grand Central Station. Also nearby is the 7 train at the 34th Street-Hudson Yards Station.

550 Tenth Avenue is anticipated to be completed in June 2025, as noted on site.

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27 Comments on "Foundations Underway for 47-Story Skyscraper at 550 Tenth Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan "

  1. David : Sent From Heaven. | December 8, 2022 at 8:25 am | Reply

    Foundations to support the new skyscraper is quite large, move along a smooth surface on these photos. Show how work is progressing before the design takes place, numerous times I have seen an important in the status of removing dirt; beautiful facade’s color: Thanks to Michael Young.

  2. Bringing in even more residents to an area with low-grade infrastructure that is already completely overwhelmed. There aren’t any major decent grocery stores in the area and the nearest subway station @ Times Sq. is way too far. When the 7 train line was built, the Democrats couldn’t care less about HK when they decided to bypass the station at 41/10 – they obviously catered to the interests of the richest 1%. Hell’s Kitchen has been getting screwed by local Democrats for decades now, but that’s what you get when uneducated masses of people (who shouldn’t even be allowed to vote) brainlessly vote for incompetent, corrupted, neo-communist Democrats without thinking for one second whether doing so is really wise.

    • Probably one of the most ridiculous comments I’ve read in a long time. What exactly does the MTA dropping the ball on the Tenth Ave station have to do with democrats again? You sound deranged.

    • David in Bushwick | December 8, 2022 at 10:30 am | Reply

      Did you forget your pill again?

    • Cheesemaster200 | December 8, 2022 at 11:11 am | Reply

      Times Square station is 2-3 avenues away and has express and local connections to like the entire city. I wish I had that commute. Saying that there is no transit at this location is ridiculous.

    • “ the nearest subway station @ Times Sq. is way too far”

      You completely ignored and left out the fact that the A, C, and E trains at the 42nd Street station below Port Authority come first before heading East to Times Square. While your statement may hold some validity, it’s not completely true if you ignore the facts.

    • Mr. Galikanokus | December 8, 2022 at 12:55 pm | Reply

      You are aware that the MTA operates subways AND busses, right? In fact, one of these bus lines stops 1 block away.

      Maybe do an ounce of research before you start off on some unhinged rant that has almost zero relation to the topic at hand. Jackass.

    • This is not a political rally to spew hatred towards people. This is not a constructive comment at all…

    • Hey Florian. Local Hell’s Kitchen resident here. There’s a Target, Sunac, an Amish market, Big Apple Meat Market, and Food Emporium, and Whole Foods by Columbus Circle. We have MANY good options for groceries and takeout and delivery. Maybe if you lived here you wouldn’t have made such an incredibly biased and uneducated comment that makes you sound like you need psychiatric help like Kanye West

    • While I agree this forum isn’t the appropriate place for overt politics, I can’t help wonder if these same commenters would negatively respondDGold against making political statements if Florian railed instead against the OTHER political party…

      • When people on the left speak critically about people on the right it is usually based in reality, not to mention deserved, especially these days.

      • NO
        They engage in ad hominem attacks.

        NFA is the biggest instigator of this and never debates the subject. He is an attack machine .

        See his response to this in 5, 4, 3, 2 ………….


    • Bro can you just stick to architecture and construction and not drag dangerously extreme right-wing ideas and rhetorics on this site? Leave us architectural enthusiasts alone and go find another website that will take your sh*t

    • Somebodys upset about Herschel Walker

    • Actually, it was billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s administration that decided against completing a subway station at West 41st Street & 10th Avenue when the 7 train extension to 34th Street/Hudson Yards was built.

      As to the alleged dearth of supermarkets in the area, while it has its faults, the Food Emporium on West 42nd Street near the NW corner of 10th Avenue, is comparable to most typical “traditional” (aka “old school” like Gristedes, D’Agostino, Morton Williams, Key Food, etc.) Manhattan supermarkets in terms of pricing, overall quality, store size and products offered.

      Yes, more competition would probably be better, but given the loss of many neighborhood markets over the past 10-15 years, it’s still an asset many neighborhood’s would be glad to have even if it’s not exactly perfect.

      And as others have noted, Target and Whole Foods, which also has stores on 10th Avenue across from Hudson Yards Mall or West 42nd Street and 6th Avenue across from Bryant Park also serves the area where this future apartment building is located.

      Additionally, the array of acclaimed bakeries, butchers and the excellent fish market (across from the Port Authority Bus Terminal at NW corner of West 40th Street) on or near 9th Avenue from the mid-West 30s up to West 57th Street is quite impressive, too.

      Sure, a large Fairway like the one in Kip’s Bay, Trader Joe’s or Wegman’s would be nice additions – but Fairway exists in name only now and most remaining stores are owned by Wakefern Food Corporation, perhaps better known for Shop Rite; Trader Joe’s is reportedly seeking a location in Hell’s Kitchen; and Wegman’s…well that’s just a pipe dream of mine! 😉

      Without a doubt, the Bloomberg Administration was short sighted and dropped the ball when it killed the 10th Avenue and West 42nd Street because they deemed the then $500 million cost too high.

      And we’d be remiss if we fail to build out that station ASAP given the significantly increased development in the community since the 7 train extension was planned and built out.

      But, the rest of your rant is otherwise way off the mark.

    • That’s when the Bloomberg Administration killed the 7 train subway station at West 41st Street and 10th Avenue in the 3rd to last paragraph!

      With apologies for the error.

    • And it’s near the NE corner of West 42nd Street and 10th Avenue for that Food Emporium, NOT the NW corner as written.

      With apologies for the typo in the original version above.

  3. Please tell me the MTA had the sense to have some sort of entry/egress provision built into this foundation for the future 41/Tenth infill station.

    • Previous planned iterations for the CUNY building on this block have included reserving spaces (but not development of those spaces) for a future station entrance/exit mid-block.

  4. Looks like they took out the entire foundation of the neighbor building.

  5. David in Bushwick | December 8, 2022 at 10:36 am | Reply

    These Handel projects are all starting to look the same which is okay. But the glass wall look is so exhausted, gawd forbid we bring back actual walls with window openings.

    • Cheesemaster200 | December 8, 2022 at 11:16 am | Reply

      I don’t think you are going to get better than this for rental buildings, to be honest. Curtain wall construction is just so much cheaper to build and maintain. You might get pre-case panels on a mid-grade building, but the RAMSA-esque look you like is for the big money projects.

    • I see what you mean, but I actually kind of like the reddish tint to the facade for this project. I’d take that over a dull and completely glass facade any day

  6. I’m not hating the look of this new tower. Like the warm color of the building – kind of soothing.

  7. Who’d have thought that it’d be the West Side that’ll probably wind up pushing Manhattan’s population to over 2,000,000 people…

    • The West Side has tons of undeveloped spaces such as all the acres of train tracks and the Wast Side highway that East Side doesn’t have.

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