Articles by Michael Young


Construction Tops Out on DDG’s 532 West 20th Street in Chelsea

Construction has topped out at 532 West 20th Street in Chelsea. The 11-story residential development rose quickly since YIMBY’s last update in August 2019, when only the first few floors were built. Located between Tenth Avenue and Eleventh Avenue, the project is designed by design-build firm DDG, which purchased the plot for $24.25 million in 2014. The building will contain 27,019 square feet of residential space divided into nine apartments, averaging 3,000 square feet apiece.

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Norman Foster’s Design for Two World Trade Center Reconfirmed, in Lower Manhattan

Exciting and long-awaited news has been announced in the Financial District, as a return to the original plans for Two World Trade Center have been confirmed. The New York Post reports that Norman Foster’s original 2006 design for the potential supertall, aka 200 Greenwich Street, is getting another shot at becoming a reality. In 2018, YIMBY was the first to indicate this was a possibility in an interview with Larry Silverstein, head of Silverstein Properties, who said Foster’s vision was still on the table, although at that point the Bjarke Ingels design was the apparent lead contender for construction.

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Turkevi Center’s Glass Façade Closes in on Completion at 821 First Avenue in Midtown East

Installation of the reflective glass curtain wall on the Turkevi Center at 821 First Avenue is nearing the finish line. The panels gracefully wrap around the curved corners of the 563-foot-tall superstructure in the Midtown East neighborhood of Turtle Bay. Perkins Eastman is the designer of the 35-story mixed-use development, which will eventually serve as the consulate of the Republic of Turkey.

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Façade Work Continues on Gene Kaufman’s 305 West 48th Street in Hell’s Kitchen

Exterior work is making steady progress on the topped-out Gene Kaufman-designed hotel at 305 West 48th Street in Hell’s Kitchen. Located between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, the 303-foot-tall, 27-story tower will contain 211 hotel rooms to help sate the booming demand for lodging in the tourism-heavy Times Square area. Bright Management is listed as the developer and Rockwell Group is in charge of designing the building’s interiors and amenity spaces.

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