This week Governor Andrew M. Cuomo released new reconstruction options for revitalizing Pennsylvania Station in Midtown, as part of the proposed Empire Station Complex. The initiative is a massive undertaking by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Amtrak, and NJ Transit to unify all three concourses into a fresh and modern space with FXCollaborative and WSP handling design. The existing Penn Station served 600,000 passengers daily and the redesign will accommodate the future influx of customers using both the existing Penn Station and the upcoming Penn Station expansion. The state projects ridership to grow to 830,000 daily users in 2038, about 54 percent of whom will be MTA customers using LIRR, Metro-North, and the subway, and 42 percent to be NJ Transit customers, with remaining four percent to be Amtrak customers.
New renderings have been revealed for 495 Eleventh Avenue, a pair of residential skyscrapers in Midtown, Manhattan. Located between West 39th and 40th Streets directly next to the Jakob K. Javits Center expansion, the two towers will stand 680 feet tall and 57 stories, and 653 feet tall and 56 stories. The site currently functions as a parking lot for the New York Police Department. FXCollaborative and Gwathmey Siegal Kaufman Architects are the designers responsible for the work.
Façade work is nearing completion on 460 West 41st Street, a 164-foot-tall mixed-use building in Midtown West. Designed by FXCollaborative and developed by Covenant House, the structure will become the first supportive housing development by Covenant House in nearly 50 years, with help from for-profit entities Gotham Organization and Denham Wolf Real Estate Services. The 80,290-square-foot property is located between Eighth and Ninth Avenues and will yield 60 residential units averaging approximately 884 square feet, as well as a 53,053-square-foot community facility. The project is expected to cost $128 million.
Curtain wall installation has begun on 601 West 29th Street, a 695-foot-tall residential skyscraper on the border of Hudson Yards and West Chelsea. Designed by FXCollaborative, developed by Douglaston Development, and constructed by Levine Builders, the 60-story structure is also known as “Tower A” in a two-building development along with the adjacent 606 West 30th Street, and will yield 703 market-rate and 235 affordable housing residences, 50,000 square feet of amenity space, and 15,000 square feet of retail space. The project site is bound by Eleventh Avenue to the east, West 29th Street to the south, and West 30th Street to the north.
YIMBY recently took a tour of West End & Eighty Seven, a recently completed residential building at 269 West 87th Street on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, between West End Avenue and Broadway. Designed by FXCollaborative, the 17-story, 215-foot-tall edifice features a detailed exterior made of intricately laid bricks, with patterns that delicately catch the sunlight against their warm-colored finish. Brown Harris Stevens Development Marketing is handling sales, and Champalimaud Design is the interior designer.